Run An Internet Fundraising Page

Introduction

You can help save animals from suffering by helping animal charities and rescues fund raise online.

Most animal rescues and charities have social media pages with supporters on them. If the charity or rescue already has an internet fundraising page, you could offer to help manage it, as they often need volunteers. If they do not already have a fundraising page, you could set one up and run it.

Internet fundraising pages and groups are especially helpful to small animal charities and rescues that do not have the fundraising power of well known organisations.

On this page you will find many different ideas of online fundraising events to run. By trying the different events, you will get to know which events your supporters prefer and respond best to.

Popular fundraising events include 50/50 draws (50% of the money goes to the rescue, 50% to the winner), and online animal charity auctions and sales.

The auctions and sales are a fantastic place to buy gifts for friends and family, and it’s a great feeling knowing your money has gone to such a good cause, rather than wealthy bosses of retail chains.

If you would like to browse current online animal charity auctions and buy-it-now sales, see here.

You may also be interested in this page, where you can find many online animal charity merchandise shops.

If you want to run online fundraising events that offer monetary prizes you may be required to either keep within The UK Gambling Commission rules, or purchase a gambling licence.

Image: Raise funds for animal charities and rescues by running an auction on social media, or use one of the other online fundraising ideas on this page.

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Avoid Leaving Yourself Open To Accusations Of Fraud

To avoid your integrity being called into question when internet fundraising, it is vital to be transparent.

Always display proof of the funds having been received and also proof of transferring them to the animal rescue organisations.

It is also important to notify the organisations you are fundraising for that you are fundraising for them in advance.

These measures protect you from accusations of dishonesty that may be made if you do not do this, especially because new fundraisers are viewed with suspicion. This is understandable, because sadly, there are unscrupulous scammers about.

Sadly, there are always people who will accuse others of scamming, without any proof. Sometimes it is malicious and other times it is because some people are paranoid. But if you are always transparent, then such rumours should be disregarded by your supporters.

Image: Don’t leave yourself open to accusations of fraud when fundraising to help animals. Source

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The money can be sent straight to the rescue by purchasers, or to the admin of the fundraising group.  If sent to admin, to protect themselves from accusations of theft and fraud, they MUST be absolutely transparent about the money they receive and where they send it. They must post all transactions in the group showing proof of every penny they have received, and passed on to the animal rescue.

Any new fundraisers may be treated with suspicion, which is understandable, as some unscrupulous people have been known to defraud supporters. Fundraisers earn trust and support as they go along, by doing everything properly.

Offer To Help Run Existing Internet Fundraising Page/Group

Animal charities and rescues are very often in need of trustworthy and reliable volunteers to help run their fundraising activities, including online.

Animal rescues may need volunteers to run online fundraising events on their websites, or social media pages. Volunteers helping to run Facebook groups are often called “Admin”.

The good thing about helping with an existing fundraising group is that they are already established and trusted, and already have supporters. Gaining supporters is often the most difficult part for a newly created fundraising group.

Contact the animal rescue or charity you would like to volunteer to do online fundraising auctions for, and ask if they would like help with their online fundraising activities.

Image: Help animal charities and rescues by running online fundraising activities for them. Source

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You can find many animal rescues and charities publicising their fundraisers in this Facebook group. Many of these are often in need of trustworthy and reliable people to join their admin team. Contact them on Facebook to offer your help.

Image: You can help any kind of animal charity or rescue you like by running an internet fundraising group for them. Source

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How To Set Up A Fundraising Group on Facebook

If the animal rescue or charity does not already have a social media fundraising page or group, you may want to offer to run one for them on Facebook.

If You Already Have A Facebook Account:

  • “Groups” are better to use for animal rescues, charity auctions, and buy-it-now sales, than “Pages”. 
  • Whether you create a group or page, you firstly name it (e.g. Auction & Buy-It-Now Sale For Save A Life Animal Rescue).
  • With a group, you can add people that you have on your friends list. You may need to gain more friends that are interested in helping the rescue you are fundraising for. Make sure your profile/timeline makes your passion for helping animals obvious, so like minded people will want to accept your friend requests. You may want to friend request people you find in the Facebook page or group that the animal charity or rescue already has.
  • Once added from your friends list to the group, people have a choice to remove themselves at any time. People who choose to remain part of the group can receive notifications letting them know when you post in your group.
  • With a page, you cannot add people, but you can invite them to click the “Like” icon on your page, in order to receive notifications of when you post on it.
  • It is important that in the “Description” or “About” section of your group or page, you clearly state what the group or page is for.
  • You should also put this information in a “Pinned Post” at the top of your group. To do this, you write a post normally, then select the down arrow at the top right corner of the post and select “Pin Post”. This keeps the post from moving down the page like the other posts do. You can only have one pinned post at a time.

