Fund my Travel 2018-02-03T12:20:29+00:00


How to Fundraise for your Volunteer Safaris Trip !

Below are a few effective ways which will help you to raise funding for your trip.

1. Create a Website

Peer fundraising websites have come a long way in the last few years. There are many out there, have a look at Fund and Seek. This website allows you to create custom fundraising page you can direct all your donors too (with fun social media integration that can help your campaign go viral).

2. Focus on Your Reasons for Volunteering

A truly passionate desire to help those less fortunate than yourselves can always help bring in donations. People are always more willing to help fund a trip for a larger cause than an overseas surfing trip. Let your goals and passions speak for themselves.

3. Connect with your church

There is a good chance your church may be willing to hold a special collection during their service or general meeting specifically in your honor. Approach the proper leaders to organize this collection and provide any helpful information; it is important to find the best way to communicate your mission, your cause, and your need for support to the people in your network who might be able to contribute to your efforts. Additionally, the church itself may be willing to sponsor you directly!

4. Utilize Your Relationships

Successful fundraising costs little and reaches a wide audience. Think about who you know that could help you. For example, if you have a family member who works in a large company, you could ask about being sponsored by them. Or if you have a friend who could get you a venue, you could hold a fundraising event. Start by making a list of everyone you know and how they might be able to contribute toward your volunteer goals. Every little bit helps!

5. Set a Reasonable Goal

Start with a clear goal as to how much you need to raise from each fundraising activity and record your progress along the way. Follow up and assess how much you expected to raise against what you actually do. Some ideas work, others won’t, but don’t repeat the same mistakes. Here are more details on setting goals from the Fundraising Authority.

6. Ask for Specific Donations

It’s a good idea to request a specific amount to let your donors start somewhere and have a benchmark – but that doesn’t mean you need to stick with that number! Asking for a specific amount will also let you plan in advance how much you will need from each donor to accomplish your goals. It may help to go after your biggest benefactor first – people often follow the leader.

7. Write Well-targeted Letters

Address letters and emails to individuals, and individuals within companies, asking for their support. Check out 8 Steps to Writing Successful Fundraising Letters.

8. Hold a Fundraiser

Fundraising events can be fun, creative and inexpensive! The more interesting and unique the event is, the more attention it will get. It’s a great chance to thank people and organizations who have already donated. Contact your local press about your event as well.

9. Offer Incentives for Donating

Turn the situation into a win-win for every sponsor who makes a donation. By giving something in return to all donors, they will have an extra push to donate and spread the word! This could be as simple as sending them updates on your adventures to via email or postcard when you are in South Africa, or giving a presentation about your experiences when you return.

10. Use Your Time Wisely

Fundraising can take a lot of time so make sure to prioritize. Work a timeline into your goals, especially if you’re on a tight deadline.

Resources for Fundraising your Volunteer Trip Abroad

There are so many ways to find all the cash you need to make this trip possible. So don’t let money get in the way – simply put your fundraising hat on and you’ll be on your way in no time!