23rd July 2019

Raising money online

We rely on donations to support our vital work with Gurkha veterans and widows in Nepal.

Our brilliant supporters are never short of ideas to raise money and our A-Z of fundraising ideas provides plenty of inspiration!

If you want to raise funds for us online then you’ll need to set up a fundraising page. There are a couple of ways we would advise you do this. Whether you’re undertaking a task as an individual or as a team, our guide will talk you through how to do it.

How to set up a JustGiving page for yourself

JustGiving, founded in 2,000 has been used to raise over £4billion for charitable causes. Since we began using it we have received over £750k via the platform.

1) Head to JustGiving.com to get started

2) First, log into, or set up your JustGiving account and then click ‘Start Fundraising’.

3) When asked ‘Are you fundraising for a registered charity?’, select ‘Yes, continue’.

4) Search for The Gurkha Welfare Trust and select us.

5) Select the type of event/activity/occasion you are fundraising for. If it is not listed in the dropdown then you can type in your own.

6) Choose your web address – this is the link you’ll be sharing with people you ask for money – and so it’s best to choose one as simple as possible.

7) Click ‘Create your page’.

Personalise your page

Once your page is created you can get to work personalising it with adding photos of yourself – if you’re doing an event or a challenge then photos of yourself training are always great!

Adding your description

Add your blurb about the activity you are undertaking. It always helps to add some sentences about why you have chosen to fundraise for us but don’t worry about adding anything about our work – this will be added automatically.

Set your target

Realistic but ambitious is the way to do it – sometimes it helps to have a look at other people’s pages and what they’re aiming for, but also think about your own network. How many people will you send it to? How many of those are likely to respond, and roughly how much will they donate?

It’s always good to have an achievable target so that people donating have something to aim for – it’s often good to encourage people to be extra generous!

Share, share, share

Once the page is live and you have your simple web address it’s time to get the word out there. Send it out on texts and emails to all your friends, family and colleagues.
A great way to remind people who have not yet donated is to add updates on your page – so, for example if you are training for a run or a cycle, add an update and a photo of how your training is going and what you’re looking forward to.

How to set up a JustGiving page for your team

If you are undertaking an activity and would like to fundraise as part of a team then JustGiving is the way to go. So, for example if you are taking on the mighty Trailwalker and would like your total to be collectively added to a team total then you can set one up as follows:

1) Log in to your JustGiving account

2) In the top right hand corner of the screen, click on your name and select ‘Your Fundraising’.

3) Click ‘Create a new team’.

4) Name the team and choose the team’s web address – again remember to choose something as simple as possible.

5) Decide if your team is going to be open one, so that anyone can join or a closd one so that you need to approve new members.

6) Set your joint fundraising target.

7) Click on ‘Make a team page’.

How to set up a Facebook Fundraiser

Recently many of our supporters have been making use of the new Facebook donate page function. It’s just as simple to set up as JustGiving and so far we’ve received over £10k of donations from the platform

To get setup, login into Facebook and then:

1) Click fundraiser in the left menu of your News Feed.

2) Click Raise Money.

3) Select Nonprofit or Charity.

4) Select The Gurkha Welfare Trust

5) Add your photo and description and you’re good to go!

100% of our funds go to Nepal

We are proud to be transparent. Extraordinarily, as a charity, we are able to guarantee that every penny donated to us in the UK is spent on our charitable activities in Nepal.

If you need any help with setting yourself up as a fundraiser then get in touch with our community and events team on events@gwt.org.uk or phoning 01722 323955.

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