Would you like to know how to raise funds for animal charities? There are hundreds of thousands of small animal sanctuaries and refuges worldwide that are desperate for funds to pay for food, buildings and resources. So whether you wish to help your local animal or farm sanctuary or help further afield, here are some unique ideas to help.
Just throwing money at big charity tends not to work, so you’ll be surprised and inspired by some of these alternative ideas, many of which simply involve swapping what people would normally buy, to supporting small animal charities by default, by changing where they purchase.
Sell Your Own Organic T-Shirts
Teemill is a company set up by the founders of an organic cotton clothing brand. It enables anyone to set up an online store selling organic cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts, with their own graphics printed onto them. Some people use the site as a business, and others use it to raise funds for their favourite cause. Just load your designs, take some photos, then they send out the t-shirts on your behalf, paying your charity the money earned. Most orders are shipped the next day, with worldwide delivery.
At end of life, the t-shirts can be sent back to recycle into new ones, and all are printed using renewable energy, sent in zero waste packaging. They are also printed using renewable energy and sent in plastic-free packaging. Four Paws does wonderful work for animals worldwide. Beetroot Sauvage and Equalkind both help animal charities, through sale of their organic cotton t-shirts:
How Tiny Charities Can Raise Funds
Rather than just rattling a tin at people or ‘chugging’ (charity mugging people on the streets, demanding they hand over their details and earning commission), here are some better ways to support small ethical charities. If you prefer to give anonymously, donate via Charities Aid Foundation. Set up an individual giving account then you can tick the ‘make my details anonymous’ box and donate to any charity you like. Charity Commission lists how charities spend your donations.
- Buy from clothing brands that help animals. Next time you need a new t-shirt, hoodie or beanie, buy from companies that sell organic versions, and use profits to help animals.
- Good at sewing or knitting? Snuggles Project has free patterns on its website to download, so you can make blankets for animal shelters that are registered. They then get free donations, so pets don’t have to sleep on hard steel floors, while waiting for loving homes.
- Or make donkey nose harnesses. These are given to working donkeys abroad, to help stop sores caused from ill-fitting or no harnesses.
- Mutley’s Snaps is a talented dog photographer in Scotland. He takes photos of adopted staffies for an annual calendar, to help change mindsets. No snarling teeth, just happy smiles! One Californian town takes photos of local dogs, then sells it to residents and visitors, to raise money for local animal rescue.
- The Humane League is a US charity for farm animal welfare, started by this man who says focusing on the good gets more donations. Rather than leave people guilty, scared, depressed or traumatised. If you’re upset by factory farming, join Fast Action Network to have supermarkets & MPs change policy.
- Waggle (US) crowdfunds vet fees for those in need (vetted applications). Then they send email updates, to let you know the pet you helped. One supporter (who gave financial backing in memory of a beloved dog) set up Eli’s Fund to match donations.
- Charity Bank offers simple savings accounts, with short application forms. It’s a cross between a charity and a bank, so you save money while helping to fund local community projects.
- Meem is an ethical mobile network that lets you keep your number, runs on 99% of EE networks. 10% profits go to your charity.
- Sign up your small charity to Everyclick. Supporters then just switch search engines, and sponsors donate, each time you search.
- Ask for seed grants (up to a certain amount) from The Sanctuary Angels, The Pollination Project or Awesome Foundation. Sometimes a small grant is all that’s needed to help small causes blossom.
Volunteering to Help Vegan Charities
There are all kinds of volunteering opportunities in the world to help animals – from local animal shelters to helping animals abroad. All skills are needed from DIY to graphic design.
- Surge Sanctuary (recently founded by Earthling Ed) is a wonderful sanctuary and is looking for people with building and other skills (not just for the animals, but to build free accommodation for volunteers).
- Vegan Jobs has its own volunteer section, where you can find opportunities worldwide. From practical animal care to helping with admin and social media, use your skills to help.
- Start a Food Not Bombs group, that cooks and gives away free veggie food, from leftovers in local shops and restaurants. Or volunteer for a local shop or cafe. Hornbeam is a vegan cafe that provides delicious food to the community. They are always looking for volunteers to help with cooking and anything else!
- Type ‘vegan’ or ‘animal shelter’ at WorkAway to find worldwide volunteering opportunities. You get basic accommodation in return for work to help run sanctuaries on a tiny budget. You also get free vegan food!
Hold a Vegan Bake Sale
Vegan bake sales are popular the world over, as everyone of any dietary choice loves cookies and cake, and it’s a great way to raise money for your local animal sanctuary. Vegan Samoa Cookies (Le Petit Eats) are a recipe based on the old ‘Girl Scout Cookies’ that have been used at bake sales in the USA for decades. This recipe by a classically trained baker is gluten-free, and are made with a grain-free shortbread, toasted coconut, date caramel and dark chocolate.
Obviously you have to get the legal and food safety info right. But after that, it’s plain sailing. Just find a few nice recipes and a local talented baker or two, and show your town or village just how delicious vegan baked goods can be. You can then choose a local charity to support (a farm sanctuary, animal shelter or homeless shelter etc) and they benefit too.