Here are a few hints to get the most out of your fundraising for Venture Arts:
A good first step is to set up a fundraising page: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/venturearts – then send the link to everyone you know.
Fill your fundraising page with engaging content and tell people why you care about Venture Arts. While you are in the planning or training stage, don’t forget to give your supporters regular updates to keep them interested. Keep your fundraising page fresh with photos of your progress.
Make the best of all your contacts, networks and communities – don’t be shy about asking for freebies! Very often, people are happy to support a good cause and will be pleased to help. You might be able to get free use of a venue, discounted refreshments or donated raffle prizes, for example.
Taking part in an event can be more fun as a group, find some friends to join in with you. Maybe introduce a little competition to keep things interesting: who can raise the most sponsorship? You can motivate your group by offering a prize for the person who raises the most…or a forfeit for the one who raises the least.
If you want to do some good old-fashioned offline fundraising, you can down load a sponsorship form with gift aid declarations.
Get your friends and family involved – but don’t forget about your colleagues, fundraising in the workplace can be very effective! Take a collection tin into the office, put up a poster, send the link to your fundraising page around – maybe even include the link in your email signature for extra exposure! Some business will be keen to support their employees with donation or publicities and might even offer match funding – it doesn’t hurt to ask.
We can help you with marketing and promotion, ask us for materials like leaflets, postcards and and posters. Perhaps the local press would be interested in hearing about your event or challenge – we can help you prepare a press release and generate a bit of buzz.
Make sure people are really sick of you.
Engage with Venture Arts on social media too: we’d love to showcase all the brilliant stuff you’re doing.
Just after your event is over is a great time to make one last push for donations – people will want to congratulate you on a job well done.
Don’t forget to thank everybody who supports you! Give them our thanks too and let them know about Venture Arts’ work and the important difference that their generous contributions will make.