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Boost your fundraising income
Whether you decide to run a 5k fun run, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or hold a fundraising ball or coffee morning, here are a few simple ideas to help you boost your fundraising income.
Share your personal story
Be sure to let people know your motivation for fundraising. Hearing your personal connection to myeloma and why you want to support Myeloma UK can be incredibly moving and inspiring to potential sponsors. Consider using word of mouth, email, social media such as Facebook, or your intranet at work to spread the word about your fundraising.
Set a target
Set yourself a fundraising target and tell everyone about it. This is a great way to generate some excitement as you strive to meet and beat your target. Having a target also encourages people to give generously.
If your event takes place in a social club, restaurant or hall ask for a charity discount on your booking fee.
Ask local businesses, like restaurants, spas, hotels or shops, for a donation or to sponsor your event in return for advertising their logo or business in your event posters or programmes.
Getting sponsorship is easier than you may think. Don’t feel shy about asking people to sponsor you. You’re doing something that is extremely worthwhile and Myeloma UK programmes and services rely on support from people like you. We can provide you with Myeloma UK sponsorship forms for you to collect donations in person as well as donation envelopes for people who prefer to make discrete donations.
Myeloma UK loses thousands of pounds in potential Gift Aid due to forms not being completed correctly. In order to claim Gift Aid we must have each donor’s name, house number, street, postcode and donation amount. We can claim an additional 25p in Gift Aid for every £1 donated. Please make sure your sponsors completely fill out their details on your sponsor form and read the Gift Aid Declaration.
Aside from collecting donations in person or with a sponsor form, you may want to consider fundraising online. People tend to give more when they donate online. Online fundraising pages are a safe, quick and easy way to raise funds from your family and friends.
To create your own page visit www.justgiving.com or if you want to fundraise for more than one charity at the same time visit www.virginmoneygiving.com.
Be sure to add in your story about why you are fundraising for Myeloma UK and any photos or videos to make your page more personal. Once your page is created, you can email it to your contacts and share your page via Facebook or Twitter. When your family and friends make donations these sites will collect the eligible Gift Aid and forward all funds directly to Myeloma UK.
Matched giving is when an employer matches the total or a portion of funds an employee has raised or donates to charity. Check if your employer has a matched giving policy and see if they will match the funds you raised.