Many trustees find fundraising a challenge and others are simply not able to make a significant financial donation. However, there are lots of opportunities for them to support your work, many that are easy and anyone can do. In doing so, they may learn a lot more about you than in a board meeting and, in all probability, enjoy themselves.
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- If you're one of those great people who can and wishes to make either a substantial one-off or ongoing gift, that's fantastic, but, if not;
- Almost anyone can make a small regular donation, or buy a raffle ticket.
- Or consider leaving a gift in your will and be willing to share that, to encourage others to do so as well.
Use Your Networks
- Discuss with the fundraisers who in your own network might be engaged and help arrange an introduction or invite them to visit. Review prospect/donor lists with your fundraisers.
- For companies, it could be access to a staff volunteer programme, or charity of the year, or payroll giving.
- Represent your charity, or even speak at external events, or;
- Secure a speaking opportunity for your charity’s staff.
- Promote your charity’s work via your own networks, such as articles in newsletters, or:
- Forward campaign e mails/newsletters to individuals in your own network.
Or Social Media Networks
- Connect with your charity on social media, and like and share its posts.
- Recruit social media champions to connect with your charity and promote it into new networks of potential supporters.
- Appear in a short social media video clip, saying why you volunteer and describing the fantastic impact your charity has.
- Or, better still, get someone well known in your network to do so, or provide a quote you can use.
Get Hands On
- Host a 'friendraiser' and invite your charity along to talk about your work.
- Do something good for yourself and your charity, at the same time.
- The marathon you’ve always wanted to run, or a fun run, or lose weight, or give up smoking.
- Contact local shops/businesses and ask them to display a collection tin, or make a raffle donation, or auction prize, or sponsorship.
- Attend external meetings, where your presence may support the staff team.
- Write thank you letters or make calls to donors.
- Or sign Christmas cards to key funders and stakeholders.
- Don't just turn up, but rather, actively engage with guests and promote your work at events.
- Better still, invite friends/colleagues to come along as well.
- Sell tickets/ or source auction items/raffle prizes.
- Get inventive, by seeing who can source the best 'money can't buy' prize.
- Get some exercise by distributing posters/leaflets in your local community.