Friday, August 12, 2016

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising - Hints & Tips

If you've registered for VEA's 5K Cider Run or 2 Mile Walk, you've probably already heard about peer-to-peer fundraising for the event. If you haven't registered for the event but want to help VEA in some way, this is the perfect opportunity!

You may be an experienced social fundraiser, a complete newbie to the idea of peer-to-peer (or P2P) fundraising, or somewhere in between. No matter where you fall, the resources we've lined up below will help you make the most of your campaign, which will make the VEA Cider Run even more successful than last year and directly benefit the individuals we serve!

Hints and tips for a successful P2P campaign:
  • You might already know and love Valley Educational Associates, but maybe your social circle isn't quite as familiar with us. Sharing some background information on VEA, such as our history, what we do, the people we serve, etc. can help your supporters get to know us and what we stand for, making their decision to support you that much easier!
    Check out our website at There, you'll find lots of great info that you can share with your supporters to let them know exactly what our mission is and why supporting the VEA Cider Run is a great decision.
  • Create a free peer-to-peer fundraising page! Once your account is created, you'll receive a confirmation email. To log in to the site, follow this link to get started on your campaign:
  • Name, create, and customize your campaign. Set a goal, upload a photo, and write a message to your supporters letting them know why you believe in VEA! You can track your progress, as well as the overall campaign's progress, and keep track of event registrants who credit you for their registration, among lots of other things.
  • Once you create your campaign, share it everywhere! Post a link to your campaign on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, send a Snapchat to your pals, email it to your family members... get the news out there!
  • Other tips:
    - Set a high goal! Even if you don't reach it, a higher goal will encourage people to give more.
    - Use excerpts from the VEA website and the Cider Run logo! Feel free to use blurbs from our website to explain what we do here at VEA, and share the Cider Run logo (at the top of this blog) when you post!

Register Now for the 5K Cider Run!

Registration is officially OPEN! 

Sign up for the 5K run or 2 mile walk, and get special Early Bird pricing until September 9. All participants registered by October 21 are guaranteed a T-shirt!

Click the link to register and learn more:

VEA also encourages all participants to sign up for peer-to-peer fundraising (see our previous post for some helpful links). Look for an email invitation after you register to get started!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Register August 12 for the 5K Cider Run!



VEA is thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual 5K Cider Run and 2 Mile Walk on November 5, 2016
Registration will open Friday, August 12, and we'll have special Early Bird pricing available for participants, so mark your calendars now!

We'll also have the Kids' Fun Run again this year, for kids aged 12 and under.
Parents/guardians can sign their children up for this popular event on the day of the race.

Early Bird Registration (until September 9): $20
Registration (September 10 to October 28): $25
Late/Day-Of Registration (October 29-November 5): $30

All participants registered by October 21 will be guaranteed a Cider Run T-shirt!

We will have extra Cider Run T-shirts for sale, registration NOT required!  We encourage everyone who does not wish to participate in the race/walk to keep your eyes peeled for an email invitation to order these shirts. It's a great way to show your support for VEA!

Also new this year: Peer-to-peer fundraising! After you register for the race or walk, look for an email invitation to create your own peer-to-peer fundraising page for the Cider Run! This is a fantastic and fun method of raising money for VEA and earning special prizes along the way. In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about peer-to-peer (or "social") fundraising, below are some links to get you started!

What is peer-to-peer fundraising?

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: The Ultimate Guide