See here for how to create a Facebook Group.

If you prefer, or in addition, you can create Facebook page.

Image: Fund raise on social media sites such as Facebook to help animal rescues and charities Image Source

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If You Do Not Already Have A Facebook Account:

You need to have a Facebook account in order to set up a group or page.

  • You need to register for a Facebook account using your own name. You will be given a “Profile”, also called a “Timeline”.
  • Use your profile/timeline to post about animal cruelty and how people can help stop it (feel welcome to share the information on this site). Also, where your profile/timeline allows you to write information about yourself, write about how you want to help animals. Set your information to “Public”. Other like-minded people will then be able to see this information when you friend request them (see below).
  • You will need “friends” on your Profile or Timeline, so you can add them to your internet fundraising group when you create it. People in your friends list can see the posts you publish on your profile/timeline.
  • You will receive friend requests from people, which you can accept or not. You can also make friend requests to other people that you would like to have on your friends list. This is done by entering names of people you know into the search bar on your profile.
  • You can also find friends by joining mutual interest groups, clicking on the names of people, and sending a friend request to them. Joining the Facebook page or group of the rescue you want to fund raise for, and making friends through that, is a good idea. You can also ask the “Admin” (the people who manage the animal rescue’s facebook group or page) if they can add their friends to your fundraising page or group, if they are supporters of the rescue.

Here is how to create a Profile/Timeline

Image: Save animals lives by raising money to help animals through Facebook. Source

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Creating An Album For Prizes Or Auction/Sale Items:

If you set up a group, you, as admin, can create an album.

The admin creates an album by going to the “Photos” section of the group, then selecting “Albums”, and “Create Album”.

The Album may be to show prizes for an event such as a draw or scratchcard, or it may be showing auction or sale items. In the title it should say what kind of event it is, who it is in aid of, and give the time and date it ends.  There is also a space to add a description, as it may not all fit in the title.

If it is an auction or sale item album, the admin adds all the photos and descriptions of the donated items to the album. If it is an auction, a start price should be stated, and if it is a sale, a buy-it-now price should be given. Postage costs for each item should be included, and where to send payment.

The admin then posts a link to the album on the main page of the group, asking people to go to it and bid on, or buy, the items, or buy the items in the album, by commenting underneath them.

To be able to comment to bid on or buy an item, a person must have joined the group first, which can be done on the main page of the group. The admin should explain this in the album description, and put a link to the main page of the group, so people can join. The rules of the auction should also be stated in the album.

Image: An example of items in an auction album.

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Acquiring Prizes For Fundraising Ideas

You will need prizes for many of these internet fundraising ideas. You may find you have new or unused items yourself that you can use as prizes.

You can also acquire them by appealing on your internet fundraising page or group for people to donate them. Also appeal on the Facebook page or group of the animal rescue you will be supporting with your event. Ask people to have a clear out, donate unwanted gifts and items in good condition that they do not want, so they can be turned into money to help stop animal suffering.

Another avenue is to approach local or online businesses for prizes, especially if they have an interest in protecting animals – those who are against animal testing, for example, or are animal rescue supporters.

Checking in local animal charity shops for items that look new is a great idea, because then they will have helped raise money to help animals twice.

If you know any talented artists who would like to help raise money to help animals, they could offer portraits, and any keen bakers could offer tray baked goodies, etc. Business owners that support the animal rescue may have prizes they could offer, such as holidays if they own a B&B, or a free hair-do or beauty treatment if they own a hairdressers or beauty salon, for example. The only problem is that with some of these prizes, only people living in a certain area will be able use them.

The entry fee for many fund raising activities on this page is usually around £1. However, the higher the monetary worth of the prize, the higher the entry price can be, if there are only a low number of entrants and so the chance of winning is quite high.

