If you are thinking about volunteering with us, or have already signed up and are now planning your next steps, here are some top tips to help you on your way to a successful fundraising journey:
- Put the ‘fun’ into fundraising by utilising your skills and turning activities you enjoy doing into money makers, e.g. handcrafting if you’re an arty person and setting up an Etsy page. This is just the beginning of an exciting journey so being enthusiastic from the start will help you on your way.
- Plan ahead – motivation and determination are key! Download our ‘Money Planner’ and set yourself monthly targets to reach as you go along.
- Be knowledgeable about African Adventures’ work so that you can confidently communicate with prospective donors about where their money is going and how it will help. Do a little research and don’t be afraid to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
- Be resourceful and talk to others who have volunteered beforehand for inspiration. We have a whole collection of fundraising stories from previous volunteers, so just give us a shout if you get stuck for ideas.
- Publicise your trip – make use of online fundraising tools such as FundMyTravel and easyfundraising to raise awareness of your cause and to collect donations. Don’t forget to share your fundraising pages on social media to maximise your fundraising potential, and always link to our website so that you can build trust with prospective donors.
- Get support from friends and family and, if volunteering in a group, meet with group members on a regular basis so that you can bond as a team before you set off on your trip.
On top of all these, make sure to keep a positive attitude and approach to the task in hand as it will help you go far!
Here are some stories from our volunteers who are currently fundraising towards their trip to show how they’ve got their fundraising underway.
Sacha will be embarking on a volunteer trip to Kenya in the summer to carry out a placement as part of her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Sacha is a keen sailor and one of her biggest fundraising events has been a sponsored sail around the Isle of Raasay with friends. From this event, Sacha raised over half of her trip costs and has been documenting her fundraising activities on a social media page which she has set up especially for her trip.
Sacha said: “I am grateful for all the generosity of everyone who has given in time, thoughts and donations. I am excited to say I am well over my target amount of £2000, with over half coming from my sponsored sail. Thanks again to everyone who gave!”
Zoe will be volunteering with her school in Ghana in the summer and has been using her creative talents to hand-craft jewellery as well as make homemade jams and chutneys with fruit from her own garden. Zoe has raised over £500 from these two activities so far and has more stock to sell.
James is currently fundraising for his college trip to Kenya in July and has thought outside the box with his beard shave idea by firstly jazzing his beard up with glitter and then secondly imitating Two-Face by shaving only one half of his beard off. James has raised an incredible £920 so far of his £2,950 target.
Hopefully, these top tips and fundraising examples will inspire and get you motivated for your own fundraising. So, if you are ready to get started, visit our fundraising page for the resources you need to get your fundraising underway and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help.