Lots of past volunteers have found that fundraising for their placement is a great way to get those Placement Fees covered and we couldn’t agree more! This document contains some ideas and templates, which have been hugely successful in the past, for you to use yourself to get that cash coming in.

Your Campaign

Fundraising can be a daunting prospect, but it should be an enjoyable experience. By staying motivated and enthusiastic your donors, and campaign audience, will stay much more engaged and be more likely to support your cause.

To make sure your fundraising is as successful as possible, you need to start by figuring out your fundraising target. Having realistic aims and objectives will help you to plan and achieve your goals. Try planning those aims in advance and working out a strategy before you begin.

Our Partnership with Easyfundraising 

We’re partnered with easyfundraising – the UK’s biggest retail fundraising website. If you're based in the UK, sign up your placement and you can receive a free donation every time you, friends and family shop online.

How it Works

Whenever you buy something online, go to first and choose who you want to shop with - there’s over 3,100 retailers to choose from including eBay, John Lewis, Apple, Sainsbury’s, Argos, Tesco, Travelodge, ASOS and even Dominos Pizza! Then, click out to the retailer, shop as normal and you’ll earn a free donation from the retailer towards your project fees! It really is that simple!

With over 50 airlines to choose from too, you can even earn yourself a donation when you book your flights!

1. Register at It’s really simple to do and takes only a few moments.

2. Visit easyfundraising every time you shop online, then shop as normal by clicking out to a retailer’s site. Every time you buy something, you’ll raise a donation towards your trip

3. Encourage your friends and family to sign up to shop in support of you too – your funds will soon mount up!

     Top tip! When you register, make sure you give your cause a name that your friends and family can find easily e.g. SLV.Global Indonesia 2019 – John Smith

Encourage all your friends and family to do the same and you could collect thousands for your trip - volunteers like you have raised over £1m between them using easyfundraising. It’s quick, it’s easy and it doesn’t cost anyone a penny extra!

Sign up at or check out this handy set up guide!

Top tip! When you register, make sure you give your cause a name that your friends and family can find easily e.g. SLV.Global Indonesia 2019 – John Smith


Online Fundraising Sites

There are a number of online fundraising sites that allow you to raise funds for your own personal use, which would be the most appropriate when fundraising for your SLV.Global Placement. Quite a few of our volunteers in the past have chosen to use or This is our link to Fundmytravel.

The good thing about online fundraising sites is that they make collecting donations and promoting your fundraising efforts very easy. You can email your page to close friends and family and well as posting it on any social media platforms i.e Facebook and twitter. People can then donate easily, leave messages of encouragement and keep track of your fundraising progress.

When setting up your page there are a couple of things to remember; think about what would inspire you to donate to a friend’s page. People will want to know why they should donate, so don’t be shy about telling them. Be honest about what the money's for and how it will be used. Describe the work you will be doing, talk about what you will be gaining from it and what you will be able to do with the support. Try to keep it positive, short, sweet and captivating. Check out this example.

Talk about yourself as much as possible, as it’s you who they’ll be supporting. Campaigns that are personal and visual are often more successful. Add in some photos* or even get a bit more creative and make a short YouTube video explaining why you are fundraising? Keeping people updated with regular status updates or even a blog will help donors feel a part of your project.

*Please use images from our website only, as we are really careful to not expose or exploit those whom we work with or to use exploitative photos you might find on the internet of other projects that aren’t actually ours.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your campaign, offering a reward or an incentive can often inspire generosity. For example, offering to make everyone who donates a yummy Balinese meal upon your return is always a nice touch. Perhaps consider writing a postcard for each person that donates £10/$10/€10 updating them on how your placement is going, or even promising to write a blog.

Just be careful not to promise anything you can’t stick to! They don’t need to be really expensive incentives, something fun, silly or meaningful should do the trick.


Hold an Event

Holding an event can be a great way to make some money. Whether you are a lover of sports, a talented musician or a great baker, there are countless events you can hold. Use your strengths, do something you enjoy and get your family and friends involved! For example if you are a lover of sports, perhaps sign yourself up to do a sponsored activity such as a 10k run, bike ride or triathlon and ask your friends and family to donate.

If sports isn’t your thing why not put on a quiz night? Putting on a quiz night in a local venue is a great way to expand your fundraising network away from just immediate family and friends. Ask your local church or pub if they will let you hire it out for the evening, invite people along and charge a set amount per person or per team. You can easily find quiz questions online. To double up you could even sell cakes at the quiz night - win!

Many volunteers have done sponsored ‘nights in’ as well. Think karaoke (who doesn’t love it?) fancy dress parties or poker nights. Invite friends, colleagues and family along to a night of fun, food and entertainment and ask everyone who attend for a small donation to your campaign. Charge your friends £5/$5/€5 and get them over for a movie night complete with facemasks and pedicures. There are lots of ways of fun, easy ways to get creative.

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Local companies might be willing to sponsor you as part of their corporate social responsibility to work or to gain publicity. Or you can ask friends and family if they can share your page at work to increase your donation network.

Apply to Your University/College

Many universities offer help to their students when undertaking this kind of placement. Get in touch with your careers and employability team or form tutor. Googling also helps; you may find you’re eligible for more money than you expected. Here are some examples of UK universities that we know have helped volunteers before:

University of West England
Bournemouth University
University of Kent
Goldsmiths University
University of Bristol
University of Nottingham

SLV.Global are happy to write you a letter to help with your application, you just have to ask. Feel free to email our Partnerships Account Supervisor, Iona, for any help with the forms or advice on grants. 

Apply For Local Grants

On top of University or College grants you can also find local funds and charities that will sponsor people to get involved with volunteer community projects overseas. It’s worth having a look to see if you can find any that fit your criteria. The 'Directory of Grant Making Trusts' is a good place to start, it’s quite an expensive book but you should be able to find a copy at your local library. Two examples that are willing to help fund overseas volunteering projects are The Jack Petchey Foundation ( for volunteers from London and Essex or The Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Trust is for those from Norfolk, Hull or the former East Riding of Yorkshire. (

If you don’t ask...

If you haven’t done much fundraising before then asking people for donations can seem a bit daunting, but be confident in yourself and your cause. Sending around an email to friends and families can be really fruitful. If you send them your donation page they can donate anonymously or write you a message of encouragement, the more people you make aware of your fundraising efforts the more likely it will be that you reach your target. Someone wise once told me ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’ and that sure is true on this occasion. Good luck with all of your efforts and if you need anything else just let us know!