Letting people know that you are doing a skydive in aid of charity the key to your fundraising success. In short it’s a numbers game – the more people who know you are jumping the more people will sponsor you. There are oodles of ways to do this – here’s a few.
1. Social Media
We are all addicted to social media so make sure you use it to your fundraising advantage. Tell people you are skydiving, the charity you are jumping for and when. Include a link to your fundraising page. Keep people updated with your progress and how far you are from your target. Continue to use great images and video to keep people interested.
2. Set-up an online fundraising page
Your charity may have a preference as to which site you use or already have something set-up so please check with your jump coordinator. Once your page is set-up share it everywhere! Add it to your social media posts, emails and texts!
3. Get support from your employer
Depending on who your employer is you may be able to get additional fundraising support. Some businesses will even match whatever amount you raise. Speak to your HR department or the MD’s assistant for advice. If there is a corporate newsletter ask if details about your skydive and how people can support you can be included. If there is a staff noticeboard put up a poster about your jump or circulate some flyers.
4. Friends and Family
An obvious one but sometimes overlooked. Older family members may be happy to sponsor you but not necessarily online. We supply charity coordinators with good old fashioned sponsorship forms so make sure you order some and then pop round and see everyone.
6. Local Press
Using your local press is a great way to build awareness about your jump and encourage more sponsors. Local news desks are generally very receptive to good news stories and very happy to support local charities. Put together a press release including a good strong title and the key pieces of information – who, why, what, where and when. At the end you can add all your contact details, the charity website and a link to your just giving page.Email your press release at least two weeks prior to the event. After the event follow-up with photographs and video footage.
Online giving sites are a key tool for collecting and co-ordinating you charity fundraising donations. There is a whole array of websites that allow you to set up an online fundraising page where your friends, family and colleagues can donate to support your cycle for charity event.
Virgin Money Giving
25 March 2015
Jacob raised £1500 for Livability £1500