MSF Fun Run

Your fundraising efforts allow us to carry out our lifesaving work around the world. It couldn't happen without you. With this quick-start guide, raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has never been easier.


Your quick-start guide

Click on the steps below to find out more.

Step one: Decide what you want to do - Check out the best ideas from some of our inspirational fundraisers. 

Step two: Getting started - Follow our step-by-step guide to launching a fundraising campaign.

Step three: Keep going - To help reach your fundraising target, see these useful tips and resources. 

Step four: Finish strong - Bring in those last few donations with a nice email to thank your supporters (there's an example for you here).


Decide what you want to do

Not decided what you want to do yet? Be inspired by some of our amazing fundraisers.

Sports and Adventures

Cooking and baking

creative fundraising for MSF

Music and shows


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Get started

Follow these five steps to kick off your campaign.

1. Get in touch with our fundraising team
We’d love to hear what you’re planning and we’ll help spread the word. 

2. Set up a JustGiving page
This will enable your friends to donate online and by text. Visit our JustGiving page to set up your own fundraising page. If you would prefer to collect donations in person use our sponsorship form.

3. Ask close family and friends to make the first donations
Donations from generous family and friends will give your campaign a kickstart. Show them what their money will buy with this fact sheet.

4. Send your first email
Our most successful fundraisers use email to reach out to their supporters. To get started, use our draft email to tell your family, friends and colleagues why their support is so important. Follow the link to send your first email.

5. Fundraising at school or at work?
We've also put together some ideas to help you fundraise at school or at work.

6. Tell the world about your campaign
Use your social networks to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds. You can also find some great videos and posters in our resources section.


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Keep going

Use our tips to help spread the word and reach your fundraising target.

1. Send a follow-up email
People live busy lives and may need a reminder. We've written a draft email to help you get their attention.

2. Keep your community updated 
A status update reminds your friends why you are fundraising. Why not post a photo of your preparation for the big event?   

3. Struggling to hit your target?
If you’re building up to a big event you could plan some smaller fundraising activities alongside. Hosting a dinner party or holding a cake sale or raffle are great ways to raise money – and give you a chance to thank your friends for their support. 


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Finish strong

1. Thank your supporters
Up to 20 percent of donations come in after an event, so it’s really worth giving your campaign one last push. Thank your supporters and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. Here’s a nice email to do just that.

Finally thank you for all your hard work, effort and inspiration - we couldn't do our work without you.


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