Organising a fundraising event doesn’t have to be complicated, we have compiled this list of fundraising tips to help get you started.
- Quick and easy fundraising events can be giving up something you love for a period of time and getting your friends and family to sponsor on the length of period you will go.
- If you do want to go bigger but still have something easy to organise then hold your event at your place of work or school/college and incorporate it into your day. Hold raffles during lunch breaks or hold a car wash and involve passers-by.
- If you feel confident in organising and co-ordinating a larger event and wish to do so, make sure you consider what skills and interests you have, what resources are available, and what help and equipment you will need - have a contingency plan. Hold it somewhere local that’s familiar to people to ensure everyone will be willing to come along.
- Keep it legal! Holding events in certain venues may mean you will need permission for various things including health and safety and insurance.
- Always make sure you have enough help afterwards to clear up, and dispose of your rubbish carefully and in an environmentally friendly way. Always thank your helpers; this may encourage them to do it again for you in the future.
- If you are doing a sponsored event, always carry a sponsor form with you wherever you go so that you can be an opportunist. Ask people to Gift Aid their money, and give them the option of sponsoring you online through Just Giving, they are great easy ways to collect funds.
- Business support: to get large amounts of sponsorship money it’s worth asking your local businesses to sponsor you, especially if it involves your work place or college, and if it will be a big enough event. In return you could offer them some advertising.
- Do you have an account set up to put the sponsor money into when you collect it? This way you can write a cheque and send it in rather than having loose cash.
- Publicise your event well: posters, leaflets, letters, emails, and if it’s big enough you can even tell your local newspaper about it. This will bring you much more publicity and raise interest in what you’re doing further afield.
Enjoy! Remember, it’s called FUNdraising for a reason!