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ADOPTION                      Encourage supporters to adopt an individual, an animal or
SCHEMES                       piece of equipment, they pay a regular fee and are sent
                              regular updates. One Trust has “adopted a sheep” used in the
                              management of certain nature reserves. One of the more
                              absurd events was the recent Red-Nose-Day adopt a jelly
                              baby!
ANTIQUES                      Find experts prepared to donate their time. Charge for
ROADSHOW                      entrance and valuations, sell refreshments; maybe link with an
                              antique fair and charge stallholders for their pitches
AUCTION OF                    Try an auction of „promises‟ where in addition to good works,
PROMISES                      people offer their time or use of their belongings, or they
                              donate a gift - four hours baby sitting, the loan of a boat for the
                              day, a truck load of farm manure. Aim for around 40 lots an
                              hour with two hours maximum. More than that and boredom
                              sets in. A professional auctioneer is desirable but not
                              essential. Someone with a „presence‟, who can pull out the
                              humour in a situation and who can keep things moving is
                              ideal.
                              *Make money by inviting cash donations in lieu of promises;
                              charge (£1-£5) for a programme, selling refreshments and
                              from the auction itself.
BALLOON RACES                 Use helium filled balloons. Have prizes for first returned and
                              furthest, also prizes for the senders of the winning balloons.
                              Make money selling balloons and tags publicising your charity.
                              * Beware; the outlay on gas and balloons can be quite high.
                              You need to have a potential market of hundred of people to
                              make a profit.
BARN DANCES                   Very popular event. Get a good band; they may reduce their
                              costs for a good cause and publicity. A real barn adds to the
                              atmosphere. Charge for admission and refreshments.
                              Organise a raffle or auction a handful of items.
                              *Beware, up-front outlay can be high. Sell sufficient tickets
                              beforehand not on the night, and price them right.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
BED PUSH OR                   Run as a sponsored event, choose a high profile route, e.g.
PRAM PUSH                     through the town centre on a Saturday morning, or make it a
                              24 hour marathon. You will need to obtain a Street Collection
                              Licence from your local authority.
                              *As well as individual teams being sponsored, don‟t forget to
                              collect money on the route. Use open buckets, they are easier
                              for people to put money into.
BREAKOUT                      Teams aim to get as far away from a given place as possible,
                              usually in an eight-hour period, without spending any money
                              or breaking the law.
                              Money is raised through sponsorship and teams could also
                              pay to enter. Have prizes for the team that gets the farthest,
                              most unusual mode of transport, fanciest dress. A previously
                              known “breakout” had a team that travelled from Dunbar (in
                              Scotland) in evening dress and collected donations from rail
                              passengers as they went. This event works well with teams
                              from a large company. It involves a lot of planning, not much
                              financial outlay, and it can be great fun, bringing good publicity
                              as well as funds.
CAKE BAKE                     Auction or raffle a novelty cake, sell cakes in the workplace or
                              on a market stall. Run a cake trolley, selling slices and
                              individual cakes every quarter. People at their desks are a
                              captive audience and are hungriest between 10-10.30 am and
                              3-4 pm. Charge 25p to 50p a slice/cake.
CAPTION                       Whenever you have a group of people together from one
COMPETITION                   organisation - minimum of 25 to make it worthwhile - have a
                              caption competition. Get a photo of a “known” person within
                              the organisation such as the Chief Executive or Managing
                              Director, preferably doing something they wouldn‟t normally do
                              or wearing an unusual expression (wives/husbands are good
                              suppliers of photos!). Photocopy the picture onto an A4 sheet
                              with blank lines for people to put their name and caption.
                              Charge for each entry with a cash prize back of, say, 50% of
                              the proceeds. Elect a panel of judges beforehand and
                              announce the winning caption (1st, 2nd and 3rd) at the end of
                              the event. At a sales conference which 120 people attended,
                              £865 was raised from a caption competition run over lunch.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
CAR                           Hire or get donated the use of a hall or outdoor site. Sell
BOOT/TABLE TOP                pitches (for at least £5) or ask stallholders to donate a
SALE/CRAFT                    percentage of profits (10%), sell refreshments, charge
FAIR                          admission.
                              *If you are entering a car boot sale to make money, price
                              everything beforehand, do not under price and have a box for
                              „everything under £1‟.
CAR WASH/CAR                  Ideal for company car parks near to or in the town centre, as
PARKING                       these are generally not used on a Saturday. Offer a charge
                              for parking (say £3) with an extra £2 on top to have your cash
                              washed as well. You can also offer the car washing service
                              on its own. Ideal car washing candidates are children who
                              want to supplement their pocket money! Work on a shift basis
                              so no one has to be there all day.
                              *You will need an easily available supply of water and at least
                              two people per car. Aim to take no more than 10 minutes to
                              wash each car.
CHALLENGE                     Ideal event for employees of one company. Challenge the
                              local community (charities, schools, hospitals, etc) to come up
                              with tasks that groups of staff can undertake in a short time,
                              say from 2 hours to a weekend. Challenges undertaken
                              during three events organised by one company included
                              discos for children in care, hot air balloon flights for people
                              with learning difficulties, raised gardens in residential homes
                              for older people and office decoration for local charities. This
                              is a double-edged activity. Teams get sponsored whilst
                              providing a free service to the local community.
CHILDREN’S FUN                Parents pay for children to take part. Arrange entertainments
DAY                           e.g. face painting, jugglers, magicians, races. It could be
                              simple or spectacular.
COMPANIES                     Ask local ones if they will donate to your event, cash or prizes,
                              or to your charity, cash or gifts in kind, sponsorship for your
                              publications or other overheads.
COMPETITIONS                  Guess the baby, guess the weight of a cake, mother and child
                              photographs, sweets in a jar, potatoes in a bag - the list is
                              endless. Charge between 10p and £1. You will have to keep
                              a record of addresses and phone numbers. Best done with a
                              captive audience so the winner can be announced at your
                              event.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
                              Invite celebrities, local restaurants or tearooms to submit a
COOKERY BOOK                  recipe (they will benefit from the publicity) and put together a
                              cookbook. Needs careful budgeting for production and
                              marketing costs.
                              The launch could be tied in with a “tasting” evening, persuade
                              some celebrities to come along.
                              *Make money by charging for admission, for food and from
                              selling your book. Organise a raffle of celebrity cakes from the
                              book.
DARTS MATCH                   Charge an entry fee, have a raffle and refreshments. Make it
                              fun - ladies v gentlemen, left handed throws only.
EQUIPMENT HIRE                Hire your equipment out to other organisations when not in
                              use, e.g. photocopiers, vehicles, play equipment, hall.
EXPERT TALK                   Use an expert or well-known personality prepared to donate
                              their time. Charge admission, have a break to sell
                              refreshments and auction his or her latest book or a signed
                              photograph.
FANCY DRESS                   At school or office, pay to wear fancy dress and fine those who
DAYS                          do not. Non-uniform days at school are always popular. In
