Fundraising Hints & Tips
Now you've decided what you're doing for Willow Wood it's time to start raising funds. Sharing your story, particularly if you have a personal reason for supporting the Hospice really helps to get your community behind you. You may be surprised to find out just how generous people can be.
Set up an online fundraising page such as JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving or GoFundMe. Email the link to everyone in your contact list and share on your social media - and remember to say you are raising funds for Willow Wood.
Make sure you've let us have the information as well and include a photo or yourself or the team. We can then share your link on our social media.
Not everyone likes to donate online however, so we can also provide sponsor forms. Just make sure to take them wherever you go. Smile when you ask for sponsorship and, if possible, make sure the first donation written down is a big one - people quite often tend to follow what's already there!
And don't forget to ask everyone who can to Gift Aid their donation. If they pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax we can claim an additional 25% - and it doesn't cost them a penny extra.
Many companies have a matched funding scheme, and this could double your fundraising. Ask your employers if they can help in this way - it really does make a difference to us, and many companies are happy to know that their employees are involved in their local community. And of course, we'll promote this on our social media giving them a name check.
As well as promoting on social media, we can give you one of our #TeamWillowWood T shirts to wear for the event and also when you are in training. We can also provide:
- Collection cans or buckets
- Loose change boxes
- Pop up banners
- Long banners to attach to tables or railings (make sure you have the appropriate permissions first)
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request any of the above.
Local newspapers and radio stations love to hear what's going on in their area - good news stories are always in demand, and if you have a personal reason why you are raising funds for your local Hospice they'll want to know that too.. Contact them with details of your events and photos before the event starts and after once you've completed your challenge or event.