TOP FUNDRAISING IDEAS!
Make Your Mark
Show Your Support
Make A True Change
Help Us Soar
Care For Those Who Need Care
CAR BOOT SALE
Everything little helps us continue our mission
Together we can achieve a lot!
FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR WORK
Tackling the Issue
You and your colleagues can raise money for us, while also encouraging teamwork and having fun together:
Hold a cake sale or bake off – nominate your very own Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood to judge.
Ask the boss to donate an extra day’s holiday and hold a raffle to win it.
Put a collection box in the kitchen for a month and charge people for each cup of tea or coffee they drink.
Organise a quiz evening – ask the pub near work if you can hold it there and round up your teams.
Donate an hour's salary and ask your employer to match it.
Hold an auction of promises – how high will people go for a weeks’ worth of tea making or taking over their early morning shift?
SCHOOL FUNDRAISING IDEAS
Making a Difference
Whether you’re a school, college, youth group or a young person looking to raise money for Age Concern Bracknell Forest - we have loads of fundraising ideas for children:
Sponsored silence – your teachers will be happy and you will raise lots of money
Non-uniform day – ditch the blazer for a £1 donation
Cake sale – bring in some baked goods and ask for donations from your classmates and teachers
Hold a concert and donate the proceeds from the ticket sales
Bring your grandparents to school day – bring the family in return for a donation
Talent contest – put on a show to reveal everyone’s hidden talents and invite parents and teachers along to watch in return for a donation
Guess the number of sweets in a jar – fill a jar with your favourite sweets and take it around each class – for a £1 donation everyone can have a guess and the closest answer wins the treats
PLANNING A FUNDRAISING EVENT - TOP TIPS!
Turning Interest Into Action
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
If you are a first-time fundraiser, keep it simple. You can always get more adventurous with your next fundraising venture. Turn something you do every day into a money spinner and make sure you pick something you enjoy.
2. SET A TARGET
Every amount raised – small or large – is vital for us to continue our work. Setting a target will help you keep focused. Aim high, stay positive, and work out any costs before you start to make sure you’re going to be in profit.
3. DECIDE HOW TO RAISE THE MONEY
Once you have your target, break it down into manageable pieces so you can decide how the money will be raised. Will you charge for tickets, or an entry fee? Are you going to sell cakes? Will you be needing a collecting tin?
4. SET A DATE
Check that the event date doesn't clash with any other local events in your area or any national, school or religious holidays which may affect attendance.
5. FIND A VENUE
You might need to book a venue, and whether that’s the Olympic pool or your village hall, get in touch as soon as you can to ensure the date is available. Make sure it has appropriate facilities for your event and that you know how to work any equipment you will need.
6. A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND
Don't feel you have to do everything on your own. Ask for help and support from friends and family so you can share the workload.
7. SPREAD THE WORD
Word of mouth – tell your family, tell your friends, tell the postman... tell everyone!
Get social – use your own social media accounts and tell our Facebook and Twitter accounts
Write a blog – share your fundraising experience
Local press and radio - if you are hoping to get coverage in your local newspaper or radio station, please.
8. MAXIMISE YOUR MONEY
Set up an online fundraising webpage – online giving is easy to set up, and you can personalise your page with words and images. It also means friends and family can sponsor you, day or night, wherever they are in the world.
Get your money matched – some companies take part in matched giving schemes where you may be able to double the money you raise - simply check with your employer.
9. BE LEGAL AND SAFE
We are so grateful to everyone who fundraises for us. However, it is important to remember that fundraising is regulated by law.
Any person organising their own fundraising activity for the benefit of Age Concern Bracknell Forest is not covered by our insurance. We advise that you obtain your own cover as necessary.
If you organise an event that involves the public in any way, you will need to ensure that the venue has got the appropriate public liability insurance.
Risk assessment -
Whatever your event, it is always advisable to carry out a risk assessment to ensure that you have proper plans for public safety.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines a risk assessment as nothing more than a careful examination of what (during your event) could put others in danger, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken appropriate precautions or need to take further action to prevent harm.
Visit the HSE website for further guidance and template risk assessments forms.
Food regulations -
Food safety laws apply when food is available at an event whether it is for sale or not, so you must make sure you follow the relevant food hygiene procedures. For information on food hygiene and safety legislation contact your local authority environmental health department.
Drink regulations -
If you want to sell alcoholic drinks at your event you need a licence unless you use a venue that is already licensed, such as a pub or restaurant.
You can apply to your local council for a short term licence, known as a Temporary Event Notice (TEN). Make sure you know all the rules of a Temporary Event Notice.
You can serve alcohol if you are not asking people to pay for it, so you could think about increasing your ticket price and including drinks for free, or asking for a voluntary donation rather than minimum payment per drink.
10. GET IN TOUCH
We're here to help, so please contact us to talk about your fundraising plans and ask any questions you may have.