How to start a team for the annual Imagine Walk, fundraising tools, team tips, preparation and post-walk information Autism Project 2014 firstgiving/autismproject


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Create a Team

Getting Started: It's Easy to Start a Team!

  1. Designate a Team Leader (or captain) and select a team name.
  2. Register by creating a team page at or contacting

Fundraising Tools is a fast and easy way to create your own personalized fundraising webpage, tell your story, include photos and send emails to generate support for your team.

The “Firstgiving” fundraising tool is a great and simple way to reach out to family and friends for donations for your team.

If you have questions, call Julie at 401-785-2666  for help. Visit to get started!

Print Tools

The Autism Project will provide you with brochures. We also have posters available which will be given out on a first come-first serve basis.

Download WALK Brochure

Download WALK Poster

Extra brochures are also available at UPS Store locations throughout Rhode Island.

Team Tips

Getting Started

  • Ask permission to make up signs at work/school.
  • Set a positive example-ask the principal and the staff of the school to join your team. Ask the PTO to highlight the walk at their next meeting remind the PTO President of the fact that participating in this event can directly benefit your school.
  • Set a recruitment and fundraising goal.
  • Ask the PTO/Principal if the school can host an event to raise money for the walk. A dress down day, bake sale, car wash, dance, movie night etc.
  • Ask local businesses to support your effort by hosting a night where a percentage of proceeds will benefit your school team. We have a list of business that will offer these fundraisers to your organization.
  • Another way to raise money for your team is through a letter writing campaign. Write a letter explaining your involvement with the Autism Project and how the programs will benefit the children in your school. Ask if you can pass out this information to each student to bring home. This is an easy way to raise funds and alleviates the uncomfortable face to face solicitation. If you don’t want to mail letters, you can send out an email. If your life has been touched by this disorder you will be overwhelmingly surprised by the response this letter or email will elicit.
  • Encourage students, family members and friends to sign up others for your team.
  • Have t-shirts for your team-that features the person or school you are walking for: there are many places to buy them, Job Lot, Michaels, AC Moore, and Joanne Fabrics have inexpensive shirts where you could use an iron on transfer. We also have a list of outside vendors you can purchase t-shirts from. Please contact The Autism Project for a list of vendors.

Keeping the Momentum Going!

Get the word out! Encourage the involvement of your team by utilizing newsletters, e-mail, incentives, PTO involvement and group activities. Put up posters, hand out flyers or send an e-mail.

Prepping for the big day

For your convenience, community/school challenge participants can arrange to visit our office to obtain food tickets and drop off donations during the week prior to the walk.

Funds can also be turned in the day of the event. Please make a note on all checks in the memo line of the team name/school. It is advisable to convert all cash to checks if you are planning to hand in the money at the walk itself to ensure proper team credit towards the community challenge.

Organize a meeting place for all your team members to meet at the walk. You may want to make a sign with your team name on it. Please contact to obtain a map of the park.

Have fun and take plenty of pictures!

Post Walk

The Autism Project will send out thank you letters for all donations over $75.00. If your walkers need letters for their taxes please have them send in checks payable to the Autism Project with the team name clearly designated on the memo line of each check submitted. This will enable us to accurately determine your total team contribution.

You can also send out a personal thank you note or email to your team members, telling them how much you raised.

Submit your team picture for your school newsletter, submit to the local paper, email it to

The team captain will be notified if your team has earned free training.


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