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How to Fundraise for Charity

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 12th 2012
Raise money for others and feel good about at the same time
Got a friend who desperately needs a hand or just want to help make a difference in the world? Raising money for charity is a great way to aid those in need and give yourself a healthy karma boost all at the same time. Every weekend all around the world, fundraisers of all shapes and sizes are being held, seeking out crucial donations for people, services or organisations struggling. Plan ahead and raise some money for a charity or a worthwhile cause some weekend soon by following these simple steps.
The Salvation Army is worth raising money for
The Salvation Army is worth raising money for

Find something worth sponsoring. Who do you want to help raise money for? The local animal refuge? The hospital? A sick friend? A non-for-profit organization? There are limitless people, services and organizations who can use money to help make their lives or the lives of other better. Make sure it's something you're passionate about, it will make it all the more worthwhile. If you're unsure who you do want to raise money for, do some research or ask around and see who could really do with some extra funds.

How are you going to fundraise? Finding a unique and even quirky event is the key to a good and eye catching fundraiser. While it's easy enough to walk around with a donation tin, you're not going to make much money or much of an impact unless you go out of your comfort zone for a bit. What about a big bike ride from city to city? Attempt a world record? Have a mass sleepout in the park? A cake drive? A dance marathon? An arm wrestling tournament? An eating contest? Live with no electricity for two days? Is it just going to involve you or will you need as many people as possible to sign up? Get some friends and family together and do some brainstorming what's the craziest (yet safest) thing you can think of that will really get people talking?
How about a run like this one, the Sunshine Coast Marathon.
How about a run like this one, the Sunshine Coast Marathon.

Find the appropriate date. This is crucial. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get organised. Weekends and public holidays are the best times of year to do a fundraiser that way more people will be free to attend and if need be, participate. Check out some dates that might be suitable in your state or territory here.

Set up a donation site. A website like Everyday Hero is great for this. Here you can fundraise for your favourite charity or cause by building your own personal fundraising page.
Find something worth raising money for. Photo by Howard Lake.
Find something worth raising money for. Photo by Howard Lake.

Seek out sponsors/Advertise. How are people going to know about your fundraising endeavours unless you get the word out there? Put a call into the local newspaper, radio and television station and explain what you're up to, who you're doing it for and why. You never know, you may just end up on the front page. Print out some flyers with all the relevant information and do a letterbox drop in your neighbourhood and business centre see if any local stores will be willing to chip in on the day for raffle prizes, giveaways,etc. Get onto your Facebook profile and create an event for your fundraising gig and invite all your friends and their friends. You could raise mass awareness with just a few phone calls and clicks of a button.

Carry out the event.
Here it is the big day. You've got your cause, you know what you're going to do, you've told everyone possible and now, you're going to go through with it. When all is said and done, be sure to congratulate and thank everyone who helped make your fundraising adventure a possibility. It's also nice to let everyone who donated know just what the final total was, so be sure to keep their details on file.

One final thing- never be disappointed. No matter how much or how little your fundraising makes for your chosen charity, don't despair. Your contribution, no matter how small, has made a huge difference in the lives of many.

Good luck! Leave a comment and let us know how you go or share some ideas for a great fundraiser.
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