September is a big month for local charity rides and races. In most cases, in addition to your entrance fee, you are required to raise a minimum amount for the charity. Some people feel funny asking their friends, family, and neighbors for a donation, and would like a way to ask for donations that is less intrusive. If you have a problem going face to face, consider using door cards, free business cards, or flyers to make them aware of your cause.
If you are using an online printer for your needs, you will more than likely be able to find a great deal that will only cost you a few dollars for enough printed material to canvas the neighborhood. You can either hand them out directly or stick the printed materials in their doors or mail slots to make them aware of the cause.
A great approach is to tell a personal story on the flyers that let them know why you are taking part in the charity event. For instance, perhaps you have a niece or nephew suffering from MS and you are taking part in one of the MS150 bike rides. Give them some background by telling the story of your family member and some of the difficulties involved for those with the condition.
You can even use different approaches with different people. For friends and family that are already familiar with the situation, hand out the free business cards with your donation link and thank them in advance. Stress the fact that no donation is too small, as together all of the small donations can make a significant impact. For neighbors you do not know so well, use dual sided flyers or door hangers that tell your story on one side and some background about the condition on the other.
One thing you want to make sure you do, though, is provide them with a direct link to the charity. When the direct link is used, they are able to pay the charity directly, through your donation link, and they will receive all of the proper documentation for their tax purposes. In addition, the money will automatically be allocated to your drive account so everyone can see how much money you have raised for the cause.