Fundraising Ideas

Thinking of fundraising for RISE? We need you more than ever: with the demand for our services rising by over 200% since the beginning of lockdown, and funding already tight, we need to raise as much as we can.

So, we've put together this page to answer all your fundraising queries!

Before we get into exploring the different ways you can get involved RISE, we'd just like to say a huge thank you for thinking of us! Every tiny bit of support goes such a long way in helping our survivors. So what happens now? After you've figured out how you'd like to fundraise, you can ask family, friends and colleagues to get involved. Who knows maybe your employer will match your fundraising? Remember to set a target and a budget; targets encourage supporters to help you achieve your goal. If you need help, you can ask us for a budget template. Spread the word! It's always really important to get people talking whether that's in the office, the hairdresser or via social media.

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Digital Events: How you can safely fundraise from home

During these unusual times, fundraising has suddenly turned (mostly) digital. As well as coming up with new creative ideas to suit the digital medium, you can also virtually adapt ideas from pre-Covid e.g an at home bake-off! You can get people to connect and bake together by asking for donations to join the video call. This could be done via Zoom, Whatsapp, Houseparty, or whatever you prefer. Remember to spread the word especially through social media! Here are a few other ideas to get your creativity cooking during lockdown!

  • Virtual quiz: Get a team together and your thinking hats on to take part in a virtual quiz. This is great fun; it's a popular method of online fundraising for a reason! Click here for a step-by-step guide to setting up your own.
  • Workout class: Do you have stretching tips to share? Or are you a Zumba pro? Host an online class where you can get people on their feet. Once they have donated you can send them a link to join the class and a time & date. And it'll really get the happiness endorphins going
  • Meditation/Wellness sessions: Many will be struggling mentally in the current climate with cabin fever so this is a brilliant way to encourage relaxation and escape. Meditation/wellness can be carried out the same way as the workout class.
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Your fundraising journey starts with inspiration!

Here is a list of some of the popular ways you can fundraise for RISE and how to adapt some of these ideas on to virtual platforms.

  • Get moving: Now the lockdown's eased and the sun's (mostly) out, you can run, swim, walk or cycle. We've got our signature 8K Undercliff Run coming up in October and the Heroes Run and Half Marathon will be back too. Listen to hear about the amazing women at HotShots FC and how they got moving in aid of RISE!
  • Give Something Up: A sponsored month of no social media, swearing, makeup, whatever you can. Anything goes!
  • Quarantine Birthdays: Lockdown birthdays can be tough without being able to celebrate with all your friends and family. A lovely idea to combat birthday blues is to set up a fundraiser, donating what you would've spent on drinks, catering, hiring a venue etc! You can sit back and relax on your birthday knowing you've donated to a fantastic cause.
  • Virtual Open Mic: The Feminist Bookshop recently put on an incredible live poetry and spoken word night in aid of RISE. The You Are Not Alone evening was a huge success and we can't thank them enough! Get some talented people together to share some songs, jokes or poems and host a Zoom open mic night!
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  • Game Night: Board Games are a fabulous way to lift spirits. Get fundraising by getting people involved in games that can be played virtually such as Pictionary and Charades!
  • Get your creativity flowing: Get your craft on by making and selling something. This could be something you’ve knitted, designed or even baked! There are lots of funky ideas for feminists crafting you can find here:
  • Sell your creations: You can use this extra time to finally get those paintbrushes out or finish writing that poem! Wherever your passion lies, now is a fantastic time to sell something you've created. You can start by spreading the word on social media and then donate the profits (or a % of the profits) to us. One of our fabulous supporters Megan Styles is handcrafting beautiful earrings in support of multiple charities, including RISE! Head over to her Instagram @Megs.Earrings for more information or to get your hands on a pair!
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  • Tutorials: Teach a skill! Whether that's something digital or a groovy eye-shadow look, the options are endless!
  • Virtual jumble sale or doorstop sale: With more time on their hands, many people are using this opportunity to declutter their drawers and transform their wardrobes. Start selling or auctioning your unwanted goods and then proceed to donate what you've raised! Or set up a doorstep sale (socially-distanced and sanitizer at the ready of course!)
  • Online Pet show: After the success of our very own pet show for the Heroes Run, we cannot recommend this enough. Get people to submit photos and/or videos of their adorable pets! Donate to RISE and then think of a prize for the winner.
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How to donate your profits

Due to social distancing measures, we can only currently accept online donations:

  • On the website: A simple way of donating directly to us is to select the pink ‘Donate’ button on the top right of the RISE homepage
  • JustGiving: This is a popular payment method used by many who set up fundraisers. It’s simple to use; just follow these simple steps to create your own JustGiving page!
    • Login here or set up an account.
    • Then click ‘start fundraising’ and then you can search for RISE. Here you can also search for a specific campaign or event such as our Half Marathon.
    • After you've selected RISE, you can then select a category for your fundraising (exercise, celebration or a virtual activity).
    • Next, you'll be prompted to input some further info about your fundraiser such as the date and times.
    • Finally, you can choose your web address name and then finally select ‘create your page’!
Fundraising Ideas

We hope this has helped kickstart your fundraising journey! If you have any questions, email [email protected] and GOOD LUCK!

Fundraising Ideas