Increasingly, charitable donations are now given online - it's easier than ever to pay online using credit and debit cards, and it enables friends and family who may be living far away to sponsor and donate - either to raise money for your student group, or for an external charity.
Online Fundraising for your Group
Starting in December 2015, the Students' Union is using the BT MyDonate website to enable student groups to fundraise online to raise money for their group.
We have complied some key facts, and MyDonate has Help Guides and a comprehensive FAQ which you can look through for more information and advice about online fundraising.
To get started, below is a basic step-by-step guide to how you can use the MyDonate website to fundraise for your group.
- Go to the MyDonate website and click 'Start Fundraising'
- Click 'Create My Challenge' and login with social media or register an account
- Seach for and select "Students' Union University of Greenwich" as your charity
- Fill in the online form with details about your event - this includes information like the type of activity, date(s) when it is happening, explanation of why you're fundraising, any target you have, social media links, photographs, and the option to write a personal thank you that is automatically sent to anyone that donates.
- Promote your page and start fundraising!
Please bear in mind that setting up your online fundraising page for your group doesn't automatically mean you've got permission for any activities or events you want to do to fundraise - you'll still need to fill in the relevant event or trip form!
Online Fundraising for another Charity
This should be pretty straightforward for you as well - lots of charities now have a presence on online giving/fundraising websites, and enable you to set up fundraising pages specifically for whatever activity or event you are doing to raise money.
We recommend the best place to start is by speaking to the charity that you want to raise funds for - they will know which websites they are set up on, and which they find easiest to accept donations through.
Some of the popular websites with thousands of charities registered to use them are: JustGiving.com, Virgin Money Giving, TheBigGive, BT MyDonate, Givey, and LocalGiving. Many charities have also developed an online donation system through their own website, although usually those don't allow you to set up your own fundraising page.
If you're using an external website recommended by the charity then you don't need permission from the Students' Union to set up your page - however we would like you to let us know (by this form or emailing us) so we can include what you've achieved in our reports telling the University what amazing things our student groups do!
Please bear in mind that filling in the form or emailing to let us know that you've set up an online fundraising page doesn't automatically mean you've got permission for any activities or events you want to do to fundraise - you'll still need to fill in the relevant event or trip form!