Find out how you can raise money to make a difference in the lives of children
At Sports Connections Foundation, we receive no government funding and rely entirely on donations and support from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations to deliver our programmes to disadvantaged, vulnerable and poverty stricken children and young people and to deliver our Sporting Wishes to children facing life-limiting illnesses.
Whether it’s money raised from an office doing a 10k run, volunteers decorating our houses, or a formal grant from a charitable foundation, there are many ways to get involved.
10 top fundraising tips
We’re here to help you every step of the way!
1. Decide how you want to raise money. Whichever you choose – whether it’s a sponsored run or swim, a charity bake sale, a talent show, a raffle or competition – just remember to pick something fun that you’ll enjoy! And please give us a call to let us know what you’re up to on 01733 390337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. See if your employer will give you matched funding for what you raise – it can double your money!
3. Consider the details – don’t skimp out on proper planning and preparation, whether it’s finding the perfect venue or date, or working out your budget.
4. Ask for charity rates from suppliers and for donations or sponsorship from companies – you’ll be amazed at how supportive people can be.
5. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to support you, and ask them to ask their friends!
6. Set up your personalised donations page via JustGiving. Make sure you have downloaded a sponsorship form and don’t forget about Gift Aid*.
7. Advertise your event wherever you can. Your own social media pages can be particularly successful to encourage your friends and family to support and donate. Asking them to share or retweet your posts could help spread the news of your fundraising efforts, consequently reaching more people.
8. Think your event is newsworthy? Contact your local press/radio/TV and tell them what you’re doing – we can help you write a press release if you would like.
9. Don’t forget to ensure you are keeping it safe and legal.
10. Have fun!
You can pay your money in by several different methods: either online, by cheque or directly into our bank account, whichever is easier for you.
*Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back 25p for every £1 donated by a UK taxpayer, provided they make a Gift Aid declaration. For more details, click here. For a Gift Aid declaration form, click Here.
During these challenging and unpredictable times, please ensure your fundraising activity adheres to Covid-19 restrictions and meets all associated safety guidelines.
The health and safety of you, the organiser, and the public is a priority. Prior to any fundraising activity, we strongly encourage you to:
• check the most up-to-date local, regional and national government guidelines and restrictions
• ensure risk assessments are conducted
• take every precaution to keep people safe.
Remind yourself of social distancing and social gatherings guidance for your area – remember England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may differ from each other. Latest guidance and restrictions can be found at including local lockdown information and links to the devolved nations guidelines.