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Community fundraising: back to basics
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Well, what a task the Youth Advisory Board has on its hands!
As we all know, money makes the world go round. vinspired is an independent charity that needs money to ensure its many successful projects continue to support young people all over the country.
It does seem like a huge challenge - but as Winston Churchill once said: “out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge”. And just what has emerged as one of the solutions for vinspired? Good old fashioned community fundraising, led by none other than the Youth Advisory Board!
I’ve been working alongside vinspired’s Commercial Relations team as we explore community fundraising for the first time. And there have been many, many positive outcomes, culminating in a community fundraising strategy.
Community fundraising is going to be of vital importance to us for a number of reasons. Firstly, spreading the word about all the amazing things the charity does for young people is going to have an impact on the amount of people hearing about vinspired, which will hopefully mean increased donations and number of 14-25s accessing volunteering opportunities through our website.
Secondly, community fundraising really brings people together and offers the opportunity to connect with other individuals in your local area with similar interests and values - it’s called COMMUNITY fundraising for a reason! One of the best things about raising money is that you realise just how many people believe in supporting a good cause and want to get involved to help you. It restores your faith in people, in a way.
And finally, local fundraising brings about a real sense of accomplishment and being valued by the community. To have been faced with a problem and worked together to overcome it and see a real tangible result - it really does fill you with a sense of pride and spur you on to do other great things.
So this is the work that everyone in the Youth Advisory Board is hoping will help vinspired continue to carry out its amazing work with young people. Watch this space for more details on our project!
First posted on
9th January 2012