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Fundraising ideas please??

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
I am starting to fundraise for the NAS (National Autistic Society) and i have contacted my sons school he attends and they are taking it to school council for a fundraising non uniform day.

But.....

Im looking for other ideas whether it be online or offline needs to be something that isnt a huge commitment to organise as im on my own doing this, full time mum to 5 boys and my husband works full time so will have to fit round them, i dont mind some commitment obviously it is a good cause but cant go organising huge car boots etc sorta thing.

Any ideas would be grateful for.
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
How about a garage sale, with 5 kids surely lots of toys and bits and bobs and easier to manage as it's within your own home....??? :)
banned#2
How about selling off stuff on ebay with 100% donated to charity (minus fees of course).
#3
You could make up PECS cards & sell them on ebay, or the makaton key chains. There is a market for them out there for us mum's who don't have the time or resources to make them ourselves, also i'm not sure if you have to pay ebay fees if for charity maybe someone else knows:thumbsup: Good luck, let me know what you're gonna do as this is a cause very close to my heart:)
#4
csiman
How about selling off stuff on ebay with 100% donated to charity (minus fees of course).


Don't think Ebay let you do that nowadays, although I could be proved wrong.
What I mean is they won't allow you to advertise it's for charity :)

I think they have their own charity set up they want you to use :x:x
#5
Local Treasure Hunts always used to go down well, depending of course where you live. They can be done either by car or foot.
Also Easter coming up, how about an Egg Hunt ?

What area are you Amcol ? If you're fairly local to me I may well have something I can donate :)

I'm Mid Devon.
#6
Raffles are always good fundraisers and what about a local bingo?

Get people to donate prizes of tins of food, biscuits etc. If it's held on licenced premises (i.e. british Legion or club) could have bottles.
#7
I am in Lincoln, Lincs, keep ideas coming, some fab ones here, have thought of selling my old bits off on Ebay and giving to the NAS, could maybe see about organising a sponsered bike ride but not sure where i would go on this who to ask etc.

I wanna do my bit for them as my son is Autistic and its hard work so be great to support the charity. Cant wait for my fundraising pack to come through!!! If i was near a beach etc i could of done something beachy but im not lol..

I am allowed to set up a Justgiving site as well which i might do to kick start things and have it as a main page for events etc.

Im new to all this charity fundraising stuff!! Excited though about it.
1 Like #8
If you visit your local Barclays Bank and ask for their help. They will either donate items for raffles or if you can get a member of staff on board, everything they raise the Bank will match £ for £ up to £750.
#9
Oh brill never knew that!! Will have to try them, im a member of them as well :) - might help lol
#10
cskell
If you visit your local Barclays Bank and ask for their help. They will either donate items for raffles or if you can get a member of staff on board, everything they raise the Bank will match £ for £ up to £750.


If that's the case then it's a very good tip cskell :thumbsup:

Do you work for Barclays or if not may I ask how you know that ? Please don't think I'm questioning you , I'm just very interested.

Thanks :)
#11
It's in every member of staff's contract to do something for the community. Every little helps!
#12
Added rep for you cskell :)
1 Like #13
hottoshop
If that's the case then it's a very good tip cskell :thumbsup:

Do you work for Barclays or if not may I ask how you know that ? Please don't think I'm questioning you , I'm just very interested.

Thanks :)

I'm a Barclays pensioner. Staff members can do £ for £ 3 times a year and pensioners can claim it once a year. I do it for our local cats protection every year. The actual money Barclays match goes direct to the charity.
#14
Might go for a sponsered slim as well, im currently a member of slimming world and i need to kick my bum into gear and get the weight loss going properly again! This might be a way :)
#15
I think HSBC do something similar but only up to £500.

Our school fundraisers do things like calendars, mugs placemats etc, they use an outside company to make the stuff, but the school get a percentage, it is usually fairly successful and does not take that big a commitment.
banned#16
Ebay has a section when you sell where you state what percentage is going to charity. Didnt realise it had to be one of their charities................
#17
On the NAS site it states Ebay to sell things, so wondering if its tied in with them?
#18
cskell
I'm a Barclays pensioner. Staff members can do £ for £ 3 times a year and pensioners can claim it once a year. I do it for our local cats protection every year. The actual money Barclays match goes direct to the charity.


Many thanks cskell and that's great info to know. Left you rep.

ps. I did find it eventually through Barclays website. It's buried in the links of this page
http://www.personal.barclays.co.uk/BRC1/jsp/brccontrol?task=channelFWsocial&site=pfs&value=3736&menu=5093


Thanks again cskell :thumbsup: :)
#19
I have thought about a sponsered slim, as im a member of slimming world, i could set a target i need to lose by say 3/4mths time plus i need to get back on track again
1 Like #20
Its coming up to the time when local schools/churches etc will have being fetes, contact them and ask if you can set up a stall to raise money for charity. Most will be happy to help, if nothing else it will keep people there longer if there is more to do.

