Fundraising is easier than you may think. Furthermore, it’s not always the amount of money per donation that makes a large fundraising total. With a bit of hard work, a lot of sponsors can go a long way… every penny counts!
Make sure you give your potential sponsors a thorough understanding of why you've chosen to support Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary and what the money you are raising will help towards.
We always say if you set a goal make sure it means something; aim to raise enough to neuter a cat - £35* or enough money to buy bedding for a week for the horses- £420*. Set a goal, tell people why you want to raise that amount, and what it will be used for!
*approximate figures based on most recent costs.
Best laid plans... If you plan your fundraising over a period of time and mix up how you ask people for money it is possible to get sponsorship from the same person more than once. For example, sending an initial sponsorship form round your colleagues and then a few months later setting up a bake sale at lunchtime in your workplace.
Explain clearly why you are choosing to do this challenge and why you have chosen to sponsor Crosskennan.
Most people will be happy to donate a small amount, always assume the best possible outcome. Every penny really can help!
Use the power of social media to put your message out there. Speak to friends and ask them to share your fundraising story.
Use online fundraising tools; like setting up a Facebook fundraising page, or a just giving page; there are other online options too!
Make flyers and put them up in your local shops.
Mix up your audience: approach friends, family, colleagues, neighbours etc.
Use your contacts, think about people you know who may be able to help you raise the profile of your campaign. Never be afraid to ask – remember you are doing this for a good cause!
Some companies may pay you for the time off work as part of their social and corporate responsibility program, or they will help sponsor or support you in an activity.
Ask the person who will donate the most first as it sets a precedent, people will ask how much you have been sponsored so far.
Fancy dress party
Tea and cake morning
Sponsorship bucket in the local shop
Bad tie/shirt day
Competitions e.g.how many sweets are in the jar, guess the name of the teddy bear
Even putting together a collection point for food, bedding, equipment, and other donations can help greatly.
Remember; It is important to always get permission from the business or owner if you are wanting to fundraise on their property.
Crosskennan has leaflets, collection boxes, newsletters, and even some sanctuary merchandise you can use to help share the Sanctuary story.