The prize must be worth significantly more than the cost of entering, in order to get people interested. The lower the odds of winning, the better the prize should be to get people interested.

Ideally, your prizes should also appeal to as wide a range of people as possible. Anything edible should be at least vegetarian, (so watch out for gelatine), and if possible, vegan.

Prizes usually have to be posted in the mail, so making sure they are not too large and heavy means they will be less expensive to post, as the postage cost of the prizes is usually taken out of what money has been raised.

Alternatively, the prize for your event could be money, like with the Bonus Ball or 50/50 events.

Image: Treats like this vegan homemade Rocky Road cake are usually popular in online fundraisers, as are homemade pet treats. Source

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Online Auction Or Buy It Now Sale

To find things for your sale or auction, you can have a clear out at home and sell anything unused or lightly used and in good condition. If you are a crafty type of person, you could also try making things to sell. If you are any good at baking, biscuits and confectionery are good sellers. You can bake pet treats too. You can also appeal to other people in your community and on your group page to donate items to the auction or sale. Also appeal to supporters of the animal rescue you want to raise money for.

If you have items you would like to donate to existing animal rescue online auctions and sales, or you would like to buy from them to help animals, you can find a variety of them in this Facebook group.

You may also be interested in this page.

Image: Raise money to help animals through an internet fundraising group or page.

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The Best Way To Run An Online Auction:

Having taken part in many animal rescue auctions and sales (being an admin, a buyer and a donator), a good way I have found them to be run is the following way:

Getting Items Donated And Gaining Supporters:

The person running the auction or sale, called the “Admin”, needs supporters to take part in the event, and needs plenty of items donated to it.  Supporters and item donors can be found by publicising the event on Facebook pages or groups related to the particular animal rescue the event is raising money for. These can be found by entering the name of the animal rescue in the search bar on Facebook.

Supporters of the animal charity or rescue can use Facebook Messenger (also called inbox, private messages – PMs, or direct messages – DMs) to send a photograph and description of the item(s) they’d like to donate, to the admin of the event.

Item Photos And Descriptions:

Photographs should be clear and descriptions should state what the item is, sizes or measurements, and colours (because photos can sometimes make colours look different on different devices). As an alternative to stating measurements, an object such as an easily recognisable coin can be placed along side the item when it is photographed, so people can make a size comparison.

Depending on what kind of event the admin want to run, donated items can be new, unused, or used but in good condition. Hand made items are also always welcomed, and baked items are always good sellers. As many animal rescue supporters are vegan and vegetarian, these are especially popular if they can be made vegan as well. Items should be small enough to send through the mail at a reasonable price. Depending on who is running the auction or sale, some admins only want new/unused/handmade items, but others want second hand items in good condition too. Sometimes admins may want to run themed auctions or sales, but general auctions and sales have all sorts of items in them, not just items related to pets.

Pricing Items:

To encourage bids in auctions, the start bid price of an item, plus the postage cost the winner will have to pay, should not be more than the item is worth.

For example, if an item that is worth £3, and costs £1 to post, the start bid price should not be higher than £2, because with the £1 postage price the winner will have to pay, that adds up to what the item is worth.

Any items that are worth less than what the winner has to pay for the item, plus p&p, would be better put in a bundle of other items, so that the the bundle of items is worth more than the price + p&p.The same can be applied in buy-it-now sales.

There are many creative people in the animal rescue supporters community, who will be willing to donate their hand crafted items to fundraising auctions, sales and craft fairs.

Creating An Auction Or Sale Album:

The admin creates an album by going to the “Photos” section of the group, then selecting “Albums”, and “Create Album”.  The album title should state the time and date the auction or sale starts and ends. The admin then adds all the photos and descriptions of the donated items to the album, stating a start price or fixed price, plus postage cost for each item, and where to send payment.

The admin then posts a link to the album on the main page of the group, asking people to go to it and bid on, or buy, the items, or buy them, by commenting underneath them.

To be able to comment to bid on or buy an item, a person must have joined the group first, which can be done on the main page of the group. The admin should explain that in the album, and put a link to the main page of the group, so people can join. The rules of the auction should also be stated in the album.

Only people registered on Facebook will be able to take part.

