2010 California riders lunching in the redwoods


Fundraising Tips: Thinking Outside the Box

Russ Mendivil on March 5, 2015, 2:19 PM

I’ve been raising funds for many years now and I’ve learned, all is fair in love and war…and fundraising. Yes, when it comes to fundraising, there are no rules and sometimes it’s best to think outside the box. Some of you have already sent a fundraising letter to everyone you know, and you’re still trying to raise your fundraising minimum. Some of you have already reached your minimum and you’re shooting for the stars. In both cases, there are an infinite number…

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Top Fundraisers: Lessons and Recognition

Andrew Valainis on January 13, 2015, 3:41 PM

Climate Ride organizes life changing, charitable sporting events. Year after year, hundreds of individuals (new participants and alumni alike) pledge to raise thousands of dollars to support the cause, support our beneficiaries, and better our communities. I'd like to share some of their tips, tricks, and success stories as well as the new layout for the Fundraising Hall of Fame, where we recognize and thank them for all they have given to our community.

Tips, Tricks, and…

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Make the most of your fundraising!

Kim Rogers on July 15, 2014, 7:00 AM

Individual engagement is near it’s peak during the donation process and donors will be reading every word. So make sure you…

Personalize your fundraising page & let donors get to know you

1) Add a lovely photo of yourself, perhaps with your bike, or enjoying the outdoor environment that you love.

2) State who are you riding for: which beneficiaries have you chosen, what program/impact will their donation make possible?

3) What has inspired you to take on this challenge?

A lovely photo of you and your bike









Let your donors get involved & keep them engaged

They may not be able to join you for the 300 mile…

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Fundraising is like Skydiving – The Sky Really is the Limit

Russ Mendivil on June 24, 2014, 4:51 PM

As Climate Ride’s Fundraising Guru, I often hear folks say “I really care about this cause, but I’ve never fundraised and I just don’t think I can do it!” Fundraising is a lot like I imagine skydiving to be.  The mechanics aren’t so difficult, but getting started can be terrifying for some of us!  It’s important to note, however, that fundraising difficulties are much less stressful than those occurring while skydiving.

Here are the stories behind four of…

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Fundraising Hairdo’s (& don’ts)

Kim Rogers on May 18, 2014, 9:14 AM

A couple of our top fundraisers used their heads - literally - to encourage donors to contribute to their causes. Here's the results:


Daniel Leaverton of Bike East Bay raised more money with this hairdo...he reached $18,000 and now is going gor $19,000!









While Dave Staples of Enphase Energy reached his fundraising goal of $2,800 then decided he really wanted to go for more. He told his friends he would dye his hair orange if they would donate to $500. He quickly reached $4,000 and ended up with this look for his fundraising success. Way to go guys!

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