YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
You make “I Can” possible for veterans, children and athletes of all abilities in the National Ability Center’s cycling programs. Your registration fees only cover the cost of your Summit Challenge ride. Every dollar makes an impact in the National Ability Center cycling programs. The Summit Challenge is a fundraiser. Riders are encouraged to raise a minimum of $50. Be sure to create a fundraising page.
Registered riders will be directed to the Summit Challenge Fundraising Page immediately following registration.
MILE BY MILE, DOLLAR BY DOLLAR, PEDAL BY PEDAL
Mile by mile, dollar by dollar, pedal by pedal gets us closer to a world of inclusive recreation. Here are some simple fundraising tips to keep in mind when raising funds to support the National Ability Center through the Summit Challenge ride.
CREATE A FUNDRAISING PAGE
Join an existing fundraising team or create your own fundraiser page using our RaceEntry platform. Get personal with your story. Explain why you’re fundraising. Add pictures and videos. The more well-rounded your page, the better it will perform!
SET A GOAL
Set a fundraising goal for you and/or your team to work towards leading up to the ride. We encourage everyone to set a fundraising goal of $250, but why not aim higher? Supporters like to be a part of something significant. Sending out an email when you hit 50% of your goal is super motivating and allows everyone to see how their donations are impacting your cause.
MAKE THE FIRST DONATION
This initial donation sets the tone for your fundraiser. Your supporters will appreciate your initiative
WHO DO YOU RIDE FOR?
Use your fundraising and social media pages to let people know who you are riding for. If you don’t have a personal tie to the NAC, share some of the stories from our adaptive cycling program below.
Make a list of all social groups you’re a part of, both online and off: church groups, co-workers, family members, classmates etc.. Then, ask for their support. Your best supporters can come from unexpected places!
DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK
Ask, ask, and ask some more. Reach out to your whole network. Tell them about the National Ability Center, the Summit Challenge, and what motivates you to ride.
BRING IT TO THE OFFICE
Ask your workplace for donations. Your company might be happy to donate to your Summit Challenge fundraising goal. See if your company has a matching gift program. Send out an e-mail to the entire company with a link to your fundraising page.
STAY IN TOUCH & SHARE
Use social networks like Facebook and Instagram to ask your friends and family for support. Social media savvy? Spread the word with #RideSummit #IRideFor or #AdaptiveNation. Let them know what riding the Summit Challenge means to you and keep your supporters posted on your fundraising and training goals. Prefer email? Send out an email request. If you have a tie to the NAC, share your own story.
Go beyond just asking for donations; make it fun! Have a cook-off or a yard sale, arrange a cornhole tournament or host your very own backyard campaign fundraiser. You can even organize a sports game and set a theme. People are more likely to remember a baseball game if the teams are dressed in cycling jerseys and helmets rather than regular uniforms.
Give your donors an unconventional reward for their donation. Take a photo on the ride holding a sign with the top donor’s photo or commit to riding in an outfit of their choice.
THANK YOUR DONORS & TEAM
Let your supporters and your team know how much you appreciate their donation and fundraising efforts for both you and the National Ability Center. Tell them what you enjoyed about the ride or share a story of your experience.