Ways to Raise Funds for Charity Work

Raising funds for charity is not easy; the main pitfall is repetitive tries of the same age old methods and tactics to woo people to part with their money for a cause. However, if you do go for novel and unique methods you will surely be successful. Your strategies should be primarily based on crowd participating in events that you organise, only then will they have a certain sense of belonging to the cause. Merely being told to donate money for an organisation that caters to welfare of people or for any other ideas might simply not be enough to make people loosen their purse strings, involving them in the whole process is always advisable.

Here are some plans that you can implement to raise funds for a worthy cause or your favourite charity.

  • Include children in your scheme of things – Children are often neglected in the schemes to raise funds for charity. But remember, they can play a big role in your efforts by influencing their parents and donors to contribute. Children in their own way can hype up peer influence and that will definitely be good for you. Organise and hold events that revolve around children’s participation and you can be assured that parents and relatives will follow them in droves to back and support their kids and help in the clause.
  • Hold a carnival – There can be nothing better than fun and games to guarantee people’s involvement in your efforts. If it is a street carnival, hire a bouncing castle on to the street or have your team dress up as clowns to draw attention of passerby’s. Have them carry placards or boards to put your message forward. Alternatively, you can organise the event at the community hall or fair ground. Set up game and food stalls and charge a small entrance fee. You can also contact corporates or educational institutions to set up their kiosks in lieu of a donation. For example, if your charity is in the State of Victoria, Australia, get an Institute offering say a course in Diploma in Nursing in Melbourne to set up a stall. You get money in your coffers while they have the opportunity to publicise their programmes.
  • Organise a competition – What you choose to do depends a great deal on the place that you hold the events. If it is a community hall, the most obvious choices will be cooking competitions, dressing or a fashion show. Put a participation fee for participants and an entry fee for the general public at large. Announce prizes too, however symbolic that might be. Call in some experts to guide you. Most of them will not charge anything for their professional expertise when they know it is for charity. In fact you can treat their free services as their contribution to your cause.
  • Theme based events – This is generally a big draw as it arouses curiosity amongst people to gain additional knowledge on a subject. Call on specialised institutions in your locality to participate in your event. One that never fails to draw in crowds is “health” fairs. Hold a full day affair and get doctors and dentists to talk about health issues briefly, say about 30 minutes each. Hold open symposiums and encourage interaction among the participants too. If you have an institution in your area that offers for example, advanced Diploma of Nursing, request the instructors or students to share their knowledge and skill sets with live demonstration. Apart from the “raising funds for charity angle”, you will be doing a service to the community too. In all cases, fix an affordable entry fee that will not put off people from walking in. And most importantly, hold these events over weekends and holidays to ensure maximum involvement.

These are some of the ideas that you can try out. Your ultimate strategies will depend on the local population mix and the interests that they have.

Licensing and Regulations for Charity Events

Charity events are a fun way to raise money for a good cause and draw attention to non-profit organisations. However, there is nothing easy or low cost about charity events, a lot of planning, hard work as well as coordination with other organisations is essential. In addition, the government has mandatory stipulations of licences and other regulations on how money is accounted and how taxes are paid.

It is imperative to understand these requirements when organising charity events to avoid unforeseen circumstances and expenses that could jeopardise the success of the event. A commercial lawyer will help you out in filling all the applications for obtaining various permits to organise a charity event.

Charitable organisations and individual fundraising professionals need to submit an application through the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee to obtain a licence to host a charity event. The advisory group meets on a monthly basis to review new applications and make recommendations to the Department’s Minister with respect to all the charity licensing matters. The application for a licence should have all the relevant details such as the details of the organisation, the purpose of the event, operating budget and the names of directors and officers.

To host an event, a venue is essential. Look for a place according to the size of the charity event and the number of people intended to attend the charity. When you have finalised the space, you need to obtain a permit. The permit is essential to ensure the safety of the people attending the event and amenity in public places and also assist in the sustainable management of the venue.

Certain charity events where auctions take place to raise money have to obtain selling licence. At auctions, bidders may have fun competing against each other as they donate to a worthy cause but sales tax has to be paid on the items auctioned. Selling permit is required if the organisation sells more than 3 items in a 12 month period, a permit is also required if you plan to hold 3 charity events per year. There is no fee to obtain seller’s licence. Certain consumers such as non-profit parent-teacher associations, cooperative nursery schools and charitable veteran organisations are excluded from getting seller’s permit and paying sales tax.

If you want to serve alcoholic beverages at an event, then you must have a permit. You can apply for a 1-day permit, which acts as a one-day liquor licence. The cost of the licence depends on the type of liquor served and the number of dispensing points. You can also hire a licensed caterer, who is in charge of maintaining all the important licenses for serving alcohol. Before you hire the caterer, confirm that they have the valid licenses and permits to serve alcohol at the event.

Also, a written permission is essential, from the organisation for which you want to organise the charity event. Contact the organisation and tell them that you want to engage in a charity event for them and the activity you have in mind. Also, tell them how you will conduct financial accounting and how to go about advertising the event.

These are some of the regulations and licenses that are essential to host a charity event.