Convincing people to part with their money can be difficult, but there are plenty of great ways to entice people to participate in fundraising. The best one for you will depend on your circumstances, but a little creativity and organisation can go a long way.
Below are some of the most popular and effective ways to raise funds for charity.
A charity auction is a great way to raise funds while having a bit of fun. Selecting the right auctioneer can help greatly, as they will set the tone once the bidding begins. You can also contact local businesses to see if they would like to sponsor lots by donating an item for the auction.
A silent auction adds an exciting twist to a standard auction, and despite the name, result in a much livelier event. Bids are placed in advance while people are inspecting the lots. It’s a common choice for charity auctions as it doesn’t detract from any other entertainment going on.
Hold a raffle
A raffle can be a good way to raise funds over a longer period, especially when you want to maximise your reach. Kids can take books to school and friends and family can take them to work etc. Much like an auction, you should try to connect with local businesses to see what prizes you can offer with the minimal amount of outlay.
Host an event
Whether it’s a summer fayre or a themed party. Hosting your own event can be a great way to raise money. Many companies and providers will offer a discount for a charity event and the money raised can quickly mount up.
Run a distance
This is a more conventional way of raising money personally, especially if you don’t fancy jumping out of a plane. Social media can increase your reach and sponsorship dramatically and you can set the goal for further in the future to give you more time to raise funds.
Jump out of a plane
This works in much the same way as the running above, except the stakes are higher. If you fancy doing something that is a little more daring, especially if you’re scared of heights, let your extended friends list and family pay for you to do it and raise money in the process.
Hold a games night
A games night can incorporate all sorts of games, from just cards to a variety of board and puzzle games. Make it competitive and offer a prize to tempt people to participate.
Office fundraising can offer a welcome break from the daily grind. Whether you set up an office Olympics, including the most chair swivels and elastic band target practice, or simply have a coffee and cake morning, your colleagues will be eager to help.
Get others active
It doesn’t have to be just you that puts your body on the line. Why not organise an event where your sponsors can take part, such as paint balling or go-karting. Add a competitive edge to bring out the wallets or purses.
Fundraising with kids
There are loads of fun ways you can involve kids in fundraising, from a fun event with cakes and face painting, to a sponsored activity. Get the kids involved in spreading the word, as they will really maximise the amount of people that give towards the fundraiser.
Whatever event you choose, try to have fun. You can’t expect others to enjoy it if you don’t.
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