Use this step-by-step checklist and fundraising planner to organise your fundraising activity and break it down into manageable chunks.
Goal - set a goal of how much you want to raise and plan activities and events to reach it.
Method - start with an activity that doesn't feel overwhelming and that you can imagine your family and friends being able to get involved in.
Help - speak to family and friends and enlist their help and support. This will also allow them to be part of the Tribute Fund too.
Communication - set up an online Tribute Fund here which will not only provide you with a mini website to celebrate your loved one's life, but provide you with a way to engage people across the UK (and the world!) in your fundraising activities.
Publicity - contact your local media following our publicity guidelines. This will help you to get local businesses interested and get more people involved.
Legal - please do keep it legal and safe. We have specific guidelines on running raffles which may help, or if there's anything you're unsure about, just give us a call and we'll be delighted to help.
Increasing what you raise
Setting a lead - people tend to like to have an idea how much they should give, and you'll notice how most people on sponsorship forms give an identical amount to the people above them on the form. Make sure the first people on any sponsorship forms are going to be good donors, and keep an eye on how the form is going so you can break any trend towards very low value donations.
Match funding - if you or anyone involved in your fundraising has an employer who offers match funding, make sure to get information about their scheme so that you can meet their criteria and increase the value of your fund.
Local businesses - local businesses are often ready to help support fundraising in their area, especially if they can get a little publicity so that other locals know how they're supporting the community. They may be prepared to offer raffle or auction prizes, or provide a venue at a discounted rate (or even free) for your event.
From the Government - the Gift Aid scheme allows the tax your donors have paid to be refunded for any donations they make. This means their donations may be increased to the value of 25p in the pound! So don't lose this valuable source of extra money for your fund.