Start A Fundraiser

Fundraising is a wonderfully charitable thing to do and there are many ways to fundraise. Fundraising increases awareness about your cause and provides an opportunity for others to give, while supporting means for you to obtain financial resources for grassroots initiatives of local communities throughout the world.

Some people organise events such as walks, dinners or dances. Others will do energetic things like running a long distance, cycling, or climbing mountains. Then you have people who do crazy fundraising challenges to raise money such as cycling around the world, swimming the English Channel, or running through the desert.

There are many ways to fundraise, which is the beauty of it! People can do what suits them and what they enjoy doing to raise money for the cause they support.

Decide what the event is going to be. Ideas are limited only by your creativity. You could choose to hold something traditional, such as a silent auction or a dinner, or you could try something really different, such as a race, a water-fight, or even collecting donations while wearing something silly for the whole day. Be creative!

Get written permission (atleast over email) from the governing body or the respective person in-charge before starting.


By setting specific objectives, you can measure your progress and develop a timeline to raise funds. It takes time and energy to raise money.


Fundraising Approaches:

Before you start asking, think about the attitude and energy you hope to share.  Here are some ideas for how to make fundraising convenient for both you and your donors:

Online Approaches:

Fundraising online is the new norm!  Harness Facebook, Twitter, and other on-line networking tools to raise funds. Engage the on-line communities and get your cause out there! In fact, many potential donors are willing to donate on-line with a credit card. The more flexible you are, the more money you can make.

Traditional Approaches

Consider using your fundraising tool as a hub as you take on more traditional approaches to fundraising.  Here are a few ideas for how to create excitement and share with friends, family, classmates, colleagues and even introduce your efforts to new people!

  • Events: Organize fun activities and charge a fee for admission: contests, concerts, black-tie galas, costume parties, dances, block parties and more.
  • Sales & Raffles: There are time honored, and classic fun methods for raising funds: bake sales, garage sales, rummage sales, car wash, raffles.
  • SHARE THE EXPERIENCE :Show how your actions abroad have helped people and reveal to donors where their dollars have gone. Give an educational presentation to groups, show slides or send supporters a “newsletter” from overseas. Offer to send them links to your blog or pictures after your trip.
  • FOLLOW UP:One follow-up call can make the difference between an individual sending a check and pushing a possible offer to the back burner and never acting on it. Keep a list of everyone you have contacted and the dates you contacted them. Always send a thank you note to those who had the generosity to contribute to your trip.  Explain to them how much their contribution helped make a difference for you and the community.

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