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Everything you need to know about fundraising

We’ve put together some FAQs and advice for our fundraisers.

Keeping your fundraising on track

There’s a few things you need to know about to keep your fundraising legal and we’re here to make those steps easy. Firstly, Charities in Australia are legally required to approve and authorise all external fundraising activities.

To get the ball rolling on your fundraiser, simply fill in the application form below and we will send you a letter of Authority to Fundraise along with our helpful Community Fundraising Kit.

If you have any other questions, check out our Fundraising FAQ’s below.

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    Community Fundraising FAQs

    Yes. In order to become a Barnardos Fundraiser we are legally required to approve and authorise all external fundraising activities. To get the ball rolling on your fundraiser, simply fill in the application form above and we will send you a letter of Authority to Fundraise along with our helpful Community Fundraising Kit.

    It’s super easy to register online to fundraise for Barnardos Australia. When you receive your authority to fundraise letter, you can start by joining an existing Barnardos Australia event or create your own unique fundraiser. You then simply click ‘start your fundraiser’ button and you’re off. After answering a few questions about yourself, you will have your personal online fundraising page. You can use this page to share your journey and encourage friends, family colleagues and local businesses to make donations.
    If you have any questions during this process please call our friendly team on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au

    ​Yes, there are rules for fundraisers to protect you, your donors, and Barnardos Australia. Barnardos Australia requires that the expenses do not exceed 40% of your total fundraising. a great way to keep your costs down is to ask local businesses and your networks if they can donate venues, catering and prizes.
    We ask when you are thinking about your fundraising activity, you consider the areas we work in and don’t conduct fundraising activities that involve or are associated with:

    • Illegal activities
    • Violence
    • Discrimination
    • Irresponsible sale of alcohol
    • Gambling

    Check out our Fundraising Tool-Kit for more information or call us on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au if you are unsure about anything.

    There are so many fundraising ideas! we have some existing activities that you can join, or you can get create and come up with your own ideas. The possibilities are endless.
    You can refer to our A-Z list of Fundraising ideas here or alternatively get inspired by our heroes here.

    Our team are just a phone call away to support you! We can help you plan, organise and have the best time at your fundraiser. However, we can not actually undertake tasks for you.
    If you have a question or need help, please call us on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au

    Once you have created your fundraising page or have an authority to fundraise provided by our team for your offline event, you will be able to start planning the promotion of your fundraiser.
    Using Social media is a great way to promote your event. You can share images and updates of your fundraising journey.
    For more information on how you could promote your fundraiser please refer to our Fundraising Tool-Kit here.
    Our team can review any materials you want to send out and offer their guidance and support. If you are unsure of where to start please feel free to call us on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au

    Barnardos Australia is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe and aren’t involved in any behaviour that could make children and young people feel unsafe or put them at risk.
    If you are thinking of involving children and young people under the age of 18 years in your activity, please consider the following:
    Does your activity comply with laws and regulations regarding engagement of children and young people?
    Is the venue safe and suitable for the ages of children and young people who will be attending?
    Are the activities safe and suitable for the ages and abilities of the children and young people who will be participating?
    Do adults who will be providing activities for children and young people have the appropriate background checks for your state/territory?
    Are parents/carers aware that they need to supervise their children at all times and if another adult supervises, they need to agree to this?
    What will you do about children or young people who may come along without a responsible adult where the activity requires this?
    Have you obtained permission from parents to photograph their children and use these photos in promotional material?
    If you will transport children, do you have appropriate child safety arrangements?

    Raising Money FAQs

    You can email your networks directly from the fundraising dashboard by clicking on the ‘send email’ tab.
    you can use the email template provided or write you own message to request donations. For more information on how you can maximise your fundraising please refer to the Barnardos Community fundraising Kit here.

    Your money goes directly to Barnardos Australia to help fund our work to ensure every child in Australia grows up in a safe home free to reach their potential.
    Anyone who donates $2 or more through your online fundraising page will automatically be emailed a tax-deductible receipt. If you’re collecting funds offline, please keep a record of those requiring receipt and the value of their donation. Please send this through to us when you deposit the proceeds to the Barnardos Australia bank account so we can issue receipts to your supporters.
    It is best to use the Just Giving Platform to host an online fundraiser, but if cash or cheques are received from your fundraising activities, there need to be taken to the bank as soon as possible to ensure the money is kept safe. Please call or email us so we can provide you with a remittance document, which will give you the information on how to bank the cash or cheques from your fundraising activity. Funds raised via your online fundraising page are directly received into Barnardos Australia’s Bank Account.
    • Account Name
    • Account Number
    • BSB
    • Reference
    • Your supporter ID
    If you are given cash, you can receive the funds yourself and then use your credit card to make an online donation via your fundraising page. Remember to include the donor’s name, email, phone number, address and donation amount so they can receive an electronic tax receipt after processing. If you don’t have an online fundraising page, check out the ‘How do I get the total of the money I raised safely to you?’ section below and remember to add a note with the donor’s name, email, phone number, address and donation amount so they can receive an emailed tax receipt after processing.

    Congratulations, you’ve done it! If you’re fundraising online your money will be sent directly to us. If you’re fundraising offline there are three ways to pay in your money.
    Whichever you choose, make sure to use your Fundraiser ID number so we can identify and record your donation correctly. If you don’t know your Fundraiser ID number or don’t have one, please call our team on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au and we will arrange one for you.
    Bank deposit – if you would like our bank account details to pay in or transfer money, please call us on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au
    By phone – please call us on 02 9218 2318 to make a payment over the phone using a credit or debit card
    By cheque – send a cheque (payable to Barnardos Australia) to Barnardos Australia, Community Fundraising, GPO Box 9996, Sydney NSW 2001.

    Please do not send cash through the post.

    Fundraising Page FAQs – Just Giving

    Follow this link to the Just Giving Site. Sign up as a fundraiser and make sure you select to fundraise for Barnardos Australia. Once you have signed up make sure you personalise your profile; add an image, let people know why you are fundraising for Barnardos and get sharing! If you need any assistance with your page set up, call us on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au

    You can add or change photos by clicking on the ‘edit my page’ tab. Follow the prompts and ensure you save your changes.
    Click the ‘view’ link above your fundraising information to see your changes.

    You can change your page name and personal message by click the ‘edit my page ‘tab. Follow the prompts and ensure you have saved your changes.
    Click the ‘view’ link above your fundraising information to see your changes.

    You’ll find this in your registration email. You can also try searching your name on the Just Giving Homepage here. If you can’t find it, call us on 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au
    Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! once you click login, you’ll see a prompt if you’ve forgotten your details. we’ll send you an email with a reminder of your username and a link to reset your password.

    Thank you

    We’re very grateful for all your fundraising efforts and thrilled you chose to fundraise for Australia’s most vulnerable children through Barnardos.

    More questions? We are here to help with your fundraiser! Please contact: 02 9218 2318 or email events@barnardos.org.au