Fundraising Resources

...from your Plunge President, Beary White!

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Instagram Posts

Make your grams highlight everything from registration and donations to how you are preparing to bear the cold! Use #PlungeMD, #PlungePrep, and #BearTheCold to show off all of the cool...
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Special Olympics Maryland Facts

A great way to solicit donations is to include information about where your donors' money is going! Every dollar raised from the Polar Bear Plunge directly supports the athletes of...
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Filming Tips

In our new virtual world, the demand for video and digital content has increased exponentially. By now, we are sure that you have the hang of video recording, but if...
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Matching Gifts

Many companies generously offer to match their employees’ charitable contributions. Some even provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and...
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Virtual Plunge Options

With one virtual year under our belts, we are ready for the 27th annual Polar Bear Plunge virtual or in-person. The Special Olympics Maryland team will keep the Maryland tradition...
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How to execute your Virtual Plunge

There is no right or wrong way to execute your Virtual Plunge. The main goals are to raise money in support of the 4,340 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland and...
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Dollar Donations

Use dollar donations to help reach your fundraising goal! When fundraising, remember that donors are not able to give medium to large donations to your campaign no matter how dedicated...
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Tweets

Make your tweets about everything from registration and donations to how you are preparing for the Virtual Plunge this year! Use #PlungeMD, #PlungePrep, and #BearTheCold to show off all of...
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Promotional Posters

Beary worked hard on creating these bold, fun promotional posters for you guys. There are 3 versions to choose from and all are sized at 8.5 by 14 inches so...
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Classy for Facebook

** ATTENTION 2022 PLUNGERS ** If you used the Classy for Facebook integration for the 2021 or 2022 Plunge, you will most likely have to renew the Special Olympics Maryland...
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Sample Email

Let's start spreading the word! Email is a great tool to ask others to pledge their support and we have a few messages for you to work from. A few...
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Sick Note

The best cure for the winter blues is a dip in the bay! Share your “sick note” with your family and friends. Download your "prescription" today! Download
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Facebook Posts

Make your Facebook posts about everything from registration and donations to how you are preparing to plunge this year! Use #PlungeMD, #PlungePrep, and #BearTheCold to show off all of the...
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Editable Handouts

These flyers are 8.5 by 5 inches and can be customized for your team. These are great for promoting your team in public areas or around the town so that...
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Donor Receipts

The most important practice of fundraising is to thank your donors! These cards are a quick and easy way to say “Thank You” and provide a receipt for their charitable...
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Virtual Plunge Scripts

Your Virtual Plunge is not required to have any words in it (other than "BRRRRRR!"), but if you want to include a brief introduction prior to you bearing the cold,...
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Giving Tuesday

On November 29, 2022, we’ll unite for a worldwide celebration of generosity. GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms...
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Email Signature

Include our 2023 Plunge email graphic in your signature line to promote and encourage donations to your Plunge team. Hyperlink the graphic to your Plunge team's page and watch that...
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Business Cards

Everyone in the working world knows how important a business card is for building connections! Use these Plunger Cards to build your fundraising network and direct your donors and future...
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Pledge Form

Technology not your thing? Keep track of your fundraising all offline using this Pledge Form, then mail it in with your cash and check donations to Special Olympics Maryland HQ....
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Spectator Waiver

Are you plunging in-person and want to bring your own personal photographer and towel holder? Great! Just make sure that you have them download, print, and sign our Plunge Spectator...
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Team Captain Resources

Beary heard our Plungers wanted some team captain specific resources, so here you are. Some resources to help you encourage others to join your team, and help light a fire...
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Letterhead

Use this official Plunge letterhead to pass out to friends, family, local businesses… anyone who might be interested in supporting your efforts! Download
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Where does your money go?

Let your Plunge donors know where their Plunge donations are going! All money raised through the MSP Polar Bear Plunge directly supports the 4,340 athletes across the state who compete...
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Video Editing Tips

If you have recorded a very long video and need to trim it into shorter clips for social or get rid of unwanted parts of a video, you can follow...
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Social Graphics

Use these sample social graphics and graphic templates in your fundraising campaign! Save the "Ready-to-Post Social Graphics" to your phone or computer (right-click > Save As) for a quick and...
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Donation Grid

Do you have a great Instagram following? If so, utilize our Donation Grid on your Instagram story to raise $100 for your Plunge! Step 1: Add your Plunge fundraising page...
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Plunge Waiver

Print out and sign your Plunge Waiver now and skip the lines at Plunge. Each plunger needs to have a printed and signed waiver to bear the icy waters of...
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YouTube

A simple way to share your #PlungePrep or Virtual Plunge video is to use a YouTube link. Using YouTube eliminates all of the troubleshooting you may run into with large...
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Virtual Backgrounds

If you are like us, you are still spending hours on Zoom, Teams, Google, Skype, etc. every day. The new virtual world is a perfect place to plug your Plunge....
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Custom Printing

There are so many great custom printing shops online nowadays and we want to make sure you have the resources to get your own custom Plunge gear. Here are a...

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