Walker Tips & Tools
Thank you for being a part of the Best Buddies Friendship Walk! Registering for the Friendship Walk is your first step in helping raise awareness and funds for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your community.
Now let’s get started! Below you will find tools, information, and ideas to help your fundraising efforts. Have fun, be creative and keep going – our finish line is a more inclusive world!
You have officially registered for this year’s Friendship Walk – CONGRATS! Here are a few tips to get you started on your fundraising journey. The first step is customize your personal fundraising page. Let’s go!
1) Log into your personal fundraising page
Click the “login” link located in the header of the event you are participating in and enter the username and password you chose when you registered.
2) Set a fundraising goal
Next, enter in the fundraising goal you are aiming to raise. Choose a goal that is attainable. Remember, $50 gets you a Friendship Walk t-shirt and incentive levels are at $250, $500, $750, $1,000 and $1,500.
3) Make it personal
Upload a photo of yourself and possibly one that shows why you are walking and fundraising for Best Buddies. Next, share a story about your participation in the Friendship Walk and what Best Buddies means to you.
4) Kick things off
Get your fundraising page started with a donation of your own. It is not mandatory to do so, but it does help get things started. It also shows your personal vested interest in the cause and your efforts.
2023 Fundraising Incentives
change • maker [chaynj • mayker] (n.)
1. Someone who is committed to bringing about positive social change.
2. Someone who leads with intention to create a difference in their community.
All new for 2023, we are proud to introduce The Changemakers, an elite fundraising level for those who go above and beyond to support the Best Buddies mission! Every person who raises $5,000 on their individual Friendship Walk page will earn custom Vans shoes, a commemorative “Changemaker” pin, and more.
Stay tuned throughout walk season for special announcements — and thank you for raising funds and awareness to create stronger, more inclusive communities. You are truly a Changemaker!
Team Captain Guide
Take a look for ideas on how to take your team to the top!
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Tools to Help Your Fundraising Efforts
This list of resources is overflowing with tools to help you create a captivating fundraiser that encourages donations. Use these tools to bring your fundraiser to life! This comprehensive list covers everything from writing, design, social media, photos and video, event organization, and a few in-depth checklists to keep you organized throughout your fundraising journey.
Social Media Tools to Take Your Fundraising to the Next Level
Social media is a powerful tool that can lead to some amazing fundraising results. We’ve compiled a list of tools you can use to create and launch an effective fundraising campaign with your personal social media accounts.
General Use Social Media Images: