Have you ever wanted to do a fundraiser for charity? Then you hit back down to reality and find your physical disability makes a sponsored walk, or a parachute jump seem near enough impossible. I have been there recently and today I am going to share with you some ideas of how you can raise money for charity that are not too strenuous, whilst living with a chronic illness.
1. Hold a quiz night
A quiz night is flexible to be held in any location and can involve people you don’t know if you make a public event on Facebook. You could offer a small cash prize or a free round of drinks. If you know the people well you can make the quiz even funnier by using the game two truths one lie and making it into a quiz.
2.Hold a cake sale
If you are good at cooking why not give baking a go, or politely ask if local bakeries could donate items to sell. When I was in college, my team did this and found that many companies were happy to help for our Macmillan Cancer fundraiser held in the college canteen. Overall, we raised around £150. However, due to allergen laws it is wise to clarify what is in each product if any perishable donations are unlabelled. My team requested a fundraiser pack from the charity which consisted of a cake stencil, table cloth, balloons and stickers.
3.Sell unwanted items
Remember your junk is another’s treasure. You could sell your items as second hand online through local Facebook groups, an eBay or Amazon shop. Another way you can sell unwanted items is through attending a car boot sale.
4.Sell arts & crafts
If you have an artistic flare you can have a go at making art and setting up a shop online. Conscious Crafties is a dedicated network of online businesses ran by those with chronic illnesses. Membership is currently £4 per month and then PayPal will take a percentage of your sales. Alternatively, you can set up a shop on Etsy but there are also fees associated with this. You must also be aware of any copyright infringements when selling art online.
5.Hold a talent contest / amateur drama show
A talent contest or drama performance may be suitable if you are a part of a committee, group or have children that go to school where you can market to a wide audience and use a large hall for free or at a discounted price.
6.Have an eating contest
If you are a massive foodie and has a friend who is too – you can try having an eating contest, this could either be posted on YouTube or privately
7.Give up something you love
You can choose to give up a product you love – examples include coffee or chocolate for a period of time and ask people to sponsor you.
8.Sell peoples skills to the highest bidder
If you are particularly skilled at something you hold a charity night where people sell their skills to the highest bidder. I really like this idea and is sounds super fun.
There are many ways that you can crowdfund for a fundraiser. On Go Fund Me and Just Giving you can select whether the money goes straight to the organisation, where gift aid can be added. Alternatively, you can set up a campaign that can lasts 90 days on Facebook where the money is directly sent to the charity. If you need materials for your fundraiser, like art materials you can set up an Amazon wish list or set up that you want to withdraw the money as an individual for your cause.
10.Donate as you Shop
Did you know that if you use Amazon Smile (which is not different to normal Amazon) , Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price so you can donate to your selected charity, whilst buying things you need and no additional cost to you. Granted, this may not be a fundraiser in a typically sense but it is a fantastic way to support your selected charity or charities. If you don’t use Amazon there are also other affiliate fundraising websites like Easy Fundraising that show different types of retailers you can buy from to raise money for your charity in a similar way.
11.Hold a raffle
Finally, you could for generous donations, sell the tickets and hold a raffle.
So there we have it guys, I hope I have given you some insight on different fundraisers for a charitable cause whilst living with a chronic illness. Currently, I am holding my own art fundraiser for Ehlers Danlos Support U.K.
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a rare connective tissue disorder that causes me chronic fatigue, dizziness, dislocations, bruising, photo sensitivity and other conditions including Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease, Oral Food Allergy Syndrome, Multiple Food Allergies and Interstitial Cystitis.
If you are curious to find out more about my current art fundraiser or to generously donate to please click on either of the links below:
http://amzn.eu/d71N9Ju Art Supplies wish list
To view my artwork to date you can find my art accounts on:
Over to you…
Are you doing any fundraisers for charities at the moment or have any new ideas? – If so I would love to hear them below!