Lots of past volunteers have found that fundraising for the program is a successful way to help with program fees. We think that's a great idea, so we’ve put together a few ideas and templates for you to use below.
Fundraising can be tough, but it should also 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.
Our Partnership with Easyfundraising
1. Register at http://slvglobal.easyfundraising.org.uk/ 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 Sri Lanka 2018 – John Smith
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.
Whenever you buy something online, go to easyfundraising.org.uk 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!
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!
Online Fundraising Sites
As SLV.Global is not a charity, using a site like Justgiving.com is not possible. However, there are a number of online fundraising sites that allow you to raise funds for your own personal use. Quite a few of our volunteers in the past have chosen to use Pledgie.com or Fundmytravel.com. This is our link to Fundmytravel.
The good thing about online fundraising sites is that it makes 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 is for and how it will be used, describe what you'll 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 for inspiration.
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? Please use images from our website only, as we are really careful to not expose or exploit those whom we work with. Keeping people updated with regular status updates or even a blog to help donors feel a part of your project.
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 real Indian meal upon your return is always a nice touch. Writing a postcard for each person that donates £10/$10/€10 updating them on your how your placement is going. Or even just promising to write a blog can inspire people to give. Just be careful not to promise anything you can’t stick too! 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 and do something you enjoy. Why not get your family and friends involved too? For example, if you're 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 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. Double 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.
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
SLV.Global are happy to write you a letter to help with your application, you just have to ask.
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 Petchy Foundation (www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk) 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. (www.spret.org).
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, then 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!