Confession of a Fundraiser - Jasmine

Fellow fundraisers share the highs and lows of their journeys with raising money.

What has been your biggest barrier when fundraising?

The biggest barrier has probably been thinking of ideas, which has obviously been made harder by Covid. Creating fundraisers that I think people would engage with and see as worthy of donating has been incredibly difficult as fundraisers where people can interact with you, such as bake sales, are not possible. I feel as though people are less willing to donate when they are not able to communicate with you as to where the money is going or get a product in return.

How did you get started with your fundraising?

My friend and I decided to start by hosting a clothes drive. We posted about it just after Christmas and, as the January sales were coming up, we felt that a lot of people would be wanting to make space in their wardrobe for new clothes, so we took their old clothes off their hands and sold them on. Once sales started coming in and money began to be added into my fundraiser, I felt so much more confident and positive surrounding fundraising and I began to have more and more ideas. I feel like the first £100 is definitely the hardest.

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