Upload a picture to bring the cause to life and highlight its importance. We’ve collected some images for you to choose from and download. You’re welcome to use them on your fundraising page, but please remember to credit the IRC.
Tips and Tricks
Learn how to create a successful fundraising page.
Tip 1: Choosing your giving site
We recommend using JustGiving for your online fundraising, but we’re also registered with:
All of these sites give you guidance on how to set up a fundraising page.
Tip 2: Making it personal
Take a few minutes to write a short message for your profile. In our experience, the more personal and compelling the fundraising page, the more people donate. Thinking about these questions might help:
What triggered your decision to take on this project? Was it something you read in the news? Or saw on Facebook? A conversation you had with a friend?
Why did you choose to support the International Rescue Committee?
Whatever inspired you will probably inspire your family and friends too.
How other IRC supporters do it
Mark Johnson ran the 2016 Race to the Stones
14-year-old Kuba Williams walked 309 km from the Irish Coast to the North Sea Coast
Photographer Sam Brown tries to capture the Human Face of Solidarity
David Edwards cycled 1000 km in 10 days
Tip 3: Setting your target
£250 could provide lifesaving medicine and care to help 200 children survive a cholera epidemic in Chad.
£500 could buy goats for 7 Sudanese families struggling to live in a conflict zone. A goat can give a family nourishment as well as a sustainable source of income and a chance to regain economic independence.
£1,000 could help 25 Afghan girls go to school for a year, paying for their tuition, books and learning materials.
£2,500 could make sure 50 Syrian refugee families get blankets, sheeting and floor mats to sleep on when they arrive at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Tip 4: Adding a compelling picture
Upload a picture to bring the cause to life and highlight its importance. We’ve collected some images in the slideshow below for you to choose from and download. You’re welcome to use them on your fundraising page, but please remember to credit the IRC.
Tip 5: Spreading the word
You’ve finished your fundraising page and it’s gone live, so it’s time to let the world know!
First off, send a few close friends or family a personal email introducing your project and inviting them to donate. People tend to decide their donation amount based on how much others have given, so it’s a good idea to start with whoever you think will give the most.
Once you’ve got a few starter donations, it’s time to tell everyone. Email your family, friends and colleagues and post the link to your fundraising page on your social media accounts. You can even include it in your personal email signature.
Tell them again
Don’t be scared to send regular reminders to your supporters, via email or on social media. It’s for a vital cause, so they won’t mind. It often takes a few prompts for people to get around to visiting your page and making a donation.
Good luck and thank you! Your support will make a huge difference for refugees and families in need.
Tip 6: Paying in your funds
You’ve had a great time and raised lots of money. So now what?
If you have set up an online fundraising page, we receive the funds you raise directly from JustGiving, BTMyDonate etc. So you don’t have to do any more! Thank you!
Otherwise, here are the various options available for you to pay in your funds:
Credit and debit cards
You can pay on Rescue-uk.org/donate.
Cheques, postal orders, CAF vouchers
Send them to: The IRC, 3 Bloomsbury Place, London, WC1A 2QL. Please make cheques payable the ‘International Rescue Committee’.
Money can be paid into our bank account:
Account name: International Rescue Committee UK
Bank name: NatWest
Bank address: 38 Strand, London WC2H 5JB
Account number: 41453387
Sort code: 60-40-05
Please let us know when you make a transfer into our bank account.
We’re with you every step of the way
Whether you’re taking on a charity challenge or organising an event, our team are on hand to help you. We’ll send you a welcome pack, training plans to build up to your challenge and tailored fundraising materials to support your event. We’re also here to give you tips and advice whenever you need them. Just email us or call the team on 020 7692 2764.