Planning your fundraising event in eight easy steps.
Before you get caught up in the excitement of putting on a fundraising event – draw up a plan of action. Grab a few helpful friends, and you’ll be quick-stepping through the perfect plan in no time
1.Pick something fun to do
If it’s your first fundraising event, keep it simple and start with what you know. If you love baking cakes, or hosting a dinner party you’ve already got a recipe for success. If you’re an old-hand at putting on events, you could try something a little more adventurous. Check out our fundraising Hero Power-pack or contact us for more ideas and support.
2. Set a Date, Time and a Target
See what events are happening near you or in the Pharmacy calendar to make sure your activity does not clash with another event or tag yourself onto another event. Set yourself a target of how much you want to raise; it’ll give you that extra bit of incentive to really go for it. Check out our Hero Wall of Fame for some ideas of what other fundraisers have done to get some inspiration.
3. Choose a venue
Make sure you ask yourself the all important questions: will it appeal to my target audience? Is it accessible? Does it practically work for my event? What will it cost? Is it available the date I want it?
4. Tell Everyone – If people don’t know about your event they won’t turn up! If you’re inviting friends, use email, Facebook and Twitter remember to tag us in it @pharmasupport. If you’re aiming wider, you can download one of our posters and put them up at work or university and give out flyers. Don’t forget your local newspaper, internal intranet or newsletter, any publicity will help you raise more funds. Don’t forget to let us know what you’re up to so that we can support you and follow our social media guides.
5. Get a little help from your friends – Don’t go it alone. Think about everyone you know, what skills they have and how they may be able to help. What connections or talents do they have? Get your friends, local businesses, and community groups involved. Do a bit of networking – swap ideas or ask for advice via our Facebook page.
6. Stay Safe – Small but important details such as:
- carrying a first aid kit
- knowing where the fire exits are
- checking any equipment you’re using
will be critical to s successful event. You can get free health and safety advice from: The Health and Safety Executive online.
7. Remember your helping people within your profession
If you start to flag, remember why you’re supporting Pharmacist Support. Inspire potential donors with our case studies – let them know that every penny you raise will help support the charity and others in your profession.
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