Reaching a fundraising target can seem like a big challenge. Luckily, there are lots of ways to help boost the funds raised from your event or challenge. Here are some ideas to help you maximise the money you raise.
Make a budget – and stick to it
Set yourself a fundraising target and work out a budget. Make sure your ticket prices cover the cost of the event, plus a donation to the charity. You could also draft in some friends to help out with things like food prep and taking pictures.
Remember that some businesses will give a discount, a percentage of bar takings, or even provide goods for free for charity events – so make sure to ask. The Fundraising Team can provide you with a letter of authority to give as evidence of your fundraising activities.
Choose the best time and venue
The right venue can make your event spectacular.
- Visit your chosen venue and speak to the manager well before your event, to avoid any surprises
- Check there is parking, disabled access and the venue’s capacity. Remember to find out if you need insurance and risk assessments. Take a look at our tips on keeping your event safe and legal
- Consider the best time to hold your event. For example, during the school holidays might work for you, but most of your guests could be away on holiday
Make every penny count
Think of some little ways for people to donate extra at your event. Here are some ideas:
- Hold a raffle. Ask local businesses to donate the prizes. Make sure you read the guidelines on running a raffle and contact us for a Letter of Authority
- Display a collection tin or bucket
- Set up an online donation page for anyone who can’t make it to your event. Check out JustGiving and follow the step by step instructions. If you need any extra ideas to help make your page a success, take a look at our 10 top tips
Promote your fundraising event
Whether you’re using online fundraising or paper sponsor forms, there are ways to spread the word to help boost your donations. By sharing your own story and explaining why you want to support Myeloma UK, people are more likely to attend your event, sponsor you or volunteer their time.
You could also:
- Make posters explaining what you are doing and put them up at work, school, hospital or around the local community
- Post on your social media. If you have a JustGiving page, remember to share the link.
- Ask your local radio station to do a shout out
- Write a press release
- Let everyone know their donations are making a real difference, with our Myeloma UK Shopping List