21 Nov 2016

12 Ways of Giving at Christmas

 Fund raisning

What could be more appropriate during the season of goodwill than giving? We’ve come up with 12 (easy to organise) ways you might like to consider encouraging your supporters to boost their fundraising this yuletide.

1. Festive Fundraiser Day

This can be done at work, or among friends. Challenge groups to find the most flamboyant Christmas accessory – perhaps an oversized Christmas bow tie or a mistletoe headband – available to wear on a set date, with everyone involved donating cash to your cause. This is something that’ll make a great a pic and work well on social media, so encourage people to gather together for a garishly festive photo.

2. Beard Baubles

For a glitzier form of self-expression this year, decorating facial hair with mini baubles in return for charity donations is a creative option. Owners of beards can style their facial hair and decorations according to their mood, posting daily photo updates to their campaign page, as well as competing in groups to design the most impressive bristles.

3. Santa Fun Run

Encourage fundraisers to don their Father Christmas outfits for this annual 6k run (or walk) held at various locations across the UK. For a post-event treat, participants could stick around for mulled wine and Christmas cake for some festive fun.

4. A Generous Donation

Members of public can give the gift of a direct donation to charity on someone else’s behalf, to spread the festive joy.

5. Christmas Gift Exchange

A post-Christmas charity sale of unwanted gifts is a perfect way to make money from unused products that would otherwise be relegated to the back of the cupboard, allowing people to declutter their homes and gift to charity at the same time.

6. Forgo Christmas cards

Instead of sending out Christmas cards, have followers repurpose the funds that would have gone to purchasing and sending out cards, instead giving this cash to charity.

7. Gift Wrapping Service

Festive philanthropists can raise money by offering their services as gift wrappers, charging a fee for each gift wrapped. Participants will receive bespoke wrapping for every present given, with the more money donated paying for more premium packaging.

8. Sleep-Out for Charity

With December comes the cold bite of winter and a heightened awareness of the plight of the homeless – why not arrange a pre-Christmas sleep-out, with attendees spending a night on the streets to raise both understanding of the issue and funds for a homeless charity.

9. Secret Santa

Set up Secret Santa groups across the country, with each participant giving £5 to charity if they want to take part, as well as gifting their assigned ‘Secret Santa recipient a specially-chosen present .

10. Christmas Crackers with a twist

Organisers should slip a golden ticket into one cracker from a shop-bought pack, selling each cracker and gifting the person with the lucky golden ticket a festive prize .

11. A bracing dip

Rather staying toasty, why not encourage fundraisers to be sponsored to take to the water on Christmas Day. All over the UK, there open air swimming clubs, at both lidos and wild swimming locations, that run Christmas Day Dips.

12. Christmas Carol Jukebox

Why not spread some yuletide cheer by adding carol singing if you are out doing street collections this December. You can ask passers -by to nominate their favourite carol when they put money in the collection bucket. At MyDonate we want to encourage as many people as possible to donate online and raise cash for charities. Did you know we’re the only fundraising platform that charges 0% commission?

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