Charities in the UK like the RSPCA would not be able to carry out their valuable and vital work if it were not for the generosity of members of the public. Ordinary people who give their time to work as volunteers or who donate money to charity are fundamental to the business structure of these organisations.
But fundraising is also another critical means by which charities are able to finance their projects. There are, thankfully, plenty of individuals who take part in fundraising events that are organised by or on behalf of a charity, each of whom are sponsored by friends, family members and co-workers. These events might be sponsored walks, runs or hikes, or they might be local village fairs or coffee mornings.
Every penny counts when it comes to fundraising and the RSPCA even allows you to choose a particular project that you want to raise money for, through their initiative called RSPCA Choices.
If you have enough time, energy and enthusiasm, you could organise your own fundraising event. Use the RSPCA Choices site to select a project that you feel strongly about and then organise and advertise your own event: the site lets you create a fundraising webpage that you can share on your social networking sites or ask others to share online. You could choose to do something on a small scale, such as a sponsored diet, sponsored walk or coffee morning for your friends (with a suggested donation from each guest).
But if you are already an experienced fundraiser, or are simply up to the challenge, perhaps you could try some of these ways to raise money for your chosen project:
- Extreme Sport
You might be a climber or a cyclist and could set up a challenge for yourself such as conquering a major peak or riding the length or breadth of the country. Or maybe try a sky dive or abseil.
2.Supermarket Bag Pack
Talk to your local supermarket (or large pet store, which would be even more apt for an animal charity fundraiser) about allowing you and some other volunteers to offer to pack bags at the till for a donation from each customer you help.
3. Sports Day
Speak to your local council about using one of the local parks for a sports day. Hold it on a Saturday or Sunday and make sure you advertise well in advance (put up posters in the local town centre and ask local schools if they will pass leaflets along to the children’s parents). The usual races such as egg and spoon, three-legged and sack races are always popular, plus you could do races for children and for parents. Charge an entry fee with unlimited races or charge per race, and you could also sell refreshments for additional fundraising.
RSPCA Choices offers a range of advertising and promotional products you can download to whip up interest in your event, and your fundraising page can tell people exactly why you are raising the money and how their money will help. Good luck!