Face-to-face

For many organisations face-to-face or street fundraising has proved to be the most cost-effective way of recruiting large numbers of new monthly donors. But there are problems and challenges too. Many lessons have been learned around the world since face-to-face fundraising first became popular, and this showcase seeks to capture these and share them with you.

This section is kindly sponsored by Fundraising Initiatives Limited.

Macmillan Cancer Care and Bethesda Hospice: meet Etta Macleod, an extraordinary fundraiser

by Ken Burnett

Etta Macleod personifies the unsung heroes of the fundraising world: the courageous tireless volunteers who raise millions of pounds for their favourite causes. Etta’s fundraising is unconventional and a pleasure to witness.

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Confessions of an unethical nine-year-old fundraiser

by Norma Cameron

One of the golden rules of successful fundraising is that before asking others to give, you should first donate yourself. Norma Cameron shows how the memory of one major gift you gave will give you comfort and confidence to be a better fundraiser. Here she tells the rather scary tale of her fundraising epiphany, inspired by something as simple as a collecting box.

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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: introducing iPads to door-to-door

by SOFII

Superb use of new technology from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, that makes good use of iPads to great advantage.

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The collection: it’s never too late to do something wonderful.

by Ken Burnett

A new fundraising experience for less-than-new fundraiser Ken Burnett: rattling a bucket on behalf of Syrian refugees. Read how he met some interesting people, raised some money and learned that truly it’s never too late to do something wonderful.

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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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The Medical Foundation: immortality auction

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by SOFII

A durable, readily replicable fundraising idea. This concept from the Medical Foundation is not just simple it seems hard to imagine it not being a success in the right hands.

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Arrels Fundació: cardboard hearts for the homeless

cardboard hearts website

by SOFII

Arrels Fundació have come up with an excellent way to wear your heart on your sleeve to raise money and awareness of the growing number of homeless people in Barcelona. It is also easily copied.

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RNLI: train one, save many campaign

The emotive image of an RNLI crew member holding the hands of the people he rescues brought the case for support to life.

by SOFII

A campaign from RNLI with a simple but powerful theme, message, image and call to action.

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Plan International UK’s ‘prospecting’ campaign

All new donors started receiving texts over the weekend.

by SOFII

Sampling has become the primary route for selling software, music and film. Could it be applied to child sponsorship, which is such a desirable ‘product’ for many charities?

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