We recommend you put together a fundraising plan of action as soon as possible. Plan 4 or 5 different fundraising activities if your target is £800 and 6 or 7 if it’s £1500. Each activity should raise you between £100 and £300.
Set a target for each activity at the beginning of your fundraising so you have something to aim for. This also breaks down the target into smaller, more manageable chunks.
One flagship event
One flagship event such as a barbecue, a quiz night or a karaoke night. Invite all your friends and family along.
Make sure you add on small extras like a raffle and other fundraising games.
One sponsored activity
Sponsored activities are a great way to raise money as well as generate interest in your placement. Maybe a run, cycle or sponsored silence?
Try to get as many of your sponsors in advance so that you don’t have to trudge around collecting the money in.
Several smaller fundraising activities
Make the most of your time by arranging smaller activities such as cake sales, car boot sales and coffee mornings.
You may make smaller amounts than at your 'flagship' event, but with very little effort these events add up to big money. Many volunteers break the £100 barrier at events such as these.
The 'back up'
Your back up activity might be applying for a grant, contacting your local Rotary Club or trying to organise a supermarket bag pack.
If they work, then great, but don't rely on them. It’s best to get in your applications for these as soon as possible and then get cracking with everything else.