World Challenger wins £200 courtesy of easyfundraising & John Lewis!

As a little thank you for all their hard work raising money, we recently gave World Challenge supporters the chance to win a £200 voucher to spend at John Lewis. All they had to do was raise a free donation by shopping via easyfundraising!

The winner is…

John Lewis & easyfundraising competition

Congratulations to our lucky winner, Chris Macey! Chris has been raising funds via easyfundraising to support his Word Challenge expedition to India since March. Along with the help of 10 supporters, Chris has already raised almost £100 towards his trip!

Chris said: “easyfundraising is a great and easy way to raise funds towards my World Challenge expedition next year.

By registering with the website, many of my friends and family have purchased things that they would have bought from the same online retailers anyway – most of the big names are part of the scheme – and it all chips away at the total cost of the trip without them having to put their hands in their pockets. (Which means I can still ask them to support me in various other activities that we’re doing to raise the funds).

It took a little time to explain to them about the trip and how easyfundraising works, but the response was really positive. By doing this early on, it has meant that the contributions keep coming – even out family holiday this year qualified for a contribution.

The vouchers are a real bonus, and because John Lewis sell such a wide variety of goods, I can use them to purchase some of the kit that I’ll need before we set off for India next summer.”

Well done Chris from everyone at easyfundraising, and all the best for your trip next year!

Start raising free funds!

You can support Chris’s challenge too or register your own challenge and start raising free funds now, simply by shopping online via easyfundraising!

Easyfundraising head to Manchester with #hiddenfundraising

easyfundraising #hiddenfundraising envelopeStarting today (August 18th) easyfundraising will be hitting the streets of Manchester with a special selection of golden envelopes. Each envelope contains a donation of up to £50 for a charity or good cause you care about; all you need to do is find them!

For two weeks, our team will be taking the #hiddenfundraising campaign to Manchester, hiding gold envelopes across the city for you to find. From Spinningfields to the Arndale, they could be anywhere.

Keep checking our Facebook and Twitter for clues on where to find our gold envelopes. Your donations could really make a difference, so watch this space!

Do your bit with #hiddenfundraising

As dedicated fundraisers, we’re always looking for new ways to help others. Each year we work with over 2,700 big name brands to raise money for deserving causes. We’ve currently reached over £7 million in donations and can’t wait to see this total get even higher.

If you’re in the Manchester area, keep your eyes peeled. A little flash of gold could be one of our special envelopes!

If you’re lucky enough to pick up one of our donation envelopes, tweet about it with #hiddenfundraising. We’d love to hear who you’re helping out.

5 tips to raise donations right now!

5 tips to raise donations now

We’ve got 5 top tips to make this a great summer of fundraising!

1. Book your holiday and raise £££s

You can raise big donations when you book your holiday via easyfundraising with retailers including Thomas Cook, Disneyland Paris, Haven, LateRooms.com and many more. Remember that all of your holiday essentials can raise donations too – from travel insurance and airport parking, to a new holiday wardrobe, books and a new camera to capture all those special moments in the sunshine!

2. Beat the ‘Back to School’ rush

Use our ‘Back to School’ checklist to help get your organised with everything you need, ready to wave the kids back to school in September! Shop now for stationery, laptops and tablets, books and uniforms to spread the cost and see a steady stream of donations start rolling in. Shop for new term supplies with retailers including M&S, John Lewis, Clarks, Apple, Tesco Direct and more!

3. Entertainment for the kids

Looking for activities and entertainment to keep the kids occupied? Or thinking about booking a late break to the seaside? Book online and raise donations with hundreds of retailers including Butlins, Eurocamp, Sealife and Chessington Holidays. Don’t forget to raise when you book travel too – thetrainline and National Express Coaches will make a donation to your cause when you book with them.

Spread the word and get more supporters with out travel themed marketing tools in ‘Raise More’.

4. Enjoy the outdoors

Get outdoors and make the most of the good weather! Buy toys and games from retailers Argos and Toys R Us and raise donations. Organising a garden party with family and friends? Shop for outdoor furniture, barbeques and supplies via easyfundraising. If you’re planning on getting close to nature with a camping trip, buy your tent, sleeping bags and accessories from Millets, Blacks and Cotswold Outdoor.

