January has arrived and as we think about the beginning of a new year, naturally our thoughts turn to what we would like this year to look like for us. What habits do we want to leave behind, what new routines do we want to introduce. It’s the traditional time of year for making resolutions and setting intentions.
The great thing about many of the things we want to quit or start is what a great fundraising opportunity they make! Not only will you be keeping to your New Years Resolutions, you’ll also be helping others at the same time by gaining sponsorships and donations. We all struggle a bit to keep the momentum going so knowing that sticking with the new routines means the donations keep coming in is that extra bit of motivation you might need.
So add a bit of accountability and incentive to your New Years Resolutions this January and turn your intentions into fundraisers.
Here are some of our favourite ideas to get you started!
Turn These Top 5 New Year Resolutions Into Fundraising Ideas
Walk / Jog / Run
So many people start the New Year with the intention of going for a run. But it can get a bit tedious quite quickly! That’s where a bit of fundraising comes in. Ask your friends and family to sponsor your efforts to keep going for a set time period – Perhaps at least one more month!
Will you be doing dry January? After the excess of Christmas, this is another really popular New Year Resolution – Giving up alcohol for January. Perhaps you’re finding it a bit tougher than expected or maybe you’ve found it surprisingly straightforward! Either way, why not encourage your friends and colleagues to sponsor you to keep going. You could even share your newly found soft drink recipes to inspire others to join you!
Whilst we’re on the subject of quitting, one of the top ten New Year Resolutions is to stop smoking. It’s a big one – And one that your friends, family and even colleagues are likely to get behind you on. So why not get them to really incentivise you to stop by asking for sponsorship money for every week you manage to stay off the cigarettes? This would also work well if you wanted to cut down on the vaping.
Many people want to start the year feeling a bit healthier after the feasts of the festive period – A fortnight of constant eating and drinking can make you feel a bit sluggish! If you can feel the call of a takeaway then switch it up – Encourage sponsorships for your efforts to keep on the health kick and share your favourite healthy recipes on social media. Plus, the money you save on takeaway food could even be donated to your chosen cause.
It’s so important to find some work-life balance – And a new hobby is a great way of doing that! There are literally limitless possibilities – Perhaps it’ll be painting, or gardening, a new exercise class like yoga or sewing. These types of New Year Resolution are easy to track progress on which makes it a great opportunity to share with friends, family and followers to encourage donations! Plus, if it’s a creative pursuit you could even try and sell some of what you make with the proceeds going to your charity.
Top Tip for Making Your New Years Resolutions and Fundraisers a Success
OUR TOP TIP: Make it measurable. Don’t just say ‘Oh I’ll go on more walks’ – Specify which days of the week you’re going to commit to walking or how many times per week you plan to go. This goes for any of the above – Make it quantifiable and set yourself clear targets to work towards – That way it’s easier to stay accountable and share your success!
Will 2024 be the year you take your fundraising online? If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to take the plunge.
The past few years have highlighted the need for resilience and innovative thinking in tough situations – Including charities and good causes. Online tools have been a lifeline for all sorts of businesses and charitable organisations, not just during Covid but in the months and years that have followed.
There are many online fundraising tools at your disposal. To learn more about how Donater’s suite of online fundraising tools could help your charity to boost donations, get in touch with us today.
You can also find plenty of online fundraising ideas over on our blog!