#GivingTuesday can be a fantastic platform to promote community engagement and generosity across the globe. There’s less than a month to go until the big day, and by now we’re sure that your campaigns are well underway and ready to be bigger and better than ever.
We’ve spoken to Kim Roberts, Senior Campaigns Officer and #GivingTuesday Project Lead at the Charities Aid Foundation, who has a wealth of fantastic tips, tricks, do’s, and don’ts that you need to know in order to be able to stand out from the ever-growing crowd, as well as some great ideas to make sure your campaign is a success, even when planning with a small budget.
How to stand out from the crowd
“There are now well over 1,600 partners signed up to #GivingTuesday, so we understand people will be worried about cutting through, but you can!
The first thing I’d say is to try and do something different, maybe take a risk. 1,000 different calls for donations from various organisations can be quite boring, so think about trying something new – #GivingTuesday is all about innovation. Working with someone else can help you stand out from the crowd – 2 heads are better than 1 and all that! One of the best ways to stand out is to not traditionally fundraise! By that I mean think about all of the other amazing things you could do on #GivingTuesday that won’t involve a straightforward ask for money (but could result in donations anyway).
You can also activate your VIPs and celebrity supporters. They’ll be waiting for you to give them opportunities and content, #GivingTuesday is a great call to action for them to get out and support you. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when planning your campaign…”
☑ Do ️:
- Have a clear goal in mind
Often the organisations who get the least out of #GivingTuesday are those who weren’t clear about what they wanted in the first place. #GivingTuesday is a vehicle for you to promote your own activity, so establish your objectives before you do anything else.
- Plan early
The more time you allow yourselves to get prepared and to develop activity and messages, the more likely you are to develop something that works.
- Team up with someone else
There are 1,600+ organisations taking part in #GivingTuesday, and loads more who want to get involved. Instead of going at it alone why don’t you think about ways that you can work with someone else, whether that be a local business, community group, or even a major donor? Lots of our charity partners utilise their corporate partnerships on the day; some team up with local businesses who donate a portion of their profits (like Dogs Trust and Radley), some secure match funding, and others utilise employee volunteering. Think about all the various people you could work with and then think about how they could help you on #GivingTuesday.
- Make the most of social media
Lots of people will be online talking about the day so don’t miss out on the conversation. Find a way to cut through the noise, because there will be a lot of it! Have a distinct message and be sure to think about posting things at a time relevant to your supporters, but also when you’ll get some exposure too. We see spikes in #GivingTuesday activity from about 11am – 3pm (GMT) if you’re based in the UK to beat the rush, as those based in North America it’s recommended to post first thing in the morning.
- Don’t just expect things to happen
#GivingTuesday isn’t a silver bullet and it doesn’t create miracles. People won’t just automatically wake up on that day and feel the need to support you. You’ve got to give them a reason. So, take it seriously and treat it like you would any other campaign.
- Don’t try and do too much
Really focus on what you want to get out of the day and find the best route to that. Less is more.
- Don’t just ask for money
People will donate even without an ask so it’s important to remember #GivingTuesday is about doing ALL sorts of good stuff, even non-monetary. Give people the opportunity to support you in a capacity that works for them whether it be a financial donation or something else.
- Don’t keep it to yourself
The #GivingTuesday team is here to help all of its partners so if you have something planned make sure you tell them. They can help you promote your message and get more people interested in what you’re up to.
Want to find out more about how we can help you raise more for your cause on #GivingTuesday? Or want to discuss ideas further? Please contact us!
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