With less than three months left, now’s the perfect time to get some Christmas fundraising activities organised to make the most of the festive season.
We’ve put together a few ideas to give you some inspiration to generate extra funds for your charity and spread some Christmas cheer in the process!
- The gift of donation
So many people struggle for inspiration at Christmas. You can make it easy for them! Why not care, or £5 for a Christmas dinner.
- Give a loved one the best gift this Christmas – the gift of giving…
Give the donor a Christmas card written from you for the recipient detailing what their gift is, together with perhaps a small soft toy to represent the animals you care for (only for larger donations). Advertise this on your social media pages to get your idea noticed – and make sure you include details of your Facebook and Twitter pages in the Christmas card so your gift recipients can really engage with what you do!
- Golden crackers
Make up some crackers from ‘DIY’ kits and include a special golden ticket in one. Sell the crackers for £2 each and whoever buys the one with the golden ticket wins a prize – perhaps a small hamper or a donated prize.
- Christmas cards and calendars
There’s still plenty of time to make some Christmas cards or calendars to sell to your supporters. All you need are some high-resolution pictures of your animals to add to a calendar or Christmas cards you can sell in packs. There are lots of online companies that make this a very easy process; try www.photobox.co.uk or www.bonusprint.co.uk
- Mince pies and mulled wine
If you have a central base, why not have a festive event? Make sure you sell tickets for this – perhaps £5 each – in advance so you have an idea of numbers and have the right volunteers there to really engage them with what you do. This is a great way of getting your supporters together and giving them a great insight into your charity.
- Have a Christmas dog walk
Get your supporters and their dogs in the festive spirit with a Christmas walk. Find a route, publicise it on social media and ask walkers and any willing dogs to dress up as festively as possible! Charge a small fee to join the walk then you can award prizes for the most Christmassy canine/festive family etc. It’s a great photo opportunity and a lovely social way to get people involved with your charity.