1. Start early
The sooner you get started the better. Make a fundraising plan of ideas and how much you think you can raise from each.
Let your friends and family know what you are doing and see how they may be able to support you - whether it is cheering you on or helping you fundraise. Focus on looking at all of your networks before you come up with your fundraising plan.
2. Set up your JustGiving page
This is the safest and most reliable way of raising funds. In fact, results show that those who set up an online fundraising page raise an average of £300 more than those that don’t.
3. Be confident that what you are doing is amazing!
If you don’t tell people what you are doing and why you are doing it, why would they support you? Don’t be afraid to ask – the worst that they can say is no!
For those that do promise to sponsor you but keep forgetting, don’t be embarrassed to remind them. It usually takes about 3 times of asking before someone will sponsor you..... simply a sign of how busy our lives have become. Go on – be bold!
4. Spread the word
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms are opportunities for free publicity across your networks, as well as being a great way of sharing news of the varied activities you get up to whilst progressing towards your fundraising target.
Don’t stop there - send a press release to your local paper, make contact with your radio station and contact all of the businesses in your local area. Read our top tips on how to spread the word here
5. Double your money
Ask your employer if they have a matched giving scheme. They could make a big difference by doubling the money you raise. If they don’t have one, see if any of your friends or family work for an organisation that does do matching and ask them to fundraise and apply for matching on your behalf.
6. Keep it simple
Be realistic with your targets, plan your events wisely and use our advice and support to help you come up with a plan that will maximise your income.
7. Pick your timing
Be strategic with your fundraising (people are more likely to support you at the beginning of the month in the wake of pay day than at the end!). Check that your events don’t clash with any important dates in the diary, annual holidays, weddings, festivals - or granny’s 90th birthday!
8. Capture the moment
We love to see what you have done and share this with other fundraisers. Nothing inspires people more than pictures– they tell a thousand words, so have your camera at the ready, capture your fundraising achievement and share them with us.
9. Thank everyone
After the event, thank everyone that has supported you, tell them how much you have raised and how their help has contributed towards VSO’s fight against poverty.
10. Use us!
With our resources and knowledge and your enthusiasm, we know that you will reach or even exceed your target easily, so contact us, any time, any day – we will be happy to help!