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Fundraising

fundraising stories of success

Want to take part in a DUCK event but worried about the fundraising target? We bring you fundraising stories of success from past and present Durham students to reassure and inspire you.  Fundraising is easier than you think and can be great fun to do - especially if you team up with friends or other participants.  Your actions can make a huge impact to the charities we support and the people and animals that they support.  If you would like any further advice or have any questions please email our Fundraising Officer who is here to help you!

 

DUCK TOP TEN FUNDRAISING TIPS

 

1.     MAKE IT PERSONAL

-       Tell people why you care about what you’re fundraising for

 

2.     CREATE AN APPEALING ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE

-       Make sure you include a photo of yourself – people want to know who they’re giving to

-       Include a story about why you are raising the money for this specific cause

-       If you have any add photos from the charity you are fundraising for

-       Share it on all your social media accounts and ask friends to share it too

 

3.     HAVE A TARGET

-       Make sure to tell people how much you’re trying to raise

-       Keep increasing your target if you meet it before the deadline

 

4.     CREATE A LIST OF LIKELY DONORS

-       This can be neighbours, friends, family, members of a club you attend, anyone who you think might support your fundraising

-       Make sure to ask everyone on this list, preferably ask them in person rather than over social media

-       Ask those who are likely to be more generous first as others may then match their donations

 

5.     CARRY OUT A PLEDGE EVENT

-       For example: ask people to sponsor you per kilometre of a 20km walk

-       If you get 50 sponsors of £1/km and complete it that’s £1000!

-       Get friends to do the walk with you and also collect sponsorship

 

6.     GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT

-       People are most likely to donate after payday or at giving times of the year such as around Christmas

-       Don’t be afraid to ask people, the worst they can do is say no

 

7.     USE YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

-       Ask a local school or shop if they would be happy to put up a poster about your fundraising page or even have a donation box for you

 

8.     SEE IF YOU CAN DOUBLE YOUR MONEY

-       A lot of companies have a matched giving scheme, ask your employer if they have one

 

9.     BE CREATIVE

-       Try to plan unusual events that will capture people’s attention

-       Get people excited about your fundraising, for example, tell people if you reach your target you will carry out your challenge in fancy dress

 

10.   SAY THANK YOU

-       Personally thank everyone who has donated and supported you

-       Show people what their money has helped to achieve

-       People are more likely to donate again if you thank them

Sophie and her team outside the school which she fundraised £33,166 to build.

Sophie and her team outside the school which she fundraised £33,166 to build.

Success story: Sophie Jago

Amount Raised: £33,166

Time taken: 3 years

Money donated to: Most of the money went towards building a school in Nepal called Hillside Academy - it took 3 years to build and is now open with over 200 students.  The rest went to helping schools in Nepal and Sri Lanka

How did she do it?

We got the most money through sponsored events like walks, runs, sleep outs in school.  A really successful event was our quiz nights as we ran a raffle at the same time.  We also did car boot sales and organised treasure hunts for younger kids.