If you are thinking about organising your own fundraising event, here are some things to consider that will help you get started. Whatever you’re organising, make sure to let us know so we can help you as much as we can!
Things to think about
- Do your research – identifying a need and catering for that need is often the key to success. Think about the kinds of things your friends, family or colleagues enjoy and what kind of event might work well based on that. Once you have an idea, bounce it off others to see what they think.
- Be practical – be realistic about what you can achieve and the resource involved. This will help you make the most of your time and efforts.
- Set a date – choose a date that gives you enough time to prepare and make sure to give people advanced notice of when your event will be taking place.
- Set a fundraising target and budget – this will give you a goal to work towards but make sure you think about any costs involved in putting on your event; you may need to raise more to cover any upfront costs.
- Involve others – depending on what your event is, asking for help can make a huge difference. Get some friends on board and share out the work.
- Choose a venue – if your event is being held at a venue think about the costs involved and whether you will make enough after paying for the venue hire. There are a number of venues which are free to hire which may help reduce any outlays.
- Be resourceful – think about what you will need at your event, and how to obtain it. For example, if you're running a tombola, ask people to have a clear out and donate unused items they don't want, or for a raffle, ask local businesses. You will be surprised at how many businesses will donate their goods or services for a good cause.
- Promotion – spread the word about what you’re doing! Display posters on community noticeboards, hand out leaflets or use social media to tell as many people as possible about your event.
- Using our logo – if you would like to use our logo in your promotional materials or social media, please get in touch with us.
The legal bit
- Permission – make sure you obtain any appropriate licenses for holding your event in a public place. Your local council will be able to help with this.
- Insurance – if your event is open to the general public, you will need to obtain public liability insurance. Some venues will have their own that will cover you so please check with them first.
- Food and alcohol – if you are serving food at your event, be aware of food safety laws. You can check with the Food Standards Agency which ones may apply. Additionally, if serving alcohol, you will need a licensed venue.
Host an afternoon tea or bake sale
Organise a dress down day at your work
Arrange ‘Come Dine With Me’ style dinner parties with your friends
Encourage your employer to agree to a bring your dog to work day
Organise a sports tournament or match
Host a sponsored dog walk in your community
Hold a clothes swap
Get your friends and family together for a quiz night
Get in touch
If you need any help or support with organising your own event, please get in touch – we’re always happy to hear from our fundraisers! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01509 232 222.