Are you thinking about fundraising for Claire House? Or, are you already doing so? Either way, we want to say a BIG thank you!
To help you get started and support you to reach your target, we have pulled together a selection of fundraising tips.
1. Set Yourself a Target and Set Up a Donation Page
Before sharing that you are fundraising for Claire House, you have likely thought about how much you want to raise. Use this amount as your target, giving yourself something to aspire to and keep track of. Alternatively, why not set yourself weekly targets – this can be much less daunting, especially if this is your first fundraising activity.
To help make it easy for your friends and family to donate, it is ideal to set up a donation page, e.g JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. This is key, especially if you have friends or family all over the place who cannot easily hand it to you the next time they see you. Let’s make it as easy as possible for people to show their support for what you doing!
2. Status Updates
Social media has become a prominent communication tool, especially when it comes to fundraising. To ensure all your friends and followers know what you are doing – and what charity it is for – it is essential to post regular status updates and posts. Each of these should always include a link to your donation page.
Make sure you are doing this on a regular basis, a couple of times a week is not too much, especially in the build up to the big day.
How far away are you from your target amount? Share this with your friends and followers to encourage them to help you reach or even exceed this.
3. Post Photos
Along with regular status updates, why not share how your training or preparation is going? Make sure to capture as many moments as possible, from running around your local area or getting covered in flour while doing your trial bake. Photos are a great way for people to see the efforts you are going to in aid of Claire House and why they should sponsor you.
4. Get Filming
Similar to photos, videos have taken over social media. Use these to promote how often you are out running, the distance you are cycling, or the number of cakes baked. Facebook Live is an easy way to post live videos, while also notifying any online friends of what you are doing. You want your potential sponsors to see all the work you are putting in because you care about the charity.
5. Encourage Others
How easy was it for you to get involved with Claire House? Why not use your updates and own fundraising to encourage others to get involved and do their part in helping the hospice? Your own target could be matched and then some, simply by one of your friends also taking part and reaching out to their family, coworkers and followers.
6. Get Involved with Claire House
You can help promote Claire House by including our official Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram handles in all of your posts. Not only will we engage with these, we can also use your activity to show success stories and the range of fundraising activities others can get involved in.
Claire House Facebook – @ClaireHouseCH
Claire House Twitter – @ClaireHouse
Claire House LinkedIn – Claire House Children’s Hospice
Claire House Instagram – clairehouse
Getting in touch with Claire House, you can also understand what your fundraising will mean for the hospice. Use this insight in your activity to help encourage potential sponsors or future fundraisers.
7. Thank You Goes a Long Way
When you know someone has donated, posting a public thank you not only shows your appreciation but reminds those who haven’t yet, that they still need to donate. When your fundraising is over, you also want to thank everyone collectively and individually, let them know what their input means to you and to Claire House.
Make a Difference Today
From 5k runs and bake sales to fancy dress bike rides and knitathons, all of your fundraising activities enable Claire House to help seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full. Without your support, we could not do what we do.
Thank you and good luck!
How can you Get Involved?