Charity Running

A new way to raise money for good causes

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01/10/2012 at 11:12

Hello all, Are you a runner/ triathlete who has raised money by going around the workplace asking for donations. Guess2give is a new way to to raise money and get those sponsoring you more involved. Set up a sweep stake on how long it will take you to complete your event, its only £3 per guess, 50p of each bet goes into a prize fund, whoever guesses closest wins the prize fund. I have just completed an event and found this a fun way to raise cash. If your charity is not listed contact the site and they will do the rest.

I would be interested to know in these times of austerity are you finding it more difficult running and competing for good causes. 

01/10/2012 at 11:26

Why would people in the workplace bother with this when it can just be done with a piece of paper and a tin for the money?

I'm always suspicious of any "service" that uses "2" instead of "to".

01/10/2012 at 12:17

Does it cost the charity to register to use the "service", or does it take any cut of the funds raised? The charity I fundraise for doesn't use any of these sites, as they cost a lot to set up and in monthy fee, and take a big cut of the funds raised. Unfortuately, people are so used to them now it's quite hard to raise funds other than through people you see every day!

01/10/2012 at 13:06

So its a sweepstake like IM says Roses tin and some paper...to make it really posh keep the Roses in there draw a number and a choccie win and maybe win situation

01/10/2012 at 14:47

If you want to get hi-tech, have an Excel spreadsheet!

And call me a cynical old bag (NOTALL AT ONCE!), but your very first post is promoting this 'service'.....

01/10/2012 at 18:36

The pen and paper a tried and tested method, its served me well over the years. As someone who has done regular events people can get tired of going around asking for cash. I found the advantage of using a website was that I was able to appeal to a wider audience sending an email to most of the workforce with a link to my page, also to friends and family who live around the country. Admittedly I still have friends and family who think the web is witchcraft. I suppose whatever method you use if you are going to take part in running events then do it for a cause, you only have to watch the news to see less people are giving to charities.

Sorry for not talking about the colour of my new trainers on my first post

seren nos    pirate
01/10/2012 at 19:27

chaz.it just looked very like you had something to do with the company........in the past when people come on here and the first thing they do is to praise something then it usually turns out that they are something to do with the company...................which in turn puts people totally off the product/ website as they feel that the copmpany was trying to con them....

 

01/10/2012 at 19:45
Everything seren and Wilkie said...
01/10/2012 at 19:56

@chaz - declare your interest.  Which of the founders are you?

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
01/10/2012 at 20:21
The thick one
01/10/2012 at 20:34

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
01/10/2012 at 20:43
The one with the Ford Focus and the 50 year old secretary, rather than the one with the Porsche and 20 year old bimbo
01/10/2012 at 21:11

Not a founder although I do know one of the chaps who set this up, he has worked in the charity sector for many years. I work for the government in the public sector. The weekend gone I and 5 colleagues took part in a charity run and having knowledge of this site decided to use it to raise funds, colleagues used other methods also.  I found it a positive experince which raised money for a good cause. this is a genuine post to raise awareness, not to offend. I am getting nothing from this in fact the founder has no idea I have posted this. 

01/10/2012 at 21:19
It's very bad form to spam about someone else's business, especially without their knowledge.
01/10/2012 at 21:36

I make no apologies for that, I used the site, I ran the race, I raised money for charity. Job done. Im not promoting some multi national company here, I thought I was raising awareness on another method to help a good cause, best intentions and all that.

If I raise a debate about how people are raising money all the better, use any method you please, as I have said I have used various methods over this years this happens to be the latest way I have raised cash for charity.

01/10/2012 at 21:39
So how does your friends company make money out of it?
seren nos    pirate
01/10/2012 at 21:44

they take quite a bit by the look of it................if you raise £30.............£5 goes in prize money.......but istead of £25 for the charity.........less than £20 goes to the charity.plus any gift aid that might be collected if they pay tax and supply the details needed etc.........so that looks like out of £30 they take over £5.............thats a big chunk form the charities,,,,,,,,,,,,,you can buy a lot of paper and pen for that

01/10/2012 at 21:48

Perhaps I should contact him and let him know about this post and he could go into detail, I suppose like most fund raising companies/ websites a percentage must go to the running of the company. From what is on the website they do not charge charities monthly or annual fees.

01/10/2012 at 21:50
Ouch, so they are making a tidy profit for themselves. Nice work if you can get it.
Not sure if I missed anything but I don't think that bit of "vital" information was mentioned in the original post.
01/10/2012 at 22:02

@chaz - it's spam.  If you'd been on the ball enough to have included a link in your post I'd have deleted the message and bozo'd your account.

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