Fundraising Advice:

Part of the challenge is to actually raise the money! 

To ensure that these challenges do not cause the organisation to make a loss, we need at least 80% of the minimum fundraising target to be raised before you take on the challenge.

Feeling daunted? Don’t be!

You’re not the first and certainly will not be the last to take on such a challenge so embrace it for all it’s worth. Many challengers over the years have more than bettered their fundraising targets! 

Fundraising can be easy and enjoyable, honest!! 

But it really is all down to you. 

Here we have outlined a few tips to help you to prepare to raise the target amount and get you on the trek of a lifetime and an experience you will never forget. 

  • Planning is the key: plan plan and plan some more, set a target and divide the work into bite-sized chunks.
     
  • Prioritise your donors: Speak to your family and close friends first before sending a generic email to your entire address book. An empty page can be a little intimidating, so make sure to capture a couple of donations before contacting your entire list of potential sponsors. People tend to match the amounts already listed on the page, so do target your most generous supporters first!
     
  • Harness the power of social media: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram is an excellent way of keeping friends update and asking friends to pass on your everydayhero fundraising page! You can also post your page on friends’ wall and expose your page to more people. By regularly updating your status you will keep your cause fresh in your friends mind.
     
  • Tell everyone you know: Email/WhatsApp broadcast everyone you know with a link to your page, but don’t forget other groups of potential supporters: former colleagues, old school and college friends - you may be surprised how many would like to sponsor you. Encourage them all to pass on the message to anyone else that might support Islamic Relief’s work. The Internet is global — make the most of it!
     
  • Contact your local media: Publicity in the local media can be an invaluable fundraising tool. A few lines in the local paper, or an appeal for sponsorship on your local radio station, can yield amazing results. With everydayhero, attracting sponsorship couldn’t be easier — readers and listeners can simply visit your page and sponsor you directly.
     
  • Keep your fundraising page updated, and say thank you to the people who have left you donations. You can encourage people to re-visit your page by regularly updating it. Change your picture, post updates on your progress and, when you can, keep a training vlog or blog. 

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