Fundraising success from West Dorset
Fundraising can sometimes seem like a lot of hard work, but the West Dorset Womankind Supporters group wants to show you how easy and fun it can be. They have let us in on some of their fundraising secrets, so read on and find out how you could follow in their footsteps and raise money for Womankind.
In 2010 a small group of women from West Dorset set up their own group to raise awareness and fundraise for Womankind. They have had fundraising successes ranging from car boot sales to history talks, and in the process have raised over £3000.
The Dorset supporters are fortunate to have a historical novelist in their group, Suzannah Dunn, who gives talks on the lives of Tudor Women. So far they have held two events which have been very successful, and are another chance to put up a second hand book stall or jewellery stall!
Boot Sales & Jewellery Sales
The Dorset group started raising funds by collecting second-hand goods to sell at boot fairs and street markets. They soon exhausted their resources, so they wanted to think of something similarly hassle-free but something different and importantly, sustainable.
They had the idea of asking friends to donate their unwanted jewellery for them to sell to raise money for Womankind.
Soon enough, the idea had taken off and word had spread that the group provided a perfect way to clear out some well-needed space in the drawer whilst at the same time raising money for a great cause.
Over the last four jewellery sales the group has managed to raise £850. This can go towards helping 75 poor women to receive 2 months leadership training in Peru, so that they can influence and improve their living conditions.
Our Jewellery Sale DIY Toolkit
You can do something like this too, and the group’s co-ordinator Jo Adams has given us some of her top tips for setting up a jewellery stall:
- Open your jewellery box! Also, contact about 20 friends and ask them to trawl through their jewellery boxes and donate any cast-off pieces.
- Get in touch with Tom from the Fundraising Team at Womankind (Tom@womankind.org.uk) and request some posters and leaflets.
- Find a local boot fair and set up a stall – keep prices low and make it look attractive: you can pin pieces onto cork boards to display them. Also give out some slips requesting unwanted jewellery so that you can build some more stock for next time!
Jewellery sales are just one example of something that’s easy to organise and fun to do, but if you have any questions about this or any other ideas you have please contact firstname.lastname@example.org