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Volunteer

We care for more than 8,000 animals annually and couldn't do it without our incredible volunteers!

Resources for Fundraisers

Tips for successful fundraising

We think the best way to raise funds is to have fun and be you. Are you a go-big person with lots of creativity? Or maybe a straightforward fundraiser who thinks the most effective strategy is to ask your friends directly? Whatever your strategy, the dogs and cats are grateful for every fundraiser.

You'll find a lot of great information in our Fundraising Guide and more resources below.

  • Fundraising Tips
    1. Tried and true: ask your friends and family to donate. Email, social media, text messages... easy and accessible options are available for almost everyone! Once you've created your fundraising page, let your network know! Post your fundraising page on Facebook and tag your friends who love animals! If they're always liking the pictures of your dog or cat, they might be your next donor! (And don't be afraid to ask twice. People are busy and want to support you but need a little reminding.)

    2. Enroll HSSW animals. The animals of HSSW are the biggest motivator we can think of! Head over to our adoption pages and find your favorite, furry cuties. Save a few photos and share them in email, text message, or social media to let your friends know that their donation makes it possible for animals like this to find a new home! (And don't forget to link to your fundraising page, of course.)

    3. Ask around the office. You may have generous coworkers, or even a workplace who would sponsor a Walk/Run team or match donations given by staff! You never know who could be ready to give and support your cause! (Of course, make sure to ask about any guidelines your company has for soliciting donations in the workplace first.)

    4. Host a raffle. Do you have some serious skills? Put them to work and auction off your wares! Are you a baker? Whip up a dozen cupcakes to auction off to your friends. A painter? Offer a by-request pet portrait service. Do you sew? Sell your stitching skills to your friends mending a tear, stitching buttons, or hemming a pair of pants.

    Looking for more ideas? Check out our Fundraising Guide to learn more ways to reach your goal! 

    Whatever you decide, make sure you HAVE FUN! 

  • Customize My Fundraising Page
    1. Visit the Classy Walk/Run site to login into your profile  Click LOGIN in the upper-right corner and use the email and password you created during set up to log in.

    2. Click on the GO TO... button on the right-hand corner to bring up the drop-down menu and select your fundraising page or team under FUNDRAISING PAGES. You will be able to edit your team page or fundraising page using the same steps below.

    3. Click the MANAGE button at the top right-hand corner.

    4. If this is your first time editing your page, you will see a few suggestions on what next steps to changing your page are. (Adding a photo, editing your story, donating to your own page and asking for donations.)

    5. To edit your photo, go to DETAILS and click UPLOAD. Choose a photo you'd like your donors to see on your fundraising page. 

    6. Write your story. Why do you do Walk/Run? Do you love dogs, cats or both? Are you an adopter? A volunteer? You can also upload photos of your pets. To edit your story, click STORY in the menu. You can also add updates there for your donors to see your progress. Don't forget to thank them!

    7. Share your page. Copy and paste the URL to your page and include that in the email you send to family and friends or social posts so donations will come directly to your page. 
       
    8. Don't be afraid to follow up after a week. On average, it often takes two or three asks, but people love animals and want to support you!

    Download the Fundraising Guide for tips on getting started, to see example social media posts or emails to send your friends and more!

  • Offline Donations

    Want to raise support face-to-face and not online*? No problem. Download our Donation Tracker. Checks can be made out to HSSW. 
    Drop-off your donation in-person or mail your Donation Tracker to 

    Jeannine Walker
    Humane Society for Southwest Washington
    1100 NE 192nd Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98684

    *If you have an online fundraising page and turn in your Donation Tracker sheet with cash and checks, donations will be added to your total in approximately one week. If after one week you don’t see your donations reflected on your page, please contact us.

  • FAQ

    Q. I'm having trouble registering myself, my family or my team. What should I do?
    A. Let us know what you're having trouble with by emailing or calling Jeannine at [email protected] or 360-984-6063.

    Q. Do I have to raise funds to attend Walk/Run?
    A. No, but we hope you will! Walk/Run provides support for the lifesaving work of HSSW. There is no minimum fundraising requirement to attend. Registration fee is required for all walkers and runners - waived for children 12 and under.

    Q. I'd like to start a team. How do I do that?
    A. Awesome! Head over to our registration page!

    Q. I’m having trouble with my fundraising page (creating a fundraising page, joining a team, etc.). What should I do?
    A. If you need a hand, you can reach out to Jeannine at [email protected] or 360-984-6063. 

    Q. Can I register on the day of the event?
    A. Yes, you can register on-site at Walk/Run. Registration is $55 for walkers on the day of the event, so you can save by registering early!

    Q. Can I register by mail?
    A. Yes, download the Registration Form (coming soon!) and mail it to:

    Jeannine Walker
    Humane Society for Southwest Washington
    1100 NE 192nd Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98684


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