Projects Abroad志愿者创意筹款理念:从果酱到胡须

来自于Hannah Atkins | 2016年 7月 27日
Updated on 2020年 1月 9日

我们的许多志愿者都需要筹集资金来支付他们旅行费用,但弄清楚从哪里开始着手和做什么可能会非常困难!但是,不用害怕 – 我们的这篇博客就是为了帮助你实现筹款目标。

 

我们的许多志愿者都需要筹集资金来支付他们旅行费用,但弄清楚从哪里开始着手和做什么可能会非常困难!但是,不用害怕 – 我们的这篇博客就是为了帮助你实现筹款目标。

 

当然,有既简单也有效的选项,如烘焙销售,票务活动和抽奖活动,但有些异想天开的想法也可以产生一些奇效。

 

我已经收集到了一些更有趣和独特的筹款想法,这些都是参与我们的Projects Abroad的志愿者想出来的,我希望你能从中为自己的筹款活动找到一些灵感。

把“乐趣”投放在“筹款”之中

疯狂的胡须

18岁的George Baxter以30便士的价格买了胡须,并以2.50英镑的价格卖给了他大学的同学和讲师。那些已经买了面部装饰的人不得不整天戴着它们!最终,乔治筹集了近500英镑,并说:

 

“我想做一些与以往完全不同的事情,这会鼓励人们捐钱。大学生喜欢享受一些乐趣,所以我认为这个活动是一种非常有趣的筹款方式。它比我想象的更成功。每个人都看到了戴着胡子的人想加入!“

 

留长头发的轶事

留了七年的长发后,高中生Harry Kyriacou终于把它编成了辫子并剪了下来。他以每英寸获得了赞助,并筹集了超过800英镑,这为他的旅行提供了资金。然而,他也想做一些完全不同和有意义的事情,因此这些头发来到了“小公主的信任”这个慈善机构,这些头发将被用于为小女孩和因化疗而头发脱落的孩子制作假发。

 

被赞助的运动

Sophie Duncan也是一名高中生,她安排了一场受到赞助的游泳以增加她的筹款活动。她最终在90分钟内在Rothesay休闲游泳池中完成了两英里的行程!

非凡的事件

在举办筹款活动时,你真的可以发挥你的创造力!

音乐记忆

音乐迷Becky Randall组织了一场以“油脂”主题的舞蹈之夜,以此为她的志愿者之旅筹集资金。她每张票收费6英镑并举行了最佳服装比赛。Becky设法通过一系列不同的活动筹集了她在印度两个月的医疗项目之旅所需的全部金额。

“这是一个非常可爱的夜晚。幸运的是,我的叔叔是一名DJ,所以他整理了音乐,在我写信解释事件的原因后,我们就可以免费使用我当地的社区中心大厅。每个人真的都很有帮助,我们度过了一段美好时光。服装也很棒!“

电影之夜

与此同时,来自Sixth Form的学生Norma Molla和她的旅行团在她们的公共休息室举办了每周一次的电影之夜:

“这不仅是每个人在经历了看似无休止的A Level和GCSE压力之后放松的好方法,它本身也取得了巨大的成功! 在每个星期的开始,我们要求10到13年级的学生为电影之夜写下电影建议。到了星期三,我们在A3大小的海报上写上一周要播放的电影,再把它贴在学校的正门上和Six Form的门上。我们每张门票以2.5英镑来售卖,其中包括一个微型爆米花袋(我们自己制作)。我们还以1英镑的价格来出售每杯糖果,并以50便士的价格出售饮料。”

文化&烹饪

18岁的 Alice Bowman在她当地的市政厅举行了一场ceilidh(一种苏格兰舞蹈派对)。由于她正准备去柬埔寨参与关爱项目,因此主菜选择了柬埔寨的天然蔬菜Amok,这与传统的Fish Amok略有不同。这顿饭在派对上非常受欢迎,一位家人朋友还在派对上为Alice特地做了一份苏格兰甜糕,向爱丽丝的苏格兰血统致敬。整体而言,此次活动参加人数众多,并为爱丽丝的旅行筹集了约800英镑!