Image: On the main page of the group, that is also called the “Discussion” you can select the green “Join Group” button to request to join so you can bid on items or buy them. Source

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The Advantages Of An Auction Or Sale Album:

Having all the items in an album rather than just posted on the main page of the group means that bidders or buyers can see all the items together quickly and easily, without having to scroll down through post after post on the main page of the group. People often get tired of doing that, as there is sometimes over 100 items on auctions and sales! Another good point to having items in an album is that bidders can clearly see when the auction or sale starts and ends. All the information is in one place. certainly from a bidders point of view, albums are best.

Image: A fundraising animal rescue auction album on Facebook looks like this. Many more items are in it than are shown in the picture. Source

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Length Of Auction Or Sale:

The length of the auction is up to the admin, but it should be clearly stated so that people know how long they have to take part.

Auctions and sales can run anywhere from a few days to a month, and some are rolling auctions, where each item starts and ends at a different time. Whatever the rules, they should be clearly stated in the album.

Once an auction or sale has ended, the album title should be edited so it clearly states “Closed”, or “Ended”.

Image: When the fundraising animal rescue auction has ended, it should clearly state it, as seen below. Source

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Contacting Winning Bidders/Buyers:

Please see this section of the page.

Payment And Sending Out Of Items:

The item is sent out by the donator once payment is received. The postal address also needs to have been obtained from the winning bidder or purchaser.

In some auctions and sales, the winning bidder pays the item cost to the auction, and the postage cost to the donator of the item. Other times, it all goes to the auction, and they send the postage costs to the donator of the item. Sometimes the item donor donates the cost of the postage to the auction or sale, and pays for postage themselves.

Paypal payment is usually asked for, using the “Friends and Family”, or “Personal”, option in it, so that PayPal fees are not charged.

Buy-it-now sales are done the same, but the items have fixed prices, so instead of the highest bidder winning the item, it is first come, first served.

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Different Methods Are Used In Different Groups:

Not every animal rescue auction and buy-it-now sale uses the method above, and it is strongly advised to read the rules of each auction / buy it now sale before taking part. The rules can usually be found either in the album itself (if an album has been created), the “Files” section of the group, the “About” section, or in the Pinned Post at the top of the group itself.

Publicity:

For how to advertise your event, see here.

Run Auctions And Sales For Different Animal Rescues:

You can run an auction or sale for just a specific animal rescue, or you can run one for a different animal rescue every time.

Below are two Facebook auction groups that do this:

Facebook Animal Rescue Auction Group

Fundraising For A Different Animal Rescue Each Month Auction

Animal rescue groups apply to these groups in the hope that they will run an auction or sale for them. There is often a waiting list of animal rescues waiting for their turn to receive the proceeds.

Image: Facebook auction donating proceeds to different animal rescue each time. Source

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The 'Grow Your Money' Challenge

This way of internet fundraising is where people all pledge a certain amount of their own money at the same time, for example £5, that they would be willing to invest, to try to make it grow into a bigger amount to give to an animal rescue or charity.

Within a time limit, they can chose to do whatever their imagination comes up with to grow that £5 into as much money as they can.

They might use their £5 to buy ingredients and bake cakes to sell, they may buy craft materials to make things to sell, they may pay for a car boot sale stall, they may buy some cheap items and auction or sell them for a profit, they may buy cleaning materials and offer to clean for people, they may have a coffee morning and invite friends – there are any number of ideas people could come up with (you can get fundraising ideas from this page).

Small prizes can be given for the people who have grown their initial £5 most if you wish, but people often take up the challenge whether there are prizes or not, because making more money for animal rescues or charities is the aim. Any money above the initial £5 that each entrant invested,  goes to the animal rescue or charity everyone was taking part in aid of.

Image: Grow your charity donation to help animals with this fundraising event. 

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Online Bonus Ball Lottery

To play this, people pay to buy numbers between 1 and 49 and the bonus ball number that comes out in the UK National Lottery is the winning number. A portion of the takings are typically the prize given to the winner, and the remaining funds go to the animal rescue or charity.  Alternatively, you could offer a prize other than cash, although cash is often most popular.

