10 TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

10 TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

10 TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

So, you want to fundraise some money for your chosen charity? That’s great!

This is what I have learned over the past half a year fundraising for my challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity, Childreach International.

  1. Start as soon as you decide/sign up to something (this is so obvious, duh!). Yes, this is obvious. What I am trying to say is, get a plan laid out, get a fundraising action plan written clearly or even put it on a spreadsheet in your Google account! Which leads onto my second tip..ideas
  2. PLANNING! Planning is so key in fundraising. See that google document you just set up for starting your fundraising? Fill it up with all your ideas! This can state what the event is going to be, when you plan on doing it, the items you will need for the event (bake sale = cakes and stand etc) and how much you plan on making/profit at the event.
  3. Set out a realistic time for the bigger events that you do! The reality is that you will need a lot of time for events that you plan on making £850+ at! Give yourself 12+ weeks to organise, execute and promote this event! People often underestimate how much encouragement some people need to go to an event.
  4. BE EXCITED! Nobody is going to give you their hard-earned money unless you are actually excited and passionate about what you are doing! Get creative and make up new and exciting ways to fundraise, show your dedication! Grab a fish and stand in town, charge a set amount for someone to slap you across the face with a fish (trust me its been done!)
  5. Remember your inspiration! This comes hand in hand with being excited about your cause! If you are having a period of time where fundraising is a bit more difficult, remember why you chose this charity and the reason that you strive to create a difference. As you are adding personal touches to your fundraising, like little thank you notes after someone donates to you, a handwritten letter or a message after an event, be sure to include enthusiasm and the reason why your chosen charity is so special!
  6. Make it personal. This means that people are more likely to donate because YOU are asking them and it’s YOU who is making all this effort.
  7. Use social media!!!! This cannot be expressed enough! Social media is a huge platform to use to aid in smashing those fundraising targets! A post can reach all over and can help you heaps and bounds! Share your events on social media, create engagement through pages, share your journey or why not create a blog to document it?!
  8. Get creative! Why not create new and exciting ways to help individuals become attached to your posts on social media? Ask yourself why did you sign u for this? Why now? Is it making a difference? SHARE this with as many people and possible and with each post make it personal to the individual! Suggest that it is helping children to mum and dad, suggest that it is helping animals to an animal mad person etc!
  9. Know your charity! It is very important to know your charity! You cannot be excited and do all of the things above if you do not know what your chosen charity stands for.
  10. HAVE FUN! Most importantly, have fun (duh)! This is a great cause and a great time for you to make making an impact on someone’s life! Keep fundraising as well, just because your target is diminished doesn’t mean you have to stop there, keep the ball rolling!

These are my top tips for fundraising and things alike, hope you get some inspiration from them! Sending love, Natasha x

A little bit of my thoughts..

A little bit of my thoughts..

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You know when you get the urgent feeling just to write when you’ve had a weird, bad and great day all in one? yeah that’s what I am feeling right now.

Today was the first day back at my placement since before Christmas. All the nursery children were full of utter excitement to see one another, admittedly, some more so than others. It was a day of mixed emotions, one minute I would be hyped up and bouncing off the walls full of energy, the next I would be sitting on a peanut sized chair ready to fall asleep (attractive, right?!). The holidays are satan when it comes to messing with your sleeping pattern.

I went on my lunch to realise that event planning is so much harder than it seems, so much blood sweat and tears go into planning events that I didn’t even realise before. I began to feel more exasperated than tired, actually.


 

I have organised a big event for a fundraiser in a bid to raise some money for my Childreach journey. This was a huge risk within itself as I had only given myself 3 months to plan, organise and promote, 3 months!!! I was stupid to do this, but I love a challenge! So, with an open mind, I did it, planned set it all up and all that was left to do was promotion and ticket sales. I got an update today. It’s not looking so good. Sometimes, I began to envy people who could just make things look so easy and fundraise money like it’s their second nature. Although, after coming home and sitting down to write this, I realise that I did not sign up to this challenge for it to be easy, I knew it would be HARD work and I am still willing to give 110% to Childreach.

I plan to promote like there is no tomorrow and put EVEN MORE work into the event from now until it happens, I will not let this fail.

This slip up has shed a new light on how much event planners do in their day-to-day activities. Even though an amazing and rewarding kind of job, it still comes with its stresses. So, every day, remind yourself to be kind, spread positivity and love.You can only finish your goals in life, if you allow them to happen.

Just a little update, as this helps me relax a tad, ha!

Much love, N

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Targeting Kilimanjaro!

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So, as you can probably tell by the title of this, yes, I am embarking on the climb of a lifetime! 

I will be climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2017, all to raise money for the amazing charity, Childreach International.

It all came around about four months ago when one day I decided that I wanted to do something that would allow me to give back to the world. In spite of my racing imagination that wanted to do all sorts of things that were just not financially possible, I decided upon a sky dive for Childreach International.

I came to the decision to do this for Childeach for a few good reasons  

  1. My BEST FRIEND (hi, Caitlin!) introduced me to the work that Childreach do when she embarked on the trip of a lifetime to Nepal (so really if you think about it, this wouldn’t be possible unless she introduced me to all things magical about Childreach!). Having a best friend like Caitlin is in itself, a whole other essay of a post. Anyways, back to topic. Caitlin went to Nepal to help build the Meera Centre, a specialist early childhood development centre that provides services to the community and a safe nurturing environment for children. Childreach work and effort to help children is truly an inspiration. This is why I decided to do it for Childreach, after researching a bit more and knowing the work Caitlin had done from updates etc, I knew that this was the charity I felt strongest about. 
  2. I wanted to make a difference in someones life, even if it was just one life I could touch, that is all that mattered to me. 

Some people can be so hateful and shameful over people who do these things for charities, when the reality is.. would I be able to raise such a vast amount of money if there wasn’t a challenge in place? No! So to the people who perceive risking my life and climbing up the highest free-standing mountain in the world a holiday paid for you could never be so wrong! 

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So with the sky dive in mind and University just starting, September slipped away super fast. University life was treating me well and I began to feel like I wanted a bit more out of University life. Societies at Uni are a great way to meet new people and gain new skills! In came Childreach Society. It was like fate, there was a Childreach Society at my University! Straight away I contacted the society and found out they were actually recruiting for a Kilimanjaro climb to raise money for Childreach. 

And so all fell into place, before I knew it I had signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Childreach International. Did I mention I’m climbing up a BIG mountain?!

Yes, this will put me through my paces and test my ultimate strengths and weaknesses, but, I have the most amazing team going with me – fellow University students – who will all be so supportive and won’t let anyone forget the exact reason we are doing this. 

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AND IF ALL MY BODY ACHES AT THE END OF THIS, I HAVE A BEACH TO LIE ON FOR A WEEK AFTER KILIMANJARO! 

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Guys, wish me all the luck in the world for my climb and if you want to help me in any ways, donations to my cause and more info on my climb can be found here. I will be making Kilimanjaro into a travel series, to keep updates on what has been happening etc, so keep a big eye out for those (there will be a few!).