Fundraising Toolkit

Check out our guide to fundraising for the Walk & Run!

Download the PDF in full, or choose from a range of topics by clicking the links below. This toolkit combines many years of fundraising know-how, but there's always room for growth. If you have a great fundraising idea or feedback on this toolkit, send us an email: for Columbus, for Dayton, and for Toledo.


Grand Walkers are participants who raise $1,000 or more. Grand Walkers inspire the community to go the extra mile and get involved to demonstrate an increased commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. In 2014, 56 Grand Walkers raised almost $100,000!

Grand Walkers receive special recognition:
  • Colorful crowns and balloons
  • Express Check-in
  • Invitation to VIP Breakfast
  • Dedicated phone and email support
  • A commemorative Grand Walkers gift
  • Acknowledgement on

Become a Grand Walker and win a dream vacation to Hawaii!

Any participant who raises $1,000 or more will be entered into a drawing for a trip for four (4) to Hawaii. Package includes: 9 days/8 nights in ocean view rooms at resorts in Kahului-Maui and Honolulu-O’ahu, roundtrip airfare from John Glenn International Airport, private airport transfers, and car rentals. Trip can be customized to make this a dream vacation.

Travel accommodations provided through AAA Travel. View a sample Itinerary

Any participant who raises $1,000 for any AIDS Walk Ohio event will receive ten (10) raffle entries. For every additional $100 raised participants will be receive one (1) additional raffle entry.

This is the year to become a Grand Walker! If you need tips to inspire your fundraising efforts, check-out the AIDS Walk Ohio Fundraising Toolkit.

Participants in all three AIDS Walk Ohio events (Central Ohio, Dayton, and Toledo) are eligible to win. Equitas Health C-Level and Development Staff and their immediate families are not eligible to participate. Raffle is only open to Ohio residents. Winner is responsible for any applicable taxes.Fundraising deadline for Columbus participants is April 28 at 11:59 PM and for Dayton and Toledo participants is May 5 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be announced in May at the AIDS Walk Ohio appreciation event in Columbus.


Silver Teams are comprised of dedicated participants who collectively raise a minimum of$5,000 each. These teams include friends and family, neighbors, colleagues, classmates andconsist of walkers, runners, volunteers, sleep walkers, or any combination of participationtypes.

We honor these teams with:
  • Silver balloons
  • Invitation for (1) to VIP Breakfast
  • Dedicated phone and email support
  • Acknowledgement on


Gold Teams are the Walk & Run’s top fundraising teams, raising a minimum of $10,000 each. They are comprised of friends and family, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, and more who go for the Gold. The impact and combined efforts of Gold Teams exemplify the community spirit that defines the Walk & Run year after year.

We honor these teams with:
  • Gold crowns and balloons
  • Express Check-in with raucous cowbell welcome!
  • Invitation for (2) to VIP Breakfast
  • Dedicated phone and email support
  • Acknowledgement on