The following has worked really well in previous tours. Our average pledge per rider is quite good.
* Yes, one can still ride the tour without gathering any pledges, but part of our purpose in the tour is to support the operation of the camp. Once you start asking around for pledges, you'll find it's not too hard to run up some very helpful numbers for FPYC.
And about pledging, I recommend and will create a free Razoo.com Fundraiser for you. This system has made pledging in previous tours easier on the riders, and donors - an all-online pledge experience. It's very secure and provides more immediate benefit to FPYC. The funds are already collected so there's no post-tour scramble for you. Razoo handles the Tax Receipts so your donors get that documentation - again something more you don't have to worry about.
Once registered, you will have a page on our team Leaderboard. You can email your page out to friends and family, Facebook it, whatever. You, your donors, and the camp will be well served by this enhancement.