Every hour, a family in Scotland loses their home. We want to be there for every single one of them, but our services are increasingly stretched. The money we raise from the Borders Cycle Challenge helps us to be there for more people facing homelessness, and can help us to keep more families in their homes.
That’s why your fundraising is vital, and its why we need you to do all you can to meet your sponsorship pledge.
Shelter Scotland’s Top Ten Fundraising Tips to help you all smash your targets!
Make sure your fundraising page is compelling and explains your motivation.
Time your donation request as people are more likely to be generous with their sponsorship after payday.
Don’t forget to ask for Gift Aid as it means more money goes to your charity.
Ask close friends and family to donate first as other people may then match their generosity.
Tell people what your fundraising target is and what their contribution will help achieve for your charity.
Add some perspective around a suggested donation e.g. £10 might mean missing a takeaway dinner.
Set yourself small weekly fundraising targets rather than thinking about a daunting total target.
Make sure your donation page is live for at least a month after your event as some people will be more inclined to give once they see that you have achieved your goal.
Get friends and family to spread the word about your fundraising too – they’ll be keen to help you get more sponsors.
Mention your fundraising event in your answerphone messages, email signatures, notice boards, anywhere you can!
Social media is key in reaching fundraising targets, make sure your online profiles are shouting about your upcoming challenge!
And most importantly HAVE FUN with your fundraising. The more you are seen to be passionate and enthusiastic about your event the more likely people will be to want to sponsor you.
Need more support for your Borders Cycle Challenge fundraising?
We’re here to support you every step of the way, and that includes your fundraising too. If you need any help or advice on how to set up your fundraising page and get the donations rolling in, or if you’ve any questions, please get in touch with us at [email protected]