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Fundraising

Before The Race for websiteIf you are reading this then you must have taken the great step of deciding to fundraise for Soft Power Education. First and foremost… thank you very much. Second, all the information you should need to help you with

How do I fundraise?your event can be found on these pages. Whether you are fundraising prior to your trip to Uganda or whilst suffering from post-travelling blues – good luck!

Its as simple as 1-2-3… ok maybe not, it’ll need some work from you but we guarantee you’ll have a good time doing it:

  • Take a look at our Great Fundraising and A-Z of Fundraising Ideas for some inspiration from previous fundraisers.
  • Read through our website to make sure you know who you are fundraising for and where the money will go – people will ask!
  • Decide on an event
  • Get all your friends and family involved
  • Have fun raising money for Soft Power Education!

Why Fundraise?

We are only able to achieve so much in Uganda thanks to the generosity of our fundraisers. The money they raise goes to continue the work on School Infrastructure Project, the Alternative Education programmes and the Livelihoods initiatives. Without these funds we really wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Why do I need to fundraise if I am volunteering?

We do ask anyone who would like to volunteer with us to fundraise and this amount depends on the type of Volunteering you are taking part in. This money covers the costs of the materials you use whilst volunteering – everything from paint to cement and fuel for the trucks are covered by your donation. Without your fundraising efforts we wouldn’t be able to buy the materials you will need when you get to Uganda.

Need more information?

We have now made it even easier for you to fundraise with our Fundraising Resources page, which contains all of the information you will need – photos, presentations, posters, leaflets… if there is anything missing then just let us know!

We are also now signed up to Just Giving which makes your fundraising as simple as 1-2-3!

Donating

If you would like to make a donation then you can find all the information you need right here.

Why not set up a monthly standing order and become a Soft Power Education Friend – we’ll send you a t-shirt and send you regular updates on all the projects! Monthly standing orders help us most by allowing us to budget effectively. If you live in the UK, you can set one up by printing off the standing order form at the bottom of the page and posting it to us at our Suffolk address – details below.

If you live outside of the UK please see the section at the bottom of this page entitled Overseas/Non UK Donors 

How to donate to Soft Power Education:

Cheque

Send us a cheque payable to ‘Soft Power Education’ to:

Soft Power Education
55 Guildhall Street
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1QF
UK

Bank Transfer

Transfer funds directly to our bank account giving your name as a reference, to:

HSBC
149 Whiteladies Road
Bristol
BS8 2RR
UK

Tel:  08457 404 404

Account Name: Soft Power Education
Account Number: 91349511
Sort Code: 40-14-09

PayPal

Send money via PayPal. Use info@softpowereducation.com as the payment address. Please do remember that we get charged about 5% for this service so if you are in the UK or have a UK bank account it would be best to transfer your donation straight to our UK account and that way we won’t lose any of your donation to fees.

Just Giving

We are on www.justgiving.com which makes fundraising very very easy as everyone can donate from the comfort of their own homes without having to do too much. You can also use this site to make a one off donation but please do bear in mind that they will charge us for the privilege! Take a look at the Justgiving.com section for more details.

Standing Order

Download and print the Standing Order form.

Overseas/Non UK Donors

If you live abroad it is best to donate via Paypal (see above) or to transfer money straight into our bank account as follows:

HSBC, 149 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RR, UK.
Tel:  +44 (0)8457 404 404
Account number: 91349511
Sort Code: 40 14 09
IBAN: GB04MIDL401409/91349511
Swift code: MIDLGB22

If you are collecting donations from several people then please contact us to find out the best way to send us the donation.

UK Taxpayers

Make your donation tax-efficient – it costs you nothing. If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete and return the Gift Aid form to us at our Suffolk address. If you are doing a sponsored event then please ask all UK tax payers to complete the details on our Sponsor Form. Please post your completed sponsor form to the address above after your event.

Others

Justgiving.com

Soft Power Education has teamed up with www.justgiving.com to make your fundraising as simple as 1 2 3.

How do I get started?

Donation Online button

Click the button on the right and follow the instructions.

Download JustGiving.com’s guide to fundraising with social media

Download JustGiving.com’s ‘How to create a page’ help sheet

Giveasyoulive.com

Give as you Live works with many leading stores that have signed up to donate a commission on every online purchase to the charity. This commission is already included in the price of what you’re buying, so you can support your favourite cause, at no extra cost to you.

How to get started:

  1. Click get started.
  2. Select softpowereducation.com as your favourite charity.
  3. Install Give as you Live and start shopping as you usually do.

It’s that simple. If you have any questions please use the online help.

Gift Aid

Give more with Gift Aid!

For every £1 donated by a UK tax payer, Soft Power Education will receive an additional 28p. Soft Power Education can claim Gift Aid tax relief of 25p on every pound you give. HMRC will also be operating transitional provisions for Gift Aid donations made from 6 April 2008 until 5 April 2011, paying a Government supplement of 3p on every pound you give.

Just think about it for one second.. if you fundraise £1000 we could potentially add another £280 to your donation just through Gift Aid!

What do I need to do for Soft Power Education to be able to claim Gift Aid?

If you are doing a sponsored event then just make sure you include a ‘Gift Aid It’ box for people to tick and that they include their full address including postcode. You’ll need to include the sentence below on the form somewhere too:

Please note: You must have paid at least an amount of income tax or capital gains tax equal to the tax we reclaim on your donation each year. This will entitle us to gain an additional 28% on your money; this makes a huge difference.

If you are making a one off donation then we can claim Gift Aid if you complete the Gift Aid Declaration and return it to the following address:

Soft Power Education, 55 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QF

If you are holding a sponsored event please use our Sponsor Form and ask any UK tax payers sponsoring you to complete the details on the form to enable us to claim Gift Aid. Please send your sponsor form with all the details on to the address above after your event.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on Gift Aid.

For more detailed information on Gift Aid visit HM Revenue and Customs