We are a group of young adults from the North East who want to offer our skills and experience to the Watoto Children’s Village organisation in Uganda. We were first inspired by the work of Watoto when we attended a concert by their travelling children’s choir in 2012.
We heard stories from the children about how Watoto has supported them to rebuild their lives. After shedding some tears listening to the heart-warming stories, the initial idea of visiting Watoto in Uganda came about and subsequently The Watoto Mission was formed.
Having worked for a charity before, I’ve written my fair share of funding bids.
And along with that I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and learnt from these.
Funders are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by charities and third sector organisations wanting funding.
So being able to submit a successful application is difficult and you will meet some tough competition.
Which is why you need to be able to write something that really makes the funder want to provide you with the funding and makes them believe in you as a charity.
Below are some top tips for writing an effective funding bid.
As a charity it’s important to take advantage of all the help and support you can get and it’s sometimes difficult to find.
Having spent many hours searching for ways of reducing costs in some of the most expensive areas of running small charities I have found a few great places to get started.
Here are my 5 favourite places for providing you with some free or very low cost items:
One of the most effective ways to raise funds as a charity is to sell items – whether its second hand donated items or promotional merchandise, but the thought of a shop leaves many charities thinking its just not worth it – all the costs associated with a shop such as overheads, staffing and keeping a regular stock will mean for some charities its just not worth the hassle.
Ebay cuts this problem out and lets you sell as much or as little as you want online.
Below we have started to build a great collection of Fundraising Ideas.
We are building on this all the time and welcome any additional ideas to be posted in the comments below.
You are welcome to use any of the cartoons/pictures in this post for your own blogs as we had them especially commissioned.
1 – Run a Marathon
Getting sponsored to run a marathon is one of the top ways to raise money for the charity or cause you support.
You can use a service like “Just Giving” to make it easy for friends, family or work colleagues to sponsor you.
Why not dress up as something weird to get into the Guinness book of records? Or… maybe carry a fridge all 26 miles?