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Five fabulous top tips to raise funds for Diversity Role Models

Monday March 2, 2015

We can help you turn wonga into workshops!

1. Click, click, donate

You can shop with the biggest online retailers, and raise funds for free. We’re signed up to two internet shopping portals: Give as you Live, and The Giving Machine. A percentage of your spending with a range of companies, from Amazon to Zavvi, comes to DRM at no extra cost to you - and there are free bonus funds too! All you need to do is register with one of the sites, select Diversity Role Models as the charity you would like to support – then click through from either website to the retailer of your choice. (Different companies donate different percentages of your total spending, so it’s worth looking out for special offers and shopping around between the two sites).

And even if you’re not shopping, you can raise funds for DRM from your desk. Everyclick.comis a search engine that lets you search the web and benefit the charity of your choice. All you need to do is select Diversity Role Models as the charity you would like to support – and then search the web using the Everyclick search engine. There's absolutely no charge to you or to us.

2. That’s SO last year

Recycle old mobile phones, and selected printer cartridges. Visit Recycle4charity.co.uk (for various HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, or Neopost inkjet cartridges), or Ink2Cash (for HP, Epson, Brother, Canon, Dell, Oki, Lexmark, Ricoh, Neopost, Xerox and Samsung inkjet cartridges, as well as some toner and laser-jet cartridges).

Just register with the relevant website and they will send you out some recycling envelopes (or if you’ve got large numbers of cartridges, they may be able to arrange a collection). Once it’s been checked, the proceeds from any equipment you recycle will be sent directly to us.

3. Find us some new friends!

Get your friends, family, and colleagues to donate regularly to DRM. Donations can be as little as £5 per month by direct debit, and can qualify for GiftAid. If they’re feeling really generous, they could become Silver donors (£500 per year) or Gold donors (£1,000 per year) – we’ll send our silver and gold donors a classy DRM pin badge, together with regular updates of what’s happening in our workshops, and invitations to our supporter events throughout the year.

Once you’ve used your powers of persuasion, new donors can sign up via the Donate page on our website – or we have paper forms which we can send out, if they would prefer to put pen to paper. All new direct debit donors who sign up before the end of March will be entered into a mystery prize draw – and who knows, maybe the winner will share!

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

4. Rattle while you work

Have a DRM collecting tin on your desk at work, and drop in all your loose change – or forgo one coffee and put £2 a week in the tin instead. And get your colleagues to drop their loose change in too. This is a fantastic way of promoting our service, as you can explain to your colleagues what we do.

Money collected in tins can qualify for GiftAid too – and we have GiftAid envelopes at the office which we can send you along with your tin.

5. Run, Forrest, run – or cycle, swim, trek, bake…

If you’re feeling energetic, why not sign up for one of our forthcoming challenges and get sponsorship to run for DRM’s benefit. Or you can cycle, swim, or trek… whatever activity takes your fancy. We have places at various major running events across the country, together with Night Rider (an all-night cycle ride in June) and two Trek Fests (endurance treks in the Brecon Beacons in June and the Peak District in September).

You can always hold a bake sale or host a dinner party for our benefit if running a kitchen is more your style. And if your employer is looking to support a charity, why not get them to hold a fundraising event for us too?

If you’re feeling ambitious, become one of our fundraising stars by entering our Grand Challenge, to raise £1,000 for DRM over the course of a year.

Contact Will Knock (will@diversityrolemodels.org) for more details about forthcoming events.

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