Community Fundraising & Events

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Developing a community fundraising product is a challenge.

But getting it right can help you create one of the most sustainable fundraising streams for your organisation.
A successful community fundraising event should be sustainable, scalable over time, simple to do and simple to understand, and finally, fun.


A sustainable program where people can be attracted to participate year after year.

Defining the activation starts with research and insight into your organisation and your audience. We seek to identify a clear connection between the services you offer and the activation that is proposed.

For example, Marlin has developed Caritas Australia’s largest annual community fundraising campaign—Project Compassion—since 2015. 

By developing an integrated campaign idea with consistent messaging and look and feel, Marlin has helped Caritas Australia to consistently raise more than $10M each year.

Our role is to create clear positioning, that enables the story surrounding the campaign to feel linked yet different from year to year.


Easy to do, well-defined challenge

Once your supporters see the value of your cause, offer them an easy to do, well- defined activity to participate in.

When MS Australia approached us to create a brand new community fundraising product, they selected one where we had linked the fundraising activation of running or walking 50K with the organisation’s desire to help make MS a thing of the past—and so the May 50k campaign began. 

This event raised $2.2million in the first year and $6.6m this year.


How the public perceives the campaign

Understanding brand, psychology and fundraising all help create a strong campaign identity that can be promoted to your audience, and to the wider public. 

We use strong creative direction to create consistent messaging, campaign look and feel to articulate your purpose and connect your supporters to a clear call to action which can be integrated on various platforms and channels.

For MS Australia’s ‘May 50K’, we created the campaign name, campaign headline ‘Leave your limits behind’, which connects the role of the run (to the runner) and the outcome of the funds raised (to the beneficiary). We developed all the campaign materials including a sub-brand book that can be used consistently in all promotional channels and platforms.


Over time, it expands participation, reach and engagement

An effective fundraising strategy behind an event helps expand participation, reach and engagement over time. 

It brings the whole campaign together—from recruiting your supporters, mobilising them to fundraise, to coaching them to become ambassadors for your event. 

We combine event creation, campaign look and feel, supporter engagement and experience, event awareness and post-event acknowledgement to ensure a successful community fundraising event.


A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Events connect people with a cause and give them an immersive, tactile experience that ideally increases their relationship with a charity. 

From initially developing your idea for an event, all the way through to providing the materials needed to advertise and run the event, we ensure that the final experience is both highly rewarding for supporters and a successful fundraising channel for the charity.

We can help you with:

  • Event/Activation development
  • Competitor analysis and research
  • Audience identification and insight
  • Concept development
  • Creative strategy for launch and promotion across messaging, fundraising platforms, promotional channels and fundraiser toolkits and resources
  • Campaign materials including a campaign book, multi-channel supporting collateral such as press, OOH, digital including video, print and mail
  • Creative assets and re-skins for website and fundraising platforms
  • Supporter journeys including onboarding and journey mapping
  • Creative assets for eDMs and SMS
  • Campaign websites and landing pages
  • Custom fundraising platform and integrations


You can count on our experience.

Over the last 15 years we’ve helped clients such as Caritas Australia, MS Australia, Baptist World Aid, Life Education, National Breast Cancer Foundation and many others, launch their event and continually engage more supporters year on year.

Please get in touch to discuss how we can help you launch your community fundraising event.

Let’s work together.

Say hello to Sophie

As one of Marlin’s strategists, I make it my mission to understand ambitions, get to the heart of a problem and work collaboratively to develop a solution. I would love to hear from you!

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