Yesterday (Sunday 13th November) was World Kindness Day – A day for promoting, sharing and uniting kindness around the world.
The Cambridge English Dictionary definition of kind as an adjective is to be ‘generous, helpful and thinking about others.’ Here at Donater we also think that definition is the epitome of what it is to be a donor.
Being a donor and being kind go hand in hand. Someone who chooses to give to charity is by definition generous, helpful and thinking about others.
Fundraising Ideas for World Kindness Day
Kindness and fundraising are so inter-connected that it got us thinking about how we could tie in acts of kindness to Fundraising and generate some ideas.
Auction of Kindness
If you are a locally centres good cause – Perhaps a church group, hospice or charity working in a particular community then this is a great one to get local supporters involved. Seek volunteers to offer their expertise up for auction – Here are some ideas!
- A specialty celebration cake
- A lesson in a foreign language
- A cookery class
- A guided tour of a local attraction
- The use of a privately owned swimming pool
- A personalised poem
- A flower arrangement
Reach out to your supporters and you’ll be amazed at the array of talent just waiting to be offered up! Then auction them – Either at a community event or online – And watch the bids come in! All in aid of your worthy cause.
Acts of Kindness in School
Kindness in schools is hugely important – In fact this week is Anti-Bullying Week, being kicked off with Odd Socks Day. Initiatives designed to get kindness to the top of the agenda within schools.
This is a great opportunity for the PTA to raise some much needed funds. All the children could be encouraged to carry out random acts of kindness for their fellow pupils and teachers. Here are some ideas:
- Holding a door open for others to walk through
- Noticing someone playing alone and inviting them to a game
- Comforting someone who is hurt or upset
- Sharing a toy
- Helping someone stuck with their work
- Offering friendship to a new starter
- Creating artwork for a teacher
- Good manners – Always saying please and thank you
- Offering to help someone with a job
There are too many to list! Teachers can make a list of children they notice carrying out kind acts, with names being shared on learning portals, school social media platforms and newsletters. Parents will be keen to see if their child gets a mention, and families can be encouraged to sponsor their child or make a one-off donation as a part of the fun.
Community Litter Pick
Another great one for bringing the community together! Volunteers can offer their time to come and pick up litter in a particular place – Perhaps even village wide! Prizes could be awarded for the most litter collected at the end of the morning, and sponsorships could be given to those doing the litter picking.
For those that are unable to join in with the actual litter-picking, they could be offered easy ways of making a monetary donation to your good cause, perhaps via a QR code or online fundraising page.
Help a Neighbour
Have you noticed a neighbour that could do with a bit of a hand? Perhaps they’ve suddenly got their leg in a cast and it’s an effort to take their dog out – You could offer to walk their dog each day in return for a donation to your chosen charity or good cause!
Here are some more neighbourly acts of kindness – But remember to always ask permission first!
- Mow the lawn
- Weed the flowerbeds / water the flowers
- Wash their car
- Collect some shopping
Random Acts of Kindness Family Challenge
Acts of kindness are a brilliant way to get the whole family involved, and teach young children how valuable it is to help other people and be kind.
Encourage your supporters to keep a track of all the random acts of kindness they do during a particular month, asking friends and family to support their efforts with donations!
From picking up an elderly neighbour’s shopping, to buying the person behind you in the queue a coffee. There are so many small, simple acts of kindness you can do to show others you care.
The best thing is that kindness can be contagious – If a family shares on their social media platforms all the random acts of kindness they’re carrying out, not only will they likely receive donations but they could also inspire others to make an effort to be kind.
Raise Money for a Good Cause
Any type of fundraising and donation is an act of kindness in itself! There are so many worthy causes and charities that are desperate for donations. This time of year people do tend to turn their thoughts to those less fortunate and who might need a bit of help.
This is a fantastic opportunity for charities and not-for-profit organisations to encourage acts of kindness as a part of their fundraising efforts and raise vital funds for their worthy causes.
If you would like to see how Donater could help you fundraise faster with digital fundraising technology that’s quick and easy to implement, then get in touch with us today!