How to Set Up Your Own Fundraising Event

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The Aloud Charity relies on wonderful support from individuals, to enable us to plan effectively for the future and continue to transform lives.

If you’re interested in raising some money to support The Aloud Charity, but not quite sure where to start, then look no further!

We’ve put together some top tips and ideas to help you out. And please do let us know if you’re planning on holding an event, as we’d love to get involved and discuss how we can support you.

First, here are some great fundraising ideas if you’re stuck on where to start:

  • Remember that you can raise money from the comfort of your own home! Why not organise a board game night / a fancy dress themed party / a karaoke night / ‘Come Dine With Me’ event / a clothes swap / silent disco / or an afternoon tea? The options really are endless so get creative, and this can work the same virtually on zoom! Invite all your friends and family and request a donation or charge an entry fee and you’re good to go.
  • Fundraising is now so easy that you can do it in just a few clicks. Facebook allows you to create a fundraiser for a charitable cause, and 100% of the donations raised go to the non-profit. There is also the option to set up a Birthday Fundraiser to celebrate your special day. Check out this page for more.
  • What better way to raise money than by doing something you enjoy, or by setting yourself a challenge? Take part in a sporting event or a race if that’s your thing – but remember it doesn’t have to be a marathon! If it’s a challenge for you, then people will be inspired to support you.
  • Get making and selling. You could make Christmas cards, crafts, cakes or knitwear and sell to everyone you know. People love to support individuals if it’s in aid of a good cause.
  • If digital is your thing, then why not try crowdfunding on behalf of a charity? Crowdfunding is great for a specific project or cause that is important to you, and has the ability to reach lots of people if successful. Check out sites like Virgin Money Giving or GoFundMe.

So now you’ve got an idea, what next?

  • Let the charity you are raising money know about your plans. Not only will they be really grateful for your support, but they may also be able to help promote your event, reach more people and provide you with branded resources.
  • Remember Gift Aid! Gift Aid is really important as it allows the charity to claim back the tax on every donation. So where relevant, make sure all your sponsors tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form or donate page (provided they are a UK taxpayer)
  • Consider any legal requirements. For some events you might need a licence for trading, selling alcohol, preparing food or using land, so make sure to do your research. If you’re not sure – do get in touch and we’d be happy to help or check this page.
  • Promote, promote, promote. It goes without saying that the more you spread the word about your event, the more people will be touched by your cause and willing to support you.
  • Remember to consider the deductions involved and where appropriate, communicate these to your donors. For instance, most online fundraising platforms take a small fee from the money raised. You might also have associated costs in putting on an event, such as buying refreshments or material.
  • Thank and update your supporters during and after the event. They will be more likely to give again and spread the word to their friends.

Thank you so much for your support. We simply couldn’t deliver our activity without you!

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