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Fundraising Dos and Don'ts

Community fundraising is a great way to raise money for a great cause and develop a host of different skills whilst also making an impact in your local community.  

As an ICS Volunteer you have been challenged to raise a minimum of £800 or £1500 towards the ongoing work of ICS. There are some important things to take into consideration when fundraising, so here’s our handy list of Dos and Don’ts. 

Remember that as a selected ICS volunteer you have the support of a dedicated Fundraising Support Officer, so if you are in doubt get in touch!

  • DO set up a JustGiving page as soon as you are selected. Your initial email has a guide to setting up your page, so check it out.
  • DO have a plan! Taking time to work through a fundraising plan, forecasting how much you could raise, where and when is key to your success! Break it down into smaller chunks rather than focusing on the full target.
  • DO spread the word about your fundraising by using Facebook, Twitter and other social media to let your friends and family know your plans.
  • DO get any necessary permission. Get in touch with your local council or follow this link for info on licenses and permissions for street collections, door to door collections, selling alcohol and public entertainment.
  • DO get stuff for free! You shouldn’t have to spend money in order to raise funds, and with your authorisation letter in hand companies will be more likely to help you out with donations or a free venue.
  • DO promote the ICS programme and the ICS partner organisation you’re volunteering with. Whilst you are fundraising for us you are also helping us to spread the word – thank you! This also means you are a spokesperson for us which gives you the responsibility to maintain our good reputation.
  • DO thank everyone. If you do this publicly on Facebook and add the link to your page underneath it will encourage others to donate. Remind people how much your event has raised and where the funds are going.
  • DON’T wait to talk to your Fundraising Support Officer. And stay in contact to let us know how things are going. We’re here to help, so make use of us.
  • DON’T leave it until the last minute… it can take time to get permission to do a bag pack, and you may not hear back from the Rotary club for a while. Don’t leave it until a week before your deadline!
  • DON’T go it alone! Get friends and family to volunteer and help organise your activities.
  • DON’T shake that bucket! It’s actually illegal! For more information on how to stay legal when doing a bucket collection follow this link.
  • DON’T be afraid to ask. Our volunteers are always surprised by the amount of support they get and where it comes from. If you don’t ask you don’t get!
  • DON’T do anything dangerous. Please don’t put yourself or ICS at risk. If you think an idea you’ve had might be risky, it’s probably not the right activity for you to be doing. If in doubt call your fundraising officer!
  • DON’T get stressed! You can’t spell Fundraising without FUN. There’s got to be a reason for that!

External resources

  • Follow this link for info on licenses and permissions for street collections, door to door collections, selling alcohol and public entertainment. (Via Institute of Fundraising)
  • Follow this link for more information on how to stay legal when doing a bucket collection. (Via raisingfunding.co.uk) 

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