Raise funds for Student Minds and you'll be helping us in our mission to improve student mental health across the country.
There are lots of ways you could raise funds for Student Minds - anything from a cake sale to a film night or a sponsored activity. We've got a list of ideas and examples of past successes below, but of course, you're free to think of your own fundraising idea!
If you've already got an idea for an event you'd like to run, please do fill in the event form so that we can publicise it! Alternatively, see our fundraising ideas further down this page.
Step 1: decide on your fundraiser
Decide on your fundraiser
It's easy to incorporate fundraising into a wide range of events. Your event might be a sponsored activity, or a stall, a film night, quiz night, charity auction - it's up to you! Check out the pictures above for ideas and examples of best practice from groups and individuals who have run these fundraisers before. If you are still stuck for ideas please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you've already thought of the event you'd like to run, you can skip to Step 2.
step 2: organise donations
Creating an online donations page
Creating a fundraising event page on BT MyDonate is easy:
Student Minds groups
If you're a Student Minds campus group, we've already made a group fundraising page for you. Find your profile by going to our Student Groups page. When you fundraise, we'll split the donations equally - half will go towards your local group and half will go towards supporting our work as a national charity. To simplify the logistics of this, we will be transferring half of the fundraised amount into your group’s bank account when you reach £300.
Our volunteer, Emma, has a guide to working with your BTMyDonate page and accessing the fundraising resources we've made for you:
When carrying out a fundraiser please can you download and fill in the pay in form. If your fundraiser involves accepting offline donations, for example on-the-door ticket sales for a quiz night, please see the paying-in form.
If you accept offline donations but want to see your total (online + offline) donations, you can add in the information about your offline donations total to your fundraising page!
step 3: plan
Running a fundraiser takes a lot of planning, so to make the process easier, we've created checklists for you to use throughout the planning process.
step 4: publicise
To get maximum attendance and donations, publicise your fundraiser as much as possible. Here are some tips on how to publicise across all the different channels available to you.
Student Minds Website and Social Media
Student Minds Website and Social Media
- Fill in our public events form here to let us know the details of your event (where/when/what). When we have this information we can advertise your events on our website and add it to newsletters & social media.
- After the event, fill in the form again to let us know how it went so that we can update our followers and gather examples of best practice. Also please do send over any photos - we love seeing the work of our incredible volunteers!
Newsletters & magazines
Print, TV & Radio
- Tap into other societies members of your committee are part of; word of mouth is often under-rated!
step 5: final considerations
- If your event is being held in a public place don't forget to get permission from the local authority.
- Collecting tins must be properly sealed and you'll need at least two people to count the money and sign off the total amount collected. Do not leave cash unattended – keep in a sealed bag/ container and (if possible) pay it into the bank immediately after the event.
- Keep a record of any money raised and keep receipts for any expenses.
- Remember to adhere to food safety standards and think about first aid/ insurance.
If you have any questions, please drop us an email at email@example.com.