At Help 4 Kids, charity fundraising is our bread and butter. Whether we are raising money to help a specific charity reach their goal, or raising money for research or vital equipment, or raising money for a hospital department in need – one thing remains the same and that’s our mission to improve the lives sick children.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) states that charities can raise funds in a variety of different ways, as long as they comply with the relevant fundraising or other regulatory requirements. Some ways charities raise funds are through membership fees or grants from grant-making bodies and funders such as government bodies and philanthropic trusts and foundations. Charities can also utilise corporate partnerships and sponsorships as a more consistent and regular fundraising tool. There are many ways you can help and make a difference, even just by volunteering your help.
Help 4 Kids uses a variety of ways to raise funds, and this will only grow as we get bigger. There are many ways you can get involved, whether it be going out with a collection bucket on our fundraising days or helping us organise funds in the office.
You can help raise funds by participating in door knock appeals or street collections and taking part in our annual Help 4 Kids day. Businesses can also get involved by displaying our collection buckets in high foot traffic areas all year round.
Australian charities often use events, dinners and fetes to raise funds, with an entry fee often charged on admission. Fundraising can also be made fun for all ages by utilising raffles, games and running competitions. Market days featuring bake sales and sausage sizzles are also all easy and popular ways charities tend to raise money in Australia.
The ACNC recommends looking at generating multiple avenues money can come in to a charity to ensure sustainability. The commission recommends adapting newer approaches to raise funds, including social investment, social impact bonds, crowdsourcing or community funding and micro-financing. In 2020 we have a unique tool on our hands in the form of social media. This digital tool can be used by charities to generate exposure and ultimately boost funds.
While raising funds, charities must ensure they retain their not-for-profit status but ensuring all money collected goes towards their charitable purpose. Keep your eyes out for our next fundraising event as we work towards giving sick kids a brighter future.