Organise your fundraising event

20th anniversary

Let's get fundraising!

Like most charities, In Kind Direct relies on fundraising to deliver our work. Donations are crucial in helping us to ensure that even the smallest charities can benefit from our service. Donations also mean we can invest for the future and support more charities to deliver their essential work to the most vulnerable.

In Kind Direct’s model generates a powerful multiplier effect. Every pound donated is multiplied at least 12 times over in value of product distributed to charities working in the UK.

This year is our 20th Anniversary and it's all about raising awareness of engaging with In Kind Direct to support the thousands of charities in our network.

In Kind Direct Day was 30 June 2017. See how the In Kind Direct team and our donors celebrated below:

Organising a fundraising event in 3 simple steps

1. Plan your event, set a target and let us know about it

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Our 20 Fundraising Ideas Pack (see tool kit below) will give you lots of examples of easy and fun activities – but of course you can come up with your very own event. Create a checklist of everything you’ll need on the day, think about your target audience and when would be the most effective time/day to organise your activity. Make sure you read our Tips & Advice for Fundraising Events.

Once you have planned your event, please let us know about it by completing the quick form below.

2. Set up your event page on JustGiving

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There are many ways of collecting funds but we would recommend setting up an event page on JustGiving so that donations are easy, quick and effective. Plus, the monies donated can go the extra mile thanks to Gift Aid.

If you would prefer a paper-based collection form, no problem, please Email us at donations@inkinddirect.org

3. Communicate your event across your office

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From posters to tweets, we’ve created a tool kit to make it easy for you to communicate your event to your colleagues and sponsors across your intranet, message boards and social media!

Other ways you can help

Order a 20p Collection Jar

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We’ve created beautiful collection jars for our supporters and the challenge is very simple: how quickly can your company fill up the jar with 20p coins? We estimate a full jar could potentially contain 2,500 20p coins, i.e. £500!

Match funding

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A great incentive would be for your company to offer (regular/one-off) PAYROLL GIVING and MATCH FUNDING to encourage more people to take part and maximise funds raised. Please do get in touch with us to discuss these opportunities.

Donate funds

By donating funds to In Kind Direct, you are supporting thousands of charities throughout the UK.

Your fundraising toolkit

Poster templates

Print and personalise our poster templates to communicate about your event across the office. Use our thank you poster template to share our results!

Social Media Pack

We've created some beautiful images and some text templates for you to promote your event across your organisation and on social media channels.

20 fundraising ideas

We've listed 20 great fundraising Ideas for you and your colleagues to organise a great fundraising event, from knitathons to flash mobs!

20 fundraising ideas

We've put together a list of easy and fun ideas for you to organise a fundraising activity at your office.

Click on the icons below to reveal details of each idea or download our 20 Fundraising Ideas pack (PDF)

Be kind, give in kind

Pledge a donation of £20, do an ‘in-kind’ thing for a friend, and they do the same. See if you and 10 of your friends can get together and raise £200. #IKDbekind

Be kind, give in kind

Organise a sponsor yoga class or go nuts with a Zumbathon at work

Get everyone to participate and donate all the proceeds to In Kind Direct #IKDzumbathon

Sponsored Zumbathon

No…Week

No take-away coffees or after-work drinks for a week. Chip in the money you save, a min £10 donation required.

No…Week

Fancy-dress office party

 

Everyone dresses up at work. Take lots of pictures and videos, and make a small cash collection. #IKDfancydress. Need a theme? Wear your PJ to work #IKDpyjamaday; Bad tie day #IKDbadtie; wear odd shoes #IKDoddshoes

Fancy-dress office party

Make a one-off donation

Make a one-off £20 donation to In Kind Direct through payroll: Speak to your HR department to find out how this can be set up for you and maybe your company will match it!

Make a one-off donation

Run your own sports challenge

Organise a sponsored football match, a fun run or for the most daring, a sky dive! All entry fees to include at least a £2 donation towards In Kind Direct

Run your own challenge

Chatter-free day

Can you challenge yourself to keep silent for a day? Perhaps you could organise a meditation workshop to help the chatterboxes in the office keep quiet. £2 for every time you let a word out!

Chatter-free day

Dye your hair

Get sponsored to dye your hair orange or teal and boldly wear the In Kind Direct colours for a day! Share your best shots on social media #IKDyourhair

Dye your hair

Quiz night

Team up with your colleagues and organise a fun quiz night. Pick a venue close to work and charge £2 for each participant or £20 per team. Visit our website and download our quiz pack for some inspiration!

Quiz night

Fill in a 20p jar

We are challenging our donor companies and their staff to collect as many 20p pieces as possible. How fast will you fill yours? How many jars can fill?

If you would like to order a 20p jar for your company, please contact us.

Fill in a 20p jar

Al fresco film evening

 

Set up your projector, bring some deckchairs and blankets, and break out the popcorn and drinks. Everyone donates £6 for the film and can buy snacks and borrow a blanket for small charge. #IKDcinema

 Al fresco film evening

Get baking

Organise a Great Bake Sale at the office or in a high-traffic location (train station, market). Or run a Bake-Off competition with a twist. 100% chocolate; exotic flavours; giant sweets (giant Bounty bar, Mars bar, etc.). Get together, bring your cake and vote for the favourite. All proceeds to go to In Kind Direct. #IKDbakeoff

Get baking

Sporting challenges

 

Cycle the Prudential RideLondon to Surrey 100 or run the Royal Parks Half Marathon. See above for details.

Sporting challenges

Disconnect!

Challenge yourself not use your mobile, TV or laptop for 48 hours, and chip in £2 every time you cheat or chip in the money you save on mobile data. #IKDdisconnect

Disconnect!

Flash Mob

Prepare your routine, surprise everyone on the street and organise a cash collection after the dance (from artists as well as spectators). Wear In Kind Direct t-shirts and capture the show on your smartphone and make it go viral!

Flash Mob

Dinner Party

Be inspired by one of the charities we work with and hold a Come Dine With Me dinner party. Ask guests to pay a fixed amount or pay “as they feel”. #ComedinewithIKD

Dinner Party

Walk to work or climb the stairs

Walk to work or take the stairs every day for a week or the whole month! Track each colleague’s effort with In Kind Direct stars and for every star, pledge to give £1 to In Kind Direct. #FitwithIKD

Climb the stairs

Switch off the lights

Spend 2 days without turning on any lights and try to complete your everyday tasks in the dark: cooking, getting dressed, etc. Chip in the money you save on electricity, a min £2 donation required! #IKDswitchoff

Switch off the lights

For the arty types

Take a photo at every stop of your train/underground/bus line or organise a Knitathon, knit the longest scarf in less than 24 hours! Sell a section of the work. #IKDknits

For the arty types

Donate your birthday

Be your most generous: instead of asking for yet another shirt, purse or scarf for your birthday, why not ask your friends and family to donate to a great cause supporting thousands of charities and millions of people every year? Create your page on our JustGiving page and let everyone know your birthday’s coming soon!

Donate your birthday

Have you raised funds?

Once your fundraising event has taken place, simply visit our JustGiving Page to transfer the funds to In Kind Direct.

For other ways of donating click here.

The money you raise will help us distribute more products to more charites. A donation to In Kind Direct is a smart way to show your support not just to one charity, but to the sector as a whole.

Thank you so much!