We understand that finding the time to fundraise as well as train for your challenge can be difficult, so here are some helpful hints to get you on your way. The handbook you receive after your team has registered will have loads more ideas, as well as details on how to set up your online giving page - the easiest way to spread the word about the challenge you are undertaking and enlist the support of your friends, family, colleagues and business associates.
The fundraising target has been set at £1,500 per team. We know this might seem ambitious, but if you work together and make a fundraising plan, you’ll definitely get there!
The sky’s the limit – we always have teams who surpass £1,500 by a long shot! And if knowing that what you raise will all go towards changing somebody’s life isn’t motivation enough, then perhaps the Taylor Wimpey Challenge 2017 Prize and a place in our Hall of Fame will get you on your way!
Teams can once again choose to give all of the funds they raise to the Youth Adventure Trust OR you are welcome to nominate a local charity to split your fundraising with 50:50.
Any offline cheques should be made payable to "Taylor Wimpey Charity Account"
All hands on deck!
Your event team may only consist of up to 6 members, but we don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t recruit a few helping hands to co-ordinate and organise the fundraising side of the challenge – the more the merrier! This role is likely to appeal to those who would like to be involved in the event, but do not wish to attempt the physical side of the challenge, allowing those who are participating to concentrate their efforts on planning and training.
What's your Business Unit like?
Fundraising is more of an art than a science! Activities that achieve good results in one BU may fall a bit flat in another, so as part of your planning process we suggest that you look at the activities within your BU that are generally well supported - cake sales, auctions, car washing, dress down days, talent shows - do whatever is going to work for you. But remember, the easiest way to rasie money is to ask for it!
Set up your online giving page
An online giving page is the easiest and most efficient way to raise money. It gives you a chance to tell your story and keeps the admin down, giving you more time to do all of the other things you need to do to prepare for the event. We recommend that teams in the Taylor Wimpey Challenge use Virgin Money Giving - it's one of the cheaper sites, is run as a not for profit organisation and it makes our reporting much easier! The handbook we send you will include links to the event page on Virgin Money Giving and give you a step by step guide on how to set your team page up.
Spread the word!
This year's challenge promises to be bigger and better than any of the other Taylor Wimpey Challenges that you or your colleagues may have taken part in previously. Make sure you tell people what you are doing and why you are doing it - they will want to support you!!
We have got lots of resources that will help you with your fundraising, including videos about our work, photos and case studies. We can send you collection oxes, help you design posters or even draft letters and emails for you to personalise and send. Once you have registered, we will be in touch to introduce ourselves and see what you need us to do to help.
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