Compton House School Fundraising Blog
June 13th, 2012 by James
Hi everyone! Hattie, one of our awesome Camps International people, asked me to write a bit of a blog for you all, in case you’re in need of inspiration. School fundraising can be done.
My name’s Ellie, I’m from Manchester and I’m taking part in Ecuador 2013 (visiting the Galapagos Islands too as the adventure element of our expedition).
I found out last December about the trip and the most important thing I’ve found from the start is planning, planning and a bit more planning! After coming up with ideas, by looking at what others have been doing and getting some ideas from the CI guys, it’s so important that you really think through how your event is going to work; who you’ll have involved, where you’ll hold it and how you’re sure to make a good amount of money.
Although doing a little and often does help and contributes to bumping up your fundraising totals as you go, I found that doing bigger and larger-scale events extremely helpful to bump up your money-raising. For example; so far I’ve held a Quiz Night with a friend (Jacob also going on Ecuador 2013), played Christmas music in supermarkets, written to local companies, councillors, rotary etc. in the hope of receiving some donations, and I held my Changing Lives Music Concert too. I personally, have found that my music has been really helpful in helping me to raise funds through my music concert, playing in the supermarkets and now offering the service of a wedding flautist, so sort of homing in on what you can do is a brilliant start.
Fundraisings to date – Aim £4300:
- Selling Friendship Bracelets in School – £92.66
- Playing Christmas music in two supermarkets – £493.27
- Joint Quiz Night – £244 .00(each)
- Selling buns to a couple of neighbours – £6.00
- Changing Lives Music Concert – £1004.54
- Changing Lives Music Concert DVD & CD sales – £64.00
- Music in Church at a funeral – £20.00
- Recycling old mobile phones – £26.50
- Donations (incl. Initial £430 deposit) – £1453.29
- Bag Packing (Group Fundraising) – £110.61
- Chocolate Cake Sale (Group Fundraising) – £9.95
- Wedding Flautist – £30.00
Total Raised = £3554.82
Other Events I have planned:
- Sponsored Abseil
- Summer Party
- Playing Christmas music in supermarkets
- Wedding Bookings
- More group bag packing
- Group car washes
- Group School Summer Fair
Sometimes getting support and making people aware/interested in your event is half the battle; advertising and getting your name out there is pretty important. I produced a leaflet which told people about me, the expedition and what events I had planned. I also set up a website (www.ellieknott.co.nr), and by ensuring that it’s kept up to date it’s been really useful. By getting in touch with your local newspapers, magazines, to putting posters up in your local area and telling all your family and friends, every little does help. Contacts too are definitely a good thing to have, if you know anyone who works at a particular shop, your local primary school or even for your local paper then, I found it good to reach out to them and get as many of them involved as possible. There are lots of good people out there willing to help and support you!
This whole thing we’re all involved with is so amazing and such a fantastic opportunity that it’s really worth the hard work and pursuing with even if it feels like your fundraising is struggling. You can do it! It’ll be so worth it when you get out there!
Hope this helps in anyway, and if you want to ask any questions please feel freeJ