Pitching season is a really valuable period of time where student fundraising groups pick their charity partners for the year ahead. However, it can also be quite expensive for charities and exhausting for student fundraisers.  That’s why we’ve put together some handy tips to help you make the most of it!

1. Plan in advance work out when you want to pick your charities and work backwards. Give charities plenty of notice and time to book trains!

2. Think about the cost some charities might not have the funds to pay for travel and staff time for pitch days. Think about whether you can offer skype appointments or other ways for them to get involved.

3. Shortlisting be honest. Does your student fundraising group only want local / national / international charities? Be upfront with potential partners about your criteria so that they don’t waste their resource pitching.

4. Application forms review them regularly, making sure the questions are relevant and up-to-date. Publicise your application deadlines widely and offer a contact email address for potential partners to get in touch with questions.

5. Organisation on pitch day don’t try and squeeze in too many charities, ideally each one needs around 30 minutes to give a good insight. Make sure to give gaps between each appointment as well, just in case they overrun!