Fundraising made simple
Collecting donations or sponsorship
One of the first things you’ll want to sort out is how you’re going to gather sponsorship. Don’t worry – it’s easier than you’d think and there’s a few different ways to do it.
How about the trusty donation form? It includes a handy Gift Aid option, which allows charities like Marie Curie to claim 25p for every £1 that you donate.
Setting up a JustGiving page is the quickest and easiest way to let people know you’re raising money. Visit justgiving.com/mariecurie and follow the instructions to set up your own fundraising page. JustGiving pages with a fundraising target raise 46% more money.
One other little life-saver JustGiving offers is a personalised JustTextGiving code, meaning anyone can sponsor you by simply sending a text. It’s great for on-the-go donations.
Promoting your event is seriously important if you want to maximise how much money you raise – the more people who know about it, the more donations you’re likely to receive.
Share what you're doing
Keep reminding your friends what you’re doing and why through your social media channels. Create an event or group on Facebook and share regular updates.
Everyone has a favourite way of keeping in touch, so don’t be afraid to use everything at your disposal - email, social media update or text message - whatever works for you.
Keep saying thank you
Whether it’s for the donation they’ve made, the tickets bought, or the help they’re giving you, keep saying thanks.
Be your own PR Guru
Let people know about your event to reach a wider audience, encourage more donations, and teach your supporters about why you're fundraising.
- Get in touch with local media – You’d be surprised what your local newspaper or radio station are keen to spotlight. Download our template press release to get started.
- Write a blog – Free blog platforms like Wordpress are a great way to document your fundraising journey.
- Take photos – whatever you’re doing, take plenty of photos. Plus you can use them to encourage more donations after your event!
Fundraising can be great fun, but it’s important to make sure your event is safe and legal, whatever you’re planning.
Holding a raffle is a great way to drum up funds, but it’s important to be aware of the legalities and whether you’ll need a license for your event. You can check the latest information and advice at www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk , and talk to your community fundraiser.
Insurance and licenses
Please remember that although we’re here to help you organise and plan, you are responsible for your activity or event and Marie Curie is unable accept liability. We also recommend that you ask your local authority whether or not you need to obtain any special licences for your event.
Whether you’re selling cupcakes or putting on a spread, food safety laws will apply. Check in with the Food Standards Agency at www.food.gov.uk for more information, just to be safe.
Remember - if you’re planning on carrying out public street collections, you’ll need a license. We also recommend that when you count the money you’ve collected, you do so with another person present. You can check out The Institute of Fundraising for more information.
The money you’ve raised will allow us to care for so many people living with a terminal illness, and now it's time to send it in so it can start making a difference.
JustGving is a brilliant little tool that makes donating or sponsoring super simple. All donations sent through a Marie Curie JustGiving page come directly to us, so there’s no need to chase up donation money. Plus any money that comes through after your event is over will come straight through as well.
Give us a bell on 0800 716 146 and let our lovely representative guide you through the process. Remember to let them know how you’ve raised your total!
We do love getting post. To send in your money, you will need to post us:
- your completed donation form (included in this pack)
- a cheque, if that’s how you want to send in your donation, attached to your banking form (cheques made payable to Marie Curie)
- any completed sponsorship forms, if you used them.
Here’s our address:
Fundraising for Marie Curie
Supporter Relations Team
PO Box 23897
14 Links Place