Fundraising tips and ideas
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Organise a cake stall
Everyone loves a tasty Cake Sale and it is a great way to raise money! Get your recipe books out and choose whether to make cupcakes, muffins, scones, biscuits, cookies, fruitcake or gingerbread!
Choosing a venue: Pick a suitable date for you and think about where to hold it. You may want to have a garden party or invite your friends round to your house. You could hold it at the local town fair, school fete, parent and toddler group, or your place of work. You will need to contact these places to ask for permission to do this. Give yourself plenty of time to arrange this.
See if you can enroll some volunteers to help either on the day, or with making some cakes for you to sell.
Could you incorporate a theme? E.g. Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, animal decorations etc.
Things to think about:
As well as buying all the ingredients ahead of the day, you will need to consider buying the following items too: o Disposable table cover, napkins or brown paper bags to serve them in, a rubbish bag, tongs and disposable gloves for food handling, a lockable money-box for collections/donations. You will also need storage for your cakes, such as tins or plastic containers.
Good planning helps the event run smoothly.
When making your cakes, please make a list of all the ingredients that have been used. This is important for anyone who may have particular food allergies. Make a little sign to put next to your products so that everyone
can see what ingredients have been used.
Here are some examples below:
It is best not to use fresh cream in your cakes and products. Cream can go off, and we want to make sure all the
cakes are fresh, delicious and safe to eat.
Let everyone know about your event by putting up posters or send invitations to your friends and family.
Consider putting up RSPB posters or having some stickers to hand out at the cake sale. Not only are fundraising
events great for raising money, but also for raising awareness of who we are and what we do. Contact the office for these.
How to raise money:
Think about how to price the cakes and how to make your event stand out. You could offer a special promotion such as 3 cakes for the price of 2 or if you're holding the event at home you could also offer tea and coffee. Think about other things you could do to raise money on the day such as guess the weight of the cake or how many sweets in a jar! Advertise the prices clearly.
Organise a Coffee Morning
A coffee morning is a lovely way to get together with friends or neighbours, or to meet new people. Everyone loves a nice cuppa and a chat, particularly if accompanied by a slice of cake!
Your event can be small or large, so have a think about possible venues. This could be your home or garden, a friend’s house or at work – these are perfect places to host your coffee morning, as they are often cosy and accessible, with the use of a kitchen.
If you are planning a larger coffee morning, think about booking a church hall or another community area. You will need to arrange this in advance and check about whether there will be a cost involved. Some community halls may be free or cheap to hire. It is a good idea to visit the venue and see what the space is like, whether there are toilet facilities and how many people can comfortably be seated in the area. Are there enough tables and chairs? Is there a kitchen area? Also factor in the time needed to set up and clean things away.
Once you have chosen your coffee morning venue, you can begin planning the actual event. Choose a date that is far enough in the future to allow yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare; this will also give your guests plenty of notice to be able to attend. Let everyone know about your event by putting up posters or send invitations to your friends and family.
All you really need is a facility for making tea and coffee, and a collection box for the money that is donated. In addition, you could provide cake or biscuits, so that everyone can have something to nibble on with their hot drink. Therefore, you will need to provide all or some of the following:
Tea, coffee, hot water, milk, sugar, cakes, plates or napkins, tongs and disposable gloves (if you are serving the cake), moneybox for donations, and a bin bag. If you choose to use mugs and cups, you will need to be able to wash-up afterwards too.
You should decide beforehand whether to charge a set amount for a cup of tea or coffee, or whether to accept any donations as goodwill gesture. You could also have a price for a coffee and cake combo.
Make sure the moneybox is in a prominent place for donations. Consider putting up some RSPB posters and have some stickers as means of raising awareness of the charity.
Consider linking up a coffee morning with another event, such as a jumble sale, a cake sale, or selling pin badges.
When making cakes, please write down all the ingredients that you use, and then jot them down on a little note that can be displayed next to the product. It is important that people are aware of all the ingredients.
Consider asking a friend or two to help on the day. He/she will be able to greet people at the door and talk to them about giving donations.
On the day:
Arrive early, if you are having your coffee morning at a venue other than your home. Give yourself plenty of time to set up and prepare. Are there enough seats for everyone?
Keep the coffee pot brewing and the tea flowing! Enjoy yourself and have fun!
Please be aware of food hygiene rules. It is best not to use fresh cream in your cakes. Cream can go off, and we
want to make sure all the cakes are fresh, delicious and safe to eat.
If your event has children, please be very careful with hot drinks. Children must be carefully looked after by their
parents/guardians. You may wish to provide fruit juice or squash for them.
Organise a Jumble Sale
Lots of planning is needed to make the jumble sale a great success! Here are some things to think about:
Where will your venue be? Consider hold the jumble sale in your garage, garden or workplace. Alternatively, investigate the
possibility of hiring a community or church hall. Plan this well in advance and decide on a date on which you and your helpers are free.
If you are planning a larger jumble sale morning, think about booking a church hall or another community area. You will
need to arrange this in advance and check about whether there will be a cost involved. Some community halls may be free or cheap to hire. It is a good idea to visit the venue and see what the space is like. Are there enough tables for setting up the items on?
Have a great team of volunteers! Ask around your friendship group if people can help with collecting items for sale, or being involved on the actual day.
You will need:
Plenty of good quality, clean items for sale. These could include clothes, shoes, books, games and general household items. Think about collecting items well in advance of the day of the jumble sale, advertising to friends, family and neighbours about the things you would like to be donated. You will need to organise jumble collection points or collect jumble from those people who cannot to take it to a collection point.
Carrier bags for people to take home their goods in (ask around – most people have plenty of spare ones at home), tape measures (incase there are curtains or trousers for sale), lockable moneyboxes for donations and money collected from the sale.
Spread the word and plan your fundraising!
Let family and friends know about your jumble sale. Eye-catching posters and fliers advertising the event distributed around the local area will help advertise the event. Make sure the information is clear and easy to read. Perhaps do a leaflet drop in your area, letting people know about the event.
When all your donations have come in, separate them into categories: clothes, shoes, books, games, household items. This will help you to set them up in this way, allowing people to find what they are interested in.
Decide on pricing your items. Make sure you have plenty of change in your moneybox float. Consider putting up some AMCUK Rescue posters and having some stickers and a collection box. It is nice to make people aware of who we are and what we do. Contact the office for these.
On the day!
Allow plenty of time for yourself and your volunteers to set up. Place items on tables, and have ensure there is at least one helper per table. Make sure each table has a collection money box. Consider the time it takes to pack away and what to do with unsold items. Perhaps link the jumble sale with a coffee morning or a cake stall. Alternatively, there could be a table where buyers can purchase a cup of coffee and a biscuit for, say, 50p.
Have fun and remember to be smiley and welcoming to all those people who are supporting the event.