Fundraising


Because it’s more than a ride.

RAISING FUNDS & HOPE


True to its name, this ride is about creating a cycle of hope for families who partner with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. This year, we’re reminded just how much that matters. Habitat is used to building in a crisis – the housing crisis that plagues us every day. But the current pandemic has not only heightened that crisis, it has made it tougher to build.

When you fundraise, you make your support of Habitat really go the distance. Fundraising is easier than you think. With plenty of support from your Habitat Fundraising Coach, you can quickly create and share a fundraising page. And with fundraising incentives starting at just $100 raised, it’s a snap to rake up extra perks while you support a great cause. Fundraise on your own, or team up with other riders and pool your efforts. Either way, every dollar you raise will make a difference.

HOW TO FUNDRAISE


CLAIM – An email will be sent to you that has a unique link for your fundraising page. Click the “Claim your fundraising page” to get started!

CUSTOMIZE—Tell everyone why YOU are riding for Habitat. Have a favorite picture of yourself building on a Habitat for Humanity work site? Post it! Have a story about when you or someone you know was impacted by housing insecurity? Tell it! We all have unique connections to the housing crisis and we all have a shared goal of building more affordable homes.

CONNECT—We have so many means of connection these days–use them to support your fundraising efforts. Share a fun photo and your fundraising page via Instagram, put the link in your signature block, and post about it on Twitter. The Habitat fundraising team will be with you every step on your fundraising journey, offering tips and guidance.

THANK!—It is so important to thank your donors for supporting our cause of more affordable housing. This can be as simple as a quick text or call saying “thanks for the support, Grandma!” After the ride, make sure to let your network know how it went by sharing pictures and your final fundraising total.

Cheer on Cycle of Hope Riders

fundraising & Referral prizes

$100 raised or 2 referrals

Cycle of Hope 2020 exclusive neck gaiter
20% off Cycle of Hope 2021 Registration Voucher

$250 raised or 5 referrals

Cycle of Hope 2020 exclusive neck gaiter
Cycle of Hope 2020 additional swag item (to be announced)
50 % off Cycle of Hope 2021 Registration Voucher

$500 raised or 10 referrals

Cycle of Hope 2020 exclusive neck gaiter
Cycle of Hope 2020 additional swag item (to be announced)
Cycle of Hope 2020 Jersey
50 % off Cycle of Hope 2021 Registration Voucher
Special recognition during the Opening and Closing celebrations

$1000+ raised or 15 referrals

Cycle of Hope 2020 exclusive neck gaiter
Cycle of Hope 2020 additional swag item (to be announced)
Cycle of Hope 2020 Jersey
Cycle of Hope 2021 Registration Voucher + Access to ride’s VIP experience w/ guest
Special recognition during the Opening and Closing celebrations
Invitation to join a Cycle of Hope build event at a Habitat construction site

fundraising tips


Your Cycle of Hope fundraising page is an easy way to raise the support Habitat needs to create affordable homeownership opportunities for families. By fundraising, you’ll help families go the distance – investing in their futures and building strong communities and legacies to last generations.

Now that you’re on the road to fundraising, here are some quick tips to help you maximize your efforts:

  1. First, set-up your page. You’ll get a unique URL and be able to customize your message. Make your message personal. Why do you support Habitat?
  2. Set a goal. Make it ambitious but achievable.
  3. Set an example and make a gift yourself. If you are able, make your gift a matching opportunity.
  4. Share, share, share your fundraising efforts on social media, email, or good ole’ fashion calling!
  5. Ask close friends if they will help you fundraise.
  6. Is there a business you frequent? Ask them to support you.
  7. Link your fundraising to a special date like a birthday or anniversary. Or make it in honor of someone special in your life.
  8. Be sure to thank supporters as quickly as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is fundraising mandatory?

You are not required to fundraise for Cycle of Hope, but it is highly encouraged. There is no minimum amount for your fundraising goal. We believe everyone has the right to a decent, affordable place to live. For over 30 years, our community of volunteers, donors, and staff have built and repaired homes for thousands of our neighbors. Every donation you raise helps these families.

What do I do if there are problems with the fundraising page?

Please contact Mae Pennington at (510) 803-3385 or at mpennington@habitatebsv.org

Do I have to join a team?

No, that is not necessary.  However, if you decide to join one, please contact Mae Pennington at (510) 803-3385 or at mpennington@habitatebsv.org with that information and she will make the arrangements.

Can I use the Facebook Fundraiser platform to fundraise?

We highly encourage you to use the Cycle of Hope fundraising page you receive when you register. You can easily share your Cycle of Hope fundraising page url on Facebook to reach more friends and family. There are many tools built into the Cycle of Hope fundraising platform that allow you to customize your page with photos and space to express why you’re riding for more affordable housing.

If you do end up using the Facebook Fundraiser platform, please send an email to mpennington@habitatebsv.org alerting us of the page so that we can appropriately track the donations and credit your fundraising page.

What it the best way to raise money?

Ask your friends, family, and coworkers to help you out.  You can also spread the word on social media, listing the link to your personal fundraising page. See our tips and tricks list HERE.

What can I do with cash or checks that people give me personally for the event?

Please make checks payable to Habitat for Humanity EBSV and send to:

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Attn: Mae Pennington
2619 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

If possible, please provide the names and addresses of those donors so we can give them a tax-deductible receipt. Also, please make sure your name is included and so that we can credit your fundraising page.

Where do the funds raised go?

All money benefits Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.  At Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley, we believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. Within that home a family can find the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life. Through innovative programs and services, Habitat EBSV is empowering families to change their lives while strengthening our communities.