5. Be top of the class!

Why not challenge other parents, members of your school PTA or supporters of your good cause to a bit of friendly competition? See who can sign up the most supporters or raise the most donations over the summer. We’ve got lots of ‘Back to School’ themed marketing tools, including postersflyersemails and social posts, to help you spread the word and raise more donations too!

Happy fundraising!

Win a family bundle of books worth £500!

We’re giving you the chance to win a family bundle of books worth £500 courtesy of our friends The Book People!

How to enter

For your chance to win, simply answer the question below. Visit The Book People to find the answer. (Once you’ve clicked submit, remember to enter your name and email address on the next screen).

How many pages are there in the new Carol Vorderman book, Computer Coding for Kids?




You can get an extra entry into the competition by ‘liking’ The Book People competition posts over on our Facebook page.

You have until 11.59 on 31st August 2014 to enter. Good luck!

Remember, you can raise up to a 3.5% donation for your good cause when you shop with The Book People via easyfundraising.

About The Book People

The Book People provide a hand-picked selection of best-selling books up to 75% off RRP with free standard delivery (worth £3.50) on orders over £25.

Terms & Conditions.

Win with John Lewis

This competition is now closed. It was won by Kerry Brearley with her winning entry;

“You can shop til you drop…raising money non-stop!”

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As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, the team over at John Lewis have asked us to give away a fab prize to one lucky easyfundraiser.

How would you like £150 to spend at John Lewis? That’s the prize on offer – a lovely spending spree to celebrate the iconic store’s birthday!

Read the full article

How Two Causes Raised Over £3,000

Being a ‘force for good’ in the community has always been part of the John Lewis Partnership’s vision and the longstanding relationship with easyfundraising has proved a great way for the company to benefit causes around the UK.

So far, John Lewis have donated £340,440 through easyfundraising and the effect that has had on many causes is immeasurable.

We spoke to two causes who have really seen the benefit of shopping with easyfundraising and John Lewis

Chapelhouse Persian Rescue

Based in Chesire, Chapelhouse Persian Rescue rehome pedigree cats UK-wide. So far they have raised over £2000 through easyfundraising.

Super-supporter Suzanne Markham has raised most of her £451 by shopping with John Lewis. Suzanne told us:

Supporter Suzanne Markham with rescue cat Munty

“The partnership of John Lewis and easyfundraising is perfect for people like me; I love quality items but I also want to feel good about buying them. This partnership makes it easy for shoppers to generate added income for their chosen cause, yet it doesn’t cost the shopper more and we get to feel good about our purchase”.

There are many retail cashback schemes. I could probably buy the same items from somewhere that gave me cash-back, but I use John Lewis via easyfundraising in preference.”

What can be better than enjoying a quality shopping experience while generating funds for something you support?”

This is my way to donate to a good cause, but I won’t donate at the expense of product quality or what I was seeking; at John Lewis I will get exactly what I wanted and the donation is a real added-value incentive”.

It’s nice to think that a cat I know via the rescue, or one I may have heard about, is being helped by something I have purchased at John Lewis. Very satisfying!”

Owner/Manager Cheryl-Anne Jenkinson adds:

We love easyfundraising!  Not only is it a way for us to top up our much-needed income but it is also a great new way to engage with rescue supporters. It is always difficult to find new and exciting routes to involve people in fundraising activity.

Not everyone can ‘do something’ practical within a rescue, but everybody shops online these days, so it’s an easy way of saying: you can all do something for the cause of your choice. We are also really pleased that retail brands like John Lewis support good causes in this way.”

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity dedicated to research into improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

They have raised almost £1000 so far with easyfundraising. They need to raise £100million over the next five years to continue the life-saving research so every penny raised by shopping with John Lewis helps get them nearer to that target.

Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator Sophie Loveday said:

“Every penny raised from shopping with John Lewis via easyfundraising helps us in our mission to beat blood cancer, by stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better.  We’ve been working to beat blood cancer for over 50 years and we won’t stop until we do.”

So thanks to John Lewis and the partnership with easyfundraising, these two causes and thousands more are making a difference to our communities.

And with donations increased by 150% to 2.5% when you spend £150 to mark the company’s 150th anniversary, this year our causes will be raising even more.

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