The best fundraising ideas are SIMPLE and FUN. Keeping it simple will make it easy to plan and making it something you enjoy will keep you smiling throughout it. Some ideas could be collecting donations at your next celebration, a birthday, wedding, or anniversary (of anything!) maybe. Stalls like bake sales or BBQs are always a hit at your school or workplace. Or how about hosting a movie night for friends in your living room?
Over summer the Amnesty International Auckland office held a fundraiser in our staff room, selling ice-creams to our staff and to other people in the organisations who work around us. Everyone bought some cash and in return they got a cone of their favourite ice-cream flavour with extra chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Ice-cream for human rights? Yes please!
If you're up for a challenge perhaps you would rather set yourself something big to undertake. The challenge will be personal to you something you've always wanted to do or could never imagine doing. Either way it will be something friends and family will be willing to sponsor you to do. You could face your fears with a bungee jump or skydive or low-key is more your thing you could challenge yourself to bike everywhere instead of driving for a month. Another idea is to undertake a challenging trek like Jay...
Kiwi expat Jay Chapman embarked on a 1,000km journey to raise funds for Amnesty International through Givealittle. Looking for a challenge and a way to contribute to humanity, he decided that walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain would be his next adventure.
"Yes it's a dramatic landscape, but the point of the Camino is resourcefulness and resilience, both physical and mental. It's a pilgrimage that forces us to think about what's important in life - what we want to leave behind and what we want to put in front of us. If I can fundraise for a great cause at the same time, and bring attention to human rights issues happening in Aotearoa and abroad, then that's something I'm keen to do."
You could also draw on the talents and skills you already have. Last year a Kiwi artist painted some beautiful pieces of art, sold them on Trademe and donated the proceeds. One of our local groups even sold hand-made birdhouses at a local market.The sky is the limit!
Once you have decided your idea, head over to www.amnesty.org.nz/register-fundraise to register your fundraiser. We can't wait to hear all about it.