There are many different ways to fundraise for a charity in a bid to show your support, such as sponsored runs, auctions, bake sales or even a quiz night. In fact, you may even be brave enough to consider a sponsored skydive! Here at Speed of Sight, we appreciate each and every fundraising event that is held in support of our mission to help every blind and disabled person experience the thrill of driving. Read on as we explain why fundraising efforts such as these are so important to many charities like ourselves…
Funding allows a charity to keep doing what they do
A fundraising event allows a group of people, many of whom may be strangers, to come together and support a particular charity. The funds that are raised as a part of these efforts are then donated directly to the charity in question and allows those who run it to continue their efforts and provide help to those who need it most. Whilst it is true that many charities receive government funding, this is not generally offered out to every charity and as such, only increases the importance of fundraising.
It helps spread the charities message
Although the money that is raised as part and parcel of fundraising efforts is incredibly valuable, the actual act of holding a fundraising event can be just as meaningful. Whether a person chooses to fundraise online or carry out a sponsored event, they are bringing attention to a specific charity and putting it in the spotlight for everyone to see. This means that a lot of new people will become aware of the charity and its services and may be encouraged to provide their own support, whether that be through another fundraiser, a donation or even volunteering.
Charities can interact with their supporters
It may not seem like it, but a lot of charities see the efforts that are carried out in support of their services. For small charities, fundraising can be a lifeline as these funds are essential to the ongoing mission that they want to achieve and interacting with fundraisers who go on to complete sponsored walks, runs or skydives can be incredibly motivating.
There is a common misconception that all charities are fully-funded by the government, however this simply isn’t true. For many charities, fundraising and sponsored events allow their mission to progress, and the Speed of Sight team wouldn’t be able to change lives without the generosity of all of our supporters. Remember, if you aren’t in a financial position to donate then there is no need to feel guilty as fundraising efforts – particularly sponsored events that gather a lot of interest – are just as valuable. Get in contact with the Speed of Sight team to find out how you can help today!