We’ve put together some helpful fundraising tips to help get you started and get the most out of your events and activities.
1. Do something fun or interesting
Choose an event or an activity which you and your friends will enjoy planning, organising and taking part in and try to be creative and think of something original or personal which will get people interested in what you’re doing. Take a look at our fundraising ideas for some inspiration. One important thing to think about is what resources you have available including time, money and people.
2. Tell your story
People will be much more interested in your fundraising if they know a little bit about you and why you’ve chosen to support the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity – especially if you’re asking people other than friends or family. Try to include this information in your online fundraising page and in any letters or emails you send out.
3. Set up an online fundraising page
Setting up an online fundraising page is a fantastic and easy way to raise money. Your can personalise your page by adding pictures and messages to make sure everyone knows why you’re fundraising and for who..
You then simply send the link out to all your friends and family who make a donation online which means that there’s no need to chase sponsors up for their money at a later date! It also means that you can reach friends, family and colleagues who you may want to ask to sponsor you but don’t see as often. Gift Aid is also claimed automatically which means that every donation made by a UK Tax payer is worth 25% more to us.
Your online fundraising page can also be linked to social networking sites, such as facebook and twitter to help publicise your event and encourage more donations.
JustGiving is one of the easiest ways to set up a personalised online fundraising page.
4. Start fundraising
Whether you decide to use an online fundraising page or a traditional paper sponsorship form try to make sure that you ask your closest friends and family to sponsor you first. If the first few people sponsor you generously the following people are likely to follow suit.
5. Publicise your page
Start publicising your event or activity by emailing the link to your online fundraising page to friends, family and work colleagues, hopefully they will sponsor you and pass it on to their own friends, family and work colleagues.
If you have a facebook or twitter account, try to create some interest in your fundraising efforts – post updates about you fundraising efforts – is it going well, how far you have to go to reach your target etc and also post the link to your fundraising page.
Also add your fundraising page’s address on your email signature to spread the word.
6. Company Support
Your employer or local businesses can be a huge help with your fundraising either by donating money or goods.
Many companies have a matched giving scheme allowing you to double what you have raised – ask your work place if this is something they can do for you.
If you don’t work for a company who can help maybe you could write to local companies asking for a direct donation, or if can offer a prize for a raffle or auction at your event.
7. Contact local media
If you are organising a local event that may be of public interest or something out of the ordinary, contact your local paper, radio or TV station. Getting a mention in the local media could give your event or fundraising activity a real boost.
8. Gift Aid
Remember to always ask you sponsors to Gift Aid their donation if they are UK tax payers. By doing this we can receive and extra 25p for every £1 donated and it won’t cost you or your sponsors a penny. Find out more here.
9. Thank you
Remember to thank your sponsors for their donation. If you have an online fundraising page you are often able to send out personalised thank you emails to all your sponsors as they donate.
10. Keep it up
Don’t forget to keep on fundraising and asking people to sponsor you after your event has finished. A large amount of money is raised this way, and people who haven’t sponsored you already may be persuaded to donate when they see the effort you have put into your activity or event.