The holidays can be one of the best times to fundraise because people are in a generous, happy mood. But do you find people saying, “I’m really busy” or “I just used my money for a present” ? Read below for help to get going.
Fundraising isn’t as hard as it might seem, if you follow these tips. Give your friends and family (and anyone else you can market to) a reason to donate or to buy what you are selling, and keep it short.
If study abroad is your dream, make sure you make that clear as well as why this experience will make a difference to you. Keep what you say or write to under two minutes and people will pay attention at a busy time like this. If they say “no” then keep pushing forward and don’t allow it to slow you down. If you need to adapt your strategy, then do so. Perhaps people keep telling you they are on a diet and don’t buy cookies; so offer them some healthy options!
Don’t know how to bake? Bakesales aren’t the only fundraiser that exists! What about a raffle for a trip to a spa? Or sew cute fabric covers for pet beds to sell. An international dinner, hosted in your language teacher’s classroom. The sky is the limit! We have more resources here.
If you send an email to either friends or different groups around town, tell them how they can act to donate (whether it is an embedded hyperlink to your fundraising website like fundmytravel.com or your name and address in order to send a check). Try to personalize the emails you send, and cater to each group you send out to (church groups, local businesses, relatives).
One of the easiest ways to start fundraising is asking for money to be donated toward your trip instead of receiving presents during the holidays or for birthdays.