Want to raise more? Here are some ideas and tips:
Tell your story
People want to know the reasons behind your fundraising event or challenge. Tell them why you decided to do such a whacky or weird event, if you are! Describe how you came to pick your chosen charity. Explain what their money will be doing. People are more interested in your fundraising when they know your story. If you're asking strangers to sponsor you, this sort of information is even more important because their support will be harder to win over than that of family and friends.
Keep them coming back for seconds, thirds and even fourths!
Keep updating your Giveall fundraising page to give your sponsors a reason to come back again. Treat your page like a blog, update your photos and do progress reports whenever possible. Email your friends, family and even work colleagues to let them know that there are updates on your page. This will be a reminder to those who didn't sponsor you the first time round.
Make it personal
We all know we have a habit of ignoring bulk emails – so try and separate friends, family and colleagues into groups for which you can tailor make emails and text messages with a personal touch. Always remember to send your sponsors a personalized 'Thank You' message.
Shout it from the roof tops!
You are doing a great deed for a worthy cause! Do ask people. It may surprise you that most people will be happy to help and those who can't or don't want to sponsor you, will just say no. The more people you ask, the more you might get! Start with those closest to you first, then when other people look at your page they will see people sponsoring you and be encouraged to do so as well. Very often people match donations which have already been made, so ask those you think will be the most generous to give first.
Use the technology available
Email, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Giveall are all here to help you to increase your support and reward sponsors with news, entertainment and information. Although websites like Facebook and Myspace are a great way to raise money, do not rely on them as your only way to contact people. Nothing beats a personal chat.
Chat to your charity
They are the professionals at making money – that's their business! They'll be happy to give you updates as to how money is spent, what's on their fundraising agenda, and any tips they may have for maximising sponsorship.
Gift Aid It!
Extra money can be added to your donations as Gift Aid if the donor is a UK tax payer. This won't cost them anymore because Gift Aid is reclaimed from the government, but your charity will certainly appreciate it. Make sure you encourage everyone to reclaim Gift Aid, or you can get them to find out more from the Giveall website or HMRC website. If every charity supporter were to give their donations tax effectively, charities could claim an extra £900 million from the Inland Revenue each year (www.charityfacts.org)!
Don't be shy when it comes to mentioning your fundraising at work, college, school, church or at the pub. Use your workplace to put up posters, use the intranet or distribute flyers letting everyone know what you're doing. Your employer may even be willing to match or add to whatever you raise, and may well give you time off to take part in your event. Add your page's web address, or one of our 'sponsor me' badges, to your email signature – everyone you contact could become a sponsor. And talk to your local press too – newspapers and local radio are always keen to back up charitable enterprise.
We're here for you! Direct people to this site where they can find out all about you and your event, and where they can sponsor you really easily and quickly.
It's never too late
Circulate news and photos after the event and people may be persuaded to donate when they see how much effort you put into the event.