FUNDRAISING TIPS

  • Don’t do it alone! Get your friends and family involved. By enlisting their help, you will keep your level of motivation up while splitting up the fundraising work among multiple people. With their help, you can smash your fundraising goals.
  • Do put your money where your mouth is. Be the first to donate to your fundraising page. By doing this you are showing your commitment to your cause and helping to set a benchmark for other donors.
  • Don’t use a one- size fits- all approach. When you are sending out messages to friends and family, soliciting donations make sure you are personalising the note for each person. People are more likely to donate if you have taken time to tailor your outreach to them.
  • Don’t forget to say thank you! Let donors know the difference they have made and make them feel great about it with a thank you note and how much you have raised.
  • Do share your fundraising page. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and any other social network you can think of. Spread the word and ask your followers to do the same.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask again. People are busy and often need reminding. They may have simply forgotten.
  • Do tell your story! Let your supporters know why you are doing what you are doing. They want to know, so share your passion. Who knows? They might just find a cause of their own in the process.
  • Don’t forget to let your employer know you are fundraising; many employers offer programs that match charitable donations or offer paid time off for volunteer work.
  • Be aware of the costs. Do you have sufficient funds to cover the upfront of your events? Companies and business are often happy to donate items you need for your fundraising event, it might be worth approaching them. And remember to use on-line tools where possible to save costs.
  • Plan your event, make a timetable and be realistic about how long things take, just a tip add extra time in case of unexpected delays.
  • Market your event well in advance, shout about it, advertise, advertise, email, tweet, text, post, to all your friends, families, work colleagues, classmates and tell them what you are doing and how they can support you. They will hopefully tell everyone else they know.
  • Don’t forget to get necessary permission, get in touch with your local council, authorities for licences, health and safety, permission for street collections, selling alcohol and public entertainment.
  • Don’t forget every penny you raise helps make a real difference to the lives of the children experiencing suffering and neglect.
  • Don’t get stressed, you should enjoy the experience as well.
  • If children are involved make sure they are well supervised and all the legal requirements are covered.
  • Do let people know you’re fundraising for us.
  • Do set a target – this will give you something to aim for and encourage people to help you reach your goal.

FUNDRAISING LEGAL BITS and PIECES

Whilst we are happy for you to fundraise for us, you need to make sure everyone is safe and you aren’t breaking any rules. In the UK especially, you can do this by following these guidelines.

Children in particular should be kept and an adult must supervise them when they ask for or collect money. Children must always get permission from a parent or guardian before attending or participating in fundraising activities.

First aid and fire safety are important. If you are planning a sponsored event, always use an official sponsorship form and only get sponsorship from people you know and trust.

If you are collecting on private property, you need to get permission from the manager or owner.

If you want to sell raffle tickets to the general public you need to contact the licensing department at your local authority. If you are selling them all at one time in a private location, you will just need the permission of the building owner.

For more information please visit: www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or www.non-profit-information.org.uk

Please note that MAAMI Foundation cannot be held responsible for the organization or supervision of any fundraising activities, all activities and participation are at the organizers’ and participants’ own risk. MAAMI Foundation does not accept responsibility or liability for any loss or damage to property or personal effects arising from any fundraising activities in aid of MAAMI Foundation.

While fundraising, everybody must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974 and subordinate legislation) you can find more information at: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/law.pdf

(This affects both volunteers and employees)