                              the office have Bow-tie, Scotch, Hat or Doctors and Nurses
                              days. April Fool‟s day is ideal.
FETES                         Celebrities help draw the crowds. Maybe link with a balloon
                              race, fun run or other sponsored event.
                              * A lot of hard work, forward planning and financial outlay is
                              involved - so think twice. Estimate input of hours and see if
                              you can use the time on more profitable events.
FILM PREMIERE                 Organise a local premiere of a recently released film. Increase
                              normal ticket prices by £2 or £3. Have a display about your
                              charity in the foyer. Arrange for a percentage of refreshment
                              sales to be donated to you. Organise a raffle. Get a local firm
                              to sponsor the event.
FILL A SACK                   Distribute sacks in the area for unwanted household items,
                              auction the best, sell the rest at car boot or in a charity shop.
                              *Don‟t use black dustbin liners, as they are not strong enough.
                              Get hold of heavy-duty fertiliser bags used by most farmers.
£5 INTO £50                   Give volunteers a sum of money (£5) and a time limit (say 3
                              months) to increase this by honest means by devising a
                              money generating activity. Some ideas are: plant vegetable
                              seeds and sell the produce, make and sell cakes, back the
                              Derby winner, invest. Have prizes for most raised and the
                              most ingenious idea.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
FUN RUNS        Try and get a local sports personality to compete or start the
                event off. Charge for entry. Get runners to obtain
                sponsorship. Give a prize to the child, adult and team, which
                make the most.
GUY FAWKS       Organise a grand firework display, charge for admission and
PARTY           food/refreshments. Organised displays are increasingly
                popular, so think big with venue and publicity. Try and get it
                sponsored.
HOUSE TO        Link this with collections in town centres and a week of
HOUSE           awareness for your charity. Takes a lot of organising and local
COLLECTION      authority approval is needed. It‟s important not to clash with
                other charities, so plan well in advance.
                Use local football stadium/sports centre, invite local schools,
IT’S A KNOCKOUT youth organisations, sports clubs, disabled sports clubs to take
                part, invite local sports personalities. Charge admission for
                spectators, sell refreshments, perhaps have sideshows and
                mini competitions, which spectators can pay to enter. Make it
                a fun afternoon.
JEWELLERY       Ask the public and your friends and relatives to donate
COLLECTION      unwanted jewellery. Auction the best items, and sell the
                remainder at a car boot sale or use as raffle prizes.
                *Package and display attractively to boost prices and sales.
                Buy coloured boxes, line with cotton wool or coloured tissue.
JUMBLE SALES    Don‟t forget to organise a scrap merchant/house clearance
                firm to take leftovers. Sift the clothes beforehand and display
                well to get more money.
KARAOKE         Currently very popular but it‟s expensive to hire equipment, so
EVENINGS        sell enough tickets to cover costs. Charge for refreshments,
                have a raffle.
KNITTING FAIR   Get old knitting patterns donated to sell, invite local wool
                shops and knitwear designers to come along and pay for a
                pitch, hold a design competition with entry fee and announce
                winners at the fair.
LOTTERIES       Could work, particularly well in large offices. Make it a regular
                monthly event perhaps on payday. Arrange for deduction from
                pay. It‟s a chore and a bore collecting money every month.
MAILSHOT        Write to previous donors, supports, volunteers, relatives, etc.
                Include your latest annual report, letters, pledge form. Don‟t
                forget to say thank you as well as please.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
MILE OF COINS                 In reality a mile is too long. Design a pattern on a floor (say in
                              a shopping plaza or in your company reception area) and
                              invite the public or staff to place a coin (any denomination) on
                              the line.
NEARLY NEW                    Up-market jumble sale 50% to you 50% to giver. Can produce
SALE                          a good return for small investment. Have a nearly new stall in
                              a jumble sale or at a fete.
OPEN DAY                      Hold an open day for the public to drop in or invite guests,
                              especially Councillors from your local authority. Publicise it as
                              widely as possible. Organise raffles and refreshments, record
                              names and addresses for a future mail shot. Good for laying
                              the groundwork for future fundraising.
ORIGINAL                      Use donated artwork from local artists. Organise a sale,
ARTWORK SALE                  auction or an exhibition with an entry fee.
                              *Any picture, however bad or good, looks more attractive in a
                              mount. So get them mounted (this works out between £2 and
                              £5 depending on size) and wrapped in a protective cover. Let
                              the purchasers pay for the framing, as this can be quite costly.
PICNIC                        Hold a teddy bears‟ picnic or a „picnic in the park‟. Charge for
                              entry and organise entertainers. Local personalities and their
                              families could be an attraction, local theatre/students may help
                              out.
PUB GAMES                     Teams pay to enter for dominoes, skittles, darts, shove
EVENING                       ha‟penny, quiz etc. Have plenty of fun prizes and charge for
                              refreshments.
                              Teams pay to enter - £5 per person. Sell refreshments served
QUIZ EVENING                  by waitresses and waiters whose tips go into the pot as well.
                              Have some good prizes and perhaps a raffle as well.
                              * Organise questions into themed groups, 10 groups, 6
                              questions in each for a 2-hour event. For example on a „size‟
                              theme: Where was Custer‟s last stand? What was our
                              Gracie‟s theme song? Who wrote the „Biggest Diamond in the
                              World‟?
RACES                         Pancake, three-legged, duck, raft....the list is endless. See
                              ideas under „Balloon Race‟
RADIO                         Your local radio station may help by broadcasting appeals or
CAMPAIGN                      adopting your charity for a Christmas appeal.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
RAFFLES                       Tried and tested fundraisers. Maximise profits with donated
                              prizes. An exciting first prize is all important. Some travel
                              agents have a charity budget and may be able to provide a
                              free or discounted holiday but contact them early. Link to
                              special days of the year e.g. easter egg raffle. A raffle of five
                              pound notes for a major prize may work at a big celebration
                              event e.g. Christmas lunch or gala dinner, particularly if it
                              follows an appeal by a respected personality. Everyone writes
                              their name on a fiver, the name pulled out of the hat is the
                              winner.
SANTA’S                       Set up a grotto or moving display for Christmas in the local
GROTTO                        shopping centre. Invite donations and charge to see Father
                              Christmas at certain times.
SHOP WINDOW                   Persuade a local shop, building society or bank etc to let you
DISPLAY                       use their window, tie in with raffle/donation boxes inside.
SIGNATURE                     Have a big board in prominent place with a relevant message
BOARD                         or slogan, pay to sign, launch by celebrities, staff with
                              volunteers who provide pens etc. One company department
                              used this idea to send one giant Christmas card to each other,
                              saving on individual cards.
SPONSORED                     These are always popular, eg bed push, slim, beard shave,
EVENTS                        wheelchair marathon. Go for something unusual or
                              challenging. Good planning is essential, learn from other
                              people‟s experiences where possible. Be bizarre but safe.
                              One company individual sponsorships have included a
                              vasectomy, half a beard shave, all night fishing.
SUPERMARKET                   Check with the Store Manager to agree a suitable date and
TROLLEY DASH                  sell tickets beforehand. The winning ticket holder has to
                              “dash” through the store grabbing as much as possible on the
                              way. The money to pay for the goods has to come out of the
                              proceeds unless the Superstore donates this to the adopted
                              Charity.
THEME                         Arrange food, raffle, film, quiz, etc with a particular theme eg.
EVENINGS                      French night, Hawaiian night, Crocodile Dundee evening.
TOMBOLA                       Make sure you have enough donated prizes. Particularly
                              popular if everyone wins something. Put your prices high
                              enough, don‟t give things away.




