A Projects Abroad volunteer in Madagascar plays with the children after fundraising for her project.


Advice and suggestions on how to start with your fundraising efforts

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.

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Our Fundraising Guide

For your convenience, we have put together a detailed Fundraising Guide which gives you advice and suggestions on how to proceed with your fundraising efforts. Here are a few tips before you begin:


  • Decide on your plan of action. How much can you save a month? Will you approach organisations for sponsorship?
  • Once you have been accepted on a project, you can set up your own fundraising page on your personal 'MyProjectsAbroad' web page. You can then give the link to anyone interested in donating towards your project fee.
  • Create realistic targets and chart your progress.


Here are a few ways our volunteers have raised money in the past:


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 sponsorship letters. Before you start sending letters, just make sure you fit in with the criteria of the organisation, charity or trust you are looking to approach. 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?


Other sources


  • 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.


Sponsored events


These often need planning in advance, but can be really rewarding. Think about who you know and the skills you have. Are you a runner? Know anyone in a band? An owner of a bar or restaurant? Our Fundraising Guide is packed with inventive ideas. Market the event properly and encourage friends and family to support. You can even contact your local radio or newspaper to attract sponsors as well as promote the ones you have.


A part-time job


Don't underestimate the impact of a part-time job! Even a small wage can make a difference if your are saving enough of it. Working for £5 an hour for 4 hours twice a week earns £40 per week - £160 per month - £1920 a year!


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!

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