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.
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:
“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.
We’re giving you the chance to win £200 to spend with Hotels.com!
How to enter
For your chance to win, simply answer the following question. Just visit Hotels.com to find the answer. (Remember to enter your name and email address on the next screen, after you’ve clicked submit).
You have until 11.59 on 3rd August to enter. Good luck!
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It’s not long now until the schools break for the summer holidays. Whether this thought fills you with dread or joy, it’s a great time to make sure you have easyfundraising on your radar!
Why? Well, it’s a perfect opportunity to boost your easyfundraising supporter numbers and raise lots of easy donations!
If you’re a parent, you’ll be looking ahead to a summer of keeping the kids entertained, back to school purchases and everything else in between.
And if your cause uses easyfundraising to support a school PTA, a scout or girlguiding group or local kids sports club, it’s time to get other parents on board so all their purchases raise donations too.
Here are some really simple things to do to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fundraising opportunities over next few weeks.
Get more supporters!
It might sound obvious but more supporters means more donations! And when you think that an active supporter raises on average £30 a year (often much more!) you can see that there’s huge potential for raising a lot of money for your cause.
So, if you’re wondering how to get more supporters, look no further than our ‘How to sign up more supporters’ guide. Plus check out all the fantastic NEW ‘Back to School’ themed marketing tools in the ‘Raise More’ section of the website. You’ll find everything you need including our school themed posters, flyers, business cards and ready-written emails and social posts.
Talk to people
Summer fetes at the end of term are the perfect opportunity to tell other parents that your cause uses easyfundraising! Arm yourself with flyers and business cards and recruit mums and dads to your easyfundraising army to raise donations too.
Spread the word
Get your free print-at-home business cards to help get more people raising donations for your cause! Keep the cards in your purse or wallet so you have them handy when you’re out and about picking up the kids and chatting to other parents.
Raise with trips and days out
Looking for activities and entertainment to keep the kids occupied? Or thinking about booking a late break at the seaside? Shop online and raise a donation with hundreds of travel retailers. Don’t forget to raise when you book travel, take out insurance or buy sun cream, sun hats and swimwear too!
Beat the rush!
Feeling really organised? Make a list of all the school supplies you’ll need ready to wave the kids off back to school in September! Start shopping for stationery, lunch boxes, books (everything they won’t grow out over the summer!) now, spread the cost and see a steady stream of donations start rolling in.
A great way to remember
Lots of people kick themselves after realising they forgot to visit easyfundraising before they bought something online! So when you’re in a rush to get the kids ready to go back to school and it seems everything’s been left to the last minute, the Find & Remind toolbar will come to your rescue! The Find & Remind is really easy to use, once installed it will alert you every time a donation is available when you’re shopping online.
Download our new seasonal marketing calendar. It’s a full of weekly hints and tips to guide you right through to September. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, this is a great resource for inspiration.
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 over the summer!
We’re always looking for ways to help you raise more and would love to hear about what works for you! Share your ideas in the comments section and help other fundraisers raise more too.
— THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER, SARAH JARVIS! —
This month we’ve teamed up with Viking to give one lucky winner an Apple iPhone 5c!
How to enter
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply visit Viking to find the answer to the following question. (After you click submit, remember to enter your name and address on the next screen).
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.
You can also get an extra entry into this competition by liking the Viking competition posts over on our Facebook page.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. Good luck!
Remember, you can raise a 4.5% donation when you shop with Viking via easyfundraising!
Viking is the UK’s largest office supplies retailer to small and mid-sized businesses, offering access to over 12,000 office products at low prices, plus exclusive website offers and deals.
This competition is now closed – winner to be announced soon!
As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations John Lewis are hosting a series of special events at it’s Oxford Street store and we’ve got two tickets to give away to one of the very best events!
What’s the Prize?
On 7th June chef Francesco Mazzei of L’Anima restaurant will cook for an exclusive table of 20 diners, presenting a tasting menu accompanied by specially paired wines from Waitrose – and you and a partner could be two of the lucky twenty!
With an impressive culinary career and penchant for contemporary yet soulful Italian cuisine, it is no wonder that Francesco’s restaurant L’Anima is London’s award winning Italian restaurant.
This whole amazing event will take place on the store’s specially transformed roof garden in the Oxford Street store and all proceeds from the night will be donated to Barnados and Keech Hospice Care.
How can you win?
We’ve got two tickets to give away and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is make a purchase with John Lewis via easyfundraising between 26th May and 2nd June and we’ll enter you into the draw to win two tickets!
Raise more with John Lewis
And don’t forget that as part of the celebrations, John Lewis have increased donations by 150% from 1% to 2.5% when you spend over £150 and to 1.75% on everything else so you can raise more for your cause when you shop!
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