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Whether you’re into action and adventure, socialising and learning new skills or just love being creative, there are many different ways to raise funds and awareness in support of Social Bite.

If it’s challenge events you’re looking for, we have a number of Charity Places available for the following events:

Edinburgh Marathon – Sunday 24 May 2020
Edinburgh Marathon 10K – Saturday 23 May 2020
Edinburgh Marathon 5K – Saturday 23 May 2020

Scottish 10K – Sunday 20 September 2020
Scottish Half Marathon – Sunday 20 September 2020

OR you can come up with your own ideas! To help get you started, we created this A-Z of fundraising ideas.

Fundraising Ideas

If you would like to raise funds for Social Bite but still unsure what events to plan or do, we’ve pulled together a list of A-Z ideas that will help either boost funds to your existing fundraiser or provide you with new ideas! Check out our A-Z here.

Online Fundraising

Set yourself up with a fundraising page – we are listed on Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving and Facebook Fundraising. Remember to include as much information on your fundraising page as possible, including the reason for taking on the challenge so that people can really get behind you on your fundraiser. Be sure to share your page far and wide, on social media more than once! Some even add their link to their email footers.

However you choose to get the word out, encourage as much sharing as possible among friends and be creative.

Setting and Getting to Target

Setting a target is an important way to engage people with your event or fundraiser; fundraising pages with targets have been proven to raise even more than those without a target. Find a family or friend that is willing to make a generous donation to kick start your fundraising, this often helps others be more generous or sometimes even match the first donation.

If in doubt, aim high! If you’d like further advice on setting a target, get in touch.

By talking about your fundraising efforts and promoting it among friends, family and colleagues, you will be able to raise even more funds and awareness. Here are just some ideas to get the word out:

Contact your local media

If you are doing something you want to shout about, why not engage the support of your local media outlets?

  • Write a press release including information such as: When, Who, Where, What and Why
  • Include photographs along with your press release to bring your story to life
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station. Tell them you are raising money for Social Bite and mention what you are doing and how much you want to raise

Use social media

  • Use your photographs and videos to tell people how you’re raising money for Social Bite and why
  • Be sure to tag Social Bite in your social media posts so your followers can learn even more about the cause:
    Twitter: @SocialBite_
    Instagram: @social_bite
  • Link back to the Social Bite website
  • Nominate friends and colleagues to Join The Movement by tagging them in your posts

Claiming Gift Aid

Boost your fundraising target by an extra 25%. Social Bite can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you raise from the Inland Revenue at no extra cost to you or the sponsor!

Use your sponsorship form to capture gift aid from your individual sponsors at the point of receiving pledges. Once you’ve collected all of your funds, simply include your sponsorship form along with your cheque and we’ll do the rest!

Note: It’s important your sponsors know to include their first initial, full surname, house number or name, and postcode on your sponsorship form. Without it we can’t claim gift aid. We also cannot claim gift aid on the total amount, it has to be from each individual.

Doubling your efforts with Matched Giving

Some companies will match employers fundraising efforts – ask your place of work if they will consider matching what you raise for Social Bite.

Encouraging employees to sign up to Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you’re a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p.

Offline Fundraising

We’ve created this Sponsorship form to help collect any donations you receive offline. Be sure to circulate amongst your friends, family and colleagues to keep track of your pledges and donations, it’s nice to be able to thank them once your event is complete. Collect gift aid information for your sponsors so we can maximise on your fundraising even more. Once complete, please return to:

Social Bite
1 Leith Walk

Paying in to Social Bite

If you have raised funds offline, collect the funds together and post a paying in form to us along with a cheque made payable to ‘Social Bite Fund’. Please include a paying in form so we can identify your contribution and confirm safe receipt. Please post your form back to us at the address above.

If you’d prefer to pay by BACs transfer, please contact us so we can provide you with our banking details.

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