Follow these first steps to set up your campaign and begin fundraising:
- Create your page. Your Participant Center is your fundraising base where you’ll customize your homepage, share your story, send emails, and access fundraising tools. Log in with the username and password from your Welcome email.
- Raise the bar. We recommend setting your goal above $3,000 (how does $10,000 sound?). Many of our Cyclists find it much easier to exceed the minimum than they expect.
- Lead the pack. Make a self-donation to show how invested you are in this journey. Ask others to match it. This proven method really helps get the ball rolling.
Make your first ask! Post on social media, email your BFF, call your mom—tell the world what you’re trying to accomplish. People will be blown away by what you’re about to do, and want to support you.
Pro-tip: Download our app! Our mobile app allows you to unlock discounts with our Community Partners, send fundraising emails, and thank your donors. Available on both iPhone and Android, search for “AIDS/LifeCycle” in the app store.
Want to double your donations? Don’t miss out on the easy money to be raised through donor matching opportunities.
How does it work? It’s easy! Ask your donors to contact their employer’s Human Resources departments to find out if their company matches charitable donations, and to get specific applications and instructions. Most companies match their employee’s contributions dollar for dollar. Some companies double the contribution!
AIDS/LifeCycle 2016’s most lucrative Matching Gifts came from the following employers:
- 1. Google (Google Matching Gift Program)
- 2. Bank of America / Merril Lynch (Bank of America Matching Gift Program)
- 3. Salesforce (The Salesforce.com Foundation)
- 4. Apple (Apple Matching Gift Program)
- 5. Walt Disney (Walt Disney Company Foundation)
- 6. Chevron (Chevron Humankind)
- 7. Genentech (Genentech Employee Giving Program)
- 8. Visa International
- 9. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (or Microsoft)
- 10. Walmart Foundation
Set your goal to $10,000 or more and you’re in!
10k members raise nearly 37% of the total donations for the Ride! By raising $10,000 or more, you help us keep the cost of fundraising low and ensure that the most money possible goes to the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
How does someone raise $10,000?
- Set your goal of $10,000 or higher. That sounds simple, and it probably sounds really scary, but trust us – you CAN do this!
- Order FREE, personalized 10k cards to help you network and fundraise. Fill out this form (coming soon!), and we’ll take care of the rest!
- Contact your Cyclist or Roadie Representative for help creating a plan to help you achieve your goal. They’re trained experts, and will help you with your “big asks”, connecting with other 10k participants, and more.
What can my 10K do for HIV/AIDS?
By donating to AIDS/LifeCycle, your donors will help to make the following possible:
- Offers substance use counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month.
- Keeps the mobile testing unit rolling another year so that nearly 2,400 gay, bi and transmen can be tested and counseled.
- Helps 16 HIV-positive people receive safe and stable housing situations for one month.
- Delivers enough Rapid HIV Antibody tests to test 400 people at Magnet, and other foundation sites.
- Ensures case management for 750 HIV-positive clients who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
- Provides 60,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Service.
We want to thank you for your courage and commitment. We could not set such an ambitious goal of ending AIDS in our lifetime while continuing to take care of those who are living with this disease without the commitment, compassion, and generosity of people like you!
Let us thank you in-person for being part of the 10k Club! Save the Date for a 10k Party near you!
San Francisco – March 1, 2017
Los Angeles – March 2, 2017
Virtual Cyclists are amazing members of our community who fundraise along with the rest of us, even though they can’t join us for the week-long ride in June.
Virtual Cyclists are:
- People who are unable to take a week off because or work or life conflicts, including injuries;
- People who don’t have time to commit to fully training for the event;
- People who face a physical challenge that makes it difficult to Ride or Roadie;
- People who just want to support by fundraising.
Virtual Cyclists attend training rides, outreach and social events, earn fundraising thank-you gifts, cycle and fundraise as part of a team, and take part in the 10K Club! They do everything but take a week off to Ride or Roadie.
By registering as a Virtual Cyclist, you’ll receive the same fundraising tools as Cyclists and Roadies – your own customized fundraising web page, a Participant Center to email your friends and send them thank you notes, and the support of one of our Cyclist Representatives. Best of all, you’ll be raising funds to support life-saving and life-changing services for those living with HIV/AIDS and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in your area.