Make a plan
Spending a few minutes creating a plan will make your fundraising simpler and more successful. Think about what you’ll need to make your fundraising a success:What
activities are you going to do? Check out our Fundraising Ideas
here for some inspiration.Where
can you hold it?When
do you want to carry it out?Who
do you want to invite/ask to donate?How much
are you aiming to raise? Having a realistic target is proven to make fundraising more successful. Use your contacts
While you’ll want to share your fundraising campaign with friends and family for donations, think about who might be able to help with your fundraising itself.
For example, do you know someone who works at a bar that could hold a quiz night for you, or someone who’d let you hold a bake sale in their office?Contact local businesses
Equally, reaching out to local businesses can be a great way to boost your fundraising – you might be surprised by how many people are willing to help.
Could you contact local restaurants to see if they’d be able to host a fundraising dinner for you at a reduced rate, or speak to shops and businesses to ask for prizes for a raffle?Promote your CrowdRise or Facebook page
It’s normal to feel nervous asking people for money, but remember you’re doing it for a great cause. It helps to have confidence in why you’re fundraising for Unite to Light – check out ‘What to say to donors’ for some facts and inspiration about our work.
While you don’t want to share your fundraising page every day, sending weekly updates on social media or email can be key to engaging people and reminding them of the cause you’re supporting.
Remember: it will often take people several views of your efforts before they actually donate – have a look at our Using the Press and Social Media on the Get Started
page for tips.Setting a budget
If your fundraising plan requires you to spend money, make sure you budget correctly – we don’t want you going out of pocket for this.
It can help to breakdown what you’re going to need to pay for (e.g. ingredients for a bake sale/upfront payment for a charity dinner party). In general, if you raise $3 for every $1 spent you’re doing well.Paying in funds
The simplest way to pay in any funds is to ask people to donate online to your CrowdRise page or Facebook Fundraiser. However, if people give you cash at an event or for a raffle ticket, you can simply bank it yourself and transfer it into your page, or mail in a check (you can leave a note thanking those who’ve donated when putting the money on your page). Please see our Getting Started
page for more tips.