Everyone has lost something during the past year. Many people were faced with financial difficulties as lockdowns began and the economy made some major rearrangements. Money has become even more of a touchy subject. You probably want to fundraise for charities and support important causes like COVID-19 relief funds or disease research. But how do you ask people for money when they are faced with financial difficulties? These are some unique ways you can contribute to charities and host events while money is tight.
- Plan an Unconventional Event
Not every charity event has to involve raising money. There are many alternatives to fundraising that you can plan for your next event. You could write letters to those in need, do a hair donation drive right at your event, have guests participate in a home or garage clean out and bring their items to donate, or have guests buy toiletries and other essentials to donate to shelters. There are lots of creative ways to help the community without asking for large sums of money. You’ll still be able to throw a fun event and get the community together for a good cause.
2. Give Out Party Favours
Everyone loves a good party favour. To increase your fundraising, put on an auction where guests can bid on items that they find valuable. You could also give gift bags or rewards to the guests that reach certain fundraising amounts. Having a personal goal and a reward will help motivate your guests and create some friendly competition.
3. Group/Organisation Donations
Get your neighbours together or your colleagues and work together to reach a fundraising goal! People may be more willing to donate if they know they are not on their own. Inviting businesses or groups to your fundraising event may increase your potential donations and make guests feel more comfortable with the process.
4. Fundraise for Longer and End with an Event
Fundraising all your money in one night can be intimidating for guests who may be tight on funds. Start your fundraising two months to a year in advance so guests can make smaller donations over time and budget their expenses. Then, end with an event to celebrate everyone’s hard work and push to reach the end of your goal.
5. Make Your Event Inclusive and Accessible
Buying a new dress or suit for an event can be expensive. You could make the dress code casual to allow guests to use the money they saved to donate to your cause. Having a virtual and in-person option can also increase your event accessibility and widen your audience which will in turn increase your donations.
At the end of the day, your event will be impactful as you raise awareness for your cause or help a community out. The more you promote a philanthropic environment during COVID-19, the more people that will feel comfortable as they emerge back into spending money on donations. We are here to help you as you get back into fundraising and plan your next charity event. Email us to start planning your next fundraiser this autumn.