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1 What is Offered throughout the Community Foundation Network as a fundraising tool for voluntary and community groups Mission: To provide local charities and community groups with the technology to raise money, awareness and support online. Webpages and web tools necessary to; Enable sustainable fundraising online Provide new sources of funding and support Engage with the local community

2’s Achievements  UK wide since 2012  First online fundraising website where non-registered charities can benefit from claiming Gift Aid  Over 2500 charities and community groups on the website  Over £2.5 million to charities and community groups  Successful Match Fund promotions have been run across the UK including the current “Grow your Tenner campaign”

3 How do you currently fundraise? How do you get money at the moment? Do you have any individual donors and how do you reach them? How do you communicate with your donors? Do you get Gift Aid? Do you use online fundraising?

4 Benefits of For charities and community groups Facilities to easily accept donations - A webpage with a clear ‘call to action’ Automated Gift Aid on donations even if not registered with the Charity Commission Supporters can easily find and support charities by location, cause or the people they can help New sources of funding, access to a community of supporters who can ‘favourite’ a charity and donate Space to advertise your needs, including volunteer vacancies Local and UK wide promotions Webpages that are easy to complete and update at any time Training materials and support to help you with your fundraising and supporters to donate Communicate with donors by sending a Thank You through your account or an E-Card

5 How does it work? To register with, you will need to be invited by your local Community Foundation or Cost Free 3 month trial with no obligation to continue After this period, there will be a £60 annual fee, plus VAT (£12) Works out at £6 per month, which is less than £1.50 per week The free trial gives you the chance to see the benefits of fundraising on for yourself!

6 How is a donation distributed to you ? Fees: 2% for the average credit or debit card fee (1.4% + 20p) 2% to the local Community Foundation as a charitable donation 3% to as a processing fee £30 DONATION EXAMPLE WITH GIFT AID: Donation£30.00 - 2% average card fee £.62 + 25% Gift aid£ 7.50 -5% CF/LG fees£ 1.88 -= £35.00 to the Charity or Community Group

7 Online Fundraising: What it is and isn’t  Online Fundraising is NOT: Online Fundraising is: Just having a donate button on your website A set of tools to build a community of support around your organisation An easy way of getting money from people you don’t know A way of helping your current and future supporters engage with and support your work Posting a project on a site like and expecting people to find it A mechanism through which your supporters can easily and efficiently support your organisation – both with money and other kinds of non- financial support and engagement A substitute to your other fundraisingA key component of a diverse funding strategy incorporating different methods of income generation

8 How can I fundraise on social media? Direct existing supporters to donate online - Use it to announce fundraising events and campaigns - Update your Facebook Status or Tweet your link (as well as including your web address on the Information page to help drive more traffic) Maintain an interactive relationship with supporters - Keep supporters informed with regular updates and pictures - If you do not interact with followers they will lost interest! Build a network of new supporters who could potentially donate - By asking your friends to ‘donate’ their status or Retweet your message, you will reach new audiences

9 Creating an attractive page for donors Good quality images showing volunteers, staff, and/or beneficiaries Donation suggestions for supporters with examples of how they could help The causes you work with, where donors search and find you Keep your page up to date with your latest projects, events and activities Summary of your organisation with specific examples

10 Driving online traffic to your webpage The first step is to make it as easy as possible for your potential supporters to donate. The following steps require minimal effort and are free! Include your direct web address in your email signature Use the buttons - These can be inserted into your website, newsletters or email signature so the viewer sees the image and can click on to be directed to our webpage to donate. You can find these in your account under “My Promotions”.

11 Add an email signature Promote your direct web address by putting it on your marketing materials and by adding it to your email signature. The link to your webpage Your direct web address Your direct web address will always start with followed by the name (or acronym) of your For example: Supporters will be able to find your webpage quickly and easily by typing your direct web address into their internet browser, or by clicking on your link.

12 Tell your immediate network The majority of potential supporters are not going to find your page unless you show them where your webpage is.. Have your friends reach out – Word of mouth is the most powerful motivator, so encourage your loyal supporters to reach out and help you get new supporters.

13 Continuously build your supporter database Treat your database as a valuable asset! People inside your organisation People outside the organisation StaffDonors and Supporters VolunteersMembers of partner organisations and professional contacts Board MembersBeneficiaries TrusteesAnyone who has expressed an interest in the organisation Consider Data Protection Do ask for your members' permission to contact them. This should be clearly recorded on the database.

14 Email marketing Put your charity’s logo at the top of the page Personalise by addressing the newsletter to the supporter by name Add a link to your charity’s Facebook, Twitter and pages to the newsletter Include photos of your charity with the newsletter Send your supporters newsletters via email to keep them updated on your charity’s work (or ask a volunteer to help)!

15 Summary Make sure your webpage is attractive and up to date Tell your existing supporters about your webpage Engage with your current and new networks online via social media and email Incorporate online fundraising into existing methods Thank your donors to begin a long-term relationship

16 We’re here to help! If you have any questions, please contact your local Community Foundation through the Community Foundation Network Or you can contact by: Email: Telephone: 0300 111 2340 Their office hours are: 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday

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