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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Giving Machines

by Liz Attfield

From IWITOT: The Americas 2022, introducing vending machines with a twist – you can use them to donate to a good cause!

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: Riding for a cause

by SOFII

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) combines fun with a good cause. This growing organisation that has been running excellent events since 2012 and making a real difference to men’s physical and mental health. 

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How we did it – SOFII’s first foray into challenge event fundraising, intro

by Joanna Culling

In this series SOFII shares how we supported our founder, Ken Burnett, as he took part in The SOFII Foundation’s first-ever challenge event. With no experience in this area of fundraising, we learned as we went along. Find out how we got started in our introduction, here.

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Saigon Children’s Charity: hybrid fundraising ball

by Quynh Nguyen Thi Lam

Saigon Children’s Charity (Saigonchildren for short) reacted superbly to the realities of coronavirus to create an innovative hybrid fundraising event.

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Matched funding challenge has doubled donations for Ken Burnett’s 500-mile quest

by SOFII

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chip Grizzard and his team at Grizzard Global Consulting and Idearaising, the first £7,500 Ken raised will now be doubled! Could you help Ken reach his new goal and raise even more for SOFII?

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Challenge fundraising – lessons in asking and thanking, from Ken Burnett’s 500-mile walk

by SOFII

Thinking about taking on a big challenge for a cause you love? You could jump out of a plane, you could run a marathon, you could walk 500-miles… but how do convince your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you? And how do you thank them when they do? Read on to find out.

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The Great Bungay Duck Race: Virtual success in 2020

by Joe Burnett

How one small charity in rural England had to innovate and try out new ideas to ensure their event went ahead. When coronavirus forced them to go virtual, they did in style.

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WoW! Presents - Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity: Freya’s story

by Joe Burnett

From World-changers at Work, this is the story of how one brave teenager turned tragedy into opportunity and raised money for the people who saved her life.

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Netherlands Red Cross and 3FM: Serious Request

by Mark Astarita

Discover how a partnership between the Netherlands Red Cross and a leading radio station made waves.

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Strike Debt: the Rolling Jubilee telethon

by Tain Joliffe

How a superb telethon dedicated to eradicating household debt in America grew out of the Occupy movement.

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Everything IWITOT

by SOFII

This is your one-stop shop for all the latest on SOFII’s I Wish I’d Thought of That (IWITOT). If you want to attend an event, become a speaker, host your own IWITOT or revisit a past event – it is all right here.

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Alpe d’HuZes: Extraordinary effort leading to extraordinary results

by Ros Harber

This amazing event, embedded in Dutch psyche, has become such a phenomenon that it has so far raised over 160 million euros since 2006.

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