Organise Your Own Events

The following section has different ideas on how to raise funds as well as hints and tips on how to make your fundraising event as successful as possible. 

Also, remember that here in the fundraising team we are more than happy to guide and support you in whatever way we can, so please keep in touch and let us know how everything is going along the way.


Making a commitment to raise funds for a great cause can seem a bit daunting at first, even to the most experienced fundraisers. Our Event Registration Form is available here. The following tips are designed to help you get the most from your efforts and have a bit of fun along the way too. 

Set a target

The first thing to do when you decide to fundraise is to set yourself a target.  Make sure it’s achievable, so you stay motivated and feel like you’re making progress.  Now you can start to work out the different ways you can achieve your goal including:

Contacts, contacts, contacts!

Make a list of all the people you know who you can ask for a donation or to help you in your fundraising efforts.  This could include family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours or any clubs and societies you may be a member of. 

Match funding:

Sometimes companies operate a match funding scheme which means they will match the amount raised by an employee up to an agreed amount e.g. €500.  This is an easy way to seriously boost your fundraising efforts, so don’t forget to check it out with your employer.

Online Fundraising:

You can raise funds for Jigsaw through  All you need to do is select Jigsaw as your charity of choice and create your fundraising page.  Remember to personalise your page and explain why you are raising funds for youth mental health.  Set your fundraising target (fundraising pages with a target receive on average 40% more donations than those without). Share your page via your email and social media pages.  All funds raised online will be paid directly into our bank account at the end of each month, giving you one less thing to worry about!

Sponsorship cards:

We are happy to provide you with sponsorship cards which you can use to collect funds from people you know in your workplace or local area. 

Make sure your first donation is a big one, as this sets the tone for all donations that follow. 

It’s important to remember, that you should not use sponsorship cards to collect money from the general public. 

We also ask that you return all used and unused sponsorship cards to us following your event.

Maximise your funds!

Consider if there are other ways you can increase your funds.  Maybe you could organise a raffle and source prizes from local businesses in your areas? 

Remember, don’t forget to keep asking.  It usually takes more than one email to get a response.  Think about when you ask people to support you as well so time your emails when you know people are feeling flush - payday usually works well!


Organising your own event can be great fun and a brilliant opportunity to bring people together for a shared cause.  With some careful consideration and planning, your event is sure to be a success!

Choose your event

Firstly, decide what type of event you would like to organise.  Take a look through our A-Z of fundraising ideas to see what takes your fancy.  From BBQ’s, to bake offs, to quiz nights, there’s bound to be an idea that works for you. 

Get the planning started

Do you need to book a venue or can you host the event at home, in work or in a local club?  If your event is going to be outdoors, have a backup plan in case it rains.  List all of the tasks that need to be taken care of and delegate where possible to family and friends.


Before you decide on the date or time of your event, do some research to see what else is going on in your area.  You don’t want to put in all that effort only to discover that you are competing with another event on the same day. 


After deciding on how much you would like to raise, work out if there are any costs associated with your event.  A good rule of thumb, is to raise four times the amount that you spend.  For example if you spend €100 on your event you should aim to raise a minimum of €400.

Also, there are ways to keep your costs to a minimum.  Local businesses might sponsor some costs or donate prizes.  If there’s a fee for the venue, see if they will waive it, or give a charity discount. 


Check if you will need to take out insurance for your event.  We will do our best to advise you on any insurance you might need. 

Spread the word

Look at all the different ways you can promote your event – design some posters and put them up in your area, put a notice in the local newspaper, parish bulletin, or on local radio.  Update your social media pages and any local event pages.  Tell people about your event and encourage them to spread the word too. 

Remember to contact us if you would like to use our logo on any printed material you are designing so that we can supply you with the correct version.  All materials with the Jigsaw logo will need to be sent to us for final approval before going to print. 

Cash handling

Please ensure your own personal safety when handling cash.  Don’t count cash or coin in a public place, and always ensure that two people are present.  Both individuals should verify the amount counted and include their initials on the cash sheet.  It’s important to keep a record of all expenses and receipts associated with the event. 


Depending on the type of event you are organising, there may be some legal matters to take into consideration.  It’s important to think this through well in advance so that you are well prepared in the lead up to or on the day of your event.  If you are in any doubt, please contact us here in the fundraising office on 01 4727010 or email

Public collections

If you are holding a collection on private property such as a shopping centre or supermarket, you will need to get permission from the centre/shop manager.  You may also be required by the manager to provide the following:

Garda permit

Letter of Authorisation from Jigsaw stating you have permission to raise funds on our behalf.
If you are organising a collection in a public location such as on the street, park or churchgate collection, you will need to obtain a collection permit from the Gardai.  You will need to contact your local station and fill out an application form.  The process can take up to 3 months in some areas, so be sure to get your application in well in advance. 


