How To Fundraise

Beginners Guide To Fundraising

Great news, you have decided to take on that big challenge for charity! The only problem is that you have just discovered that fundraising is not quite as easy as you thought. Coming up with the right fundraising ideas for your charity can seem like a real minefield, there are so many ways that you can start but the question everyone always asks is, where do I start?

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Tips For Creating An Online Fundraising Page

Once you have committed to your fundraising challenge and you have started to formulate a number of brilliant fundraising ideas the next thing you must do is create an online fundraising page. So many people do this and they do not do it justice. Here are our top ten tips on how to get the most out of your online fundraising page.

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Top 5 Tips For Raising Money Offline

It may seem like all fundraising ideas require you to be sat at your computer, Facebook fundraising, twitter fundraising Instagram fundraising you name it. If you still like to live a little in the past, here are our top 5 ways to raise money offline.

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Fundraising The Distance

All charities will ask you to fundraise a certain amount of money for them if you decide to run using a charity place. The principle is quite simple, the more difficult the challenge the more they will be asking you to fundraise! Sounds like it’s the wrong way around but your friends, family and supporters will sponsor you higher amounts for more difficult tasks. Here is the rough guide to the distances and the amount you will have to fundraise.

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Fundraising As A Team

Fundraising for charity as a team is a great way to boost your motivation, as well as the total amount of money you raise. The saying 'A great team is more than the sum of its parts' is certainly true here. You and your teammates can collaborate all your ideas and contacts to maximise your fundraising potential.

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Online Giving Sites

There are a number of online donation websites and it’s important you do a little bit of research before deciding on which one to use. The amount of money you raise for your charity can drastically vary depending on which site you use to promote your events and manage your fundraising target. We have a site by site guide which will help you make up your mind and save you time as you learn how to fundraise.

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Think Like Your Charity

Every good fundraiser will tell you that one of the best ways to appeal to supporters is to appeal to their hearts so make sure you communicate your charities message clearly. Think about the type of charity you are supporting and then pick challenges that potential donors can relate to.

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Using The Media To Fundraise

One of the best ways to get support if you have taken up a fundraising challenge is to contact the local media. Radio stations and local newspapers are a fantastic way to drum up that extra support you might need. Therefore, if there is a budding reporter or journalist locked away inside of you, its time to release them!

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How To Plan A Charity Fundraising Event

So you are trying to meet a fundraising target and you are shrugging your shoulders every time you are asked how you are going to raise the money. The answer to hitting your target is to arrange a fundraising event of your own. Your friends and family, work colleagues and pretty much anyone you have a relationship with of any sort will be happy to part with their money if they are touched by a heart felt appeal, entertained by your terrible attempt to sing or you put yourself through a traumatic experience

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How To Boost Your Fundraising

We all know it's easy to approach friends, family and colleagues in search of sponsorship for your event. But how else can you maximise your fundraising total to get the biggest possible donation for your chosen charity? Here are some ideas you may not have thought of that are easy to do.

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Virgin Money Giving

Virgin Money GivingVirgin Money Giving was created as a not-for-profit business by Virgin Money with one aim in mind, to make everyone better off. It was Virgin Money’s sponsorship of the London marathon that spawned the idea for Virgin Money giving and after millions of pounds of investment by Virgin Money they have created a fantastic, easy to use and secure website that helps to generate millions of fundraising pounds for thousands of charities.

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Easiness of Fundraising

Training to run for charity is no walk in the park, and raising money takes a bit of effort too. We have ideas for you to increase your fundraising total that are so easy a baby could do them, ranging to ones that are more difficult but that are really worth the effort.

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Super Easy Fundraising Ideas

These ideas are a piece of cake, low effort and high reward as every penny you collect will make a difference for your chosen charity. There’s no excuse not to try at least one of these, and if you have a few months before your event then why not try a different idea every week?

