Fundraising & Sponsorship
We have had past volunteers who have raised over $5000.00 in six months. In fact, one volunteer was so successful that he raised all of the funds that he required and contributed additional funds to the organization where he volunteered. The amount of money that you will raise will be largely reliant on how hard you work and how much time you dedicate to your fundraising campaign.
Our Fundraising Manual is designed to help volunteers develop and implement their fundraising campaign. It includes a time management tool, sample letters, an event financial planning tool and 25 ideas for fundraising events that have been successful for others in the past.
The more time you give yourself the better chances of success. Our fundraising guide will take you through the process. Usually 3-6 months should give you plenty of time to raise the funds you need. Things you may wish to fundraise for include flights, registration, immunizations, project fee and personal gear (packs, sleeping bags, boots etc).
Hundreds of individuals and corporations have recognized the value of the contribution that our volunteers make and have provided them with assistance. This assistance comes in many forms. Some sponsors contribute funds, some contribute equipment and supplies while others simply provide space or marketing support for other fundraising events. All of these contributions are what makes it possible for our volunteers to get out in the world and make a difference. This support is greatly appreciated.
We recognize that the task of raising funds will be a new challenge for most of our volunteers. That is why we have developed extensive fundraising support to help our volunteers learn this new skill and achieve their fundraising goals. Our volunteers work hard. Many will be spending months abroad living in remote communities in some of the least developed countries in the world. They will be teaching, building, assisting with medical programs, helping to protect the environment or assisting in social programs that really make a difference.
All of these programs are run by government agencies, community organizations or other not-for-profit charitable organizations already working in these countries. However, because these organizations cannot afford to pay our volunteers (the reason they need volunteers in the first place), living and transportation expenses must be paid by the volunteers themselves.