Posted by: ninechallenges | 23 September, 2008

Top 10 Marathon Fundraising Tips

Top 10 fundraising tips (courtesy of http://www.london-marathon.co.uk)

Start as soon as possible
Quite simply, the sooner you start, the more you will collect.

Enlist the help of others
Encourage family, friends and work colleagues to help fundraise on your organisations, businesses or individuals where you have a contact.

Plan and be prepared
Adopt a similar determined and planned approach to your fundraising as you do for your training. Planning how you are going to raise your sponsorship money from start to finish can save you a lot of time and hassle later. Carry a sponsorship form with you at all times.

Personalise your mission
Why are you undertaking this challenge? If you are fundraising for a charity that is close to your heart due to a family member or friend needing help from that charity, let people know. In casual conversation you can let people know what you are doing and why. This makes your request more real.

Approach your employer
As unlikely as it may seem, see if your employer will give you any time off for your fundraising efforts, or if they will ‘match’ any funds you raise.

Get the money first
Try and get as much of the money prior to the challenge, as you people lose interest quickly and find excuses for not paying up! You can always give it back if for some reason you are unable to take part.

Use your charity
Don’t hesitate to call your chosen charity if you have any queries. They are likely to have years of experience of supporting their fundraisers and are there to help you.

Think creatively
Sponsorship isn’t the only way to raise money. Coffee mornings, quiz nights, collecting tins on reception desks are just a few ideas.

Gift Aid pledge
Ask your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid declaration box when they make their pledge. This will increase your total.

Don’t give up
Keep at your fundraising efforts. Remember, you are doing it for a charity so you have nothing to feel awkward about when it comes to approaching people for help or money. The worst they can do is say ‘no’, and more often that not they will say ‘yes’.

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