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Halloween fundraiser ideas

Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Halloween is fast approaching and there is no time like the present to organise a festive fundraiser. Halloween gives the perfect backdrop for any kind of party or event. Why not spice up your spooky get-together and raise some money for charity too.

To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve come up with 5 great fundraiser ideas. Whether it’s in work or just for fun, you could organise a ghostly gathering this Halloween for a good cause.

Halloween
Halloween
  1. Pumpkin Carving Competition

This is something we’re having in our own offices and I cannot wait. My carving skills are next-level and I think I have a great chance of coming in 1st place.

Get your work colleagues together and gather up your pumpkins and have some fun. Donations can come in the form of an entry fee.

  1. Spooky Sponsored Walk

A well-organised run or walk in your local town is a fantastic way to get everyone together and raise as much money as possible. If you have the funds, you can give out medals to those who cross the 5K finish line.

Again, you can ask people to donate a certain amount to enter the race and ask them to raise their own sponsorship funds a week prior to the event.

  1. Dunking for Apples

If you host a Halloween party every year, why not make it exciting and have a ‘Dunking for Apples’ competition this year. You could ask people to donate for every dunk and raise much-needed funds really quickly.

  1. Pumpkin Pie Bake Off

Forget about the Great British Bake-off, this year it’s all about the Pumpkin Pie Bake Off. Get your friends together and have some fun in the kitchen. After you’ve carved your spooky Halloween decoration, you can use the contents to make a tasty (or not so tasty) treat. The winning pie can win a prize!

  1. Bonfire event

This one might be a bit harder and will only work if you have the space and health and safety for it. A festive bonfire event with sparklers and fireworks could be the event-of-the-year. You could ask your local council are they doing anything for the Halloween holidays and suggest they partner up with a local charity to raise some funds while doing so.

InstaGiv

Using the different holidays throughout the year is always a wonderful way to help promote your cause, by launching a fundraising campaign. At InstaGiv, it is around this time of year that all the different holiday friendly keyword requests start to come in, recently we have had some of our clients request new campaign keywords such as; scary, fright, Halloween, ghost, creepy, Santa, merry, Christmas and much more.

Why are they doing this? Well because SMS is the quickest most effective and user-friendly method of collecting donations. It beats standing out in the freezing wintry weather with collection buckets. In addition to that, each donor gets an instant “thank you” response message, this is fully customisable to the charity, allowing you to increase engagement with your donors further by perhaps, inserting a link into the response message or asking them to opt-in to hear more about your cause.

Book a Demo today

To find out more, request a demo or a call-back today. One of our friendly team members will go over everything in more detail with you.

 

July 2018 Newsletter: Another fantastic month of fundraising

Hi everyone and welcome to InstaGiv’s July Newsletter. We have had another fantastic month of fundraising. InstaGiv is thrilled with the amount of money our charity clients have raised. We now have over 300 charity clients that use our services every day to raise vital funds for charities across the UK. We’re really excited to see how much more they can raise in the run up to Christmas.

July 2018 fundraising statistics
July 2018 statistics

July statistics

We saw 115,785 inbound texts being sent throughout the month and 509,441 outbound texts. This effort saw an incredible £610,778 raised in July – I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a phenomonal effort. Well done to all our charity clients!

Single Giving

As many of you know, Single Giving is our one-off donations service. This is where your supporters can send a donation to your charity using your chosen text code from us. Our monthly subscriptions are easy, efficient and frictionless for both the donor and the charity.

One of our amazing clients, British Red Cross, use InstaGiv to process single donations via SMS. Supporters text a keyword to donate a specified amount. This has worked really well in emergency fundraising as it’s simple and immediate for both the supporter and the charity.

Another fantastic example of the Single Giving feature is the Ice Bucket Challenge. The famous fundraiser raised over £4.5 million in a matter of days. With our Single Giving product and the use of social media, the sky is the limit with any of your future charity campaigns.

Our charity clients just have to log on to the system, set a donation value and customise the messaging. You can send a unique and engaging message out to your supporters when asking them to donate. InstaGiv’s platform eliminates unnecessary time as your own dashboard will be updated in real time.

Competitions via SMS

Our second most popular product was our Competitions via SMS. This feature has really taken off in recent months with more and more charity clients getting involved with competitions, collecting entries and offering voluntary donations. Its simple and effective and InstaGiv make it really easy for you to do.

Inspire your supporters to enter a Competition via SMS to win a prize. We understand that fundraising has been modernised, so we have developed this unique and effective function on the software platform. This mechanism will allow your supporters to text to enter and give a voluntary donation also.

Let me briefly explains what the entire process looks like. A supporter can enter the competition by answering a question with either A, B or C with the keyword i.e. WIN C.

In both instances, a supporter is given the option to cancel their donation to the charity within a scheduled time frame as the donation is voluntary. You can also activate our ‘Pick a Winner’ mechanism that automatically generates 3 random entrants to be your winner of the competition. Whether you are announcing it over the radio or online, you can see within seconds who has entered via our online reporting tool. Introduce this product into your next marketing strategy on social media and watch your followers grow, tag their friends and aim to win the prize on offer.

Why Instagiv?

Instagiv works with over 300 organisations as one of the UK’s leading software providers for the charity sector.

We help them develop their engagement with their supporters and raise as much money as possible for their cause. Our range of tools – like the ability to run competitions, register supporters for events and more – means there are always new ways available to boost donations.

If you’d like to find out more about InstaGiv and what we can do for your charity, check out our services page here.

If you would like to take a tour of the platform, our Customer Accounts Manager, Caitriona can give you a personalised demo whenever a time is convenient for you. Fill in your details in the contact us page.

