Raising donations, even small amounts, from your users demonstrates how much support you have and that people are willing to back you with their money. There are plenty of different ways to raise funds, from ‘buy a brick’ campaigns, to social events and sponsorship.
Charities benefit from some extra benefits when fundraising by being able to reclaim ‘gift aid’ from the Government on all donations from UK taxpayers, which is worth an additional 25% on every donation.
A few general points can be applied to all types of fundraising:
- Have a clear & exciting vision
- Make it fun
- Don’t guilt-trip people
- Make it possible to give as little or as much as people are able
- Keep it legal – follow the laws and codes on charity fundraising and lotteries
- Ensure you don’t spend more in running your fundraising than you raise
- Think about how companies can support you – perhaps with in-kind support
- Thank all your donors and remember to keep them informed about the project.
As of July 2016, the Code of Fundraising Practice is set by the Fundraising Regulator. It outlines the standards expected of all charitable fundraising organisations across the UK.