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What makes a good fundraising opportunity?

Anything can be a good fundraising opportunity. What would you like to do? A dinner party, a film screening and drastic haircuts? These are all fundraisers that have helped older people, but you might have some other ideas up your sleeve.

Some things to consider:

  • Is it going to be a sponsored activity or are you hosting an event?
  • What do you enjoy?
  • Where do your talents lie?
  • Can anyone help you?

Do think about how much time and effort you can spend on planning and organising the event. Remember, you're doing a good thing for charity, but it should be fun too.

5 popular fundraising events

1. The Great Cake Bake

Encourage your colleagues to bring in home-baked (or shop-bought) goodies to sell in the office. It’s a simple way to raise money and will perk up the morning coffee break.

2. Get quizzical

Quiz nights take place in pubs across the UK and are always popular. Why not organise your own and raise funds for Age UK Richmond?

3. Throw a party

Perhaps a themed dinner party, a murder mystery evening, games night, karaoke, barbeque – if it gets people together, it can be a fundraiser. Impress your guests with your hosting skills and charge them a small donation for the food or games.

4. Sponsored anything

Swim, walk, run, silence and pie eating! Most things can be sponsored so the choice is yours. What would your friends and colleague consider an absolute challenge or daring? Maybe they think you're inseparable from your iphone or unable to not get the car everywhere. Prove them wrong and some raise money for older people.

5. Go wild

Let your imagination run wild - the more creative the more publicity you may get and the more people might support you. So get that thinking cap on, is there a world record you could attempt or something that could involve all your friends or work colleagues?

If you would like to consider fundraising at work, find out how your organisation can get involved