Events

Charity events are as varied and colourful as fundraising itself. They’re only limited by the imaginations of their organisers and their capacity to make things happen against all odds. But in many markets the costs of running events are rising and competition for donors' interest and participation is fierce, not to mention competition for their funds. In this section you will find details of some of the world’s most original and effective events.

Snowdogs: Tails in Wales Trail

by Joe Burnett

This superbly interactive campaign made a lasting impact by helping raise significant funds for Welsh children's hospice Tŷ Hafan but also by engaging the local community of South Wales in a fun and interactive programme.

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KiKa's story: how a small charity gained success through donor engagement

by Joe Burnett

A small Dutch charity shows the way in event fundraising and donor relations.

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Roundabout's Sleep out

by Harry Owens

Speaking at IWITOT 2018, Harry Owens of the Sepsis Trust shared his experiences of sleeping rough for a night as part of a challenge fundraising event to combat homelessness, and the insight he got into homeless youth support charity Roundabout's crucial work and the very real challenges faced by their beneficiaries.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

by Emily Collins-Ellis

A grassroots campaign by queer activists to support embattled striking miners in 1980s UK provides a blueprint for how apparently incompatible organisations can come together to effect real change.

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Santa Dashes aplenty as the festive season approaches

by Joe Burnett

The Santa Dash is fun and colourful event that has spread across the UK and around the globe and raised money for a huge number of charities.

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Marie Curie and Yorkshire Building Society – The Hour of Need

by SOFII

Find out about the amazing work Marie Curie in the UK achieved through their partnership with the Yorkshire Building Society. They smashed their fundraising target, involved themselves at every level of YBS’ structure and reached deep into local communities. An inspiration.

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Bluebell Wood's Soapbox Derby 2016

by Joe Burnett

With their first Soapbox Derby, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice smashed their fundraising target with a fun and thrilling public event.

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Act for Peace's refugee social experiment

by SOFII

A filmed social experiment that tested Australia's compassion for refugees and led to viral success for the charity.

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American Cancer Society: Relay For Life

by Gary Kernahan

An idea that started as one man fundraising by walking and running a track for 24 hours has become a global event raising over $5 billion to help save lives throughout the world.

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Blue Cross: Tap Dogs

by SOFII

Terrific innovation by animal charity Blue Cross who found a funny and eye-catching way to get their rescue dogs to lend their paws to the cause.

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