Thursday, January 28, 2010

Benita Sabharwal held a charity date auction to raise funds for her expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua

I only had a month to raise all the funds so had to work fast. Whenever I could I would be fundraising. When I went out to parties for birthdays I would bring a jar and put it on the bar or ask around in pubs telling them all about Raleigh. On nights out I made signs for all my friends to wear saying “kiss poverty goodbye by kissing me hello” and they would give a kiss on the cheek in return for a pound.

I did a charity date auction where a number of my friends were put up in a silent auction for a date. It was put together in a week which took a lot of planning; getting the venue, guest list and actually finding people to agree to be sold! Overall this event was a success, giving me almost half the money I needed to raise.

My final event was a 40km hike from Uxbridge to Reading in a day. This was done partly to train for the trek that I do on the expedition. I knocked on people’s doors in my area for sponsorship and everyone was generous and eager to help which surprised me. My friend who also did the hike with me got sponsored by people in her home town for me. If I had more time I would have been able to get even more sponsors.
I had to make sure that I got a permit for asking people for donations in my local area and permission from landlords to collect in pubs. I also made sure that Raleigh’s registered charity number was visible so people knew who they were donating to, and used Raleigh collecting tins which had the Raleigh logo and charity number on.

Other things I did included; working and writing to a business that does charity auction items. They gave me a signed football shirt and I auctioned it on e-bay because I didn’t have time to arrange an event.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Andrew Needler recounts his fundraising experience

Were you concerned about raising the funds to join Raleigh?


How did you raise the funds to join Raleigh?

Ann Watson Trust- £250
James Rechiff Trust- £250
Phillip Rechiff trust- £250
20 mile walk- £800
55 mile cycle ride- £500
3 hour swim (wearing a dressing gown) - £600

What was the easiest way to raise funds?

Make an effort, email everyone repeatedly, friends, family, companies.
Use the facebook group (your own) to your advantage- its brill!
Face to face sponsorship- people will help if they see you making the effort and showing enthusiasm.

Did you find it difficult to convince people to donate to Raleigh?

At first, maybe because I didn’t have faith or believe it myself. Once I was confident and backed my own ideas I found it easier to ask for people’s support.

How did you keep people up to date with your fundraising efforts?

Facebook groups, email and word of mouth.

Do you plan to contact your donors post-expedition to let them know how you got on and how their money helped?

Most definitely. I am doing a report and presentation in the New Year.

What are your top tips about fundraising to pass onto others?

Be enthusiastic, think BIG! Ask everyone and anyone, sure you’re asking them to donate for your expedition but you’re doing it for an amazing cause.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bert McGaughey's fundraising for his Costa Rica expedition

I spent the first week or so doing a lot of research in fundraising techniques and ideas, online and down the local library (libraries are a huge source of info, just spend a Saturday in yours and you'll know what I mean!). Initially I gathered e-mail addresses of all my friends and family - no matter how distant - and mail merged them explaining what I had signed up for, my targets (personal as well as financial) and linked the message into my Just Giving page. is the absolute epicentre of my fundraising effort, it is total fundraising! Sign up for free, link your page to Raleigh, and then start spreading the address about. You can integrate your page into your Facebook profile with a widget, and get your friends to have the same box on their profiles. Also Just Giving works with PayPal amongst others, which helps with donors who are apprehensive about card details being used online etc.

Once I started to gear up my fundraising efforts in the last quarter of 2009, I booked a bungee jump with UK Bungee Jump in Manchester (they have other sites covering different parts of the country) which really helped to raise awareness of what I (and we) are working towards. I also thought it would make a significant difference if I get my friends involved, so I contacted my local Riley's snooker and poker club who frequently hold poker nights. The manager was very helpful, and offered his club for a charity poker night, with all the necessary professional periphery to make it a superb night and great success – it helped that they had a bar too...

I recently moved house and figured I could raise a few more pre-Christmas funds by selling all of my DVD's on eBay, anyone can do this, just sell it as a joblot, and ask the buyer to pick the books/DVD's/CD's up from your house – this means zero hassle for you and instant funds.

In the New Year, I am looking at doing a boot sale, I already have several dozen second-hand books, some CD's and old DVD's and am asking any and all to chip in with unwanted bits and bobs to sell. Also my local indy cinema is keen on me renting it and putting on a charity film evening, they like the affiliation with a charitable cause and everyone coming gets to see a great film on the big screen.

The final important source of fundraising are local trusts and bursaries, if you go and ask your local library for help, there are acres of books listing applicable trusts to contact for aid. Remember always to word your letters well, linking to that specific trusts area of work, and always take time to write the letter by hand and lay it out properly. For two Saturday's down the library, I raise £200.

If you take one thing from this blog, it should be start your own Just Giving page and do it now!

P.S. Anyone who would be kind enough to donate any quantity of books et al for my boot sale, please contact Raleigh and they can tell you how. Also look out for news on my cinema evening in Kent, anyone is welcome to come and help raise money for Raleigh while getting to see a top film!

All the best, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year,

Bert McGaughey.