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Raising Money For A Cause

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Wondering how to raise money for a good cause? I talk you through all your options and provide proven tips to help you raise the money you need. 75% of the advertising & affiliate income of this site is donated to the American Heart Association and British Heart Foundation. I appreciate your support.

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The Basics:


The basics of raising money for your cause is to split your efforts to online and offline fundraising.

Both of these require different tactics and both should be implemented so that you can raise as much as possible. Lets talk through the two...



Richard Kara


Raising Money Online:

Raising money online will be a massive part of your fundraising efforts. Some people JUST focus on fundraising online as it's quick, relativley easy and you have a huge reach thanks now to social networks.

All it takes is for you to set up a fundraising page on a site such as GoGetFunding and then share the URL with friends and family.

What's of critical importance here is that you craft a great message in your fundraising campaign that really explains what you are raising money for and how the money will be used. Many sites also allow you to offer thoughtful rewards in exchange for donations and this has helped many fundraisers raise a lot of money.

The way you communicate your online fundraiser is also of critical importance.

Raising Money Offline:

There are hundreds (or even thousands!) of fundraising ideas that will help you raise money offline. I'm not going to go into every idea but here's a list of things that you can look into further if it sounds like it will work for you. Some of these involve charging an entrace fee whereas others involve the sale of 'stuff':

  •   Art Sale / Auction
  •   Auction of Promises Made By Participants
  •   Bingo
  •   Bucket or Street Collections outside stores and in shopping malls
  •   Burns Night Celebrations
  •   Cake Bake
  •   Car Boot sales
  •   Car Wash
  •   Carol Singing
  •   Celebrity Speaker Event
  •   Challenge Events
  •   Charity Stall for Sales of Second Hand items
  •   Cheese & Wine Evenings
  •   Chess Competition
  •   Christmas Card & calendar sales
  •   Christmas Fair
  •   Clay Pigeon Shoot
  •   Clothes Swap - ask people to donate those unwanted items with their price tags still on
  •   Coffee Morning
  •   Concerts
  •   Cookery Demo or Themed Food Evening
  •   Country Walk or Ramble
  •   Craft Fair
  •   Crazy Golf Match
  •   Disco
  •   Duck Races
  •   Easter Egg Hunt
  •   Face Painting
  •   Family Portrait / Photo
  •   Fancy dress party
  •   Fashion Shows
  •   Football Match / Tournament
  •   Fun Runs
  •   Garden Parties
  •   Gladiators / Sumo Wrestling With Cool Sumo Suits
  •   Golf Events
  •   Host an event – Dance / Fireworks/ New Year Party, etc
  •   Karaoke Evening
  •   Sponsored Litter Picking
  •   Make Overs
  •   Mufti, Dress Down or Non-Uniform Day
  •   Murder Mystery evening
  •   Music Quiz
  •   Mystery Tour / Trip
  •   Paintballing
  •   Pancake Day party
  •   Parachute Jump
  •   Plant Sale
  •   Playstation / console competition
  •   Poetry Competition
  •   Pub Tournaments – e.g. darts, Skittles, darts, pool, cards
  •   Quit It – give up chocolate / smoking / etc for a week / month
  •   Quiz Night
  •   Raffles
  •   Readathon - ideal for school children
  •   Run a Marathon
  •   Santa Letters writing
  •   Santas Grotto
  •   Scavenger Hunt
  •   Selling Christmas Gifts from Catalogues
  •   Seventies Night / Disco
  •   Sponsored Anything - Head Shave, Silence, Hot Tub a Thon, And Anything Else
  •   Talent Show
  •   Ten Pin Bowling
  •   Tennis tournament
  •   Treasure Hunts
  •   Trips & Outings
  •   Unwanted Gift Sale – perfect after Christmas
  •   Wine Tastings
  •   Salsa Night
  •   Welly Throwing Competition
    • As you can probably tell, there is an endless range of things you can do to raise money offline. If you have any case studies of would like to write a guest post about a fundraising idea, please contact me.

      We also have a section dedicated to specific causes that you can raise money for. Check this out for more specific fundraising ideas related to topics such as raising money for cancer, fundraising for medical expenses, and more.

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