Fundraising is the lifeblood of Orphans in Need. Without it we couldn’t build and sustain orphanages, provide food parcels, employ front-line staff, raise awareness of the plight of thousands or do any of the other activities that make us a successful international charity.
Fundraising only happens because there are people who understand how vital our work is, how successful our efforts are, how much more needs to be done.
It takes ordinary people who we think are special, because they care about others in extreme disadvantage, understand the impact of poverty, feel concerned about every individual’s right to a better future – and want to do something, not just talk about it.
People with limited time, people with plenty time on their hands, people with innovative ideas to raise cash, people who just want to offer regular donations, people volunteering on their own, people who contribute in a community setting.
Special people like you – our Team OIN Volunteers.
Have a look at some of the ideas below, think perhaps about new, creative ways then email us at email@example.com for donation boxes and literature. Or you can download our Fundraising Pack here.
Fundraising can take as much or as little time as you can spare. And for thousands of widows and orphans your time is a very special gift indeed.
The list is limited only by your imagination. Dinners, fashion shows, concerts, quizzes, guest speakers, garage sale, car boot event, village fete or a street party; anything from a family affair to hiring a large venue for hundreds of people.
You might need formal permits from local authorities so check out byelaws or necessary approval on private property but it’s a straight-forward way of getting funds in. Try your local supermarket or sports ground, railway station or shopping centre. Most people understand that the world’s poorest need support. A winning smile and a genuine appeal for support will often do the trick.
What an opportunity to impress your own school teachers or your children’s school! An opportunity to be an outrageous show-off with a great reason for doing so. Use the opportunity to publicise Orphans In Need and make more people aware of what we do. Dress inappropriately (within reason!) for £1 and watch the coins pour in.
This is also a great idea for schools, colleges, universities and women’s groups for example. Make it a ticket event and charge a bit extra for refreshments. Display some of our posters and leaflets and offer a short talk about what we do.
See our Challenges page for some eye-watering activities but why not organize your own? From a swim-a-thon to pooh sticks, from time trials and races to long walks and mini-olympics. Everyone loves a challenge and everyone loves a challenge that helps other people as well.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
KK HQ are on our list of special people because they’ll offer you a quantity of their delicious doughnuts, discounted if you confirm you’re selling them for charity. You’ll need to check with the KK guys which stores can be approached but it’s a fun way to raise money, but watch the calories, they’re a bit ‘more’ish!’
This is where innovative and clever ideas work best. Would a local sports team grow beards, go bald? Would a local company have a ‘dress down’ day? Many people love doing daft things for charity and take great delight in doing something with a real purpose. Ask us for our special sponsorship forms and get cracking.
The old ideas are often the best ones. You give your friends, work colleagues, neighbours a tube of Smarties on the condition they pop in a £1 coin then hand it back when full. A Smarties tube will raise a whopping £27. Go on, try it!
Dressed in our Orphans in Need T-shirts we reckon most supermarkets would offer you a day or two to help pack bags at the checkouts. Get them to mention it regularly as a tannoy announcement and ask customers just to spare a bit of loose change for a good cause. If you shop in a supermarket you’ll appreciate just how essential nutritious food is – for everyone.
We never underestimate the simple act of giving and asking others to give something as well. Unfortunately, widows and orphans are regularly in the news so their despair is self-evident. A donation of any size is very welcome so make sure to thank people and tell them what we do.
This involves scanning your local newspaper or notice boards and spotting events where you could have a fundraising stall. The list is endless and many organisers will give you a free stall for a good cause. It could be a donations stall with our publicity material or you could sell things to make money. Now, where did I put that paper?
Not that we swear of course but life is often stressful and work places are no exception. So while we can’t condone bad language the occasional donation to a conveniently placed donations box is often a #****##! good idea.
Another old favourite. There are lots of small businesses doing this now so be sensitive as to where you operate. You’ll need a good supply of warm water, sponges and shampoo so why not start in your street, mosque/church car park or a cafe at lunchtime? This idea is best done in a team to maximize effort and income.
Dress Down Day
Similar to a non-uniform day but in a work environment. Many companies allow this on a Friday so why not tap into this growing tradition and make it work for orphans and widows. Everyone benefits and productivity will probably increase.
It’s another simple idea. Find a retail outlet, restaurant, garage reception point or anywhere where customers are in and out all of the time and seek permission to leave a (secure) box for, say, a month. Visit weekly to collect donations and thank the business owners for the opportunity.
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It’s yours. The one you’ve only just started to think about. The one that’s getting you excited. Will it work? Will it bring in much-needed money? There’s only one way to find out ……
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information, literature, resources. The more we can help you; the more you will be able to offer real help to our orphans and widows. Download our Fundraising Pack.