It’s never too early to start working on your sponsorship. Be bold. Pray. Watch God work!

As you are working on your sponsorship for the Golf Challenge be sure to ask broadly. We have found through the years that the golfers who ask 50-100 people are far more successful at reaching that $2500 and even surpassing it. You’ll be surprised how many people you can ask when you consider all the different types of people you know. For example:

  • Co-workers
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Facebook connections including high school and college friends
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Accountant
  • Church small group
  • Clients
  • Vendors you use through your business

You can also use different methods for asking:

  • E-mail
  • Snail-mail
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Phone calls (especially people you know respond well to phone calls)
  • Texts
  • Face-to-face

I use a variety of the above options, but rely mostly on e-mail. As the event gets closer, I resend my e-mail ask each week to people who have yet to respond. In addition, I try to post my sponsorship link on Twitter and Facebook often during the last few weeks leading to the event. You could do a campaign as you get closer and closer and post how much more you need to reach your goal.

Most of all, pray as you are sending e-mails, letters and asking people to sponsor you. We’re praying for you as you step out on faith to see God bring in valuable resources for Cru’s ongoing ministry. With every dollar raised we’re helping start spiritual movements everywhere so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus!

For your convenience here are a few of the online resources:
Sample Sponsor Email
Sample Sponsor Letter (for mailing)
Corporate Sponsor letter
Corporate Sponsor Info
SponsorForm (for tracking sponsorship)

Hey fellow Keynote golfers!

I hope all is well with you and that you are experiencing the blessings that can only come from our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wanted to share a few ideas about sponsorship for Keynote 100 Golf Challenge.

After the kick off breakfast I was so fired up! I decided this year to keep that enthusiasm going by sending out sponsorship information right away. The first thing I always do before sending out any communication whether by phone call, email or snail mail is is to take a moment to pray and ask God for his guidance and that I would trust in His sovereignty.

Then I started by contacting all of the people that sponsored me last year and wrote each one a personal note of thanks along with giving them the links necessary to support Keynote again this year. This starts me off on a positive note because I start getting replies and sponsorship notifications almost right away and this motivates me to start working on a new list of contacts for 2011.

The next step for me is to start contacting people that I sent messages to in previous years that I didn’t get a reply to. It only takes a minute or two but I always try to personalize a few sentences at the beginning so the communication doesn’t come across as being too much of a form letter. I also work from my address book in email for new 2011 contacts and pray that God would place names of people and business in my mind that I should contact.

Lastly, that I would boldly proclaim that this isn’t about me, but that it’s about reaching a lost and hurting world with the good news of Christ.

May God bless you in all that you are doing to build His kingdom. In His mighty, holy and precious name,

-Kevin Archuleta
Indiana Golf Challenge – 3rd time in 2011

How’s it going with your sponsorship?