Thursday, December 15, 2011
Your favourite charity STAR needs money to keep going. Come on STARs – get your fundraise on!
The new STAR Fundraising Guide brings together top tips and new ideas from across the network that will help your STAR group to run fundraisers that are both fantastic and foolproof in 2012!
Fundraising for STAR makes a massive difference to the lives of refugees by helping to ensure that we, as a network, can continue our amazing work. It is a great way to get involved in exciting challenges and events as well as creating a buzz around STAR campaigns on campus!
The new Fundraising Guide includes tips on how to run successful events and ideas of what to do. This includes a comedy night, a treasure hunt and even a sponsored wax! It also has advice on different ways to promote your events to have maximum impact and lists some tips for collaboration with other student societies.
Why fundraise for STAR?
STAR is a major force in the refugee movement. In your thousands you make a huge difference to the lives of refugees in the UK each year by volunteering, campaigning and promoting positive images of refugees. The team at STAR national fundraise hard to help make this happen but we really need your help too! STAR needs over £200,000 a year to run the network and pay for all the things that make this happen, such as:
- work with policy makers, the media and other refugee organizations to change national policy for refugees
- produce the resources we send to you at freshers so that you can recruit more members
- run the STAR conference where you learn about refugee issues and share ideas for more great work (each place costs £100!)
- develop and update the STAR website
- train STAR members who volunteer with refugees
- run STAR campaigns
Getting involved in fundraising can also be beneficial to your STAR group. It can boost your profile on campus, raise greater awareness of refugee issues and get STAR recognized by your Student Union as an important and active society! This can result in them giving you bigger budgets and greater support. Durham STAR, Warwick STAR and Cardiff STAR have even won awards from their SU in recognition of all their fabulous work on campus – well done you!
How you can fundraise for STAR
As well as ideas in the guide below, we have two national fundraisers coming up:
Sporty STAR Challenges Take part in a challenge such as the Brighton Marathon or the Euro City Cycle!
World Food Night In February STAR will be teaming up with Refugee Action and asking you to get together and cook delicious food from around the world for students at your university. Alternatively you could hold a STAR ‘Come Dine With Me’ to raise funds for STAR!
At STAR conference 2011 you also came up with some fantastic new fundraising ideas. Why not try:
- A Citizenship Test Pub Quiz
- A Refugee Rhythms Music Night
- A Poetry Slam
- A comedy or open mike night
- A Pop up Charity Shop or Swap Shop on campus
- A stall selling snacks or glow-sticks at an SU club night
If you would like to do a sponsored challenge for STAR, get some help organising an event or share a great idea then get in touch with the STAR team.
6.1 Why Fundraise?
6.2 How to fundraise
6.3 Fundraising Ideas
Posted by STAR team on 15/12/2011 at 11:40 AM