What does a children’s charity do each day?
Now this does depend on the charity, but each children’s charity will be doing the same kind of work each day.
Working with volunteers
Without volunteers a charity would not be able to run, it is that simple, they are the backbone of any charity and are crucial. It is more important than ever for children’s charities to have a good number of volunteers to help at fundraising events, help in charity shops, volunteer for office work and volunteer for day-to-day tasks.
With the price of living on the rise again, more and more families look to children’s charities to support their children through hard times, so more and more volunteers are needed to help keep up with the increasing demand on the charity.
Running or planning fundraising events
This is the fun stuff in a children’s charity. Finding new ways to raise money for the good causes that are being supported. Be it a sponsored run, a beard shaving, an auction or a sponsored walk, every fundraising event is vital to the support of a charity.
Sometimes a charity will receive a call out of the blue to say that someone wants to raise money on their behalf, great, job done! And every charity is extremely grateful for this. It is the other times that become more challenging when trying to find a new and creative way which will draw people’s attention to the charity’s cause.
But this is also the rewarding challenge that every who works with a children’s charity strives for!
Running social media campaigns and posting
Love it or loathe it, children’s charities have to keep up with the modern world and use social media extensively to show people that the work they are doing is worthwhile and that people’s donations are going to good causes.
For the PR team, a lot of the day is used collating all of the good work the fundraising teams have done and letting people know about it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. The more people who see the posts and the more people who react with the posts, means there is a higher chance of gaining more support for the charity.
No charity is complete without the help and generosity of the public. Whether it is unwanted clothes or electronics that are being donated, every donation is greatly appreciated and help to keep the charity going. It is a pretty full-time part of the day organising free collections and ensuring everyone is thanked and the donations are used in the right ways.
Running the charity shops
Charity shops provide a children’s charity with a majority of its money. There are dedicated teams of staff and volunteers that ensure that the shops are run efficiently and in a welcoming manner. The teams in the shops sort through any donations that are given, dress the shop, interact with customers, help to promote the charity’s image and ensure that the charity is supported. There are always friendly staff members in charity shops that have a real passion for what the charity is supporting and are always more than happy to help.
Finding and making relationships with new partners
Like the members of the public, partners are integral to the running of a children’s charity. Without them, there would be no charity. Charities rely heavily on support from partners. They provide charities with donations, PR opportunities and connections with others that can help to support the charity.
Donating money and time to children
Whether this be giving an individual a grant, an organisation funding to support hundreds of children or providing free mental health services to a child, this is, even a little selfishly, undoubtedly the most rewarding part of the day. From all the hard work that is put in each day, it is amazing when you can see that the work has paid off and you are able to support a child. Obviously, you wish the work didn’t have to be done and there was no need for children’s charities but, being able to help someone makes the hard work worth it.
And there we are. More than you thought?
The teamwork involved in each children’s charity is testament to the work being done by the charity. Without the hard work and dedication of its team members the good work being done would not be possible.
Without the support of the public and partners, a children’s charity would not be able to run and the children most in need in the UK would not be able to access the support they need.
As you can now see there is so much that makes a charity run, and the list above is by no means exhausted but offers a good insight into what a children’s charity does each day.