Ideas for a stall (remember the obvious ones such as selling cakes will already be done). Most of these are taken from when mum used to run a toddler group and did stalls to raise money
1. Decorate a biscuit - buy a couple of packs of rich tea biscuits, some icing sugar and cheap sweets/sprinkles/writing icing (Always made a lot of £££ and most popular stall)
2. Paddling pool, rubber ducks and a kids fishing net - pick a winning duck and get a pack of sweets (kids dont care what it is, as long as they win something! Get cheap sweets from somewhere like costco/makro)
3. Loads of plastic cups, something in each one, covered with paper and elastic band so you cant see whats in it, put £1 in a few, and customer picks one. Wins whatever is in it (sounds rubbish but suprisingly popular, and gets rid of small items such as McDonalds toys/kinder egg toys/mini shampoos)
1 Like #21
I make hand made cards, I would be happy to post you some that you could sell. Maybe if other members make craft items they could do the same. My two sons have learning difficulties, so I would be more than happy to help, I know it wont make you £££££s but if you're thinking of holding a sale at home you'll have a few more items to sell. Maybe a local church would let you hold something there! Could be a craft fair/ coffee morning/cake sale.
#22
Oh wow thanks everyone sooooooo much for all your help/ideas!!! I love them all!!!

Thanks also to Melissa! Might take you up on that one as i am going to try alsorts of things :D
#23
Also, ask a local store if you can do bag packing, get some of the family involved.
#24
If you are interested pm me your address and I'll send you some. I enjoy making them but don't have much success selling them, so it would be great if I could help out such a worthy cause!
#25
We raise money for an animal shelter here in Spain, we hold quiz and bingo nights with a raffle also.
We ask various businesses to donate goods for the raffle and restaurants for vouchers for meals etc as prizes for the quiz. We charge 5 euros a strip for the bingo, and 2 euros goes back in prize money. We also go round with a collection tin towards the end of the evening which also brings in a fair amount.
Hope this helps, good luck to you, we know how hard raising funds are.........
#26
I know you don't want to go to a car boot sale and commit for a full day to that but why not see if the school will lend you their car park for a Saturday and hold a car boot sale and you would only have to collect the money from the cars at the gate at the start
#27
I went to a Pudding evening the other night. Some people had made special for the evening and some had come from local hotels. We got to try 4 different puddings and score them - the evening had a food related quiz half way through. We went up table by table and chose the pudding we wanted in rounds but I think it would have been nice to have a little dish of say 8 puddings and each table tried and scored all of them. There was loads left over and we bought a dish at 50p each at the end but if you have 8 puddings and say 8 tables with maybe 6 people to a table you know how much you need of each and would therefore have less waste. you'd only need maybe 2 teaspoons of each dessert per person

They also had a raffle

Maybe the sponsored slim could follow????


And after going to a jumble sale the other day with what seemed like a million people there and loads of stuff going at 20/30p a go - i now think that would be a great money spinner and would help lots of people clear out junk!
#28
We have a local church hall that holds sales etc but noone ever bothers with them, i been twice and no matter how much entertainment there is for kids and different stalls there is, noone will go, why i dont know. I been a couple of times and taken the kids and its been fine.

Will look at other alternatives etc as well, its just hard with no transport as well but i have some fab ideas here, and especially when my sons school does a fate etc i will ask them if i can have a stall and sell maybe items on it or do a raffle and ask local businesses to cough up some prize or other!

Wonder if its possible to do a online raffle, where people pay £1 to somewhere like Justgiving and i organise a business to help cough up some prizes and then, hand out a raffle number to person who has paid and then get a online random generator to cough up 3 numbers for 1st 3 prizes?? Hope that makes sense lol
#29
Cake sails are usually quite good. Or you could knock on hundreds of houses asking for a little bit of money and it will add up to a lot at the end.
#30
badmanmeow
Cake sails are usually quite good. Or you could knock on hundreds of houses asking for a little bit of money and it will add up to a lot at the end.


A lot of people dont like people knocking on their door and asking for money for charity, are reluctant to give anything incase it is not genuine etc.
#31
Yeah im not keen on that idea as such really, plus my friend did this selling raffle tickets for the school she is PTA on and got a rollocking for it!
#32
Got my fundraising pack!! I am thinking of possibly an online quiz and to take part you need to pay a little fee then the winner will gain a prize - first one to email correct answers in - seems like it could be a good thing to do and then money goes to a good cause, and can maybe ask a store online to donate a prize or voucher.

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