Efficient fundraising for the time-stretched

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Step by step fundraising guide

Your chosen charity will provide you with limitless support and advice throughout your fundraising - so you're not alone, it's a team effort.

Let's say you need to raise £500 in 3 months. We could break it down into stages, which might look something like this...

STEP 1
Set up an online fundraising page with Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving then send the link to your friends, family & colleagues by email and it share it with your contacts on social media. Then get your friends & family to share it too. The average facebook user has 130 friends so this is a great way to raise sponsorship.

Make your pages & emails interesting by adding photos, details of your chosen cause & details of your challenge. Include facts & figures from the charity website and how the sponsorship money will help. Impress everyone with the scale of your challenge (in miles, kilometres feet etc).

STEP 2
Your chosen charity can provide paper sponsor forms too so ask those friends & family members who may not have access to the internet and put posters up in your workplace or local area to spread the word.

STEP 3
Use WordPress to create a personal blog to record your fundraising activities then link it to your social media pages. This will get more sponsors interested when they see the effort you're putting in.

STEP 4
Run a traditional cake stall at a school, church or fete & remember to get photos of the baking etc to post in your blog. Kiddies drinks are always a good seller & you can charge a slightly higher price for them too.

STEP 5
Book a space at your local Car Boot & gather up unwanted items & clothing from friends & family. Don't forget to make a sign saying that all proceeds are going towards your charity.

STEP 6
Have a wine-tasting night. You could make it fancy dress, do a quiz, sell raffle tickets or do Karaoke. You could sell tickets or ask for a donation. Get plenty of photos for your blog!

STEP 7
Time to remind everyone (especially your employer) how close you are to your target - this works a treat.

STEP 8
Go to a busy pedestrian area & use your charity fundraising pack, balloons, collection tins, t-shirt, stickers, leaflets etc to help smash your target.

Now you can start to get really excited about your challenge in the knowledge that you've raising vital funds for a great cause - well done!

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