越多越快乐

来自Grangemouth高中的一群学生和老师为他们加纳团体旅行展现了真正的筹款精神。他们举办了许多不同的活动,如咖啡早晨,宾戈游戏,一个“穿着你的婚纱礼服/伴娘礼服”的派对,或许最精彩的是,当地市政厅上闪闪发光的球,其中包括现场乐队,自助餐,歌舞表演和抽奖活动等。

一问一答

Jessie Danger在她的村庄大厅举办了一个智力竞赛之夜,以此为她的加纳之旅筹集资金:

“我们有50位客人每张票8英镑,参加测验,活动中提供有家常的意式面条和大蒜面包。 我的爸爸设计了所有的问题,此外活动中所有的饮料都必须由客人购买,以筹集尽可能多的资金。这项活动最终筹集了560英镑,努力都没有白费。“

在潜在的筹款活动中有很多选择,只要你有创意。如果组织和推广得当,任何类型的主题派对都会受到欢迎。主题晚餐也是另一种选择 ,或许你可以提供你项目所在国家的传统食物。 然后是游戏和答题晚会,电影之夜和咖啡早晨。 一些与众不同的东西肯定会受到关注,一位志愿者甚至可以请一个催眠师来到他的学校。

Failsafe Fallbacks

Traditional methods of fundraising can really help to supplement your efforts - you don’t always need to reinvent the wheel.

 

Letter writing

Some good old fashioned letter-writing (or typing!) can go a long way to securing donations towards your trip. Explain where you’re going, what you’re planning to do and why the funds are needed – give them the name of Projects Abroad so that they can check we’re a legitimate organisation if they have concerns. Our Fundraising Guide contains a template letter if you need some guidance.

 

Jillian Casey, who volunteered on a Care & Community project in Ghana, said that:

 

“For me, I wrote about twenty letters asking my close family and friends for donations. I received anywhere from $5 to $200 from each person. Some of that money came from people I had never met before which was awesome!”

 

Pippa Pudney, meanwhile, reached out to businesses for sponsorship to great success:

 

“I contacted both local and national businesses, detailing what I would be doing while out in Ghana and why I felt it was important to go. Businesses responded incredibly well to this, and were very supportive and generous in their sponsorship with some firms giving £200. I was able to offer advertisement of the firms who sponsored me at other fundraising events to thank them for their support which was well received.”

 

Food, glorious food

Bake sales are almost guaranteed to be a hit – there’s nothing people love more than some delicious home-made goods. There are so many places to hold these kinds of events – schools, universities, church, the workplace or even a stall at festivals.

 

Our volunteer Alice Bowman sold tubs of her mum’s marmalade for £2. They made enough for 300 containers, and raised £600! The marmalade was sold in her mother’s Fair Trade shop, and some tubs were also given to other local businesses with a sign saying what the money was for and where it was going.

Second-hand sales

Clean out the house, and appeal to neighbours, friends and family for any unused, unloved items in good condition that you can sell at a car boot sale or local market. You could also check with a local charity shop and see if they will assist you with your fundraising if you encourage people to donate their bric-a-brac, books or clothes during a certain time period.


Rebecca Walton, a former volunteer and now one of our Programme Advisors in the UK office did car boot sales for around 6 Sunday mornings, and raised over £400 in total.


“I did car boot sales – lots of people laugh at this but I asked my neighbours to donate things and they gave me pretty good stuff. I then sold some on ebay too! This included an ancient coffee machine which was sold as a collectible.”


Additional Extras

  • The raffle has yet to go out of style – just make sure you’re offering some really great prizes. Reach out to local businesses and see if they’re willing to donate an item or a voucher.
  • 'Guess how many sweets are in the jar’ is another timeless option.
  • Car washes. Avoid doing these in cold weather, however!


Things to remember

Get your local newspaper involved in your efforts. In all likelihood, they will be more than willing to help promote your fundraising activities for your volunteer trip abroad. You should also advertise your events on local community Facebook groups. Finally, posters are also a tried-and-trusted method of spreading the word – place them in local shops and popular gathering spaces. (But get permission first.)

 

We’ve put together a Fundraising page that provides additional advice and information about the whole process. There’s also a special section for Volunteering on a Budget, which is a great help when it comes to reducing your costs as much as possible. Finally, you can download our comprehensive Fundraising Guide, which outlines in detail all the things you will need to consider when hosting an event, writing a letter for sponsorship and publicizing your fundraising activities.

 

Do you have an exciting, offbeat or otherwise interesting fundraising idea to share with us? How did you raise the money for your volunteer trip abroad? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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