Iowa Bicycle Coalition Ambassadors Program

HEADS UP : GivingTuesday is November 29th. This is the first great opportunity to share a campaign that includes matching funds with your network.

The Big Picture

What is a fundraising ambassador?

A fundraising ambassador brings the mission and goals of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition to prospective supporters in an appeal to secure more funding for bicycle advocacy. They participate in peer-to-peer fundraising, primarily through Coalition-organized campaigns. There are three of these campaigns each year set up as giving days. Participate in one or more of these as it works for you.

What is peer-to-peer fundraising?

All peer-to-peer fundraising is is reaching out to your peer network (cycling buddies, family members, co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc.) and asking them to join you in supporting your cause. Generally, you’ll give them a web link to a donation page where they can give.

What is a giving day?

All peer-to-peer fundraising is is reaching out to your peer network (cycling buddies, family members, co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc.) and asking them to join you in supporting your cause. Generally, you’ll give them a web link to a donation page where they can give.

What and when are the three giving days?

  1. Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This international campaign is like Black Friday for charitable giving.
  2. Big Bike Gives – One of the last Tuesdays in May (bike month). An Iowa-Bicycle-Coalition-hosted giving day that involves as many Iowa bicycle and trail 501(c)(3) charitable organizations as we can bring on into one platform.
  3. Where’s My Pancake Day – The Tuesday after RAGBRAI. It centers on the importance of bicycling after a week-long bicycling high point and stewarding bicycling to ensure the future is just as fun.

We love our ambassadors, and we want to show it!

Our fundraising ambassadors do a lot for bicycle advocacy, and we want to give back a token of appreciation to the ambassadors who are helping to lift up the voice of bicyclists in Iowa. Just for signing up to be a fundraising ambassador, we’ll send you an exclusive ambassadors-only sticker pack with some cool bicycling designs to show off. Then we have prize goals at $500, $1,000, and $2,000 with more exclusive stuff. When your campaign reaches those goals, we’ll send you some cool stuff!

Rewards list with a description of all the prize tiers for fundraising
We are getting prizes finalized. Everything here is subject to change, but this is very close to the final expected prizes. There is likely to be one more prize in the $1000-1999 tier and the swag pack may have some different items. We will update this graphic when the prize list is finalized.

Get signed up to be a fundraising ambassador

We just need some info from you to make sure we know where to send your prizes, and the best way to contact you ahead of giving days with the most up-to-date info.

Name(Required)
Address(Required)
This is used to send your rewards. We'll try to confirm your address before mailing anything to you.
Which giving days are you interested in participating in?(Required)
Where do you want your fundraising page to be?(Required)
This is non-committal. Raising more or less than your goal is fine. We use this only for benchmarking and program refinement.
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What should you do as a fundraising ambassador?

1. Make a donation on the campaign

Lead by example and make a gift of any amount through your fundraising page. On giving days, your donation is also matched so it has twice the impact. Plus, you’ll still get the full benefits of your renewing or donating at any other time of the year.

2. Contact your peers

Choose 10 or more individuals to contact by phone, text, email or social media. Reach out to them and let them know why supporting bicycle advocacy in Iowa is important. We’ll provide details on our specific goals and needs so you can communicate the impact an individual can have to each person in your peer group.

3. Say thank you

Let your bicycling circle know they made a difference, and it’s appreciated. We’re all working together towards a common goal, and their support makes everyone’s effort more successful and sustainable.