1. Include your fundraising venture and link to your sponsor page in your email signature, research suggests people take action on instructions in email signatures more than social media. 2. Email/ask friends and family first – the people most likely to sponsor (quickly and easily)
3. Ask work/colleagues to support/share your plans, ask your boss to sponsor/match fund.
3. Share updates about training and preparation on social media with the sponsor page link, rather than just begging for sponsors. Pictures are great! Asking for training/costume help and advice can engage people in discussion, particularly for sporting challenges.
4. As people sponsor you, thank them publicly on social media and include the link to your page. This will encourage more people.
5. Help people to see how they make a difference in the UK and Africa:
• £1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty.
• £5 could pay for a mosquito net to protect a mother and her baby in Africa from contracting malaria while they sleep.
• £10 could enable an older person in the UK who just lost someone they love to attend a group activity.
• £25 could run a sports session for disabled children in the UK, giving them the chance to play with other young people.
• £100 could feed 200 children living on the streets in India for one day.
• £300 could provide a water point in the slums of Tanzania, giving hundreds of families access to safe, clean water.
• £500 could provide six months of support for a young person in the UK with mental health issues. 6. In the run up to the event keep the link out there, keep telling your story, there will be lots of people who have been meaning to sponsor, but haven’t seen your update at the right moment for them.
7. Schedule updates on the day of your event. If you can, update with actual pictures, before, during and immediately after the event, include that all important link! If you cut and paste it once on your phone you can easily paste it to every update.
8. Mop up the days after, with the all important ‘I did it’ shots, including the link! Once it is done it is done, and people do seem to have a mental block about sponsoring once the event is passed.