As you know, last summer I ventured to Japan with the Scouts – a truly memorable and life changing experience.
But it wasn’t easy.
For this to happen, as a team we had to raise £130,000 in about 2 years.
2 years seems like a relatively long time? But in reality we were holding events every weekend and still only just reached our limit. 2 years was certainly a very tight amount of space.
But we did it!
And as a student wishing to travel, and seeing friends of mine be in a similar position, we are all looking for every way possible to get some money for our year ahead! Now, obviously it can be risky trying to fundraise when it doesn’t involve a direct charity. But so long as you don’t particularly go too overboard and maybe stay local, you’ll be okay. And if you’re planning on doing a volunteering trip then fundraise away really!
Raising money is hard, especially the initial first few steps into it, so I have devised some tips and ideas I have learnt over those few years whilst collecting £130,000! (Which is about £3,000 each).
- Coin together a realistic weekly/monthly plan of what you want to raise and stick to it!
- Plan your events carefully depending on the time of year – not much point doing a car wash in winter as both you and the customer won’t want to be stood outside in the cold that long!
- Remember that holding events costs money – you want to make a profit. Take into account when/where/who so you get the best out of this.
- Don’t constantly beg family and close friends for money, move around areas a bit.
- If you’re well organised and know how much your trip will cost, plan well in advance and give yourself plenty of time.
- Don’t do too much of the same thing in the same place – mix it up!
- Bake sales
- Sponsored walk/run/cycle
- Car wash
- Quiz nights
- Sponsored skydive
- Scavenger hunt/Easter egg hunt
- Duck race
- Auction/Blind auction
- Sell homemade Christmas cards
- Gig/Music night
- Jumble sale
- Carboot sale
- Contact local businesses for donations
- Litter pick
- Bag packing
These particular ideas worked really well for us and were probably the things we did frequently. And don’t cost a lot to run so they are easy to make some money with!
I really hope this has helped some people or was just interesting to read how we raised that much money!
Until next time lovelies,