Fundraising Tips


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Vermont Food Bank

#1 obstacle to successful fundraising: Not asking enough.

So don't be shy! Let your friends and family know how they can support your goal of feeding our neighbors. The first donation can be the most elusive. Try donating yourself, as studies have shown people are more generous after the first gift is made. 


CUSTOMIZE – As a participant in Harpoon Point to Point, you get your very own fundraising page with an individual link. Customize your page with photos of your training or workouts, or tell your story of why you participate in this event to benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Sign in here to customize your page.

SHARE – Spreading the word on social networks is the easiest way to let your friends know about your fundraising goals. Start with a post or two about the Harpoon Point to Point and why you are supporting the Vermont Foodbank, and think others should too! Always include a link back to your stellar fundraising page.

EMAIL – Send out emails to friends and family members with a link to your custom fundraising page. Email is a great way to share a longer, more personal message with your network without letting the whole internet know.

LEVERAGE – Does your employer offer a matching gift program? Make sure to find out! It is a FREE way to double your donations. For a list of companies that offer a matching gift program, click here

OUTREACH – Ask organizations in your community, such as churches and rotary clubs, to support you. Make a presentation at their next meeting and hand out pledge forms.

PLAN – Set up a fundraising party in town at your local pub, drink Harpoon, have a raffle or an auction, a party at your house… be creative!

THANK YOU – Take the time to write a personal note of thanks to each supporter. This will be particularly helpful when you ask for their support next year!

DON’T BE SHY - When you ask someone to donate to charity, you are giving them an opportunity to do something good for others. It feels good to give back and they will be happy you gave them a chance to do it.

Good luck and have fun!




The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry. The Foodbank is the state's largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of 225 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. 


  • In the 15 year history of the Harpoon Point To Point, $ 1,311,190 has been raised for the Vermont Foodbank.
  • Every $1 donation helps provide 3 meals for Vermonters in need.
  • Last year, more than 153,000 Vermonters received emergency food assistance. That is 1 in 4 of our neighbors.
  • More than 33,900 Vermont children struggle with hunger each year.
  • You can learn more about hunger in our community here:
  • Charity Navigator awarded the Vermont Foodbank four out of a possible four stars! Learn more 

To learn more about the Vermont Foodbank, visit