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Organise your own fundraising event

Advice and information on organising your own fundraising event to raise funds for people affected by Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Whether you’re looking for event inspiration or the know-how to get your event underway, the Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) has everything to make your fundraiser a big success!

Here we’ve provided a helpful guide packed with ideas, tips and recommendations on how to organise your own fundraising event for the TSA.

To talk about your idea more, contact the fundraising team on fundraising@tuberous-sclerosis.org or 0300 222 5737.

Register your fundraising with the TSA.

Thank you for planning your own fundraising activity for the TSA. Please let us know what you have planned so we can support you to promote your hard work and help maximise the funds raised! Please fill in this form with as much details as you can and we will be in touch!

REGISTER YOUR FUNDRAISING

Need some help planning your event or activity?

Below are some tips to get you started!

In a word: Anything! In the past our incredible fundraisers have done everything, from climbing Kilimanjaro to sponsored knitathons. There isn’t an activity out there that can’t be turned into a fundraising event, but here’s some ideas to get you started:

Do something active

If you like to keep fit, or fancy giving it a go, how about organising an obstacle run, personal fitness challenge or even a group exercise event to fundraise for the TSA?

Be the host with the most

Be it a coffee morning, afternoon tea, black-tie dinner or bakeathon, invitation to food and drink fundraisers are always enticing.

Channel your inner-X-Factor

Know a great musician? Or can you dance with the best of them? Variety shows can be a great way to get people together and raise funds for people living with TSC. You might be surprised at the hidden talents those around you hold!

Give it up

  • Enjoy a tipple or have a sweet-tooth? You could give a vice up for a set time period and get others to sponsor you for your willpower, helping you to improve your own health whilst also supporting the TSC community!
  • You could give up presents or other gifts from a special event – such as a birthday or anniversary – and instead ask loved ones to donate to the TSA

Keep it simple

Think brilliant old-school fundraising – raffles, dress-down days, car boot sales… the old methods are sometimes the best!

Go all out

You could do something completely unique or out there – break a world record, do a challenge every month, create a weird and wonderful event… the list is endless!

Thinking about the date

  • Choose a date that’s best for the people you want to invite. Remember to give yourself enough time to organise everything
  • Find out what else is happening that day. Try not to clash with a big event, such as a major football match or local gathering
  • The best venue could be practically anywhere depending on the type of event you want to host – Your house, a community centre, hotel or local pub could be a good option

Thinking about the budget

  • Is there a cost to hire the venue? Consider whether you will raise enough money on the day to justify the cost
  • Don’t forget to tell the venue it’s for charity – you might get a reduced rate. If you require a letter from us to confirm you are fundraising for the TSA, please get in touch

Thinking about practicalities

  • Will the venue be too small or big?
  • Does the venue have the relevant licences and health and safety policies?
  • Will you be able to organise everything yourself, or will you need some help from the venue too?

Tell us about your fundraising plans

The TSA’s fundraising team is here to help and would love to send you fundraising materials to help make your event the best it can be.

Invite, invite, invite!

  • Often, the three magic words are: Invite, invite, invite!
  • Depending on your event, it is usually a case of the more the merrier! Think about your wider circle – work colleagues, friends of friends, neighbours

Give plenty of notice

Remember to tell people of the day, time and general plan for the event in good time, with gentle reminders in the lead-up to the day.

Spread the word

Spread the word – get in touch with local newspapers, bloggers, websites and organisations.

The power of social media

Remember the power of social media – put up a page to discuss your event, or tell the TSA so we can let people know about your fabulous plan!

Think ahead

Think about all possible scenarios and you’ll be ready to enjoy your event – what if something doesn’t come in time, what if it rains, what if someone drops out?

Equipment

What do you need to buy – could you borrow it from someone (or a company) instead?

Helpers

Do you need helpers? Remember to ask people in plenty of time before the event!

Checklist

Have an ‘on the day checklist’ so you don’t forget anything!

This is such a key question that can sometimes be overlooked in the excitement of organising a great event!

Remember to set a target for your donations. On average, people who set a target raise 40% more than they had hoped. Remember to also keep going with fundraising after the event – around 20% of donations come in for events after the event itself has taken place.

Check our Pay in your fundraising page for more information, but options can include:

  • Online fundraising platforms such as with JustGiving
  • Sponsorship forms, sending funds then to the TSA via cheque or bank transfer
  • Social media – Facebook can often be a great way to fundraise

What kind of things can I do for my fundraising event?

In a word: Anything! In the past our incredible fundraisers have done everything, from climbing Kilimanjaro to sponsored knitathons.

There isn’t an activity out there that can’t be turned into a fundraising event, but here’s some ideas to get you started:

If you like to keep fit, or fancy giving it a go, how about organising an obstacle run, personal fitness challenge or even a group exercise event to fundraise for the TSA?

Be it a coffee morning, afternoon tea, black-tie dinner or bakeathon, invitation to food and drink fundraisers are always enticing.

Know a great musician? Or can you dance with the best of them? Variety shows can be a great way to get people together and raise funds for people living with TSC. You might be surprised at the hidden talents those around you hold!

Enjoy a tipple or have a sweet-tooth? You could give a vice up for a set time period and get others to sponsor you for your willpower, helping you to improve your own health whilst also supporting the TSC community!

Another popular option is to give up presents or other gifts from a special event – such as a birthday or anniversary – and instead ask loved ones to donate to the TSA.

Think brilliant old-school fundraising – raffles, dress-down days, car boot sales… the old methods are sometimes the best!

You could do something completely unique or out there – break a world record, do a challenge every month, create a weird and wonderful event… the list is endless!

Want some help or advice with organising your own fundraising event? No problem – our friendly fundraising team is here for you! Send us an email (fundraising@tuberous-sclerosis.org) or telephone 0300 222 5737

Make a one off or regular  donation

£10 Means that we can send a support pack to a family who has just received a life-changing TSC diagnosis, ensuring that they do not go through this time alone.

£25 Can help us develop materials that are included in our support services, flagship events or campaigns.

£50 Can provide laboratory equipment for a day’s research into the causes, symptoms, management or treatment of TSC.

To provide help for today and a cure for tomorrow.