Here are the top ways you can help. Some are easier than others but most importantly, all will make a difference!
The best ways to get involved is becoming a member. You’ll be able to attend our General Meetings, have voting rights and help steer the direction of the project. Our members are the backbone of our organisation.
Support When Shopping
There are several simple ways you can turn purchases into donations for Gravitate, and it won’t cost you a penny!
We have been awarded by Co-Op Community Funding to allow its members to support our cause. Select our cause (72383) to support, present your card when shopping at Co-Op and 2p for every £1 will go to our cause until 21st October 2023. With the more support, the more likely this could bring some further funding at the end of the funding period.
Amazon Smile is an automatic way for you to support Gravitate every time you shop. You’ll find the exact same prices and products as Amazon, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Gravitate!
Easy Fundraising turns your everyday online shopping into donations for Gravitate, at no cost to you. Just visit your favourite retailers through the Easy Fundraising website and shop as normal. Once you’ve made a purchase, the retailer will make a donation to Gravitate. A widget can be added to your web browser to make this even easier!
Spread the Word
Having passionate and enthusiastic supporters spreading the word about the project makes a huge difference. The more buzz we can create and the more interest we can drum up, the likely funding and support will fall into place to allow delivery of the project.
The biggest way to help Gravitate at present is spreading the word. This can be done by sharing social media posts, telling both friends and family of the cause and attending events.
One of the key focuses is to make the most of the Co-Operative Community Funding as not only will this raise funds at the end of the term, but will also demonstrate that the community support in what we aim to achieve and reach out to members of the community that may not be aware of who we are.
Wearing gravitate jerseys and t-shirts when you are out on your adventures is a great way to spread the brand. Don’t forget to take photos and share on social media. Gravitate merchandise is available through the online shop and at Gravitate events.
We live in a digital age where social media can have a big impact. Having a strong social media following is a great way to demonstrate to potential backers that we have support and can give good brand exposure! Please help us to spread the message and drive social media engagement by doing a few simple things…
Encourage your friends, family, school mates and work colleagues to follow our Facebook, Instagram. Like our post, but equally as important, comment and share! ‘Likes’ are nice to have, but it’s the comments, sharing and re-posting that can have the biggest impact.
Direct donations are always appreciated, as a small donation now could unlock larger scale funding in the future. The easiest way to donate is through Trail Karma by donating via Trailforks. Here you can set up a monthly donation or make a one-off donation. This is a global online trail mapping and management tool. The cool part about this platform is that you can use it to make donations to local trail building organisations to show appreciation for their hard work.
Even though at the time of writing this, Durris Forest is looking a less likely option to progress into the vision we had for it. We are not going to abandon the site completely and carry on with our collaboration with Aberdeenshire Trail Association to maintain and sustainably make safe the existing trail network once Forestry Land Scotland has granted access again to the site.
Support our supporters
We’ve had a tremendous amount of support from local business. They have provided everything from business advice to financial donations and raffle prizes. Find out who these supporters are by visiting our ‘Supporters’ page.
Please show your gratitude to these businesses and organisations by investing in their goods and services. Don’t forget to tell them that you appreciate their ongoing support for Gravitate. If we can demonstrate to them that their support for Gravitate is having a positive impact on their business, they’ll be more inclined to support us again in the future.
In addition to investing, there are also many other ways that businesses can support. A lot of organisations have social committees who are responsible for deciding what charitable causes to support and how to support them. Why not suggest Gravitate as a worthy cause?
Most large organisation have some kind of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme where they can provide pro bono support to charities instead of direct financial contributions. If this is a thing that your company does, it would be great to hear about it.
And finally, one really simple way that corporations can support is by providing raffle and auction prizes. These are brilliant ways to facilitate self-fundraising where a relatively modest contribution can help leverage some significant financial returns.