Fundraising Hints and Tips
Do not be afraid to use all your contacts, old school friends, workmates, friends, family, acquaintances, members of your sports club, local pub etc. Exploit every possible lead!
Make the most of Justgiving.com – this is an easy way to collect funds
If you are using a sponsor form start off with your most generous sponsors – it sets a high standard for others to follow.
You download a British Dyslexia Association sponsorship form here
Ask your employer for support. Many companies match £ for £ donations made by their employees to registered charities. This is tax efficient for them and a fantastic way of increasing your sponsorship.
Motivate yourself and others by setting yourself high targets - and telling people how much you are aiming to raise.
Never feel guilty about asking people to sponsor you. You are doing something extremely worthwhile
Make your face and your fundraising cause known. Coverage in the local media enhances your chance of successful events and highlights the work of the British Dyslexia Association.
A local pub, bar or restaurant provides wonderful fundraising opportunities. They are excellent places for holding events or placing collecting tins.
Do you talk too much, swear or tell bad jokes? Stop for 24 hours and get your relieved workmates to pay for the pleasure. If you belong to a sports club of any type get them involved. Increased publicity for the club will benefit them as well as you.
Nights out... and in!
If you are an active type, Go Karting, 10-pin bowling and paintballing are all good fundraising opportunities. For those of you who like your food, cook dinner and invite friends round, for a price of course! If that seems too hard - order a takeaway!
Local businesses and clubs
Write to the top 50 local businesses and local clubs like the Rotary and Round Table. Explain what you are doing, for whom and why. Offer to give a talk about your plans and the charity if required. Keep your eyes open for companies in the area who may be in need of good publicity. Ask for anything: donation of goods for a raffle or traditional sponsorship. Some companies may be willing to support your entire venture; others may just wish to make a small donation. Accept all support. Offer to write an article for their company magazine about the BDA and we can help with background information.
Most of all have fun! - THANK YOU