Fundraise far and wide
Wondering how you’re going to hit that fundraising target? One of our top tips is to take five minutes and map out your fundraising network. We guarantee you that once you get going, you’ll be amazed at the number of generous people you know and all the different fundraising avenues you can pursue.
Scratching your head, wondering where to begin? Here are some examples to get you started:
Don’t be afraid to shout about your fundraising from the rooftops via Whatsapp, social media and on email.
Also, have a ponder about the fundraising networks of your family and friends. Perhaps your parents are members of a local walking group and the team could host a fundraising trek. Or maybe your best friend works at the local pub and would be happy to put a collection tin behind the bar.
Never be afraid to ask your nearest and dearest for help hitting your fundraising target. They’ll probably be more than happy to get involved.
When thinking about fundraising at work, there are three things you need to consider:
- Where you work. The environment and purpose of the company will affect how you’re able to fundraise. Do you work in an office? Fancy dress days always go down a storm! Perhaps you work in retail. If so, could your company provide prizes for a raffle?
- Who you work with. Consider involving colleagues, suppliers, customers, other companies in your building, the sandwich delivery person, the postman – anyone and everyone!
- How can you spread your fundraising message? Add it to your email signature, create a poster for the kitchen, send an all staff email, make an intranet announcement, share in a company newsletter or on work social media channels.
Be it your old or current place of education or your children’s, schools etc are great places to fundraise!
Could you put up posters, be included in a newsletter, have a stall at a fete or throw your own epic event?
Here’s some suggestions:
- Sports Day
- Parent-Teacher Associations
- Summer Fete
- Christmas Markets
- College & University
- Student Union
- Groups & Societies
There are endless fundraising opportunities in your local community. You’ve just got to know where to look.
Here’s some inspiration:
- Gym/sports centre
- Sports clubs
- Religious Buildings/Groups
- Women’s Institute
- Rotary clubs
- Masonic lodges
- Village hall
- Village fete
- Newspapers & magazines
- Facebook groups & pages
One of our fab supporters recently recruited a local boxer to join in with his Skipathon fundraiser. He contacted the local press who shared his story and donations came flying in.
Never underestimate the fundraising power of your hobby.
One of our incredible supporters successfully campaigned for Young Lives vs Cancer to be Charity of the Year at their golf club. They went on to raise £50K in one year.
Here’s some other ideas: Host a class or event, sell something you’ve made, put up posters and collection tins in the place you take your classes and of course, don’t be afraid to ask your fellow enthusiasts for their support.
You can turn any of the below hobbies into fundraising gold:
- Arts & crafts
Once you’ve had a ponder, you can add your key networks to our fab Fundraising Planner.
And if you’re still worried about hitting that target. Dont worry, if you’re reading this, you’re already on your way to becoming a top Young Lives vs Cancer fundraiser. So a big THANK YOU in advance for all of your incredible efforts. You’re a fundraising super star!