Matched funding is where a company offers to donate an amount of money to your fundraising efforts. This can either match the amount that you’ve raised or be a fixed amount agreed up front.
Companies can see great benefits because matched funding can them achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility targets, as well as reduce the amount of corporate tax they pay.
We think matched funding is a wonderful thing as it raises more money for people affected by cancer.
Not all companies are able offer matched funding, and all the companies that do offer it approach matched funding in different ways. So we may need to get in touch with your employer directly to make it work. We also need to make sure that the donation from your company relates to your fundraising efforts.
To let us know if your company is sending us money, or if you just want to find out more please fill in the form on the right and we'll be in touch.
We love it. Why? Because for every £1 people sponsor you, we can claim an extra 25p back from the government.
Although the extra money we receive isn't included in fundraising totals, every penny is used to help people affected by cancer. So encourage your family, friends and colleagues to boost all of their sponsorship money by ticking the box to add Gift Aid – they just have to be UK taxpayers. You can find out more about Gift Aid and see just how much more you could offer.
Think about setting up a personalised donation page to collect your donations. Two of the most popular are JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving. They both offer a really easy way for people to sponsor you and add messages of support to spur you on when the training gets tough. And when you select Macmillan as your chosen charity, all income is transferred directly to us. So all you have to do is share your page on Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to all your friends and family.
Your colleagues might be able to help you with sponsorship, spreading the word or volunteering at your event. So send out the emails, make the most of your intranets, notice boards and newsletters to tell everyone what you’re doing.
You could set up a blog, hold smaller events at work and ask your colleagues to be involved. You could also ask to approach your company’s suppliers – printers, stationers, candlestick makers – your company will be a valued client for them too, so they might be keen to help.
What about approaching a company to sponsor your event? You get extra funds and they get the benefit of positive publicity. If you need more reasons why it’s a great idea, we can send you some Macmillan leaflets explaining our work so that potential sponsors can see how their money will be spent.
Once you’ve done the hard bit and raised the money, paying it in couldn’t be easier.
If you’ve set up a Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving account, we’ll receive your money directly.
If you’ve got a credit or debit card you can pay the money in online or over the phone. We can also send you a paying-in slip or give you our bank details to make a bank transfer. Visit our donate section to find out what's easiest for you.
If you would like to pay by post, please send a cheque and sponsorship forms to:
Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment
Please note, we do not recommend sending cash through the post.
The quicker you send your money in, the quicker it can go towards funding vital services.
If you're planning your event in memory of a relative or friend, you might like to set up a Tribute Fund. It's a place where you, and others can remember, celebrate and share. You can also pay in the money you've raised and people can continue to donate through the fund even after your event has finished. Unlike a JustGiving Page, a Tribute Fund is permanent and doesn’t close three months after your event. You can link lots of different events to a fund and your friends and family will be able to leave messages, donations, and light a candle in memory.
100% of funds go to Macmillan, so all of the money that you raise will go toward helping people with cancer, and their families. If this is something you'd like to do, you can check out the Tribute Fund website, and start a fund now.
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