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Our Top Tips For Fundraising

Did you know that Jill’s Fundraising Journey doesn’t receive any sort of financial help from the Government or any other local schemes? Instead, we rely on the kindness of strangers and third-party donations to keep the charity going. It costs around £2,000 a month to keep the charity operating, offering free holidays and raising awareness, and to achieve this we need your help! But we know fundraising can seem a bit daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before, so today we’re sharing our top tips to make the most of any fundraising event.


Use Your Skills


This is the step a lot of people get stuck on. They want to raise money, but they just don’t know how. The key? Do something you’re already good at! If you’re an amazing baker, hold a bake sale. If you’re a yoga instructor, run charity classes. Adrenaline junkie? Do a sponsored skydive (or insert preferred high-adrenaline sport here). Whatever your skill, use it for good by turning it into a fundraiser.


Let The Organisation Know


Whoever you’re raising money for, let them know about it! Charities love to know that people care about their cause enough to raise money for them, and we can give you help and support. You can fill in our registration form or just get in touch with us to let us know what amazing fundraising ideas you have!


Set Up A Fundraising Page


Now onto the fun part! Get yourself a fundraising page set up. JustGiving is our personal favourite but there are other services you can use to collect donations from the public. Online fundraising is the easiest and most secure way to do this, as well as protecting everyone involved. Setting up a JustGiving page is quick and straightforward, but if you need help doing this then give us a shout, we’ll be happy to lend a hand.


Follow The Rules


Just like every other industry, fundraising has rules. They’re set by The Fundraising Regulator, which has both general and specific rules that all fundraisers have to follow to keep their events safe and legal. So whatever you’re doing, make sure that you’re following the rules at all times. If you’re not sure what they are, you can find the full rules here.


Send Invitations


Any fundraising event is a great opportunity to get your friends and family together while doing a good thing for the community. Create a Facebook event, make posters, send invitations – all of these are great ways to spread the word about all of the amazing things you have planned. If you contact us, we can even send you our logo to use on your materials.


Keep People Updates


Once you’ve invited people along, don’t forget to keep them updated. Modern life is incredibly busy, so it’s all too easy for your event to slip their minds. Share your progress on social media regularly, including when you hit a fundraising target, any events you’re doing, and any publicity you get along the way. All of this keeps your efforts in people’s minds and encourages people to continue giving.


Get Matched Funding


A great way to boost your fundraising is to see if your workplace (or anyone else who is helping you) offers a matched giving scheme. This is a common policy in corporates and means that whatever you raise by yourself, your company will match the amount – so you can double your total in seconds! If you’re able to use a matched giving scheme, get in touch with us so that we can make the arrangements.  


Take Photos


This is the bit most people forget to do. There’s so much else to manage in the run-up and on the day, that taking photos might not be at the top of your list. But any charity would love to see what you’re up to when your fundraising, and might even be able to help bolster your fundraising efforts by sharing your pictures and links. Don’t forget to tag us on social media!


Have Fun!


You’ve worked so hard to put this fundraising event on, that now it’s time to relax and enjoy it! Take the time to celebrate everything you’ve achieved through this journey, and whatever your event or activity is, make sure you have the time to enjoy it.

There are a lot of different ways you can support Jill’s Fundraising Journey, and if you have an idea that could help us, we would love to hear from you. Just get in touch with one of our team members to discuss your idea and make it a reality. 

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