Organise your own event

Ilkley Soroptimists at a fundraising event they organised for CARE's Walk In Her Shoes campaign

Thank you for thinking about supporting CARE’s vital poverty-fighting work by holding your own fundraising event. Have a look below for some fundraising ideas and inspiration. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you along the way!

There are lots of reasons to fundraise for CARE 

  • It’s fun!
  • Use your skills and hobbies to fundraise with something you love doing.
  • We can help you with ideas and resources to ensure you make the most of your event.
  • 83p of every £1 raised goes to help people find their way out of poverty.
  • It will make you very happy and proud!

Want to get involved but don’t know what to do?

  • Quick and easy

Save your coins, organise a ‘bad tie day’ at work, hold a raffle, bake sale, sponsored silence, bucket collection or book sale.

  • A bit more time

Sponsored sky dive, walk, cycle or run. Quiz night, bingo, film night, bring and buy.

  • Let’s do this

Auction, gala evening, battle of the bands, fancy dress (or themed) party.

  • Anyone can fundraise

Schools, work-place, church groups, Rotary clubs, Women’s Institutes, Soroptimists ... or do it on your own.  

Whether you are going solo or part of a bigger group – please get in touch and we will help you kick start your fundraising!

Schools

Take part in Walk In Her Shoes – a great way to learn more about the lives of girls and women in the world’s poorest countries – girls and women who have to spend their days walking for water. This daily trek prevents them from going to school or working, and means they can’t fulfil their potential.

But you can change this. Your support can help improve access to water across the globe, giving women and girls time for work or school and the chance of a better future.

When you sign up, we’ll send you educational materials to help you fundraise and plan your lessons.

You can find out more and sign up at our Walk In Her Shoes website.

If you don’t want to take part in Walk In Her Shoes but would still like to raise money for CARE – please get in touch.

Community groups

Empowering women is a key element of CARE’s work and we are happy to be connected to women’s groups across the UK such as Soroptimists, Girl Guides, Women’s Institutes and Zonta groups.  

If you are a part of a group and would like to get involved with CARE International and support our work, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Individuals

We are always inspired by our individual supporters, who take it upon themselves to face a challenge or event on their own to raise money for CARE.

It could be something as simple as collecting all your change in a money box, or you could take part in a sponsored fun run, cycle or walk. If you have the time you could set up a gallery exhibition – like  our wonderful supporter Anna, who set up an art exhibition and raised over £4,000.  

Remember, you can turn almost anything into a fundraising activity – one of our supporters, ‘Dan Tastic’, raises money by painting bins at the Glastonbury music festival!

Please get in touch if you have a fundraising idea, or even if you don’t – but just want to do something! We can help you put your ideas together to support our vital poverty-fighting work around the world.

We also have a limited number of talks and assemblies available throughout the year, so if you are a school or community group, please get in touch to see if one of our CARE representatives is available.

Drawing feet shapes for a Walk In Her Shoes fundraising event

Drawing feet shapes for a Walk In Her Shoes fundraising event

Ready to get started?

Fundraising events are a great way to raise money and have a good time – take a look at our top tips to help you get started.

Planning your event

Who?

Who are you expecting to come to your event? Is it colleagues, friends, family? Could you get anyone to help you organise the event?

What?

What are the people you want to come to your event interested in? Make sure your event appeals to them or they won’t come!

Where?

Where is your event going to be? (Make sure you get your venue for free where possible). Do they have public liability insurance to cover your event? Is it easy for people to get to?

When?

When are most of your supporters likely to come to the event? After work or over a weekend? If they have families don’t forget to check out school holidays in case they plan to go away.

How?

How is your event going to make money? How much is your event going to cost? How much of your time is it going to take?

Don’t forget to think about extra ways to bring in money on the night – raffles, competitions, a cloakroom, selling refreshments. Make an action plan and budget … and stick to it!

Why?

Don’t lose sight of why you are doing this event. It is to make money for CARE’s vital poverty-fighting work, and support people around the world to find a way out of poverty. So with every decision you make, ensure that you refer back to this aim so that you can lead your choices in the right direction.

Please note: CARE International cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury suffered by you or anyone else as a result of taking part in your fundraising events.

Ready?

To get started please phone us on 020 7091 6111 or email us at events@careinternational.org

Fundraising tips

1. Make a fundraising plan

List your fundraising ideas, how much each idea might raise and how much time they would take. Think about who would support you: work, friends, family, social clubs you attend, church groups... At this point see if you can find someone to help you with the event – it makes it a lot easier for brainstorming, motivating and doubling your contacts!

2. Create an online sponsorship page

The easiest way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page. Go to www.justgiving.com/care to set up your page and send it to everyone you know. Make sure you personalise your page with pictures and a story about why you are supporting CARE. 

3. Tell everyone

Write a personalised email to everyone you know asking for support on your event. Make sure you explain why you are undertaking this challenge and why you need their support. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, don’t forget to keep reminding people to sponsor you.

4. Use your work contacts

If you can get your boss on board, the chances are you will be able to do a lot more in your work-place and get your whole company behind you. It’s also worth checking if your organisation does match-funding.

Remember, we can help you put your ideas together. To get started please phone us on 020 7091 6111 or email us at events@careinternational.org