Sheffield RAG stands for ‘Raising and Giving’ – and that’s exactly what we do! Despite a year of virtual delivery, lockdown and limited resources, in 2020-2021 RAG raised over £17,000 for 49 different good causes and helped students to organise over 50 different events and campaigns. In 2021-2022, we're hoping you'll help us bounce back from the pandemic and raise over £50,000.
Raising your sponsorship doesn’t have to be daunting – just look at some of the ideas below or follow our top tips and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to bringing in some lovely cash for some lovely causes!
In 2021, Step Into Christmas will be raising money for Whirlow Hall farm, as well as 4 additional charities voted for by students, and one charity chosen by the student/group who raise the most money. All the charities will be local to Sheffield or the surrounding areas.
How to set up your Online Fundraising Page: JustGiving
Online fundraising is the EASIEST, QUICKEST and one of the BEST ways to raise your sponsorship. To set up your online fundraising page, all you need to do is click the link below. If it’s your first time using JustGiving just create an account using a chosen email. And from there, follow the easy, step-by-step instructions outlining how to set up your online fundraising page:
You will receive your own personal link to your page, which we strongly encourage you to spread all across Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, as lots and lots of RAG money in the past has been raised through friends and family on social media…so get the link OUT THERE!!!
We also encourage you to make it as fun and exciting as possible. It’s up to you how you do it, but it’s the first thing people will see when considering sponsoring you, and the brighter and funnier it is the more likely they’ll be to sponsor! Enter your goal of £30 (or higher if you want to!), add a silly cover photo, and write a paragraph or two about the challenge you’re undertaking and the charities you’re fundraising for.
Fundraising as part of a team, club, committee or society? Set up one big online fundraising page for your whole club or society! Just make sure to set your target as the sum of £30 x the number of members taking part.
Please remember that Gift Aid does not count toward your fundraising total as it is additional money claimed back from HMRC rather than donated money from a donor. As such, Gift Aid does not count toward a fundraising total but is used to help RAG meet their core costs.
*Are your donors unsure about whether they can claim back Gift Aid? If you’re a UK tax payer and donate to an online fundraising page, you are eligible to claim Gift Aid.
How to Pay in Cash Sponsorship
If you have raised cash sponsorship it needs to be paid in to your account as follows:
Go to the Activities Zone Desk in the Students’ Union Activities Zone Union (opening times: Monday - Friday: 10.00-17.00)
Ask for and fill in a ‘Sheffield RAG Paying in Slip’ (given and explained at The Activities Zone Desk)
The Paying In Slip for Step Into Christmas should say 528410/FUN on it and the Event Code is QSIC.
MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR NAME ON THE PAYING IN SLIP AND KEEP THE PINK COPY OF THE SLIP (the pink copy of the paying slip is your receipt and should be kept as proof of payment)
Street Teams are an opportunity for you to sell glow-sticks or other merchandise (such as glitter, toast and other toastable items, cupcakes etc) inside Bar One or a Students’ Union club night to raise money toward your sponsorship. We’ve got dates booked in especially for Step Into Christmas!
Ask us as soon as possible if you would like to join one! RAG provides the glow-sticks, glitter and toaster for free, plus up to 6 of you can get on the guest list for the night’s club night as long as you book in advance and get the names to us 2 days before your Street-Team! Fill out our Adopt a Charity Inquiry Form to get involved!
Supermarket bag packing
Supermarket bag-packing can also be a good way to try and raise money! Just pop in to a local branch or try emailing or calling suitable venues. We can provide a letter for you to verify that you’re a charity collector, as well as the collection buckets of course! Fill out our Adopt a Charity Inquiry Form to apply!
Bake sales are always popular! Fill out our Adopt a Charity Inquiry Form and our Adopt a Charity team will help you with all the steps you need to take to organise your own bake sale in the SU.
Fundraising Tips - Do’s and Don'ts
- Be confident
if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so make sure you pluck up the courage to ask people to help you. It’s for a good cause after all.
- Learn the facts
assure people that you’re raising money for charities.
- Know the charity
by knowing who you are raising for, people will be more inclined to sponsor you / donate (Sheffield RAG is known for donating to lots of local causes).
- Smile and stay positive
you probably won’t raise all your sponsorship straight away, so it’s important to stay motivated and keep smiling.
- Be creative
as much as cake sales can be effective, it’s important to remember that there are many ways to raise sponsorship, so use your initiative and get thinking!
Pressure a potential sponsor
if someone decides to say no, even after hearing all the information, smile and move on. There are plenty of other people out there!
