; Fundraising ideas

Fundraising ideas

Fundraising can be a great opportunity to get committee members, parents and the wider community involved in the work of your project.

As a group, you will need also to decide how you feel about young people raising money. You may or may not want to involve them directly but either way, it's good to get them involved in some aspect of the project. If it's approached as a fun, enjoyable activity then everyone involved will benefit greatly from the experience.

  It is important to remember that there is a limited amount of money available in a local community and people may react negatively if they feel they are constantly being asked for donations. You may also be 'competing' with other local community groups or high profile campaigns such as Children in Need or Comic Relief.

Of course, as a youth group, you could also raise money for another good cause - local, national or international. Some groups have found it a good idea to split the monies raised between the youth group and another worthwhile charity or organisation. This can do a lot to raise the profile of the group and the young people within it.

Sometimes it may seem that that you have to unicycle up Mount Everest before people will give you money but often it's much better to consider activities that are fun and may also benefit the local community. Examples include:

  • Sponsored park clean up/ bike ride/ head shaving
  • Bag Packing at the local shop
  • Car washing
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Car Boot Sales

If you are undertaking larger fundraising activities, there are now also a range of sites which allow people to make on-line donations to your cause such as Just Giving. Visit Just Giving for more information.   

When considering fundraising activities such as raffles, street collections etc, you will want to check out that you are following the right codes of practice. Visit the Fundraising Standards Board for more information and advice.

  OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) has also produced guidance on compliance with the Charities and Benevolent Fundraising (Scotland) Regulations 2009.  These Regulations outline how fundraisers must operate in their dealings with charities and the donating public. Visit the OSCR web-site for more info.

 

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