Thank you so much for deciding to raise money for Fosterline. Your support will ensure the sustainability of Fosterline as a free-to-use service for current and prospective foster carers.
We want you to enjoy fundraising for us and we’ve put together a few tips to make sure your fundraising is a success! There are also the forms you will need. We also want to make sure you’re aware of a few basic guidelines when organising a fundraising event to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone involved, so we hope you will find the guidance section useful, as well as details of how to send us the money you have raised.
Need some inspiration to get fundraising? Check out our ideas for fundraising page or download our Friends of Fosterline Pack.
Have a plan
If you’re planning an event make sure you check the calendar for potential conflicts. Make sure your event location is close to the people you have invited and book your venue in advance if you’re hiring one. Think about an emergency contingency plan in case of bad weather or unforeseeable circumstances.
Set a target
Not only will a realistic fundraising target help you stay motivated right up until the big day, but it also helps boost the total amount raised, so it’s definitely worth considering.
Play to your strengths
Start with what you know, allowing yourself plenty of time to prepare. If you love baking cakes you’ve already got a recipe for success. If you’re a keen pub quizzer, organising a quiz night is a no-brainer. If you’re an old hand at putting on events you could try something a little more adventurous.
Share your story
If you have personally benefited from the Fosterline service, speak from the heart, share your story and explain how much Fosterline has helped you. Your passion can really inspire people to dig deep.
Tell everyone you know you’re fundraising for Fosterline and what your event is about. Put posters and flyers of your event in your local community spaces such as libraries and doctors surgeries. If you’re a blogger or a vlogger, why not write or make a video about your fundraising story and keep people updated on your progress? Don’t forget to tell us either! We can post your event on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Ask for help and donations
Try asking local businesses, friends and family for sponsorship, gifts in kind as raffle prizes or volunteering support. A simple email, Facebook post or tweet can nudge a friend or family member into helping out or making a donation, or better still, ask them face-to-face. Remember to ask nicely and thank them for their support!
Download a paying in form
Download a sponsorship form
Write a risk assessment before your event or activity. For further information on event safety, please visit the Health and Safety Executive website.
Do you have a designated first aider? If not, consider contacting St John Ambulance or British Red Cross.
If selling or providing food, the Food Standards Agency provides guidelines for preparing, handling and cooking food. You can also contact your local environmental health department at your local authority for advice.
Consider if your event requires any insurance, such as public liability insurance and/or personal accident cover.
You may need a licence before selling alcohol or organising a raffle – please check with your local authority.
Obtain written permission before using personal information and taking any photos, especially parental consent for children. Make sure any electronic or paper record you keep about people involved in a fundraising event complies with the Data Protection Act. More information can be found at the Information Commissioner’s Office.
When collecting or raising money in a public place you’ll need to obtain a permit or licence from your local authority. You’ll also need to obtain permission from the business owner if you are raising money on private property (including pubs and shops).
Please ensure you have two designated people to count, log, bank and transfer the fundraised money.
Paying your money in
Once you’ve done the hard bit and raised the money, paying it in couldn’t be easier. All funds collected should be sent to the Fosterline Foundation within six weeks of collection if possible.
When you’re ready to pay in your money you can:
- Send a cheque and sponsorship form
10 The Courtyard
Please note we do not recommend sending cash through the post.
- Pay the money directly into our bank account
Account name: Fosterline Foundation
Sort Code No: 20-98-68
Account No: 03897087
- Make a donation online via our website
If you need further fundraising help and advice, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will support you to help make your event a success.