If the winning number was not sold, it can be made a roll-over, where the funds are added to the next bonus ball event, making the prize fund bigger. If you would rather a winning number was chosen, a random number generator such as this one can generate numbers until it lands on one that has been sold. The winners are then announced and awarded their prize.

Image: Raise money to help animal rescues by running, or taking part, in a bonus ball fundraiser

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Online Prize Draw Or Raffle

With a raffle or draw people pay to be allocated a number, and then a random number generator such as this one is used to choose the winning number or numbers. The winner or winners are announced and their prize is delivered to their homes.

The cost of postage of prizes comes out of the total raised by the raffle or draw, so having prizes that are cheap to post is a good idea.

Image: Raise money for animal rescues and charities with an online prize draw or raffle

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Scratch Cards

You can buy fundraising scratch cards from places like eBay for approximately £3 for ten scratch cards. When they are used as a fundraising event online, people chose a number and pay for it, and their name is written in the square. When all the numbers are sold, the winning numner is revealed by the foil panel being scratched off. A video should be made of this happening and that should be published wherever online you are holding the event. The winner then gets the prize they have won sent to their home.

Image: Raise money for animal rescues and charities with an online Scratch card event

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Online Lucky Dip

This involves people paying to choose mystery items hidden in parcels or gift bags shown on your internet fundraising page in photographs. Alternatively, people could pick numbers, and win the corresponding prize.  What each prize is, is only revealed once it has been paid for and chosen. Some people might chose to re-donate the item they get rather than have it mailed to their homes.

With a children’s lucky dip, you can encourage people to get their kids involved and ask them to treat their children or grand children since it is for such a good cause. Get them to ask their children to pick which mystery parcel/gift bag they would like. Then if they like it, send it to them. Children can often get more excited about things like this than adults do.

When doing a lucky dip for children, items should be suitable for both genders. When done for adults, items should be suitable for both men or women, young to old.

Image: Raise funds for animal rescues and charities with an online lucky dip.

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50/50 Draw: 50% To Winner, 50% To Animal Rescue

This fundraiser is where there is no limit to the number of people who can enter, although there is a time limit, and the amount of money that can be won goes up with every entry.

The total amount made is halved between the winner and the animal rescue or charity the event is in aid of. For example, if the total amount made is £82, the winner receives £41 and the animal rescue/charity receives £41.

To choose the winner, a random number generator, like this one, is used. This should be videoed and posted in the group or on the website where the fundraiser has taken place.

Image: A 50% To Winner, 50% To Rescue Fundraising Draw is one way to raise money for animal rescues and charities.

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100 or 200 Club

Members of the 100 club pay to regularly buy numbered tickets which are entered into a regular draw. When the winning numbers are selected, with use of a random number generator, a pre-stated percentage of the profit is given as the prize. The remainder goes to the animal rescue or charity.

It is called a 100 club because there are 100 numbered tickets. If you think you can regularly sell 200 tickets, you would instead call it the 200 Club, and so on.

People can either set up a direct debit to regularly pay for their tickets, they can pay for a number of draws in advance, or they can pay separately for every draw. Different people run it in different ways.

Image: Help save animals from suffering by starting a fundraising 100 Club. Source

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Online Caption Competition

For this, you post a photograph on your internet fundraising page, usually related to rescued animals. Use one where you can think of a few different amusing captions to go with it, because if you can think of captions, hopefully others can too and will pay to enter the caption competition to win a prize. If it is hard to think of captions for it, fewer people will be able to, and you will get fewer entries.

This fundraiser is a fun way to raise money for animal rescues and charities, and creates amusement for the group. The hardest part is deciding whose caption is the funniest. You could get an impartial person or panel of people to decide, or you could say that whichever caption gets the most “likes” wins (although this can be manipulated by people asking their friends to like theirs).

Image: This meme is an example of a photo where captions can easily be thought up to go with it. No captions should appear on the photo you use though.  Source

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Online Poem Competition

Among the animal rescue supporters community, there are many sensitive, empathic people who have talents for such things as poem writing. With this fundraiser, people pay to enter a competition to win a prize where they write a poem on a certain topic related to animal cruelty or animal rescue. You may set the topic for the poem as, for instance, pet abandonment.

As with all the other fundraising ideas, set the donation people should pay to enter (usually £1), and the proceeds go to help organisations who save animals from cruelty. The prize is expected to be worth more than the cost of entering in order to attract people.