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
TOY APPEAL                    Ask for donations of unwanted toys, maybe have a collection
                              point in a large store, auction them, have a toy sale or recycle
                              them.
                              Plan a route to be followed by car or on foot through local
TREASURE HUNT                 towns or villages. Hide directions in cryptic clues given to
                              teams at the start of the hunt. Add interest by giving
                              competitors questions to answer or asking them to collect
                              various items (eg a lump of coal, yesterday‟s newspaper) on
                              route. If using cars, make a note of each entrant‟s mileage at
                              the start of the event and make the winner the one with the
                              lowest mileage at the end and/or the greatest number of
                              marks.
                              *Remember to try out the route a week before the event and if
                              it is to take place in the summer, finish with a barbecue or barn
                              dance.
VALENTINE’S                   Sell single red roses (and perhaps deliver them) in your place
DAY                           of work.
                              * Buy them in bulk from your local market, wrap them
                              appropriately (kitchen foil looks good), double the price and
                              you are in business.
WINE TASTING                  Get advice and support from a local wine club or
                              organisations, sell brochures with profits from advertising, sell
                              wines with commission.
ZANY                          Greatest number of marshmallows in a mouth, throw a custard
                              pie at your manager, eating jelly with chopsticks, blindfold jelly
                              feed (both parties blindfolded) eating greatest number of
                              doughnuts without licking your lips, putting feet into wellies
                              filled with “gunge” (wallpaper paste with colouring) and lucky
                              dip in a bucket of horrible looking slime. The most important
                              thing about these is they are fun. People can get sponsored
                              or pay to enter (or sometimes pay not to enter!).




