Your guide to help make a difference to the lives of people in need!
Thank you for choosing to raise funds for Anglicare Southern Queensland.
Community fundraising is a fun and rewarding way for individuals, schools, workplaces, and community groups to support the work of Anglicare. With the money you raise we can continue to deliver our vital services to the thousands of people across Queensland who are at-risk, vulnerable or disadvantaged.
The Community Fundraising Toolkit is designed to help you organise your own fundraising activity or event. The toolkit contains everything you need to know to get you started, including activity suggestions, helpful hints and ideas, proposal to fundraise form, and the fundraising guidelines which tells you all you need to know about your responsibilities as a fundraiser.
Now it's time to start planning – have fun!
Fundraising Hints and Ideas
STEP 1 - What type of activity or event would you like to hold?
Think about what sort of activity or event you would like to organise, this may be a social activity, sporting event or a personal challenge. Here are some activity suggestions.
|Auction||Bake/cook off||Barefoot bowls||Big breakfast||High afternoon tea|
|Bike ride||Book sale||Cake stall||Car rally||Host a 'night in'|
|Car wash||Casual dress day||Christmas in July||Collection tins||Ladies Luncheon|
|Community fete||Comedy night||Cocktail party||Corporate team building challenge||Milestone celebration|
|Cricket match||Dance party||Day at the races||Dog wash||Mini Olympics|
|Dinner party||Easter egg hunt||Exhibition||Garage sale||Movie night|
|Fancy dress party||Fashion parade||Friday night drinks||Golf day||Morning tea|
|Open Garden||Personal challenge||School dance||Sausage sizzle||Sports event|
|Street party||Swim-a-thon||Talent competition||Ten pin bowling||Tennis game|
|Treasure hunt||Trivia night|
Now you have decided on how you are going to raise funds for Anglicare, here are some ideas to help you plan your activity or event.
- When should I hold my activity or event?
Choose a date well in advance and decide on the best time to hold your event, example weekday/night or the weekend. Check how this works with public and school holidays and any other major events happening in your community.
- Where will I hold my activity or event?
When selecting a venue for your event consider the expected attendance numbers you think may attend, the cost of a venue, whether you need a permit from local council, the amenities available (example toilets, power, kitchen and first aid facilities) and accessibility (wheelchair access, transport and car parking). Also consider having a contingency plan just in case something unexpected happens, (example bad weather may ruin an outdoor fundraising event).
- Who will support my activity or event?
When planning your activity or event think about who will support you, (example family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, local community and local businesses) and what you require (example donations, time, products or services). If you are organising a large event, think about forming a committee, this will help you to delegate certain responsibilities.
- How do I seek sponsorship?
To help keep your costs down, source donations and sponsorship through local community or local businesses, this can be cash, products or services. This support can ensure the maximum amount you raise goes towards Anglicare. Please consult with us before approaching any corporate business as we may already have an existing or potential partnership with this organisation.
- How do I budget for my event?
Set a realistic budget that you're able to manage, for example think about where your income will be generated from and what expenses you may incur. Remind all your supporters they can get tax deductible receipts for donations of $2 or more.
- Is my activity or event safe and legal?
Safety is an important aspect of any fundraising activity, so always check any facilities in advance (example, fire exits). Council permits may also be required for events in public areas obtain permission from the relevant authorities in advance (example, police, local council etc) and ensure you have adequate insurance for any fundraising activity.
Anglicare will not endorse activities that may effect the health of participants, or involve the use of dangerous machinery, firearms, missiles, explosives or fireworks. The Community Fundraiser must ensure that all fundraising activities comply with the relevant laws and regulations.
- How do I promote my activity or event?
To have a successful activity comes down to how you promote this. You can email invitations to friends and family, post information on facebook or twitter. Ask local businesses to put up posters in shop front windows or place an advertisement in your local community newsletter, noticeboards or website. Organise an online fundraising page, this is the easiest and most efficient way to collect donations. Involve your local media (including newspapers and radio) to publicise your event.
- Thanking your donors
Each time someone makes a donation, make sure you acknowledge their support and tell them how their donation is making a difference to the lives of thousands of people who are in need.
STEP 2 – What's next?
Now you have decided on your fundraising activity or event, we would ask you to please read the Community Fundraising Guidelines to ensure your activity meets with our criteria before you complete the Proposal to Fundraise form. Once the Proposal to Fundraise form is completed please forward to the Fundraising team:
Webber House, Level 1, 439 Ann Street Brisbane Qld 4000
GPO Box 421, Brisbane Qld 4001
Once we receive your Proposal to Fundraise form, we will respond to you within 7 days. If your activity or event meets with our approval, you will receive a letter authorising you to fundraise on behalf of Anglicare. Once you have received written approval from Anglicare you can start your fundraising.
Please note: In order to comply with fundraising legislation and policy all community fundraising activities or events must be registered and approved by Anglicare.
STEP 3 – Enjoy organising your fundraising event!
Now your activity or event has been approved, it's time to put all your plans into action. Have fun and good luck for a successful event.
How can we support you?
- Give you general advice and tips on how to help make your event a success.
- Provide you with an 'Authority to Fundraise' letter to show that your event is genuine and has our approval.
- Anglicare materials such as ID badges, brochures, and collection tins.
- Approval to use our logo and name on authorised material.
- Online banner to put on your website.
- Tax receipts for donors who are donating $2 or over
- A thank you letter and certificate sent to you at the conclusion of your activity or event acknowledging your support.
STEP 4 – Follow up!
Congratulations! Your activity or event has concluded. The next step is to complete the Fundraising Summary form and Donor Receipt form and send to the address below. Funds raised can be transferred to Anglicare within 21 days of your activity concluding by the following ways:
1. Cheque or money order should be made payable to Anglicare Southern Queensland and sent to:
Anglicare Fundraising team
Webber House, Level 1, 439 Ann Street, Brisbane 4000 or
GPO Box 421, Brisbane Qld 4001
2. Via electronic funds transfer (EFT)
Account name: Anglicare Southern Queensland
BSB: 704 - 901
Account No: 00015165
Description: Registration No.