You can do it!
Once you set your mind to it, it’s amazing what you can achieve. Hundreds of people have reached and even exceeded their fundraising targets...and you can too. Here are some tips and advice - when you sign up you’ll receive lots more.
Start by setting up your online fundraising page
- Create an on-line fundraising page and start collecting sponsorship in minutes.
- We recommend Virgin Money Giving - they don't take a penny in profit so keep their charges really low. Plus they collect Gift Aid for free.
- Check out their 5 Simple Steps to Maximise your Fundraising . Our favourite is the Fundraising Toolkit. Pick up great ideas that have helped other fundraisers smash their sponsorship targets.
Make a fundraising plan
Break down your fundraising target into smaller chunks and make a plan. Capitalise on your contacts - get your friends, family and colleagues involved too.
£3000 - YOU’VE DONE IT!
£500 - Non-uniform day at a local school
£300 - Quiz night at your local pub
£250 - Sponsorship from friends & family
£150 - Raffle of prizes from local businesses
£200 - Ebay unwanted items – get friends & family to have a clear out too
£350 - Supermarket bag pack
£600 - Six friends, family or colleagues raise £100 each on your behalf
£450 - Monthly sweepstake at work
£200 - Team up with friends for a charity tin collection in local pubs
Check out our A – Z of fundraising ideas
Get inspired by our A – Z of fundraising ideas.
From an Auction of Promises to a Zumbathon... there's bound to be something to inspire you!
What's your top tip?
Here’s a simple but profitable fundraising idea we wanted to share with you from past participant Andy Mcfadyen:
"Car washing, if you have the equipment and the place to do it. £5 a car, raised hundreds doing that for a year before climbing Kili".
Please email us your top tip and we'll feature it here.
Get social and spread the word
Social media is a great way to get your story, and your fundraising page, to a much wider audience...
Fundraising on Facebook
- You’ll find links across Virgin Money Giving to quickly and easily share your fundraising page on Facebook. For example, you’ll see a Facebook panel when you finish setting up your fundraising page, or sign into your account.
- Update your Facebook status with your on-line fundraising page link so all of your friends see it in their News Feeds. For an extra push, post your link on their walls.
- Ask friends to ‘donate’ their status update to you. Via their statuses, you can reach people you might not know.
Fundraising on Twitter
- It’s a good idea to ask people to sponsor you with a personal message like an email, but Twitter is a great way to send out updates and reminders.
- Use Twitter to share your on-line fundraising page – write what you’re doing and why people should sponsor you.
- Ask your followers to retweet your link – so it reaches their followers too.
Fundraising on YouTube
- Use YouTube to keep a video diary of your fundraising or make a film telling people why they should sponsor you.
- YouTube is a fun way to promote your fundraising and keep people interested in what you’re doing.
Fundraising with Blogs
- Your challenge event is exciting, interesting and newsworthy so start a blog about it. Blogs are a great way to share your photos, videos and tweets in one place, keeping your supporters up-to-date
Organise a fundraising event
Events are a great way to give your fundraising a boost. Try to base the event around your hobbies and interests. It is always much easier to raise money doing the things you and your friends enjoy. Here are some fundraising event ideas from past participants:
Quiz night - Comedy night - Fashion show - Dinner dance - Zumba party night - 5–a–side football competition - Car boot sale - Car wash - Sponsored shaving head or beard - Non-uniform day at local school - Dress down day at work
Contact your charity for help
Ask the charity for posters or flyers about the charity and its work. Display at events you organise and use them when asking for donations.
If you are planning to do a collection, get a sealed collecting tin and an identity badge from the charity.
Check you have the registered charity number – it must be included on all written materials used in your fundraising.
Share your story
If you have a great fundraising idea or story we'd love to hear from you.
We can then post it to help other people boost their fundraising.
Please drop us an email.
- Don’t be afraid to ask everyone you know – friends, family, work mates, members of the sports team you play for, old school friends, your hairdresser. Remember – if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
- When you set up your on-line fundraising page or start your sponsor form try to set an example by beginning with a large sponsor – hopefully other people will follow suit.
- Always add a target to your sponsorship page / form – and adjust it when you get closer!
- Never be afraid to ask people to sponsor you – charities rely on people like you to continue their excellent work. Most people will give to charity but only when asked.
- Explain what you are raising money for, so people know where they money goes - carry a leaflet from the charity with you.
- Take a sponsor form everywhere and tell everyone about your online fundraising page; you never know when you may bump into a potential sponsor.
- Ask a local pub or shop if you can leave a sealed charity collection box for people to donate their change.
- If people cannot afford to donate money they may be willing to donate their time and energy. Perhaps they could help you plan an event?
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