Fundraising can seem daunting but it doesn’t need to be. With a little thought and preparation it can be fun, sociable and rewarding. The following checklist offers some useful tips to help you get the most out of your fundraising.
Set yourself a fundraising goal
Think of an achievable amount you think your event could reach in sponsorship. It might be a good idea to look at what others doing similar events are trying to raise.
Set up an online sponsorship page
Whether you're taking part in one of our events or organising your own, an online fundraising page is a convenient and safe way for people to sponsor you . You can do this quickly and easily at www.justgiving.com/rowanshospice.
The Hospice's Just Giving page helps you set up your own personal page to make and receive donations for a current fundraising appeal or event, or set up monthly donations. It also has all the latest news on what people are doing to fundraise for the Hospice, so you can use it as inspiration for your own fundraising.
Don’t blitz your email address book or Facebook friends in one go. Start with a few people you can rely on to sponsor you and who are likely to donate generously. Don’t forget to contact your friends overseas who can donate online too!
Ask your employer to match fund
Many employers support ‘match-giving’ for charitable causes. Tell your employer about your fundraising and see if you can get them to match the amount you raise.
Say ‘thank you’
Keep your supporters regularly updated and always thank anyone who has sponsored you.
Don’t stop fundraising after the event
Your online sponsorship page will continue to accept donations for up to three months after an event has happened. Tell all your supporters how it went and update your page to show a photo of you crossing the finishing line or holding your medal and so on. Those yet to sponsor you will have no excuse to drag their heels!
Promote Gift Aid
Whether you’re accepting sponsorship via an online sponsorship page or using a traditional sponsorship form, make your supporters aware that an extra 25% is automatically added to donations if they’re a UK taxpayer and they make use of Gift Aid.
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