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Earlswood Cricket Club | Cause of the Month

Earlswood Cricket Club in Solihull, West Midlands have been using easyfundraising for over 5 years and have raised over £1,138 so far. They’ve been very successful in gaining simple, free donations via their supporter’s online shopping activities and through referring other clubs to register. After being referred to easyfundraising by another cricket club, Neil Thorne, Earlswood’s membership secretary, became the main advocate of the easyfundraising message through the club, to both staff and members.

Why did they sign up?

As a voluntarily run operation, like most clubs, Earlswood recognised the need to raise funds, but do this in a way which did not interfere too heavily with volunteer’s time during the working week and their free time away from the club. Easyfundraising made this possible: “it’s essential for us to get funds from wherever we can” said Neil. “This seemed like an excellent way of raising money without impacting people with more work”.

How did they get started?

Following initial sign up, easyfundraising provided a range of promotional tools to help Earlswood spread the word to target supporters in the club and beyond. Neil explained, “I raised a news item on our website to talk about the benefits, this was then emailed to all of our members, as well as via social media to the wider followers. I follow this process multiple times through the year.” To date, Earlswood have 51 active supporters, providing donations each time they shop online.

How do they know how it’s going?

The easyfundraising web portal for the club, allows all supporters connected with the club to see the difference they are making, “It’s very easy to track our progress, our cause page shows our earnings and shows a ranking of our top 10 supporters, creating competition and motivation!” said Neil. This unites the club community together for a greater social good, generating excitement and fun along the way.

What has the funding made possible?

The club have been able to invest significantly in their juniors team, buying a range of new equipment for the under 11’s team to train and develop their skills as they continue on their path to the senior side and provide future success for the club out in the middle.

The feel good factor

Gone are the days when a basic understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel were enough to get you through your ICT lessons in primary schools. According to Vicki Lewis, head mistress at Endon Hall Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent, “kids are growing up in a world where they need to learn how to communicate and work online”, and therein lies the problem as computers, laptops, tablets and other ICT equipment doesn’t come cheap.

In order to fund such equipment schools often partly rely upon fundraising initiatives like PTAs to help them raise the cash. So, when Currys PC World offered us the chance to giveaway £20,000 to a school to spend on Microsoft tech we were over the moon.

We set to work full of excitement, telling registered school causes that if they made a purchase online at Currys or PC World through easyfundraising.org.uk they’d be entered into the prize draw. The entries came in thick and fast but, as is the way with competitions, there could only be one winner.

It was Endon Hall Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent that scooped the prize after PTA member and mum of two Endon Hall pupils, Jacqui Dawson, made her purchase. Having only 32 laptops between 221 children, they really couldn’t believe their luck, until our lovely Account Manager Tom took on the role of Fairy Godmother (or rather Godfather) and turned up at the school gates bearing one almighty cheque.

£20,000 would have taken them five years to raise through traditional fundraising methods, meaning that over 50% of the children currently in education there wouldn’t have benefited from the funds raised.

We’re often on the hunt for ways to help registered causes raise more and seeing the difference it can make first hand only drives us further. Congratulations again to Endon Hall, we hope you enjoy spending your money.

Make sure you’re not missing out on any of our great competitions; the difference it could make to your cause could be just as big! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and make sure you’re registered with easyfundraising.org.uk to get fantastic opportunities delivered straight to your inbox!

Win a £10 donation for your good cause

This week we’re making it even easier for you to win a £10 donation for your good cause in the #FridayFund. Simply nominate the cause you think deserves an extra tenner this week on Facebook or Twitter.

How to enter:

Facebook – Like, share and tag your cause in the comments and tell us why they deserve an extra £10 on the #FridayFund posts on our Facebook page. If your easyfundraising cause doesn’t have a Facebook page and you can’t tag them – don’t worry just tell us who they are.

Twitter – Retweet and reply to our #FridayFund tweets using #FridayFund, tell us your cause and why they deserve a £10 donation and tag their Twitter handle (if they’ve got one!)

We’ll pick 3 winners at random and announce the winner early next week. Good luck!

Full terms and conditions of entry

easyfundraising.org.uk is a way to raise money for good causes such as schools, charities, sports clubs, religious groups, community groups and more, simply by shopping online. Shop with over 2,700 top retailers and choose from over 55,000 good causes. Discover more and register today.

#ReadingRocks Winner!

To coincide with World Book Day we launched our #ReadingRocks competition where we asked you to send in your pictures and videos demonstrating why you think Reading Rocks!

We were overwhelmed with the number of entries and loved looking through you pictures!

You can find more entries on our Pinterest Board.

The winner of #ReadingRocks was Heidi Edwards. Heidi won a book bundle from The Book People and a £100 donation for her cause Hungerford Primary PTA Crewe. Well done Heidi!

Heidi’s winning entry:

Heidi Edwards told easyfundraising:
“I feel fantastic about winning because it means our cause benefits greatly from the money and the books.”

For more great competitions and opportunities to win extra donations like the easyfundraising Facebook page and follow us on Twitter

easyfundraising welcomes Pitchero!

easyfundraising welcomes Pitchero!Easyfundraising have partnered with Pitchero to help their sports clubs raise free donations. It’s a great way for clubs up and down the country to generate extra funds, without increasing the cost of memberships or adding any burdens on their supporters.

Pitchero powers over 10,000 sports websites worldwide reaching over 3.2 million unique users each month. From semi-professional football clubs in England to amateur rugby clubs in Australia, Pitchero is the number one provider of club, league and county websites.

Do you know a club who could benefit from raising free donations through easyfundraising? Why not recommend them? As a thank you, we’ll give you an extra 20% of the total amount they raise in their first 12 months!


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