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January fundraising ideas to make sure 2020 starts with a bang

Ideas to kick off your fundraising New Year’s resolutions

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January is the perfect time to fundraise for charity as people are often full of “New year, new you” vibes and looking to make a positive impact on the world. Here’s five ideas to help your 2020 get off to a flying start for your favourite charity.

Do something others don’t want to

While self-improvement is all well and good, some people will always prefer to pay others to do the jobs they don’t want to do themselves. That’s where you come in. Let it be known that you’ll wash cars, windows or kitchens in exchange for a donation to your page. For a contribution to charity you will walk dogs in the rain, iron other people’s shirts or get the groceries. It might not be fun – but it will be rewarding.

Give something up

Be an even better person by turning your New Year’s resolutions into hard cash for your favourite charity. Whether you ban yourself from – booze, chocolate, your phone or your car – getting people to give for you going without is a fantastic way to raise funds. What’s more, the peer pressure means you’re more likely to stick to your resolutions rather than abandon them at the first temptation.

Give something away

After an over-indulgent Christmas potential donors are more likely to spend January at home on the sofa than hitting the town. So this is the perfect time to run a virtual raffle on your favourite form of social media. Approach local businesses about donating prizes and encourage people to donate to your page for a chance to win. Just draw a name at random from your January donors come the end of the month. If you get some really good prizes you could turn it into an online auction.

Cook something delicious

If you work in an office, then January is a great opportunity to turn good food into good deeds. Let everyone know that on a certain day of the week you’ll be running a lunch club when you’ll bring in delicious homemade food and selling it in aid of your cause. As it’s the period of people attempting to redeem their waistlines after Christmas, best to opt for virtuous salads and soups rather than indulgent cakes – although everyone needs an occasional treat day.

Pass something on

The New Year is all about self-improvement, so if you – or someone you know – has a teachable talent then a class can make lots of money for your favourite cause. If you can secure a venue and offer classes in painting, pottery, baking... then your class is born. Simply ask people to donate to your page to attend and watch everyone feel good about themselves. You can even offer virtual classes, with the teacher streaming their lecture over a video call which people online can join for a donation.

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