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.

Alexander’s Fund: how fundraising inspired a community to save a life

by SOFII

Alexander’s Fund inspired a community and raised over £255,000 in less than two weeks to save a young boy’s life.

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Southend Hospital: bosom pals appeal

by SOFII

Feeing like all the fun’s gone out of your fundraising? Worried that your supporters may not be biting your arm off to undertake another gruelling run to raise money? This exhibit shows how smaller charities can inspire people to join their cause with little more than some imaginative ideas.

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All Saints and St Andrew’s Church, UK: parachuting teddy bears

teddy bear parachuting

by SOFII

Is this the world’s first teddy bear parachute jump? The basic idea is not only appealing, it was easy to organise, cost almost nothing and is easily copied.

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Advantage Africa: Christmas gift wrapping offer

by SOFII

Your volunteers can be powerful donors for your cause. Advantage Africa uses the simple service of offering a Christmas gift-wrapping service in a local shopping centre that raises a substantial amount of money for their work in Kenya and Uganda. This is an idea that could be adapted to raise money all over the world.

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Creating Better Futures: ‘name the bear– every child has a name’ competition

Hope + education = opportunity.

by SOFII

How a tiny organisation with a turnover of only £16,000 is raising money to educate orphans in Zimbabwe.

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StreetSmart: helping the homeless as you eat

by SOFII

StreetSmart raises thousands of pounds for homeless charities throughout the UK every year during the months of November and December. The idea is simple: participating restaurants have a card on each table, or a reference on the menu, explaining that a voluntary one pound donation will be added to each table's bill at the end of the meal. StreetSmart then distributes these donations directly to reputable homeless charities throughout the UK.

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Saint Demetrios: Greek festival

Traditional dancing at the festival.

by SOFII

Each year St Demetrios Greek Orthodox church in Seattle, USA traditional festival is run entirely by volunteers - including some excellent fundraising.

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Jersey Hospice Care: million pound lottery (MPL)

Jersey Hospice Logo

by SOFII

With a guaranteed income of £500,000 every year from this event alone, this is a great example of taking a successful commercial idea and making it work for your charity.

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St Baldrick’s Foundation: shaving the way to conquer children’s cancer

St Baldrick's Foundation is a self-proclaimed volunteer-driven charity, raising money to fund research to provide cures to childhood cancers.

by SOFII

This is a wonderful example of volunteer-led fundraising that demonstrates just how successful it can be when you choose an activity that everyone can take part in.

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The London marathon: a human race

London marathon

by SOFII

This exhibit details the interesting history of one of the biggest and most iconic fundraising events of all time – the London marathon. In true SOFII tradition, the idea was borrowed from somewhere else, but aren’t they always the best ones?

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