You will need to get permission from the manager of the supermarket in order to carry out a bag-pack.  If you are planning on raising funds this way, it is important to try and book your dates as far in advance as possible as dates (especially weekends) fill up fast!

You will also need to provide the manager with a letter of authorisation from Jigsaw. 

Raffles and prize draws

If you are organising a raffle and selling tickets you will need to organise a lottery licence, if the value of the prize is in excess of €4,000 or if you are selling tickets to the public as opposed to close family and friends. 


We will do our best to support you in your efforts to raise funds for Jigsaw.  Here are some of the ways we can help:


We can provide you with information leaflets, t-shirts, buckets and sponsorship cards etc. to help you raise funds for Jigsaw.  We would ask that items such as buckets and sponsorship cards are returned to us after your event.

Promotional materials

If you are designing promotional material for your event, you should state that the event is ‘in aid of/to benefit Jigsaw’ e.g. Cake Sale in aid of Jigsaw or Quiz night to benefit Jigsaw. 

Our logos

We are happy to provide you with the correct version of our logo’s and guidelines for usage on any promotional materials you are producing.

A final proof of all promotional materials with the Jigsaw logos should be sent to us before going to print.  You can send it to


Approaching local businesses for sponsorship or prizes is a great way to support your event.  Let us know if you have plans to approach third parties as we may already have a relationship or contact there. 

Media activity

Please keep us posted of any media activity that you are planning.  We are happy to provide a quote for any media releases and share your media activity across our social media pages.  Please let us know if you would prefer not to be included in our social media activity. 

Cheque presentation

When you have raised your funds, we are happy to attend (where possible) or invite you into our office for a cheque presentation.  We may also like to use any photo’s or details of your event, in our internal communications, newsletter or on social media.  Please let us know if this is ok.


Congratulations, you’ve done it! Your fundraising event is complete and hopefully you have reached or maybe even exceeded your goal! 

Before you sit back and allow the dust to settle, there’s still that all important task of returning your funds to us.  There’s several ways that you can do this which hopefully will make it as easy as possible:


You can log on to and lodge your funds raised using your credit card.  We will receive notification of your donation and will issue a receipt accordingly.  

If you chose to set up an online fundraising page via,  then the funds will automatically be transferred to our bank account at the end of the month. 

Bank transfer

You can lodge your funds directly into our bank account online or in any Bank of Ireland branch.  Please remember to include a reference on the lodgement so that we can reconcile our bank statement and acknowledge your donation as soon as possible.  Our account details are:

Bank: Bank of Ireland

Account Name: National Centre for Youth Mental Health

IBAN: IE38BOFI90149093704516



You can send a cheque, bank draft or postal order made payable to Jigsaw to the following address: 

The Fundraising Office, Jigsaw, 16 Westland Square, Pearse Street, Dublin DO2 V590.

In person

You are also more than welcome to drop your funds directly into our office.  We are open Monday – Friday from 9-5.30pm. 


75% of all adult mental health difficulties arise before the age of 25.
Mental health is the Number 1 concern for young people today
Jigsaw has supported more than 15,000 young people to date


Your support is vital to help us change how Ireland thinks about and responds to young people and their mental health.

Direct support

Since 2008, Jigsaw has supported more than 16,000 young people across a range of issues including, anxiety, panic, low mood, relationship difficulties, anger management and low self-esteem.  

Mental health is the number 1 concern for young people and with your help, we can continue to be here for thousands more young people who need somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to. 

We have Jigsaw Services in 10 communities around Ireland including Dublin (North Fingal, Dublin 15, Clondalkin, Tallaght) Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Meath, Offaly and Roscommon. 

We believe every community deserves a Jigsaw and in 2016 we have plans to open three services in Dublin, Cork and Limerick city centre. 

Education and Training

We are passionate about breaking down stigma and starting the conversation around mental health.  With this in mind, we deliver training to thousands of adults every year on how to better understand and support young people and their mental health.

We encourage students to talk about mental health and seek help when they need it through our peer education programme. 


All our programmes are evidence based and we are committed to ongoing research so that we can better understand the difficulties young people are facing and adapt our way of working to meet these changing needs.   

Meet Our Heroes

Jigsaw is delighted to have some incredible people taking on amazing challenges to raise awareness and much needed funds for youth mental health this year


Fundraising A-Z

Lots of fundraising ideas.