If you’re a Bradford College student you can raise money for any reputable charity you want. Students have raised £100s of pounds for their charities here at the College, and you can too.
If you want to fundraise you need to
- Have the charity's bank details and charity details (including the register number)
- Come to the Students' Union in G13 David Hockney Building to ask
- Give us 2 weeks notice if possible (minimum 1 week)
- Get the money counted in the Students' Union and take it to College Cash Office when you're done.
Your donation should get to where you want it to go safely, not get used for criminal acts. Have a look at Giving safely (Charity Commission leaflet) for the official advice - while this leaflet is specific to Syria relief charities, it applies to any charity giving.
You probably have an idea of what you want to do, but there are some practical things you should consider. In conjunction with Guide Dogs UK here is a checklist for anyone organising a fundraising event.
As soon as possible...
- Start making a plan and stick to it
- Select a date for your event
- Confirm availability of where you are going to do it and book it
- If fundraising in college, confirm who you want to raise money for with the Students' Union and get a finance code for your donations set up
- Location, size/space/capacity, floors, walkways/traffic routes, lighting, temperature, ventilation, cleanliness, storage, toilets, washing facilities, car parking, and accessibility for all
- Will you need a license - e.g. entertainment or music?
- Will you need to have insurance for the event? Does the venue (or College) have full insurance for what you want to do, including "Public Liability" cover for injury to participants?
- Planning how to promote your event - create your own posters and flyers, send something to local newspapers and radio stations.
- Invite key people from the community
- Are you giving prizes? Can these be donated or sponsored?
- Are you having a raffle? Do you need a gaming/gambling license?
- Finding volunteers for the day
A few weeks before the event
- Plan the day of the event
- Think about the safety and the risks. If there is a risk, think about what you can can do to reduce it. The Students' Union can help you make a "risk assessment". If you have concerns about health and safety ask for help
- Involve other people - by talking about it with others, you're more likely to identify potential problems - and be able to solve them.
- Coordination - who will be responsible for this?
- How will communications with others take place?
- Plan the layout of your event - who will be where, where members of the public will be, if you have any equipment or stalls where they are.
- Check any equipment you are using works
- Cash handling - think about how money raised will be managed and whether you need some change. Money must be kept securely so that the charity and the public have confidence that their donations won't be tampered with or at risk of being stolen.
- Food hygiene - do you have a basic food safety certificate? Some foods need to be refrigerated or stored seperately. If you are selling home-made goods you should label them with the date of making and the ingredients. It is the law in the UK that foods containing any of 14 major allergens must be labelled: celery, gluten, shellfish, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, crustaceans, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya, and sulphites.
- Is there a need for security at your event?
- Where will your waste and rubbish go?
- What if it rains?
- Send out the appropriate information to participants
- Confirm any suppliers and donations
A few days before...
- Revisit, check, and make final plans for your venue
- Go through all your plans including the event plan
- Talk to your volunteers and let them know what they are doing
On the day...
- Set up the venue with signs, decorations, or equipment
- Register people and take money
- Welcome and thank VIPs, donors, and volunteers
- Clear up afterwards!
- Count and bank the money
After the event:
- Thank your helpers
- Send the money to charity