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  • 16 Feb 2021
    In the beautiful Welsh coastal town of Goodwick in Pembrokeshire, porpoises have become the hot topic in the community and with Localgiving’s support; one project has been making waves with its online fundraising efforts…   Sea Trust Wales which was the first organisation to join the new Crowdfund Wales Programme, has cause to celebrate this week as in the first five days since setting up their Porpoise Project Appeal with Localgiving, they have raised over £2000 and have unlocked their match funding of £250! Sea Trust Wales is a marine conservation charity based in Pembrokeshire, which focusses on redressing imbalances in ecosystems in the sea and more generally, conserving marine life. Due to the current restrictions, the Catch and Release Aquarium has been closed to the public and some of the vital work of the Trust cannot be undertaken, having a significant effect on the Trust’s fundraising. However, Holly Dunn, a Project Officer for Sea Trust, didn’t let this dampen her spirits and decided to turn to the community and online fundraising to generate some much needed funds.   “As a team, we didn’t have much experience of online fundraising before, we had a donate button but didn’t realise how generous people would be and how much we could increase the profile of the work that we do…we have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community!”   A group of extremely committed volunteers, led by Holly, work on the Porpoise ID Project.  The project is vital for monitoring the health of the marine environment as porpoises are one of the UK’s top marine predators so studying them tells the team a lot about the state of the sea. If porpoise populations decline in UK waters, there would be a huge impact on the food chain, therefore monitoring  is vital to ensure the entire marine eco system in Wales does not become imbalanced. Holly added: “It’s not just the porpoises that benefit from what we are doing; it has a huge impact on the local area offering opportunities for volunteers to help with the data gathering and to understand more about our local marine life. We could not run this project without the backing of our community and we have heard that giving back and being involved in something so rewarding is having a positive impact on people’s mental health during this difficult time”.  If you know of a charity or community group in Wales that might benefit from our Crowdfund Wales Programme or who would like support with their online fundraising generally, please contact our Wales Development Manager: amy@localgiving.org   For Sea Trust Wales, this is very much the start of their online fundraising journey and it is hoped that once their appeal target is reached, people will continue to make regular donations so Holly and the team can continue to protect the health of the seas. To donate to the Porpoise Project Appeal, click here and you can also follow the success of the appeal on Twitter and Facebook.
    10260 Posted by Amy Kordiak
  • 06 Apr 2021
      The Crowdfund Wales Programme is now well underway with 13 organisations receiving support with their digital fundraising appeals and they are working hard to reach their £1750 target to unlock the match funding from Localgiving. Programme members are benefitting from 1:1 mentoring sessions to ensure their appeals are planned and promoted well and fundraising messages are reaching far and wide through the their networks and beyond. Here is what Small World Theatre said about the programme: “We have received the right advice for our company so we can engage with the public on a local level as well as giving our supporters who live further afield the opportunity to donate. Localgiving offers marketing support and online tools to help with fundraising. It's been great to meet with Amy on Zoom and chat through ideas.  Thank you!”   No time like the present You might be thinking that now is not a good time to start a fundraising appeal, setting your sights on the summer months when we have hopefully transitioned out of lockdown and are moving into the nicer weather and more outdoor activity – this could be a big mistake! In the world of online fundraising, December and the build up to Christmas always does well in terms of appeals. People are feeling more generous at this time of year and it is the season synonymous with giving! However, spring is the season of re-birth, hope and anticipation for the year. April is the start of the financial year and when people generally start to get their finances in order, not to mention that at the beginning of the month, people will have just been paid. At the moment, during the UK-wide lockdown, we are all online a lot more as we are stuck in their houses. Whilst the pandemic has hit many people hard, resulting in higher levels of unemployment and less disposable income for many, for other people general expenditure has decreased and therefore people are happy to give to those in need. A report published in October 2020 from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), showed that “between January and June 2020, the public donated a total of £5.4 billion to charity – an increase of £800 million compared to the same period in 2019”. If you are still determined to hold off until the summer, consider this first - how many other local groups may have the same idea as you? These are your direct competitors who will also be planning their outdoor fundraising events and reaching out to your potential donors at the same time. In addition to this, the potential audience for your fundraising messages may be reduced with people making plans with friends and family in the warm weather; no longer sitting in front of their devices ready to click and give. According to recent data from Statista, there are 46.6 million daily internet users in the UK. Think about these people being a captive audience right now – these are your potential donors and also the promotors of your fundraising messages!    Winning formula for appeals So now you have reconsidered the timing of your fundraising campaign, here are some top tips to consider when appealing to the masses and to make it easier for you, they all start with a ‘P’: Make sure your purpose for fundraising is clear. Convey your passion for the cause and ensure people connect with it. People generally need to feel an empathic connection with their donation so ensure you are clear about what you need money for and how their donation will make a difference Never underestimate the need to plan. Tying your launch in with a key date in the diary and segmenting off your network into donors, promoters and potential fundraisers all takes time. The more you plan for your appeal, the more it will pay off Work on your publicity and your press releases. Have you read the local papers lately? They are a bit light on news due to less general activity so now is a great time to get your appeal in the papers. Online versions can have a direct link to your Localgiving donation page too which is an added bonus Be proactive. You will have good days and bad days when it comes to donations so ensure you are promoting your successes and thanking your donors publicly for their support Don’t forget to praise yourself on your efforts. You can segment your appeal into key target milestones and this is psychologically beneficial as it breaks down your total into achievable chunks.   If you are a not-for-profit group in Wales and would like to take advantage of the Crowdfund Wales Programme - receiving more advice about your online fundraising and with the offer of £250 match funding when you have reached your target, you can get in touch with me here.
    1170 Posted by Amy Kordiak
Tips & guides 3,317 views Apr 09, 2021
Fundraising Ideas for the Captain Tom 100

