Fundraising with Projects Abroad
Get our fundraising guide
So you've decided to undertake a voluntary placement with us - but how will you raise what may seem like a rather daunting sum of money? Don't panic! We have compiled a detailed Fundraising Guide which you can request here and read the ideas and advice on this page.
- Make a plan - how much can you raise or earn per month?
- Set up your own fundraising page on your personal 'MyProjectsAbroad' web page. This is available once you've been accepted onto a project; you can then give the link to anyone interested in donating towards your project fee.
- Cut down on expenditure and resist the temptation to buy things you really won't need – check out the kit-list we provide on your 'My ProjectsAbroad' web page.
- Create realistic targets and chart your progress.
Sponsorship and fundraising
Many companies would consider sponsoring you if you approach them in the right way. See our Fundraising Guide for ideas on how to write effective letters. Before you target them consider the following:
- Does the company have a local interest in your school/university/community?
- Does the company have an interest in your project or destination?
- Can you offer the sponsor an opportunity for promotion via advertising for a sponsored event on local radio/in a newspaper/on a poster/on a T-shirt displaying their logo?
- Lions Club, Rotary or Round Table in your area
- Trusts associated with churches and cathedrals
- School and university grants
- Charities and trusts
- Royal Geographical Society
The 'Directory of Grant Making Trusts' is a good start (cheaper to borrow from the library than to buy!). Make sure you fit into the criteria of any particular charity or trust
Two trusts that are willing to fund overseas projects are the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Trust. The Jack Petchey Foundation is for potential volunteers from London and Essex (www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk). The Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Trust is for those from East Ridings of Yorkshire and Norfolk (www.spret.org). These are just two of many trusts that can help you to fund your gap year.
The Royal Geographical Society offers a variety of grants every year to students and researchers. To find out more about these have a look at www.rgs.org/OurWork/Grants.
Remember, if sponsors' criteria are that they only donate to charity, please ask us about our charity partner, the Projects Abroad Foundation.
These often need planning in advance, but can be really rewarding. Make posters and e-mail all your friends so as many people support you as possible. Why not contact your local radio or newspaper to attract sponsors as well as promote the ones you have? Think about who you know - anyone in a band? An owner of a bar or restaurant? Our Fundraising Guide is packed with inventive ideas.
A part-time job
Do not underestimate the value of ordinary work! Here is an example of how a part time job can help: Working for £5 an hour for 4 hours twice a week earns £40 per week - £160 per month - £1920 a year!
Finally, we are here to help and many of us, once volunteers like you, have embarked on our own weird and wonderful methods of fundraising. Remember that motivation and organisation are the keys to success. Good luck!
Volunteering on a Budget
Participating in a volunteer project abroad is possible on any budget and we are always looking for ways to keep costs low and help our volunteers fund their experience. Take a look at our tips for budget volunteer trips. Looking for some creative fundraising ideas? We've also rounded up some tried-and-tested fundraising methods from former volunteers.