These poems can really touch peoples hearts when they get shared on the internet, so as well as having raised funds to help animals in need, they can do good by spreading awareness.

Image: An example of a poem about pet abandonment, from the point of view of an adopter of a rescued dog. Source

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Online Animal Photo Competition

If you have people who enjoy taking photographs of animals among your supporters, this would be a good fundraiser to run. Entrants pay a fee to enter their photograph that might be of a pet, or of wildlife.

It is very hard to chose winners for competitions like this, but maybe you could ask a panel of people to vote. It would be good if someone who was knowledgeable about photography could be involved. If the contest is on Facebook, you could ask people to “like” the ones they like best, and see which one gets the most likes. However, people can cheat this way, as they can ask their friends to vote for their entry by “liking” it.

Image: A photo of a field mouse entered into a fundraising photo competition Source

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Online Fun Pet Show

It is better to make it a pet show rather than specifically a dog show, because you want as many entries as possible.

To run a fun online pet show, you create categories fun categories where people might have suitable photos of their pets. Here are just a few suggestions of categories you could include:

  • Best Fancy Dress Costume – entrants enter photos of their pets in fancy dress costumes.
  • Laziest Pet – Most people have photos of their pets looking their laziest.
  • Most Hyperactive Pet – Photos of pets bouncing around
  • Happiest Expression – People enter photos of their pets looking happy
  • Unhappiest Expression – pets looking their unhappiest (for example, mine looks unhappiest when she’s having to have a bath)
  • Looks Most Like Owner – entrants enter pictures of pet and owner together looking as alike as possible
  • Most Amusing Close Up Of pet – This could be photos taken right up their noses!
  • Rudest Pet – Pets showing their private bits, or licking them, etc
  • Naughtiest Pet – Photos of destructive things pets have done

It is a good idea to explain every category, and put an example photo with each. You can find example photos either online, or by using suitable photoss of your own pet.

This fundraiser gives everybody a laugh at each others photos. You can get an impartial jusge or judges to choose the winners, or if on facebook, you could get supporters to vote by selecting the “Like” buttons. However, this can be subject to cheating, as entrants can ask their friends to vote on their entries.

Image: An example of a photo in a “Laziest Pet” category in an online fundraising fun pet show 

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Online 'Guess How Many Sweets In The Jar' Game

With thoroughly washed hands, count lots of little sweets into a bag and post a photograph of it on your internet fundraising page. People then pay to guess how many sweets are in the bag and the closest person to the correct guess wins the sweets.

It is best to use popular sweets, and as there are many vegetarians and vegans among animal rescue supporters, make sure there is no gelatin or other animal products in them in them. If possible, use sweets without palm oil in, or at least palm oil from a sustainable source.  Using vegan sweets means you will not have caused any animal suffering.

The jar of sweets is sent to the home of the winner, and the postage charge has to come out of the amount made by the fundraising event. So it is cheaper to post, use sweets than aren’t too heavy, and a plastic jar so it is lighter and less breakable than a glass one. The Jar of sweets has to be big and impressive enough to make people want to enter, usually paying around £1 each.

Below: Raise money to help animals by running an online “Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar” competition.

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Online Name The Pet Competition

Animal charities and rescues often have stray animals coming into their care that do not have a name.  People pay to enter a competition to name the animal in question. State how much it is to enter and the prize can be either just that the winning name is given to the animal, or an extra prize can be given on top of that if it is felt necessary to help raise funds.

Choosing the winner is difficult, but maybe you could ask the head of the rescue to choose it.

Image: Downtown Dog Rescue held a contest to name this nameless dog. Source

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Publicity For Your Online Fundraising Event

You should advertise your online event on any pages or groups related to the animal rescue you are raising funds for. Also advertise it on your own profile/timeline. Ask people to share your posts. Make sure you state what the event is, when it ends, and who it is in aid of.

If you post a link to an auction or sale album you have created, you will also need to include a link to the main page of your group, where people can join the group. This allows them to take part.

You should also publicise your event on any other Facebook pages or groups that allow it, such as the groups Animal Rescue Auctions And Other Events NOW ON!, and Buy It Now Sales And Auctions To Help Animals (auctions and sales only). Read the rules of any such page or group before posting.

