Virgin Money Giving Fundraising Tips
- Aim high Set a target!
Research shows that those who do raise more. It also encourages donors to help you reach it.
- It's nice to share
Social media is a great way for you to spread the word. It only takes second to update friends and send nudges on Facebook and Twitter.
- Be sociable
Hold a 'come dine with me' or murder mystery evening with friends and see if they'd like to make a donation to your fundraising page in exchange.
- Get your charity involved
Ask your charity how your donations will be used. It could help you write an even more compelling story for your fundraising page.
- Gift Aid It
Make sure you tell everyone to Gift Aid their donation if they're eligible – it all adds up to increase your fundraising total and can make a big difference to your charity.
- Refresh your page
Keep your page updated with your training progress and fundraising efforts – friends will be interested in how you're getting on and may even be tempted to sponsor you more if they see how hard you're working to achieve your goal.
- Make it work
Hold a cake sale at work, or see if your employer will let you organise a 'wear jeans to work day' and charge everyone £1 to take part. If your workplace has a staff website or noticeboard use it to tell everyone what you're up to and why – and include a link to your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page for donations.
- Get famous
Contact your local press and tell them what you're doing. If they run your story, you could receive lots of support and donations from our community.
- Break it down
Don't feel daunted by a big target. Aim to get a small amount a day in donations and you'll see it quickly mount up.
- Don't stop
Even when your event is over you can carry on collecting donations on your fundraising page. Some friends may have decided to wait until you've completed your challenge before they donate, other friends might be inspired to donate again!
- Online help
There's an entire section on virginmoneygiving.com dedicated to help you raise more for your chosen charity – with practical tips to help you make the most of your page, and a fundraising toolkit including flyers and posters for you to use.