Top fundraising tips
Did you know that Battersea Dogs & Cats Home relies entirely on donations to care for the thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted animals who arrive at our gates every year?
By raising money to take part in the Muddy Dog Challenge, you’ll help us continue to be here to give them the love and care they need to find their forever home.
Whether you’re a regular or first-time fundraiser, we will be with you all the way. Get inspired and check out our top fundraising tips below to help you smash your £100 target.
Online giving pages
The easiest way to kick-start your fundraising is to set up an online giving page and share it with your friends, family and colleagues.
Use the links below to set up your JustGiving page today:
Where will the money I raise go?
The money you raise by taking part in the Muddy Dog Challenge will go towards the running of the Home and the care of our dogs and cats.
Why not share these facts with your donors and on your JustGiving page to encourage more donations?
could pay for a dog kennel for one day
could pay for a dog enrichment package for one day
could pay for a cat rescue package for one cat
could pay for a dog rescue package for one dog
And some extra motivation...
If all of our Muddy Dog Challenge 2018 participants raised £134, this could pay for the care of all our dogs and all our cats for two whole months.
Top tips for your online giving page
Tell your story
Use the ‘Story’ section on your page to tell people why you’ve decided to take part in the Muddy Dog Challenge and raise money for Battersea. Don’t be afraid to be creative - you could write your story as if it were coming from your dog! A different perspective may encourage more donations.
Add a photo
Bring your page to life by uploading a profile picture. If your canine pal is also taking part, why not use a photo of the two of you? Once you’ve completed the event, you can add a photo with your medal and rosette looking proud (and a little muddy!) to help boost donations.
Set yourself a target
Pages with a fundraising target raise on average 45% more than those without. Decide on how much you want to raise (the minimum for this event is £100), set the target on your page and if you smash it before the event day, you can always increase it.
Share, share and share some more!
Be sure to share your page with your friends, family and colleagues on social media, WhatsApp, and email. Send it round again on pay day to remind people to donate – it’s an easy way to boost your fundraising.
Download a sponsorship form
If you prefer the old-school way, you can download and print a sponsorship form below.
If your donors are UK taxpayers, ensure they complete the form in full (including ticking the Gift Aid box). For every pound donated, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home can claim an extra 25p in Gift Aid.
Get the help of your workmates
Telling people at work about your fundraising is a really good way to reach lots of people.
Start by sending round your sponsorship form, sharing your JustGiving page and editing your email signature with a link to your page.
There are lots of ways to boost your fundraising total at work.
Host a bake sale, set up a sweepstake or organise a pub quiz to raise money, and have fun at the same time. Arrange a dress-down day with your manager and charge people a pound or two to take part. Or, if your manager is feeling generous, suggest raffling off a day of annual leave!
You can also find out if your workplace has a Matched Giving Scheme, where they will match what you raise and send a donation of that amount to Battersea.
Please let us know if your workplace is going to match your sponsorship so we can ensure it is allocated to your fundraising total.
Sending your money in
There are several options for you to choose from in order to send in your sponsorship money.
If you have collected cash donations then you can pay them into your bank account and make a payment of that amount on your JustGiving page. This will then come to us automatically.
If you would like to send a cheque, please make it out to ‘Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’ and send it to 4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA. Please include a money return form.
If you would prefer to make an online bank transfer, please contact the team using the link below and we will provide our bank details as well as a unique reference to use.
You can also make a card payment by either completing a money return form with your card details or calling our Supporter Services Team on 020 7627 7883 to make payment.
Thank you so much for your support, and happy fundraising!