You can also use private messages to publicise your event.

Image: An Animal Rescue Fundraising Group I am involved with on Facebook, where people running auctions and sales in aid of animal rescues and charities can publicise their events. Source

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Let Supporters Know Other Ways They Can Help The Animal Charity Or Rescue

Use your internet fundraising page or group to tell people about other ways they can raise funds for the animal charity or rescue.

For example, when they shop online, if they do it through fundraising websites, they can raise money to help animals.

There are many further ideas in this section of the website on how to help animal rescues and charities, and how to help stop animal suffering in general. Help animals by sharing this information in any way you can.

Image: There are many ways you can help stop animal cruelty and suffering.

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Payment For Online Fundraising Event Entries

Payment Methods:

Most online fundraising events I have been involved in have used PayPal as their main payment method. Some offer people the alternative of paying via bank transfer, using online banking.

Who Is Responsible For Handling The Money:

You must discuss with the animal rescue or charity you are raising money for about whether they want people to pay money directly to them when they enter your fundraising event, or into your PayPal account, and you would transfer it to them at the end of the event.

Because you, as the person running the event, has to keep track of who has paid, it is often impractical for entrants to pay directly into the rescue or charity’s account. It is only feasible if someone who has access to that PayPal account can be contacted at any time for you to check who has paid. Because of this, many fundraisers use their own PayPal accounts and transfer the money to the rescue as soon as the event has ended.

Let Everyone Know The PayPal Address To Sent Payment To:

You must let everyone know the email address to send payments to though PayPal.  If you would like to offer bank transfer through online banking as an option as well, you need to provide entrants who ask for it with your bank account details.

Ask People To Use The “Personal” Option In PayPal:

When receiving payments through PayPal, you must emphasise to people that you need them to choose the “Friends And Family”, or “Personal” option in PayPal when making the payment. This means fees are not deducted, and the animal rescue or charity will receive all the money.

Always be Transparent To Avoid Fraud and Scam Accusations:

Always be transparent regarding payments to protect yourself from accusations of fraud. See here for more information.

If Receiving Payment For Auction Or Sale Items: 

Contact the buyer with instructions of how to pay. This usually involves providing them with the PayPal address they should send payment to, and the amount they need to pay. Also let them know if they need to contact the donor of the item to pay them postage costs and give them their address to post the item to.

Image: PayPal is good to use for online fundraising for animal rescues and charities. Source

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Contacting Winners

Winners of fundraisers in Facebook groups can be contacted in the following ways:

  • Tagging them on the post in the group. To do this, begin typing their name until it comes up in a list, and select it. If they are a member of the group, it should work.
  • With a post on their timeline (if their settings allow).
  • Through the private messaging option (also known as “In-box” or “Direct Message”). As private messages are only seen by people who are friends on Facebook, admin should friend request all winners, and remind them to accept the request. Otherwise the message goes into a filtered folder in their in-box that they may not be aware of.

When the fundraising event takes place on a website

The contact details of entrants – names, email addresses and mobile telephone numbers – should be recorded so they can be contacted if they win. If you have their PayPal email address, and the prize is money, you can send the winning money to it and include a message in the message section of the payment.

Contacting Auction Or Sale Winners:

Whoever wins the auction item by bidding the highest amount for it before the deadline should be contacted with payment instructions. That is, the PayPal address to sent the payment to, and whether they need to contact the item donor regarding postage. See the information above for methods of contacting winners.

Image: Volunteer to run an online internet fundraising page or group to help animal charities and rescues. Source

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The UK Gambling Commission Rules

When giving out monetary prizes, you must adhere to UK Gambling Commission rules, otherwise you would be required to purchase a license.

Here is what you need to know.

Image: Fundraisers that give cash prizes must make sure they are operating within the law

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Many Other Ways To help Stop Animal Cruelty And Suffering

On this site there are many varied ways you can help stop animal cruelty, and there are ways  that will suit everyone, no matter what their personality or lifestyle.

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please have a look at the Types Of Animal Cruelty section of this site. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of animal abuse that happens in the world.

Help animals by sharing the ways to stop animal cruelty you learn with other people. Doing this could mean more people help stop the cruelty, and therefore you are responsible for more animals being saved from suffering.

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