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Once you’ve decided that you want to fundraise, the easiest way to get started is to plan out what you need to do and how you’re going to do it.
The first thing to do is to set a date and time and choose a venue, making sure that your activity doesn’t clash with anything else in your local community.
One of the most important things to ensure is that you have checked any legal or insurance requirements for the type of event you’re planning. Making sure you do this early is important as obtaining permission or licences can sometimes take a while. Our ‘safe and legal’ section has more information on this.
If you’re planning a big event ask friends and family if they can help and delegate tasks or responsibilities according to their skills. If your holding an event and need volunteers to help you out make sure you start asking for support early.
When fundraising it’s important to calculate a budget for your activity. Calculating the costs of your fundraiser, as well where the money you raise will come from, will help make sure you reach your target. It's important to record all donations or sponsorship. Download one of our sponsorship forms.
Spread the word about your fundraising by telling your friends, family and work colleagues to ensure you gain as much support as possible. Use email, blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your fundraising as widely as possible. Also, let us know what your doing so we can let our supporters know.
Setting up an online fundraising page is a great way to gain support for your fundraising as it’s quick and easy for everyone to support you. Ask your most generous supporters to donate first as people tend to match the amounts already listed on the page! Visit the Age Cymru justgiving page to find out how easy it is to set one up.
Creating posters, leaflets, and invites to distribute around the local area will help generate awareness of your fundraising.
Enlist the support of local businesses, organisations or groups. You can ask local shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants to donate prizes, put up posters or sponsor a particular element of your event e.g. the design or print of your leaflets.
Contacting the media including your local paper, radio or websites can be a great way to gain support, we have a press release template and a sample letter you can use.
If you're holding an event or activity where you have enlisted lots of friends or volunteers to help you on the day, make sure everyone knows what their role is prior to the event.
The main thing to ensure is that you enjoy yourself! By this point all your planning and organisation will have paid off so just take pictures, raise lots of money and enjoy your fundraising experience!
Once your event is over the most important thing to do is thank everyone who was involved. We’d also love to know how your event went so please get in touch with photos and your story so we can let our supporters know about your fundraising. Also let the local media know how the event went and how much you raised.
Paying in the money you raised is easy, take a look at our information page.
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Most downloads on this website are PDFs. We use this format to ensure that the document looks the same on everyone’s computer (website pages, by contrast, appear differently depending on how people have got their computer set up).
Computers use a program called Adobe Acrobat Reader to download PDFs. If you try clicking on a link to download a PDF and it doesn’t work, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader onto your computer.
The process is quite straightforward and is free.
PDFs cannot be changed. If you need to be able to type into a downloaded document (for example, if we are offering a letter template that you need to put your name on) we will provide it as a Microsoft Word document rather than a PDF. You can then download it, type into it and save it to your computer.
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