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Fundraising tips and advice

From bake sales to beard growing, charity auctions to comedy gigs, there are so many ways that you can raise funds for our work.

Whatever you’ve got in mind, taking time to consider a few things will help make your activities a success. Looking for inspiration? Our tried and tested fundraising ideas are a great place to start.

When you're ready to get started, follow our tips and suggestions below on planning your event, spreading the word, keeping it safe and legal, and collecting and sending us the money you raise. 

You can contact us to tell us about your event, request fundraising materials or ask us a question. We always love to hear about the amazing ways that our supporters raise funds and can't wait to hear from you. 

Tell us about your event

Request a fundraising pack or materials

Planning your event

Save the date

Start thinking when you might hold your event. Choose a time and date that works for your friends and colleagues. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to plan it too, it may take longer than you think to organise.

Find a location

At home, at work or in your community - there are lots of potential locations. If you’re planning an event outside remember to think about the weather and if you’re indoors you may want to hire a venue.

Manage your costs

Working out a simple budget for your event will help you to manage finances and ensure that more funds reach the communities we work with. To keep costs down, you could ask for donations from companies for raffle prizes or a see if you can hire a venue for free.

Rally your friends

Fundraising is easier with friends or colleagues. Think about the contacts you have and ask them to get involved. You could ask them to take on specific roles in planning your event and on the day.

Inspire your supporters

Setting a fundraising target will help motivate you and your supporters. Think about why you are fundraising for Plan International UK and contact us for examples for the difference your fundraising could make. 

Fundraising success

Brides in Boots are seven amazing fundraisers who wanted to do something different to support our Because I am a Girl campaign. 

"We want to combine the themes of a physical challenge and taking a stand for what we think should be changed in the world" 

To the amusement of their fellow walkers, they completed a 20km expedition wearing wedding dresses to raise an incredible £800.

Spread the word

Social media

Take photos of your activities or training and post them on social media. Remember to use @PlanUK so that we can retweet you! Tell everyone how they can get involved and don’t forget to include a link to your online fundraising page.

Press and media

Contact your local press to help promote your event or activity and raise awareness of our work. If you would like help with this please get in touch.

Other promotion

Advertise your event with posters at work or in your community. You can also advertise your event on your office intranet or newsletter. Remember to include a link to your sponsorship page if you have one. 

the difference you could make

In the tiny mountain villages of Laos childbirth can be fatal.

Sinuan received a Plan International scholarship to train at a nursing college in the capital to become a midwife.

This scholarship really changes my life…I can help mothers and new born children from my community.

Collecting and sending us your fundraising

Collecting the money

The easiest way to collect donations is often to set up an online fundraising page. You can do this in minutes with JustGiving. Personalise your page with photos, videos and your story. Share on social media and don’t be shy, you’re doing something amazing for an incredible cause.

If you’d rather collect donations yourself, download our sponsorship form (link to pdf) and follow our advice on sending us the money you have raised. 

Remember to thank everyone for their generous donations too!

After your event

Don’t forget to thank everyone who helped out and remember to let us know how it went. Email us at communityfundraising@plan-uk.org or tweet us @PlanUK and remember to include photographs if you have them.

Once the hard work is done send in your fundraising using the methods below:

Bank transfer

You can transfer your funds directly to us via your bank. Contact the Community Fundraising Team on 0300 777 9777 or at communityfundraising@plan-uk.org and we’ll let you know our bank details and your unique reference number.

Credit or Debit Card

Call the Community Fundraising Team with your Credit or Debit card details ready to pay in your funds over the phone.

Cheque

Please make your cheque payable to ‘Plan International UK’ and return to Community Fundraising Team, Finsgate, 5-7 Cranwood St, London, EC1V 9LH.

Please don’t send us cash in the post. 

How your fundraising helps

£100 could train

teachers to help keep girls safe from harmful practices such as FGM

£250 could build

six safe-play spaces to help children to learn and recover after a disaster

£1,000 could offer

mentoring and career guidance to girls forced to drop out of school

Tell us about your event

Request a fundraising pack or materials