Fundraising advice

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We’re thrilled you’ve decided to fundraise for The Fostering Network. Thank you. Your support will enable us to carry on working with the thousands of foster carers who support the 64,000 children living with them on any one day.

This page has all you need to start fundraising. We’ve pulled together a few hints and tips to make sure your fundraising is a success! There are also the forms you will need. If you need any other advice, please get in touch with our fundraising team.

It’s also really important that you follow a few basic guidelines when organising a fundraising event – to ensure it’s as safe, legal and as fun for your guests as possible.

If you haven’t yet chosen how you are going to fundraise for The Fostering Network, why not download our fundraising guide?

Fundraising tips​

  • Set up an online giving page - it’s the easiest and quickest way for your friends and family to support you.
  • Why not ask your local school or the PTA if you can run a tombola, bring and buy sale or another fundraising activity to raise money for The Fostering Network.
  • Organise a night in with friends – ask everyone to donate what they would spend on a night out. It’s a great way to have a fabulous night in with friends and fundraise at the same time.
  • Ask your employer to support you through a fundraising day or matched funding.
  • Have you got a big birthday or special wedding anniversary coming up? Why not ask friends and family to donate to The Fostering Network in lieu of buying you a gift?
  • Organise a raffle - it’s an easy way to boost funds and will add an extra element of fun to the day.
  • Organise an auction of promises by asking friends to support you by donating anything from golf lessons to dog walking!
  • Ask local businesses if they would support your fundraising by donating a prize for a raffle or sponsoring your event.

Fundraising forms

Collecting money

  • When collecting donations at your fundraising event, it’s really important to keep any cash donations securely locked away.
  • Have two people counting cash at any one time.
  • If you’ve got a large volume of cash, ask a friend to come with you to the bank to pay it all in.

Entertainment and Alcohol Licences

  • Most venues will have their own entertainment and alcohol licences, just check with them when you book.
  • If your venue doesn’t have these licences, you may need to apply for your own, click here  for more information.
  • Should you need to apply for any of these licences you can do so from your local authority. Click here to find details of your local authority.

First aid

Whatever the size of your event, you should try and have a trained first aider and a first aid kit present, but for larger events you may need to ask one of the voluntary first aid agencies to be present.  Your risk assessment should help you to decide what level of cover you need to provide (if any).

Risk assessments

It’s always good practice to carry out a risk assessment to make sure your event is as safe as possible – and don’t worry it’s much easier than it sounds!

A risk assessment is a careful consideration of the different elements of your event which could possibly cause harm to your guests. Risks could include trip hazards such as uneven surfaces or the weather.

Once you’ve identified any risks, you’ll need to consider if there are any ways you can reduce that risk. For example if you’re having an outside event make sure you have somewhere to retreat in to if the weather changes or ask your guests to come armed with raincoats and umbrellas! 

Contact us

Our community fundraiser, Rachael Crowther, is on-hand to support you and help make your event a success.

Email Rachael or call her on 020 7620 8403 for any fundraising help and advice you need.