One of the perennial issues for fund raising managers of third sector charities is to find new and innovative ways of raising funds for the charities they work for. Attracting funding from the general public and from corporate clients has proved challenging, but TV fundraising marathons like Children in Need and Comic Relief, have shown the public commitment to supporting worthy causes has not waned and there is still a willingness to dig deep into their pockets.
People are inspired and moved by seeing care parcels, food supplies and medical supplies arrive to those in need receiving much needed help and aid. Express parcel deliveries and International shipping forms a key part in this process of delivering aid to the corners of the globe that need it. In reality, courier services are involved right from inception of the aid program.
Charities are always looking for new and innovative ways of raising funds – some of the more common ones are listed below:
- Charity dinner
- Charity dance
- Sponsored walks
- Sponsored parachute jumps
- Celebrity auctions
All of these ideas require the services of a good courier provider who can help the third sector who can help the third sector partner achieve their goals. Couriers are used to ensure that sponsorship forms arrive from the printer; invites are sent out to keynote speakers for the Charity dinners and auction items from the celebrity auctions are moved both to and from the auction, sometimes using a parcel delivery service.
Several weeks in advance advertising brochures, flyers, and posters need to be shipped to various parts of the country often at the last minute, often when the post has been collected and that important document needs to be sent, leading to a last minute flurry of activity and the need for an express service is required.
Many corporations like to show their charitable side by sponsoring events organised by charities, it is a great way for the business world to sow a little something back into society. Some companies will willingly get involved in sponsoring a sporting event whether on a national scale or a local scale. Football matches are a firm favourite where either local or national celebrities are more than willing to give their time to help raise money for a good cause.
When people are involved in raising money for charities they want to either be challenged, hence the rise in the public taking part in sponsored parachute jumps or abseiling down the local cities tallest building. Overcoming their fears as they raise money for a worthy cause completes the ‘win win’ situation. People also want to have fun and whilst dancing the night away whilst raising money for their favourite charity. Evenings spent as part of a fundraising extravaganza for example whilst having a bit of a flutter at the local racing evening can add credence to the trip to the local race track.
The thing to note is that by the time the event is on and the fundraising is under way, the unsung heroes of the back office and the support team have done their work; courier services have delivered their parcels of flyers and invites, the banners and posters they have delivered have done their job of advertising the event, all that is left to do for the charity is to sit and salute their success.