Helping with Fundraising

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Fundraising roles for charities are by far the most common way to volunteer. Charities rely heavily on donations from the public and their very existence depends on them. Opportunities to help fundraising are vast and it is often up to you to choose how you wish to go about it and how much time and energy you are able to put into it.

There are plenty of ways to get involved

Perhaps you want to be a street fundraiser, providing information and collecting donations from passers by, or maybe you want to take part in a personal challenge for sponsorship. You can also get together with your local community and host events such as coffee mornings, fetes and fun runs where all profits are donated to charity.

Personal challenges are great fun and can give you a real sense of achievement – you can choose any challenge that appeals to you. But, it’s best to choose something that takes you outside of your comfort zone – such as skydiving or walking a long distance – as these challenges are more likely to bring in donations and your personal satisfaction levels will be higher knowing you’ve personally worked hard to overcome your fears and abilities. There are also charities that hold regular community events such as Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life around the country.

Decide whether to take part alone or as part of a group

You can take part alone, with a partner or in a group. Once you’ve chosen a charity and a challenge, you can easily set up a Just Giving page in a few minutes to collect sponsors, which will then be transferred to your chosen charity.

Choose a charity you’re passionate about

The best way to begin your fundraising journey is to choose a charity you are passionate about. This could be anything from Cancer Research UK to PDSA. You may have a personal experience that guides you towards a certain charity, or you may want to browse and find one that particularly inspires you. Below, we’ve pulled together a short list to get you started, but there are still hundreds of others you can choose to support.

Examples of charities you can fundraise for:

Animals
Blue Cross
Cats Protection
Dog’s Trust
Guide Dog’s for the Blind
PDSA
RSPCA
Worldwide Wildlife Foundation

Children
Barnardos
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity
NSPCC
Teenage Cancer Trust

Crisis Response
Action Against Hunger
Action Aid
British Red Cross
Water Aid

Culture
English Heritage
Natural History Museum

Elderly
Age UK
Alzheimer’s Society

Health
British Heart Foundation
Cancer Research UK
London’s Air Ambulance
Marie Curie

MacMillan

Homeless & Hunger
Crisis
Shelter

International Welfare
Oxfam

Religious
Christian Aid
Islamic Relief
Islamic Relief Worldwide

Muslim Aid
SEWA

Military
Help for Heroes
The Royal British Legion

Women
Women’s Aid

If you have any great ideas, or tips and tricks on how to successfully raise money for charity, then we’d love to hear from you at [email protected].

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