Choose your challenge
Want to make a real difference to people and families impacted by mental health, alcohol and other drugs? Organising your own fundraiser for Drug ARM is a rewarding challenge with an impact. Get involved with a cause close to your heart with a personal challenge, event or collection in your workplace, school or neighbourhood. However you choose to fundraise, you’ll be creating incredible, positive transformations in the community.
Get inspired by our fundraising ideas! Our team has put together some easy tips and ideas to help you as you begin your fundraising journey. Browse our 50 fundraising ideas for inspiration, or come up with your own.If you need help or guidance with setting up your fundraiing event, contact our Supporters Team on 07 3620 8805.
Team fundraising is a fun way to get others involved, and have access to a greater range of networks and resources. You can even get your workplace involved by:
- Asking if your employer will match your fundraising dollar for dollar
- Ask to be in the employee newsletter
- Host a morning tea or other event to support your fundraiser at work
- Put up information around the office
By donating to your own supporter page you are showing your commitment to your fundraising and setting the benchmark for other donations.
People want to see who they are donating to. This also helps potential donors to have a stronger connection with your cause.
Keep your donors and potential donors updated with your progress, how is the fundraising going? What obstacles have you come across, what are you really enjoying etc.
Let supporters know WHY you are doing what you are doing, they want to know – share your passion.
If people think you are close to meeting your target they may not donate the $200 they were going to if you are only $75 off your goal.
For example, $10 will provide 5 cups of tea on the outreach service, $100 will provide a counselling session. You want them to know that any amount they are able to give will make a difference.
Let them know their donation has been noticed and appreciated.
Share your fundraising page on Facebook and Twitter and other social media platforms. If someone isn’t able to donate, ask them to share your page. Every share helps.
Those that share their fundraising page 10 times or more raise significantly more than those who don’t. If someone isn’t able to donate, ask them to do the same, every share helps.
While social media might be easy, email is still far more effective. People are more likely to give to you when you ask them via a personal email. Don’t be afraid to do both!
Put up posters around your local town, in shop windows, at your local community hall and at work.
Ask people face to face. Don’t be frightened by their response. You are doing something amazing and you should be confident to ask for sponsorship from your friends and family.
Approach your local businesses whose services you often use (bakers, dry cleaners) and ask if they are happy for you to leave a collection tin on their counter. You can even offer to hand out flyers on their behalf to sweeten the deal.
Contact your local media! Call up your local newspaper and let them know what you are doing – if they run an article on you be sure to include your supporter page link so people can donate easily.
People often need reminding, if you asked them once and they haven’t donated – ask again, they may have just forgotten and won’t begrudge a friendly reminder. And don’t be afraid to ask after you’ve completed your event, almost 20% of donations come in after the challenge is over!
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