The benefits of real-time reporting

real-time reporting
Instagiv’s Dashboard will allow you yo view your totals in real time

Real-time reporting is critical for any kind of marketing or fundraising campaign, but more important than ever when you are dealing with money and donations.

Why is it so important?

You need to ensure you are fully up-to-date with your figures and how effectively the donations are coming in. Regular monitoring of your fundraising campaign will allow for adjustment if you need to respond or react to any important changes. Real-time reporting is an essential part of any effective fundraising campaign.

Real-time monitoring also allows you to post exciting content across your social media platforms. To build momentum across your social media platforms, it’s great to tell your audience exactly how much has been with raised since the campaign has started. Keep your followers engaged with regular updates about the total amount raised and where this money will go to.

Instagiv & Real-time reporting

With Instagiv, the campaigns on your dashboard will update in real-time. This means that everything you can see exactly how successful your fundraising efforts have been.

If you have your unique text code advertised at an event, you can have your Instagiv dashboard open on your phone and simply refresh to see your donation totals. You’ll never have to wait hours for totals to load, and because our platform is mobile-friendly, you’ll be able to check your donations wherever you are in the world.

We can even tell you some clever analytics, in our overview area of the platform. You will be able to see the exact number of inbound texts your campaign has received, as well as totals raised, rather than flicking through different screens.

Facts & Figures

By checking statistics and totals in real-time, you can effectively measure the success of your campaign and see it’s strengths and weaknesses in one easy-to-use dashboard. If you see your latest campaign gaining momentum, you can quickly adjust it by adding Gift Aid, or changing the price point at any time.

Check out our new content

We have recently updated all of our product brochures which are packed with great content and information on the following Instagiv services:

  • Single Giving
  • Regular Giving
  • Competitions via SMS
  • Event Fundraising
  • Registration Keywords
  • Address Collection
  • Consent via SMS
  • Gift Aid

Contact a member of our friendly team today for your free copy. Email us at help@instagiv.com or call 028 7087 8220.

 

Outbound SMS – Reach More Supporters Through SMS

Outbound SMS is a very useful tool

Outbound SMS campaigns are a great tool that charities use to reach thousands of potential donors. Text messages are fast becoming the most effective marketing channel available. Recently SMS has been overtaking email as the go-to method for contacting supporters and the general public.

Outbound SMS – Reach More Supporters

One of the main advantages of using SMS to reach out to potential supporters is that it is mobile-based. You have a direct line of access to supporters using a format that they are more likely to engage with.

Recent research has shown that 98% of texts sent will be opened by the end of the day. The stats show that 90% of text messages that are sent will be read within 3 minutes of being sent.

This makes SMS messaging the best option if you have a message that you want to send to your supporters in an instant, or you urgently need to drum up donations.

It is easy to gather mobile numbers from supporters to build up your SMS contacts. You can then select from several different options for your outbound SMS campaigns, including sending messages with general information, or requests for donations, addresses or encouraging a response.

Outbound SMS – A Popular SMS Service

Outbound SMS is popular with large charities as a tool to quickly engage with their supporters. It allows them to collect more donations, gain support for petitions and much more.

Amnesty International make regular use of Outbound SMS to raise awareness of their current campaigns. Macmillan Cancer Support also made good use of outbound SMS to send a good luck message to everyone taking part in the London Marathon on their behalf.

Using Outbound SMS with instaGiv

Outbound campaigns with instaGiv are easy to set up and manage. Just upload a list of numbers to the instaGiv platform, create a campaign and you’re ready to start sending out messages to thousands of supporters.

You can also schedule messages in advance using the platform. This is handy for gathering donations while you’re busy with another fundraising event.

Our Consent feature also gives supporters the option to opt-out of receiving future messages. By being considerate and sending the right message at the right time, an outbound SMS campaign can bring in more donors and help your organisation reach their goals faster.

Set up an outbound SMS campaign today and see what types of benefits you can reap. Sign up for a demo of the instaGiv platform to find out how.

SMS Fundraising – Looking Back at September

Looking back at SMS Fundraising in September at instaGiv

September has to be the busiest month. Like the hangover of summer, it represents a return to school and a return to proper work, with no sunny holidays on the horizon.

Looking back on September at instaGiv, we see a flurry of activity from our clients, with lots being raised for worthy causes via SMS Fundraising.

SMS Fundraising – Featured on our Blog

In September, our blog checked out some of the Advantages of SMS Marketing Over Email Marketing. These include the fact that SMS has better open and click rates than email and also enjoys a wider reach.

We also looked at fundraising for events and how easy it was to organise a keyword for fundraisers taking on marathons, sponsored sports and giving up things like alcohol and smoking.

Outbound SMS was the month’s most popular product, with around 385,000 being sent from our platform. We also explored the many uses of the Bulk Outbound SMS feature in a blog.

SMS Fundraising – Donations and Outreach

September was an excellent month for SMS Fundraising with more than £211,000 of donations received by our charity clients.

Looking back at SMS Fundraising in September at instaGiv

We love helping our charities spread the word about their cause and, looking at the stats for October and November, it seems that lots of donations continue to come in.

SMS Fundraising – Find Out More About instaGiv

instaGiv is one of the UK’s leading software providers for the charity sector.

We help more than 300 charities to raise funds through SMS campaigns. These include large national charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and Amnesty International, as well as more regional causes such as Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

We’re passionate about securing as much funds as possible for charities using our mobile and digital tools.

This is why charities using our services will receive 100% of the donations they raise. There are no sign up fees and no contracts to sign.

We have a simple and transparent pricing structure that allows charities to scale their fundraising efforts to suit their needs.

Get in Touch with instaGiv to find out how SMS fundraising can help your charity.