Aim: To introduce young people to the Idea of charity and of helping others and look at ways they can help others through fundraising.
Part of the life of a SB company is fundraising which is one way of generating income usually aimed at providing a holistic and exciting range of activities for members, in safe surroundings with proper equipment.
Giving money, goods, and or time to aid, support or encourage others is an important aspect of our lives as Christians and is a topic that needs to be raised with our young people in their growth as Christians.
Many will undertake fundraising as part of their programme. For some raising money for the general funds forms a positive tradition in the life of the company, others respond to local appeals or a particular need or interest of the young people, and still others use ideas provided by the BR to stimulate interest in and support for international needs or causes.
In all these cases fundraising can be a great way to have fun, build relationships, and learn at the same time. There is a great opportunity through the planning and implementation of fundraising to stimulate thought, discussion and learning on aspects such as:
• Why fundraise for the company?
• How do I contribute to the community?
• Charities — What are they / What do they do? 2 • Different ways to give
• Why give?
• Local, Area, National and International needs
• Organisation and Planning
• Dealing with money
• Good relationships with people outside the company
Fundraising provides a vehicle for learning which can be built on right through Discover and it can also be a cross age activity for any number of young people. It is a superb mechanism for getting publicity for the company, raising awareness and generating external relationships with prospective parents and supporters.
It is also a topic that can run alongside or in support of another programme activity such as environment or citizenship, voluntary work or expedition, international community, Christian faith and so on.
In terms of the actual fundraising, they say there are no new fundraising ideas just re-packaged old ones. There are a few rules and regulations that need to be observed when fundraising which will have local and national variations, and HQ or your local Council should be able to point you in the right direction.
Particular areas to think about are:
• Ensuring the people you are raising money from know what you are fundraising for and whether it is a charity, church or other organisation (including the company).
• If you are fundraising for something specific all the money raised must be spent or given to that cause unless it is clearly stated that any surplus or a percentage is going to the general company funds say.
• Permissions for public collections for money or other goods such as clothing, bric-a-brac etc. There are rules about the receptacles being used and the age of collectors.
• Licences — under the new system licences may be required for performances.
• Safety and notification to police or others.
Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community Local and National B3
• Material relating to good causes / charities
• Table or floor space
• Flip chart and pen
• Pens or sticky shapes
• Equipment to show charity information — This could be on a display board or projector, laptop or portable DVD player
• Flip Chart and Pen
• Pens or sticky shapes
• Flip Chart and Pen
• Materials according to your fundraising activity
• Paper, pens, art equipment
• Computer access
Activity 1 - Choosing the Cause
Aim: To Increase knowledge of the range of causes that need our help and choose one to support.
1. Collect press cuttings, mail outs, newsletters, web site downloads, charity bags, charity envelopes and information on good causes (which may not necessarily be charities! including churches, schools, etc.).
2. Put all the material relating to charities loose on a fiat surface and get the young people to sort the charities / good causes into types e.g.: adult charities, children, older people, health, animals, services (such as lifeboats or hospital radio).
3. Ask them whether there are any good causes they have already helped at school, at home, at BB which are not on the table.
4. Get them to write these additional good causes on paper and add them to the grouped materials in front of them.
5. Discuss with them why they think charities exist.
6. Ask them which group they think is more important and why — debate these comments.
7. Spread out the material again and ask each young person to choose the top three causes they would like to support and list these on a flip chart. Don’t duplicate choices. Pick a few of their choices and ask why they have chosen these.
8. Using pens or sticky markers get them to vote on this list and choose the one cause they want to help.
9. Ask the young people to see if they can find out as much as they can about the cause ready for the next activity.
Tips / Advice:
• Depending on your group it may be easier to split the group, especially if it is larger into two or three smaller groups of say 4 or 5 young people when working on the material. You will then have to provide copied materials for each small group.
• You may need a month to collect a full range of charity information, especially if you want to use charity mail outs. Alternatively lots of charities now have websites and it may be easier to download information from the websites.
• Keep discussion short and punchy.
Activity 2 - Planning the Fundraising Event 1
Aim: To choose how the good cause selected will be helped and begin to plan the activity.
1. Find out what the young people learned about the good cause they chose.
2. If their investigations are limited show them what you found out and show any pictures, DVDs, or programme clips relating to the cause. The idea is to remind them how important this cause is and why it needs their help.
3. Ask the young people to brainstorm all the ways they could help this cause which could include giving time as well as fundraising activity, e.g. gardening for an older person or a sponsored run. List their ideas on a flip chart. Encourage them to be creative.
4. Get the people to vote on these ideas — Using pens or sticky shapes get them to choose their top three activities.
6. Taking the top three favourite ideas get the young people to agree what they are going to do
— three fundraising activities for this cause over the next x months.
— three fundraising activities by breaking into smaller groups and each group does one activity.
— are all three feasible or are the ideas too way out?
— Or do just one activity all together.
7. Break into smaller groups and get them to begin to think about all the things that need to be done to prepare for this activity. Get them to write them down on flip chart paper.
Tips I Advice:
• Try to find a DVD or lv clip or photos that are relevant to the cause. Even better get someone to cover the cause in the opening or talk slot on the night.
• Set up equipment early and check it works. Don't get too complicated — keep it simple.
• Lots of charities have ideas on their websites or have packs, e.g. Comic Relief and Children in Need.
• Try not to take over but get them to do as much of the planning work as possible. You are a facilitator.
Activity 3 - Planning the Fundraising Event 2
Aim: To continue the planning for the fundraising I helping activities.
• Continue with planning the fundraising activity.
• Agree the date, time, location, what equipment is needed, who is taking part, etc.
• If posters and sponsor forms are needed, get the young people to design these.
• If a letter home is needed — get the young people to write something — a postcard perhaps?
• If the rest of the group are joining in — plan how they are going to be told about the cause.
Tips / Advice:
• Consider making it an annual event.
• If you want to use an existing tradition or regular group activity for the fundraising activity, make sure o the young people involved plan it and actually want to carry on the tradition.
• Press coverage of the activity is a good way of getting positive coverage about the group and young people.
• Invite the local press to the event.
• Remember to undertake a follow up to the event thanking the people who helped, evaluating what happened, and publicising how much was raised.
• Perhaps the young people could do a piece in church about their project to support their chosen cause.
Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
A full risk assessment of the fundraising activity planned must be carried out with a leader. Make sure all the rules regarding fundraising are followed.
For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community Local and National B3