Fundraising Tips from First-Time Rider and Foodbank Board Member, Jason Doiron

June 2, 2016

Jason Doiron is a Board Member of the Vermont Foodbank and will be riding in his first ever Harpoon Point to Point this year, tackling the new mountain bike course. But even as a newcomer to the Harpoon Point to Point presented by National Life Group, he is off to a roaring start with his fundraising, currently leading the pack as top fundraiser. Jason was kind enough to share a few of his fundraising secrets


“As a board member, I’m passionate about finding solutions to the problem of hunger here in Vermont. Since I signed up for the Point to Point, I’ve been talking about the ride and how it’s part of the solution to hunger here in Vermont, an event that unifies people around helping their neighbors. I’m an avid mountain biker, and my connection and passion towards both the event and the Foodbank have made conversations with my network quite easy and natural.


Interestingly, I have not directly asked my network for money. I have shared information around the event and provided statistics around hunger in Vermont, and that nudge has proven effective at raising funds so far. If you’re riding in the Point to Point this year, I strongly encourage everyone to visit the Vermont Foodbank's website and arm yourself with actual data to share with others to help show how their donation can make an impact.


My last tip: Try to put as much effort into raising funds as you do training for the event! Training time on the bike is a great time to strategize about fundraising and to contemplate the issue of hunger in Vermont. Once you are armed with the data on hunger in VT, take some of your training time on the bike to craft your message.”

How are you fundraising? Send an email to to share your tips, and we will post a selection on our social media. Let’s make this the best Harpoon Point to Point yet!

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