PAGEANT - "Education is the future"
Fundraisers for Pageant
How to raise money for Pageant
Pick a Fundraising Activity
You probably don't need any help in picking a fundraising activity. No-one is going to run a marathon just because we suggest it! However, just in case you are looking for ideas, here are some diverse ways that people have raised money for Pageant.
Pick a project
Schools in The Gambia are always in need need of funds for essential things - building work, furniture, play equipment, libraries, teaching aids. We believe that fundraising will be a bit more focused if it is linked to a specific project. When your fundraising is complete, your donors can see the results of their generosity by updates on the progress of 'their' projects on our website. Maybe you already have a project in mind, but if not we'll provide you with a short-list of projects which you can select from. However, if you just want to raise money for our general funds, that is fine. 
A great way to keep your donors in touch is via a web page. We are quite happy if you build your own, but we can build one for you on the Pageant website. Here are some examples of pages we have built for fundraisers:
All these pages had a 'donate' button linking directly to an online donation page - though in the first two, where the fundraising has closed, this button has been removed. The pages are created and kept up to date with text and pictures sent by the fundraiser.
So if you would like us to make you a fundraising page, just send us all the info and some photos. We can usually get a new page published in a couple of days, and then continuously update it with stuff you send us. Once your page is set up, you can publicise the link, and of course people will also find it from links on our website news pages.
We at Pageant will do everything we can to help fundraisers to raise money for us. We appreciate that you would like to keep control of your publicity and have instant access to your latest totals for money raised, so we have registered with MyDonate, Virgin Money Giving and My Charity Page. We prefer MyDonate as it has the lowest deductions from donations. However, the choice of where to create your own online donation page is yours. Alternatively, we can create a page for you on MyDonate.
is an online donation service run by BT. There is a . At present MyDonate offers the best value service as they charge no fees, only passing on the handling charge made by card issuers. You can register as a fundraiser completely free by clicking the 'Start fundraising' tab at the top of any page. There are three ways you can set up your page, and you will find a whole section of hints and tips to help. You obviously need to direct your fundraising towards Pageant, so when asked to select a charity, simply typing 'pageant' into the search box should find us.
Virgin Money Giving
offers free sign-up to fundraisers and then an easy way of creating your own fundraising page. To create your page, first go to the , On the right, click the 'Start fundraising' link, and choose one of the four routes to set up your page. Just follow the instructions - it really is easy. If you need help, the 'Help guides' will tell you all you need to know.
Virgin Money has launched a charity credit card.
This allows users to select any of 1500 charities registered with
Virgin Money Giving, and donate their cashback to their selected charity.
Other Online Donation Services
MyCharityPage has now closed, so Pageant is no longer able to offer online donation pages on this service. It is possible to donate to Pageant via the Charities Aid Foundation, but they don't have homepages for individual charities and we can't set up pages for fundraisers. The Big Give also doesn't allow a home page or fundraisers pages. Many people use Just Giving but their fees are significantly higher than MyDonate, so Pageant has not registered with them.
New online donation services keep appearing, and we always check to see if they offer any significant advantage over our chosen provider. If we find something better, we will change!
Event Sponsorship Forms
You can download an(in Word or PDF format), for use in collecting sponsors names and pledges for any event you are taking part in. Remember that people sponsoring you can tick a box so Pageant can reclaim Gift Aid on their sponsorship donation.
Easyfundraising is a shopping directory with over 2000 online retailers on its list. When you shop online with any of these, you will earn a small donation for Pageant. There is also a search facility which earns small amounts for Pageant every time you search. Start fundraising for Pageant now, with no more exertion than a few clicks of your mouse..
If you need any help or information, then please email me