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Fundraising online

Tips on how to set up a page on JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving and Facebook, including suggested wording, graphics and images.

JustGiving and Virgin Money

An online giving page is a simple way to collect donations: your supporters can donate directly, and Gift Aid will be collected automatically.

  1. Sign up for an online giving account. The main sites are JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving: remember to choose Sightsavers as your charity of choice.
  2. Upload a profile picture to make the page feel more personal, or add a Sightsavers image: see below to download some examples.
  3. Add a description about the event and explain why you’re supporting Sightsavers. Visit our About Us page for info, or use the following text: ‘Sightsavers is an international organisation working in more than 30 of the world’s poorest countries to prevent sight loss, fight disease and promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities.’
  4. Add an event date to boost donations leading up to the big day itself.
  5. Post regular updates about your training and fundraising.
  6. Set a fundraising target to help you track your progress.
Volunteer community distributor Mamadou Samine from Senegal smiles broadly while holding an umbrella.

About Sightsavers

Want to tell your supporters why you're choosing to raise money for us? You'll find information about Sightsavers’ vision, mission and work on our 'About Us' page.

Read about us

Facebook fundraising

Facebook offers a free and easy way for you to help charities, including Sightsavers, through fundraising.

  1. Go to www.facebook.com/fund/SightsaversUK
  2. Set your fundraiser target and add a finishing date.
  3. Give it a catchy title and add a description of why you’re raising money for Sightsavers. Suggested text could be:
    ‘Sightsavers is an international organisation working to prevent sight loss, fight disease and promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Since it was founded, Sightsavers has helped to provide 7.3 million cataract operations and given more than a billion treatments for debilitating diseases. Donations will help support its work in more than 30 of the world’s poorest countries.’
  4. Add a photo: you can choose one from the suggestions provided.
  5. Click ‘Create’ to publish your fundraiser and you’re ready to go!
Saidi from Zanzibar smiles with his family member after his cataract operation.

Share your fundraising story with us

Post your fundraiser on our Facebook page to let others see why you’re raising money for Sightsavers.

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Share your story

Use your page to tell the world what you’re doing, then add text, pictures and videos to bring it to life. Explain why you chose to do what you’re doing, and why you decided to raise money for Sightsavers – you may have a personal reason for deciding to help us. If you’re fundraising for someone special, share their story too.

Once your page is built, sharing it on social media is a great way to tell potential sponsors about your fundraising. You can also follow Sightsavers’ accounts and tag us in your posts for even more exposure.

For lots more stories of why people have raised money for Sightsavers, visit www.justgiving.com/sightsavers or see our links below.

Local news coverage

To promote your fundraising, why not send a press release to your local paper? Download our customisable press release template below.

Press release template

Need inspiration? Read our fundraisers’ stories

Sightsavers ambassador Ben Quilter during a training run.

“Embrace the challenge”

World champion judoka Ben Quilter ran the London Marathon in 2018 to promote Sightsavers, and shared his essential marathon training tips.
Read Ben’s story

Kalpesh Patel and the other fundraisers before and during their sponsored run.

“We had so much fun!”

A group of friends from north London completed a charity ‘pub run’ for Sightsavers after being inspired by the story of a young mother we helped.
Read their story

Chris Gordon, a Sightsavers supporter, training for the London Marathon.

“Training was hard going”

Chris Gordon ran her first marathon in aid of Sightsavers: our cause struck a chord with her when her own sight started to deteriorate.
Read Chris’s story

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