Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Donating money and fundraising can seem daunting at first. We’ve compiled a list of answers to often asked questions that we hope will help.
If you need more support, then please contact Helen Hyland, Fundraising Manager for the ME Association, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 01280 838964.
Q. I want to fundraise for the ME Association, but I do not know where to start.
A. Speak to Helen. Tell her what you enjoy doing and she’ll help you put together something that meets your aspirations.
Q. I have M.E. and there is no way I could run a marathon! But I desperately want to fundraise. What could I do?
A. Speak to Helen. She’s worked with many fundraisers who perhaps hold an event, or sell things they’ve made, rather than doing a physical challenge. Headshaves? Mobility scooter races? Bake sales? The options are endless and can be tailored to your abilities and interests.
Q. I do not think I could raise much money. Should I be bothering you?
A. Yes of course you should! It’s not just about the money, it’s about awareness too. Please just do what you can. The more people that know about this cruel illness, the more likely people with M.E. are going to be supported properly in our communities while we work our hardest to find an effective treatment or even a cure.
Q. I have been selling handmade items. Can I gift aid my donation?
A. No. Gift aid does not apply in these situations.
Q. I want to run in the London Marathon/Great North Run. Have you got charity places?
A. No. The ME Association does not currently hold any places for such races in the UK. The fundraising targets of some of these can be too much for many of our fundraisers. We prefer people to run and fundraise for us because they want to – and to set the targets that suit themselves – rather than adding to the pressure by forcing a target upon them.
Q. I fancy an overseas adventure. Have you got any charity places in expeditions?
A. Not as such. But we do have arrangements with charity tour companies (such as Action Challenge and Discover Adventure) for fundraised places on such challenges. Some people self-fund their expedition costs and then set their own fundraising targets. Others accept the higher fundraising targets set by the companies and accept charity places.
Q. Can I get discounts on any events if I say that I am fundraising for the ME Association?
A. Yes, if you are fit enough, you can get a discount of 15% on Nuts Challenge events. Just contact Helen for a discount code.
Q. I’m not great with computers and don’t understand online giving. Can I just use a sponsorship form instead?
A. Yes, of course you can. Online giving is just one way in which people can support a fundraiser. Many fundraisers find it handy – to let friends and family from far away support them – and they like the fact that they don’t have to go around everyone collecting money after the event. But it’s how you feel that matters, so if you want a sponsorship form, just ask Helen.
Q. I want to organise a raffle. Can you help me please?
A. Yes. Helen can let you have a letter of authority to show to potential prize donors, and will also help you with any necessary permissions.
Q. Do I need permission to hold a raffle?
A. If you are selling tickets on the day and drawing it there and then, probably not. But otherwise, do please talk to Helen about licences and permissions you might need to get.
Q. I’d like to organise a collection at my local supermarket. Can you help me please?
A. Yes, we can help with any necessary permissions, identity badges, information leaflets, and collection tins. Just ask Helen.
Q. I was thinking about setting up a Crowd-Fund page. Should I?
A. We would prefer it if you setup a fundraising page through JustGiving. You will find the ME Association’s special area at the JustGiving website.
We are a relatively small charity and if you use this platform instead, you will be helping us to minimize administration costs, rather than spreading our resources more thinly across several different platforms.
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