Here, we look at some of the ways you can help whatever the time of year – from climbing Kilimanjaro or hosting a bake sale to volunteering your time or sponsoring a child.
What do you want to do?
- Comic Relief
- Fundraising challenges
- Extreme fundraising
- Host an event
- Support a charity
- Charity sponsorship
If you're committed to Comic Relief, then you'll be delighted to know that they can accept donations all year round. So if you missed Red Nose Day, don't panic – you can run a fundraiser any time you like, or just make a donation. Just Google them to find out more or make a donation.
If there's a cause close to your heart, then there's no better way to make a contribution than by combining it in with a personal challenge.
There are plenty of planned events you can join, from the London Marathon to the British 10K. There's always something going on, so whether you're looking for a local event or something a bit bigger, you won't be disappointed. Keep an eye on the local press or just search the web to find fundraising events in your area.
If you're keen to support one of the bigger charities but want to stay local, you'll find that many run sponsored events across the country. Sponsored walks, runs and swims are happening all over the place all the time, and after a bit of research you'll be spoilt for choice.
You'll find that most charities will support you all the way, providing T-shirts, posters, flyers, and sponsorship forms. SOS Children is no different. Join a fundraiser for SOS Children...
How about tackling that mountain you've always meant to climb? Or doing that coast-to-coast bike ride? Epic challenges are a great way to raise money for charity – and the more extreme, the greater the fundraising potential.
At SOS Children, our supporters have a bit of history of extreme challenges, from the wacky to the awe-inspiring. In 2014, Jeremy Reed began a bike ride from the UK to Australia in support of our work, completing it in March 2015. Ben Hooper prepared to swim the Atlantic, journeying 2,000 miles from Senegal to Brazil, a feat he will attempt this November.
Once again, your charity of choice will almost always lend you their full support. Like SOS Children, many will promote your event via their social media channels or in their newsletter. If you're events a biggie, the local or even national press might be interested as well – leave no stone unturned. Find out what we do for our fundraisers...
For many people, charity begins at home. If that's you, then what better way to get into the fundraising spirit than by putting on a bake sale for your friends or organising a dress-down day at work? It's often as simple as letting people know, investing in a sturdy bucket – and paying in the proceeds at the end of the day.
If you want to run a fundraiser for SOS Children, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you everything you need to make your day a success.
Volunteering is one of the most popular ways of giving something back. It can be a great way to meet new people, pick up new skills – and really learn about the cause you support. Many charity shops rely exclusively on volunteers, so whether you're manning the tills or stocking the shelves, you can be sure you'll be making a huge difference.
At the SOS office in Cambridge, we're often looking for volunteers to lend us a hand. See our volunteers page to see the latest opportunities...
Where would any charity be without its supporters? Without a doubt, supporters are the most valuable part of any charity's work. Whether you set up a regular donation or give money as and when you are able, we can tell you from our own experience that your gift means the world.
In return for your kindness, you'll be rewarded by knowing that you're part of something bigger than yourself. Many charities will send you regular updates on their work by email or post, so you can see the difference your donation is making.
If this is how you choose to give, you might like to begin by deciding how much money you would like to give and how often. Then, think about the causes that matter to you and short-list charities that work in those areas. When you've made your decision, get in touch by phone, letter or online. Don't forget to ask about payroll giving (where you make your donation before tax).
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For most people, it's the personal connection which makes their donation worthwhile. Many choose to take this aspect further by sponsoring a specific beneficiary or group of beneficiaries - be it a person, a community, an animal, or a natural habitat. That way, they can see what their donation is achieving through their connection to a specific, tangible entity.
At SOS Children, we believe that giving a child a mother, a home, education and healthcare is the best way to ensure that they grow up healthy and happy. This is only possible thanks to our child sponsors.
If you share these aims, then you might like to consider sponsoring a child with us. You can choose from any of the 125 countries where we work (with one or two connections), and you will get twice yearly updates about your sponsored child so you can watch them grow and thrive. There are plenty of other child sponsorship charities out there, and you might like to begin with a review of the options. Our handy comparison page can help you out with that.
If you do choose us, you can take out your sponsorship online today or phone our sponsorship team on 01223 365589.
If you're not quite ready, find out more about child sponsorship now.