100+ Christmas fundraising ideas for charities, to use in your Xmas appeal, festive campaign and events. With links to dozens more, plus resources and people who will help you for free. But I really need your support by sharing the #FestiveFightback as widely as possible; social media, newsletters, just tell people, whatever. Let's help as many charities as we can.
This Christmas will be even tougher and lonelier for many of our beneficairies and a fifth of charities estimate they will not be able to fully deliver their services, let alone cope with additional demand.
However, COVID restrictions will significantly impact festive season commercial activities and, whilst that's not good, it offers charities a real opportunity to raise desperately needed funding, just when it's most needed. The #FestiveFightback aims to help you do that - and have some fun, because we could all do with some of that right now.
It's been a really tough year, so don't forget to say thank you to your supporters.
Get your fundraising #FestiveFightback off to a flying start, with a 'No'vember challenge? Say no to something for 30 days - alcohol, cigarettes, red meat. A bit like Lent, but with tinsel.
If you want traditional and a Santa Run works for you, great and you could even hold a virtual one. You could link it (or any other activity) in to Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas).
If multiple Santa sightings in the streets might cause some consternation amongst the kids, here are more ideas.
And people are going to say 'no', so it's important to keep going.
The Government has more money than you do, so get them to contribute too:
And you could probably do with some help too:
Let it snow...... or rain, blow, whatever, but don't get caught out by the mundane stuff we sometimes overlook.
Back to fundraising, but remember to keep everyone safe. Here's the Fundraising Regulator's guidance.
It' an opportunity to better engage your supporters and turn one-off involvement into ongoing support in 2021. Make sure that you appropriately thank everyone who supports you.
Christmas helper badges, thank you certificates, social media shout-outs, mentions in posts and press realeases, photo opportunities, letters, e mails, phone calls, whatever works for them.
I wish you every success and a fantastic 2021. To help, I've made my own early New Year resolution. When you log-in to the CEF on your 1st day back at work, I'll have something good for you to get your 2021 fundraising off to a flying start. If your haven't registered yet, join the 11,000 other members in our community, by registering now.