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids
Ten Steps to           1. Keep it simple - a clear and straightforward idea and a bold
Successful                message; make it something you‟ll enjoy!
Fundraising
                       2. Organise - have a committee with a co-ordinator; make sure you
                          have enough help including emergency backup; be organised
                          yourself.

                       3. Plan - choose a date which is free of other charity events; work
                          back from the date of the event to play preparations; allow
                          enough time for possible setbacks; don‟t leave anything to the
                          last minute.

                       4. Budget - list expenses and potential income before starting;
                          don‟t spend lots of time and money organising an event with only
                          modest returns.

                       5. Check - legal restraints; liaise with the Police, local authorities,
                          other interested parties as necessary.

                       6. Record - keep detailed records for next time, include tips and
                          improvements.

                       7. Publicise - make sure the public knows who you are and what
                          you are raising money for; let everyone know what you are
                          doing. Advertise through posters, press, local radio, letters to
                          supporters, word of mouth. Talk to as many people as possible
                          as this may generate new ideas and offers of help.

                       8. Personalise - people like to know how individuals will benefit
                          from the money they give; use photographs and quotes.

                       9. Thank - supporters and helpers; don‟t forget to publicise the
                          results of your efforts.

                       10.Build on success - a successful event could become annual;
                         use records of helpers and supporters when planning future
                         events; don‟t be put off by one unsuccessful event, learn from
                         your mistakes and try again!




         Registered Name – Bauer Radio‟s Cash for Kids Charities, Working Name – 96.9 Viking FM & Magic1161‟s Cash for Kids
Company number 06424810 – Registered Charity number 1122062,
Registered Office – The Boat House, Commercial Road, Hull, HU1 2SG

               www.Vikingfm.co.uk/cashforkids                  www.magic1161.co.uk/cashforkids

								
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