If you’ve never planned a fundraising event or activity before, there’s no need to feel daunted. We’re here to support you and help make your activity as fun and stress-free as possible.
Here are our top tips for organising fantastic fundraising events:
Keep it simple:
Set a date
Be sure to check that your event doesn't clash with others like the World Cup Final, Grand National or start of school holidays!
Make sure you plan your event well in advance. If it’s too big to hold at home or at your workplace then consider local halls, community centres or pubs. You will need permission from the owners and remember to book your venue in good time.
Ask for help
Getting friends, family and work colleagues to help you will make the planning process a lot more fun and creative. Getting them involved will also generate enthusiasm and support for your event.
Draw up a budget
Plan out how much you’re likely to spend then look at ways to cut costs as much as possible. Set yourself a fundraising target that will be significantly more than the cost of the event. Remember, the more you spend, the less we get!
Don’t forget we have a wide range of fundraising goodies such as T-shirts, collecting buckets, banners and balloons available to support your event. Write a plan checklist and tick things off as you go. If you need props or costumes why not shop with us to see what bargains you can pick up.
Keep it legal
Seek permission where necessary and check legal requirements. Make sure you find out whether special licenses are required. This particularly applies if you plan to organise a raffle or street collection. If you are planning to organise a raffle, please ensure you contact us first so that we can advise on how to run it legally. If you’re under 18, check that it’s okay for you to take part in a fundraiser
As the event organiser you must ensure the safety of your fundraisers. Not only are you required to comply with Health and Safety legislation but you may also need to consider First Aid and Fire Safety requirements. Your local council will be able to provide you with full details.
You may need public liability insurance for your event. Check with your venue and service providers (for example bands, catering, marquee hire) as they may already be covered.
Publicise your event
Do so as widely as possible in your neighbourhood. You could put up posters, hand out flyers and even get your local papers, parish magazines and radio stations involved. Remember that word of mouth is one of the best forms of publicity so invite everyone you know and ask them to tell all their friends and work colleagues. Social Media is a great way of reaching lots of people and spreading the word about your event.
Keep a record
List everyone who has supported you. You’ll find it a useful reminder of who to thank after the event.
Enjoy yourself and tell us about your event!
We love to know what people are doing to support us and we may be able to help you. Please complete a Register your Event form.
For more information contact the Community Fundraising Team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call us on 023 9223 8531