To take the plunge, you only need to raise $75. That's it. But why stop there? Every dollar raised, whether $75, $150, $500, or $1000, makes a difference in the lives of nearly 9,000 Special Olympics athletes right here in Wisconsin. And that's a really cool thing.

Here are 5 quick and easy ways to fundraise to your heart’s content. Plus, as donations rise, so do the cool prizes.

1. Polar Bear Icons

Usually polar bears are dangerous and we wouldn’t advise unleashing them in the masses, but ours are a little more colorful and one-dimensional–and also an easy way to fundraise! You can ask local businesses to sell them for just one buck, and all money counts toward your personal fundraising goal. The bears are free for our Plungers and you can request them here!

2. Donation Form

Keep track of your donations by downloading a 2020 Pledge Form and then take it everywhere you go! It will be your new best friend. And is also a great tool for you to use to keep track of the donations you gather in-person.

3. Raise Money Online

You’re doing something amazing (and a little crazy) and you should tell everyone you know–and get them to sponsor or support you! Let people know they can donate to you online by searching for your name starting here. You can also sent out e-mails asking for donations through your polar plunge registration account. Scroll down below for some email outreach tips!

4. Get the Word Out

Also super easy? Sharing it over your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn pages. You can also like or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and share or re-tweet it directly from our accounts. Scroll down below for sample social media posts you can customize.

5. Matching Gifts

Double your donations by asking your donors if their company offers a Matching Gifts program. If they do, their $25 donation turns into $50 when they complete their company’s Matching Gift form. Simply attach the Matching Gift paperwork to your 2020 Pledge Form, and you’ll get the credit–plus a matching gift winter hat.


Participant tools and tips

Getting Started Flyer

Fundraising Tips and Tools

Email Outreach Tips

Social Media Tips

Sample Social Media Posts

Additional Ways to Fundraise

Polar Plunge Waiver

Matching Gift Form

Pledge Collection Form

Donation Receipt

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