Fundraising tips

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Fundraising tips

We’ve put together some tips and inspiration to help you make sure your fundraiser is a success.

Getting started

Set up your online fundraising page – this will make it really easy for people to sponsor you. It’s simple to do this right here on our website: 

Who will you ask?

Make a list of people and companies you think could sponsor you. Include friends, family, work, local schools, pubs and clubs. Try to get your event sponsored by a local business. Remember what Gandhi said: if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Your message

Tell people what you’re doing to raise money for charity. Are you planning to climb a mountain? Shave your head? Or maybe you’re hosting a music night? Whatever it is, let your sponsors know. 

Tell people why you’re doing this. Remember – you’re doing something amazing that will transform people’s lives.

Every donation helps

Help your supporters feel good about sponsoring you. Any contribution – no matter how big or small – will make a difference.

Email your friends

Write an email in honest, plain language, including a link to your online fundraising page. 

You can keep the core part of each email the same, but the start should be unique to each recipient. This can make the difference between someone donating to you and feeling like they’re being spammed! Take a look at some sample emails we’ve written for you (pdf).

Fundraise with Facebook  

Facebook is a great way to contact people you think could sponsor you. Here are some tips about how to get the most out of it: 

  • Post regular updates, always including the link to your profile
  • Ask some friends to “like” your post – this will ensure more people will see it
  • The best time to post is around 1pm or 6pm
  • Post some pictures or videos of you preparing for the event

Need more help?

Can’t think of what to post? Fear not! Have a look at a few examples of Facebook posts you can use (pdf).

Download our fundraising manual to find out how to set up an event page on Facebook.

Image caption: these great people raised money by climbing Ireland's 14 highest peaks in one weekend.