You have decided on the event you want to take part in, which may be in a few weeks or a few months. But the task of hitting a financial target can seem daunting, so find details here on how to get started.
- Contact Holly in the events team events(at)childhoodfirst.org.uk to receive a fundraising information pack; which includes information about the charity and items to help you get started, ie sponsorship forms.
- You might then like to visit www.virginmoneygiving.com to set up an online fundraising page. You can then save your link onto your email signatures, email it to all your friends, family and work colleagues, and even put it onto your Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Another popular idea is to blog about your event, e.g. http://www.thornbyhall3peakschallenge.blogspot.co.uk. This gives your supporters the chance to feel involved, and also show how hard you are training/the difficulties you have endured.
- www.guess2give.com is a great new way to fundraise, at no cost to Childhood First you can encourage your supporters to (for instance) guess how long it will take you to run the Dublin Marathon! Then the person who’s guess is closest wins a cash prize-from a £3.00 bet, up to £2.50 goes to charity and the 50p to a prize ‘pot’ for the winner.
Top 10 Tips
- Make sure your fundraising page is compelling and explains your motivation.
- Time your donation request as people are more likely to be generous with their sponsorship after payday.
- Don’t forget to ask for Gift Aid as it means more money comes to us.
- Ask close friends and family to donate first as other people may then match their generosity.
- Tell people what your fundraising target is and what their contribution will help achieve for Childhood First.
- Add some perspective around a suggested donation e.g. £10 might mean missing a takeaway dinner
- Set yourself small weekly fundraising targets rather than thinking about a daunting total target.
- Collect donations before your event online– as soon as the money is received, they pass it on to us so we benefit straightaway.
- Get friends and family to spread the word about your fundraising too – they’ll be keen to help you get more sponsors.
- Mention your fundraising event in your answerphone messages, email signatures, notice boards, anywhere you can!