Approaching friends, family and people for money can be awkward… but there are things that you can do to make it easy and effective!
Here are nine fundraising ideas to help make your campaign a success.
1. Make a List
Let’s start with the simplest of fundraising ideas. Make a list of close family and friends who would be the first to support you – give them a call or have a chat and ask directly for a donation.
For all your other friends and family, send them a text or an email with a link to the event/cause and your donate page, or post a shout out across your social media platforms.
2. Host an Event
Have a morning tea, barbecue, picnic, or host a games night at your place. Put on some food and drinks, and tell your mates to bring some cash to go towards your fundraising target.
In preparing for your fundraising event, you could:
- approach a local café, butcher, takeaway, bottle shop etc. who may hop on board and help you cater for your cause
- source prizes from local retailers and use them to raise money via games/raffles
*If fundraising for AnglicareSA, we provide authority to fundraise letters that you can show potential suppliers.
3. Host a Movie Night
A great event idea is to invite your networks along to a special screening of a new film. Some cinemas allow you to book a fundraising night offering you reduced rate tickets to resell to friends and family at full price.
4. Swap a Gift for a Donation
If you have an upcoming birthday or anniversary, tell your friends and family to donate to your chosen cause in lieu of a gift. This can be easily done on Facebook, which now enables users to set up their own donation page.
5. Exchange your Trade
Are you amazing at sewing or knitting? Use any skills you currently have to provide a service for others. For example, if you have a trade, offer to do some small jobs in exchange for a donation.
6. Run a Raffle
Approach local businesses for vouchers or prizes and sell raffle tickets to friends, family, teammates and colleagues. Beer and wine, hampers, massage vouchers, and movie tickets all perform well as prizes.
7. Show Your Dedication to a Cause
Much like the Ice Bucket Challenge for MND (motor neurone disease) and the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, you can show your dedication to any cause.
For example, if raising money for homelessness, show your networks that you’re prepared to sleep outdoors one night during winter.
8. Clean Out the Shed
Have you been meaning to clean out the back shed? Are you ever going to use that exercise bike again?
Raising money for charity is the perfect time to sell unwanted items. Hold a garage sale or advertise online – if you state your cause, buyers might even be prepared to pay a little more.
9. Workplace Fundraising
Many workplaces will assist with fundraising if provided with the details. Here are some idea to get you started:
- Talk to your employer about a dollar-matching agreement or any other contribution
- Put up posters in the office
- Send an email to work colleagues notifying them of what you are doing
- Bake treats for sale at work for a gold coin donation – make sure you provide adequate signage to let people know what you are doing (this is not a free feed opportunity!)
Keen to Learn More?
If you’d like to find out more about fundraising for AnglicareSA contact [email protected].