Every charity, fundraiser and individual is invited to participate in the Captain Tom 100  (#CaptainTom100) taking place between the 30th April 2021-3rd May 2021 (which marks the weekend that Captain Tom would have turned 101). To participate, you will need some creative and fun 100 inspired challenge ideas so we have decided to make this easier for you by coming up with 100 of them to help you get those creative juices flowing! We have however selected our 10 top favourite ideas!

 

  1. Walk 100 laps/miles/steps

  2. Learn 100 dance moves

  3. Bake 100 cupcakes

  4. Tell 100 jokes

  5. Juggle for 100 minutes

  6. Host a 100 question quiz

  7. Build 100 sandcastles

  8. Sing for 100 minutes

  9. Carry out 100 good deeds

  10. Make 100 cocktails

Don’t forget to set up your fundraising page on Localgiving here to allow plenty of time for your donors to support you in the run up to the big challenge and provide you with a better chance of winning the additional £100 prize for the best fundraiser, which will be provided by Localgiving. To find out more about the Captain Tom 100, please click here.

Oh alright then, here is the full list of 100 ideas to get you started...

  1. Walk 100 laps/miles/steps

  2. Run 100km 

  3. Go for 100 runs

  4. Climb 100 stairs

  5. Cycle 100km

  6. Learn 100 dance moves

  7. Dance for 100 minutes

  8. Swim 100 laps of a pool

  9. Do 100 push ups

  10. Do 100 pull ups

  11. Go on a 100km hike

  12. Hop 100 times

  13. Play tennis for 100 minutes

  14. Play football for 100 minutes

  15. Play golf for 100 minutes

  16. Play squash for 100 minutes

  17. Lift weights for 100 minutes

  18. Do 100 burpees

  19. Do 100 keepie uppies

  20. 100 star jumps

  21. Do 100 squats

  22. Do 100 leg presses

  23. Do 100 yoga positions

  24. Do 100 hula hoops

  25. Do 100 trampoline bounces

  26. Do a plank for 100 seconds 

  27. Go for 100 dog walks

  28. Throw and catch a ball 100 times without dropping it 

  29. Bake 100 biscuits

  30. Bake 100 cupcakes

  31. Make 100 cocktails

  32. Make 100 cups of coffee or tea 

  33. Eat 100 grapes

  34. Eat 100 of something else

  35. Drink 100 of something

  36. Flip 100 pancakes

  37. Cook 100 meals

  38. 100m egg and spoon race

  39. Balance something for 100 seconds

  40. Knit 100 items

  41. Tell 100 jokes

  42. 100 minute silence

  43. Speak for 100 minutes

  44. Sing for 100 minutes

  45. Write 100 poems or letters

  46. Juggle for 100 minutes

  47. Learn to say something in 100 different languages

  48. Take 100 photographs

  49. Build 100 sandcastles

  50. Write a 100 word story

  51. Draw something in 100 seconds

  52. Create a 100 second video

  53. Second 100 messages 

  54. Host a 100 question quiz

  55. Plant 100 seeds

  56. Paint 100 of something

  57. Give away 100 likes on social media

  58. Follow 100 people on social media

  59. Meditate for 100 minutes

  60. Create 100 different outfits

  61. Do 100 puzzles

  62. Finish a new puzzle in under 100 minutes

  63. Pick up 100 pieces of rubbish

  64. Donate 100 items

  65. Cut off 100cm of hair

  66. Share 100 positive affirmations

  67. Play a board game for 100 minutes

  68. Play chess for 100 minutes

  69. Start a 100 minute twitch stream

  70. Watch 100 episodes of your favourite show

  71. Dress in 100 different fancy dress outfits

  72. Send 100 postcards

  73. Read 100 books

  74. Read for 100 minutes

  75. Host a virtual party for 100 people

  76. Host a virtual yoga class for 100 people 

  77. Host a virtual comedy night for 100 people 

  78. Host a virtual pub quiz for 100 people

  79. Carry out 100 good deeds

  80. Build something with 100 lego bricks

  81. Create a song 100 minutes long

  82. Create a 100 track playlist 

  83. Clean for 100 minutes

  84. Do laundry for 100 minutes

  85. Rearrange your house for 100 minutes

  86. Don’t touch the floor for 100 minutes

  87. Smile for 100 minutes 

  88. Act out a scene for 100 minutes

  89. Learn 100 songs on an instrument

  90. Watch 100 documentaries

  91. Learn 100 new facts

  92. Create a 100 minute podcast

  93. Give 100 compliments

  94. Tell the truth for 100 minutes

  95. Say yes for 100 minutes

  96. Build 100 paper aeroplanes

  97. Do volunteer work for 100 minutes

  98. Design a whole website in 100 minutes

  99. Garden for 100 minutes

  100. Attend a 100 minute lecture 

Happy fundraising!