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Easy Fundraising Ideas

Here we have collected some easy fundraising ideas that anyone can try, these little beauties require just a little effort and can take you anywhere from 30 mins to just a couple of hours. Your are in for a real treat if you are in desperately in need of a few ideas to help you smash your fundraising target.

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Challenging Fundraising Ideas

The more effort you put in, the more money you are likely to get out of your fundraising. These ideas are achievable for almost anyone but they will need a little effort to be a success. If you’re prepared to give a little more of your time, then try these ideas, we bet you won’t regret it.

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Tough Fundraising Ideas

If you are going to run for charity, then why not go the extra mile with your fundraising too and really set yourself apart from everyone else. There’s no denying these fundraising ideas will require time, and effort from you, but the rewards in donations for your charity will definitely be worth it.

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Fundraising Target

It’s always a good idea to set yourself an overall fundraising target, and as you watch the total raised mount up, you might be falling short and looking for a way to boost your total. Depending how much you need to raise, we have collected ideas together from a small boost, to a game changing amount.

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Fundraising £25

Raising £25 is an achievable amount that you can easily add to your fundraising target with one of these ideas. Simple and effective, every £25 adds up very quickly so why not try several of these ides as part of your fundraising plan.

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Fundraising £50

Adding £50 to your charity total would be a great day’s work, and with some of these ideas take just a few hours let alone a day! If you need a bit of a boost then check out these ideas, there is sure to be one you fancy giving a try.

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Fundraising £100

These activities are ideal if you want to add £100 to your amount raised. It’s a good idea to try something like this when you are first getting started to raise awareness of what you’re doing, and if there’s already a good amount of money on your page people are more likely to donate later on.

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Fundraising £150

Aiming to raise £150 is a good place to start with these simple fundraising ideas. You could raise even more than this, you never know! You could aim to do something like this once a month to regularly boost your running total of donations, a great way to stay motivated as you prepare to run for charity.

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Fundraising £250

If we told you that pretty much anyone could raise £250 towards their charity you might not believe us, but just check out these ideas and you might be surprised at how easy some of them are. Yes, you’ll have to put some thought and effort in, but the extra cash on your target will make it all worthwhile.

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Fundraising £500

There is no denying that raising £500 towards your fundraising total in one go would give you a massive boost and with ideas you can aim to do just that. These ideas are great if you are running a marathon or fundraising as a team and have a bit of times on your hands.

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Fundraising Times

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One hour fundraising Ideas

Yes, you really can complete a fundraising activity in just an hour. No excuses, you can try any one of these ideas in your lunch break and still be home in time to complete your training run! Or, try one on a Saturday morning and you’ll be feeling great all weekend.

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Fundraising Over a Few Hours

These ideas can all be done in just a few hours, whether it’s an afternoon, a morning or an evening after work. If you’ve got a busy schedule these great fundraising ideas will slot in nicely in and around your free time. Why not give one of these a try and watch the money roll in towards your fundraising total.

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One Day Fundraising Ideas

You can raise a fantastic amount in just one day if you put your mind to it, and if you have a free day to devote to fundraising then make the most of it with one of these great ideas. If you can spare a few days to fundraise before your run, you’ll be amazed at how much money you can raise for your charity or favourite cause.

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Weekend Fundraising Ideas

Give up just one weekend, and with one of these ideas you will not only have a great time, but also raise cash for the charity you are training to run for. Try something new, do something easy from home, there are options here to suit everyone and all can be completed in just 2 days. Just think you could smash your fundraising total in just one sitting!

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One Week Fundraising Ideas

In just one week, you could earn a massive wedge of cash for your charity by trying one of these ideas. This is a great thing to do if you’re part way through your training regime for the big race and needing a motivating boost to help you keep going.

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One Month Fundraising Ideas

Raising money as you prepare to run for charity is a long game, and these ideas are things you can do over the course of a month. An hour here and there, plus perhaps a morning, or a few evening after work, can soon mount up and help you to easily hit the fundraising target your charity has set you.

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