Advice on fundraising

How do I start?

Decide what you want to do and why you want to do it. If you want to have fun and raise money, then make sure that you pick something that might achieve that. You may also want to spread the animal rights message, meet new people, have an excuse to spend time with someone you fancy or impress someone who reckons you couldn’t organise anything. Fundraising can be hard work but it should give you and your helpers some pleasure too – that way you will all be more willing to do it again!

Can I do it on my own?

It’ll probably be easier and more enjoyable to do it with other people – but pick your helpers carefully. You want people who are reliable and prompt as well as creative, hardworking and enthusiastic, and you want people with whom you get on well.

Do I need a plan?

You certainly need at least a list of things that need to be done and a timetable for doing them. If you want to do a jumble sale next summer, make sure that you have the time, the people and the resources that you need.

Will I have to have lots of meetings?

Hopefully not. Decide what the purposes of any meeting are, and make sure that you chair the meeting well to make sure that those purposes are achieved. Everyone should end up with a written record of what they need to do and by when, and should have your phone number in case they get stuck. Even if you do have meetings, some people will not want to come and will just want to be given something useful to do. Don’t lose these people just because they don’t like meetings.

How can Animal Aid help?

As well as providing you with this advice, we can provide individual guidance over the phone or email, we can publicise your event in e-news, our website, social media pages, or Outrage magazine if we have sufficient notice. We can help with poster and leaflet design and write press releases for you if you give us all the details. Contact the Fundraising Department on 01732 364546. If you have any photos, or interesting stories about your event, let us know and we might be able to mention it in Outrage magazine if we have sufficient notice. We can help with poster and leaflet design and write press releases for you if you give us all the details. Contact the Fundraising Department on 01732 364546. If you have any photos, or interesting stories about your event, let us know and we might be able to mention it in Outrage – you can be famous!

What do I do with the money?

Send a cheque or postal order, payable to Animal Aid, to Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW.