Hiya, my names Georgia and last year I fundraised over £2500 for my Challenges Abroad trip to Peru!
Worried about fundraising? Below I have outlined how I smashed my target, as well as some tips on how I could have done EVEN BETTER next time!
Firstly, I shared my Virgin Money Giving page and received donations from family and friends before doing anything. However, they knew that I was planning on hosting some events and all agreed they’d rather come along to an event than just donate on the page. It was mainly distant family and friends rather than immediate family that donated money online within the first few weeks. From this, I raised around £250!
Next up was a craft fair. Holding craft fairs can be stressful- I organised tea, cakes, a raffle and tombola and stallholders (who paid for a table and donated raffle prize, in order to sell their own things). I would recommend around a month to gather prizes, advertise the event and buy what is required. As an extra idea I also dressed up as Minnie Mouse, which also encouraged more people to come and bring their children too. I held two of these due to the success of the first one raising £900 in total. I then went along to about 3 other craft fairs run by other people where I held a raffle each time. Luckily, one of the pubs I asked for a raffle prize from also offered to put a drag night on for me, and raised £250!
Remember to make the most of Christmas- I made snowman cupcakes and also chocolate Christmas hampers which I advertised on social media and this raised £150.
I was also trying to think of ideas a little bit different and hosted two Psychic nights. I had to pay for the psychic and room which costs on average, £150 for psychic, £30 for the room each night. However, I sold tickets for around £20 each on the night I put on refreshments and a raffle. All of this allowed me to raise £700.
Selling old bits and bobs is also another really good idea I sold some old furniture for £150 and sold some bits online raising £50.
After every small event I took out money for equipment and general costs (tea, coffee, room). However, in total I raised £2570!!
It was such a relief to have all my fundraising done, and I was so proud of what I had achieved, but there are always things to improve on. So, here are the things I wish I’d have done, along with what worked for me very well!
I joined late in November so it was difficult to plan a big event around Christmas time but I could have taken advantage of the season so much more!
Get families and friends to share your events, this worked really well for me as even people you don’t know are willing to come to your events, help or even donate! This allowed me to go to other events for free or a small charge which gave me a break from planning events myself and I was still able to raise some money with little effort.
It’s okay to have a break from fundraising. I found that doing bigger events spread out allowed me to relax a lot more than smaller events more regularly.
It’s important to understand that most of my fundraising was done with a fairly small audience as I live in a little village. I did not once use York to my advantage, therefore this could have been a missed opportunity to gather a wider audience and do something local around my studies with my friends at university.
Once your event has started, enjoy it a little! Chat to customers as they will be interested in your trip and what they are contributing to. So try and relax as most of the hard work is done!
I hope this is helpful, fundraising doesn’t have to be difficult, just pace yourself and get as many people involved using social media and you and your family and friends skills to your advantage.
Enjoy your trip, all the fundraising is worth it!