fundraising tips and materials

Set up an online fundraising page

JustGiving and VirginMoneyGiving are simple and easy to set up, including Gift Aid if the donor is a UK taxpayer.

Facebook are not charging any fees for fundraisers on their site and have proven very successful.

Spread the word on social media 

Social media is one of the best ways to reach as many people as possible to tell them about your fundraising.

Make use of merchandise

Show everyone who you are fundraising for by wearing and using CICRA branded items. We have some items we can send you in our fundraising pack. Explore our shop for more ideas.

Share your story with local media

Local press love stories about fundraisers in their area. Get in touch and ask them to run your story before and after your event. When contacting your local paper, contact their news desk and send a press release.

KEEP IT SAFE AND LEGAL

When you’re organising an event, it’s important to make sure that everyone’s safe so that you can concentrate on raising money to help children and young people with Crohn's and colitis. Here are some tips to help you think about health, safety and any legal issues.

Raffles

There are rules around raffles which should be followed and sometimes you’ll need a licence from your local council. Check with the fundraising team if you have any questions on fundraising@cicra.org.

Gift Aid

We can claim Gift Aid on most donations so ask everyone donating to tick the gift aid box on your sponsorship form. This means we’ll receive an extra 25p on every pound raised at no extra cost to the person donating. Only donations made by UK tax payers are eligible, though!

Branding

Our charity registration no. 278212 (England & Wales) and SC040700 (Scotland) must be on all printed items that you use. If you’d like to use our logo, please get in touch for permission.

Insurance

Remember that you’re responsible for any fundraising activity that you hold and we can’t accept liability for any fundraising activity or event you organise or take part in. If you’re planning an event which involves the general public you’ll need to budget for public liability insurance, which you can get from any insurer. If you’re holding an event at a venue which has liability insurance (such as a pub or village hall) check that it covers your activity.

Food hygiene

If you’re selling food at your event, remember to store it correctly and keep children and animals out of the preparation areas. Always provide appropriate clothing and don’t forget to label all food that contains nuts or other allergens. Make sure you follow the food hygiene rules and advice for fundraising events at www.food.gov.uk.

Licensing

If you want to collect money on the street, sell alcohol at your event or provide public entertainment, you might need a licence from your local council – get in touch with your local council to find out.