Thanks for joining the 2017 CHOP Buddy Walk & Family Fun Day! To help you make the most of your participation — and raise money for CHOP’s Trisomy 21 Program — we’ve compiled some resources you can use to help kids and adults with Down syndrome.

Fundraising Tips

Share Your Why

Make your fundraising page personal! Share with family and friends why you are raising funds for CHOP.

Set a Goal

Pick a goal that is just right for you — one that is realistic, yet challenging. All funds raised for CHOP make a difference!


Donate to yourself and kick off your fundraising. Statistics show individuals are more likely to donate when they see others have!

Ask Everyone

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to support you! What about your dry cleaner? Scout leader? Co-workers? See Fundraising in 7 Days for more ideas

Get out there NOW!

The sooner you start recruiting team members, the greater impact you’ll have. Download the recruitment flyer and get started!

Get Social

You may be surprised at the support you’ll receive from a Facebook post, tweet or Instagram photo. Share your fundraising page everywhere!


Send individual emails to your family and friends. Remember to be specific when asking for a donation. See our Email Writing Tips.

Text Messaging

Some folks don’t check their email very much. Try sending text messages! Be sure to include your fundraising page URL.

Double Your Impact

Matching gifts are a great way to double your funds! Check with your HR department or search our matching gifts directory.

Rally the Team

Share your stories and fundraising strategies. See our Team Fundraising Ideas or download our Guide for Team Fundraising (PDF).

Stay Inspired

Remind yourself why you are fundraising by going to CHOP’s website and reading patient stories.

Follow Up

Most people are willing to help but some might need a reminder. Don’t be afraid to follow up and let them know any amount can help!

Thank you, you and YOU!

Remember to thank ALL of your donors because without them, CHOP would not be the Hospital it is today. Tag your donors on social media and recognize them publicly for helping your cause.

Social Media Tips

Using social media to support your fundraiser can be easy, effective and fun! Get your friends and family involved in your cause by following these simple tips.

Recognize Your Supporters

Give your supporters a shout out with a tag or @mention! You’ll show your appreciation — and encourage others to donate!

Link to Us!

Even though some posts will be more donation-focused than others, always give people the opportunity to learn more and donate.

Use Hashtags

Use #CHOPBuddyWalk in your posts to make it easy for your friends to follow your fundraising progress!

Tag Us

Tag @Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Facebook, @ChildrensPhila on Twitter, or @ChildrensPhila on Instagram so we can follow along.