- Shake your bucket on a RAG Raid
it’s important to stay polite whilst fundraising and people will often be put off by a bucket shaken in their face (it’s also illegal to do anything that may be misconstrued as aggressive or intimidating).
- Stay quiet
If you're struggling for ideas or need some inspiration, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
- Forget to plan
decide as early as possible on how you’re going to raise your sponsorship money. Take some ideas from this guide, or think of some of your own to make sure you raise your money in time.
- Give up
Keep on keeping on!
More Top tips…
Use your contacts – make sure you tell your family and friends what you’re doing – those you know are the best starting point!
Tell your story – what the challenge is –hiking through the peaks at night! Your motivation and passion will get people on boar
Use your USP! What different fundraising ideas can you come up with – what’s your Unique Selling Point? What would people pay to see you do or not do? If you speak another language, play an instrument or you’re good at art, perhaps you can offer tuition for an hour for donations? You can also busk at a RAG Raid collection in town, so don’t hide your talents!
Quirky Fundraising ideas…
Can you get businesses to donate prizes and then run a charity auction night? A good technique is to dress up as smart as possible when you go around businesses and sell the causes you’re raising for (use some of RAG’s stats – how much we raised last year, how much gets donated locally…!) Prepare your speech in advance and let the businesses know you can promote them and let students know about their organisation on your fundraising page! Targeting local businesses and businesses who want to attract students is your best bet!
Themed Quiz Night
Could you book an area in the Union (Activities Zone or an area in the Interval or Bar One) and run a quiz night? Charge for entry and maybe have themed rounds or a whole quiz with one quirky theme!
Gig / Band / Comedy / Karaoke / Film Night
Do you have any friends who could play at a gig night or perhaps do comedy stand-up? Book a space in the Union or in the City Centre (they should give it to you for free if you’re bringing in customers and it’s for charity). A Karaoke Night is another option. Charge an entry fee and then up your income with a raffle. Or maybe offer to run a special film night for your friends and ask them for an entry fee?
Games / Competitions / Scavenger Hunts
Can you think of a quirky game that will grab people’s attention? Maybe a scavenger hunt around Sheffield? A chocolate hunt around the Union? What about an eating competition? Places like Bloo 88 are very interested in these kind of events…(check in with The RAG Team about any help you need with Health & Safety / Risk Assessments etc)
Come Dine With Me
How about cooking dinner for your friends and asking them to pay you for the privilege? Remember to tell them it’s for charity and ask them to be generous!
Do any friends or family need chores doing, such as mowing the lawn, walking the dog, gardening, washing the car? Offer to do the jobs for small donations? Promises Promises – can you promise someone a service for a donation, e.g. you’ll do the washing up for a week? Or clean the house? Your housemates should jump at the chance!
Crowdfunder and Online Fundraising Platforms
Post a video about what you’re fundraising for and see if people can donate to your cause in exchange for something. Maybe if they donate £10 you’ll send them a postcard, or if they donate £20 they’ll get an exclusive video blog? Google sites like ‘Crowdfunder’ or ‘IndieGoGo’ to find out more…
Swap Shop / Jumble Sale
Get your friends and housemates to donate clothes, books and other items they don’t need anymore, then hold a jumble sale / re-sale with the proceeds going to your sponsorship
Sponsored Wax / Headshave / No Make-up / Fancy Dress Day or Sponsored Silence!
People love to donate to something wacky or see something crazy! So if you’re prepared to have your head shaved with a crazy style or get your legs waxed people will donate to see you do it! Or maybe people will donate to see you go without something you usually can’t live without! Or they might even donate just to have you be silent for a day! Fancy dress or a crazy hat is another popular option which works a treat!
Ebay and Amazon
Get rid of something you don’t need or that you want to sell. People will buy lots of items if you sell them in the right way!
Host a Party!
Host a party for charity and collect donations by charging admission. In 2019 two Bummit participants held a 'traffic light party', charged guests £3 entry and raised £340 in one evening all whilst having a great time!
Join the #trashtag movement
In 2019 one Bummit participant has pledged to do one Sheffield based litter pick for every £10 that is donated towards her. So far she has raised over £1,000 and her story has been picked up by the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-south-yorkshire-47864591/trashtagabi-litter-picker-on-a-mission-to-clean-up-sheffield
Go Sober for October!
October is typically the month in which to go sober, but there are lots of different challenges you could undertake from things such as marathon running to the ice bucket challenge, to shaving your head!
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