How to Set Up a Charity Walk

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How to Set Up a Charity Walk
Charity walks can be a great way to raise awareness and money for your cause, but it takes a lot of work to make the event successful. (people image by Galyna Andrushko from

Organising a charity walk can be a daunting task. There are many steps involved in creating a successful event, with one of the most important being how much time you can devote to the project. Legal issues, city planning, advertising, volunteers, and community involvement are just a few of the key elements to be considered. However, if you can overcome the hurdles your event should come off without a hitch.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • City permit
  • Permission from your charity
  • Liability insurance
  • Advertisement
  • Volunteers
  • Participants
  • Donations

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  1. 1

    Contact the charity you wish to represent and obtain permission. You need the charity's endorsement to use their name and logos. They may also be able to help you with advertising.

    How to Set Up a Charity Walk
    Get the charity's permission to use their logo and name. (logo image by Juliane from
  2. 2

    Obtain a permit from the city. Plan your walking route and check with your city council to obtain a permit for the day of the event. If any public streets will be closed you will also need to contact your local police department.

    How to Set Up a Charity Walk
    Get a permit from the city and police department for your event. (city hall image by haemengine from
  3. 3

    Obtain liability insurance for your event. Several insurance companies offer short-term insurance to cover bodily injury, damage to public property or other incidents that can occur with large groups of people.

    How to Set Up a Charity Walk
    Crowds, even well-behaved crowds, can cause damage. Make sure you are insured. (form -3 image by Rog999 from
  4. 4

    Advertise. Contact local newspapers and television stations to get discounted or donated advertising to recruit participants and sponsors for the walk. Try to get written agreements when possible to insure enough walkers and volunteers to work the event.

    How to Set Up a Charity Walk
    It takes a lot of people to have a successful event. Advertise for participants and volunteers. (newspapers image by Christopher Hall from
  5. 5

    Contact local and/or corporate businesses for donations. Bottled water, resting stations, giveaways and entertainment will enhance your event and help to boost spectator participation.

    How to Set Up a Charity Walk
    Ask for the business community for donations. (Girl proposing a bottle of water image by Mykola Velychko from

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