Fundraising ideas and tips

A Deafblind UK bake sale

Fundraising is fun, rewarding and doesn’t have to be hard work. Our fundraising team are here to support you on your journey, with expert advice and ideas to get you started and will keep you up to date on how the money you are raising is making a difference to our members. We’re in this together!

Challenge yourself

Set yourself a goal – the possibilities are endless!

  • Swim, cycle, run, walk- there are loads of exciting events from the iconic London Marathon to the Great North Run, Colour Runs, Tour of Cambridgeshire Cycle or Great East Swim and much more.
  • You could organise your own challenge or activity and get sponsored... maybe its trekking, baking or busking!
  • Can you give up something you love for a month (coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol are just a few of the favourites) and get friends to sponsor you?
  • Take your fundraising to new heights…do a Wing Walk or Parachute jump!

At work

Have fun with work colleagues while fundraising together!

  • If baking is your jam why not hold a bake sale at work or an afternoon tea or go savoury with a Breakfast Club?
  • Do an Easter egg hunt around the office or a craziest Christmas jumper competition
  • Have a theme and then hold a “Decorate your Desk” competition to find the wackiest designer in the office
  • Organise a “T-shirt Thursday” or a “Double Denim Day” or go all out with a Superhero dance off
  • Have a “glitter your eyebrows or beard” day to give the office some sparkle with a prize for the biggest diva

Friends, family and groups

Use your networks to amplify your fundraising!

  • Organise a supper club or run a “Bring a Dish” night – get your neighbours involved…and make new friends!
  • Get you club/group to do a carwash day in a local car park
  • Ask for a donation instead of a birthday present this year
  • Are you a member of a golf club? Host the longest golf day tournament or don fancy dress for your club’s next golf day.
  • Could you put on a charity ball, comedy night, outdoor cinema or an auction?
  • Could your gym do a Zumbathon or a virtual 1000km cycle?
  • Ask your friends, family and club mates for items you can have to list on eBay, Shpock and Vinted
  • Run a Facebook raffle and get your social network involved!

Fundraising Tips

Make the most out of your fundraising…

It’s never too early. Start your fundraising as soon as you’ve decided on your event – your initial excitement will be infectious and everyone will want to be your first donor! Donations may slow down until closer to the event, but you’ll have a great head start. Think creatively about who you approach for sponsorship, would your neighbours, local sports club or church support you?

Set up an online donation page

Donating online is quick, easy and secure. Setting up your own page allows you to share your fundraising target, images and updates about your event. Personalise your page – make it all about you and why you’re fundraising for #TeamDBUK. The money you raise online will be paid directly to us, letting you focus all of your energy on your event!

If it’s a team event, set up a team page

Research shows that team pages receive around 14% more donations. Even more reason to rope in friends, family and colleagues!

We suggest JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving for your online donation page, but there are others available.

Share your story

Make sure everyone knows what you’re doing – create a buzz; share your excitement! Share updates and photos on social media with a fun hashtag or upload them to your online donation page so people can see how you’re getting on and give you an extra push with their kind donations. Make sure to include the link to your online donation page!

Sharing regularly will keep those all-important donations trickling in, helping you to reach your target. Try sharing around pay day and holidays when people might be feeling more generous.
Tell anyone who will listen when you’re out training for your event, or at work and social gatherings.

Wear your Deafblind UK vest or t-shirt

Around 20% of donations come in after you have completed your event, so make sure to share your results and get those last-minute donations!

Social media

Facebook – share photos, ask for help and advice with training and fundraising, share your training runs directly from other apps, and connect with other people doing similar events. Post your online donation page link to remind people to donate.

Instagram – share photos of cakes for your bake sale, your pre and post-run meals, you rewarding yourself with well-earned wine, beer or carbs after the event and create your own hashtag relevant to you or your fundraising. Create video updates or thank you messages for your supporters.

LinkedIn – let your business network know that you are fundraising. Colleagues, clients or ex-colleagues may just throw some money your way or offer some match funding!

Twitter – share short updates, photos and video with your very own hashtag, connect with other people taking part in similar events and share training tips. Post your online donation page link and people can donate and retweet.

YouTube – Upload training videos, updates and thank you messages to share across other social media websites. Create your own channel that people can subscribe to and stay up to date with your progress.

Match funding

Does your workplace offer a match funding scheme? Many employers will match your fundraising total or up to a set limit. We can provide them with proof of your donations to apply for this – easy money!

Collecting cash

You can’t beat good old-fashioned cash donations! Stick a sponsor form up in your staff room at work or your local pub if you’re a regular face at the bar. Make sure to set a deadline for when you will collect the cash so your sponsors are ready for you. You can then pay this in to your online donation page, or by BACS to Deafblind UK – make sure to contact us for details.

And most importantly - thank everyone!