How To Quickly Fundraise $500 For a Volunteer Trip

Do you want to study abroad or travel to assist other people who may be in need? Together we can eliminate the stress and anxiety over paying for the trip. With a few simple changes and an openness to making money you can raise money for an expensive trip. This post will tell you a few simple, effective ways to reach your financial travel goals.

How to raise money for a trip

Before the coronavirus uprooted our lives, I was going to Puerto Rico during spring break. My university offers a program where you are able to fundraise, receive scholarships, and prepare as a group, to spend between 7-14 days assisting people in other states, countries, and territories.

While it's been over 2 years since the hurricane that wrecked the island struck, it often seems like yesterday for the people who reside there. They are still in need of electricity, functioning houses, schools and amongst many other things, roads. 

The due dates for the trip money were steadily approaching and I felt instant stress kicking in. But with the help of a trip mentor and a hint of creativity I was able to save $500 in just a few short weeks. Keep reading to find a few simple tips I learned along the way.

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Establish a goal amount

If you are part of a program, they will tell you how much you need and by what date. But if this trip, charity donation, or event is something you are organizing from start to finish, then you will need to add up your expenses.

Are you factoring in travel cost, food, dorming, etc.?

Keep in mind if you are raising money for a flight the prices may fluctuate. Round up the number you anticipate to spend and keep in mind add ons such as flight insurance. This comes in handy if you need to cancel the flight or reschedule due to any unforeseen circumstances.

Determine who you can ask for money

Now you want to sit down and figure out who you can ask for money. This can stem from immediate family (mom, dad, siblings, grandma), close friends, and all the way over to strangers. The outline below list a ton of different categories that you can consider. Coworkers, family, teachers, and college professors, are just a few to consider.

Once you have your list you'll know who you can ask.

Determine how you will ask them

Once you narrow it down you'll want to determine what's the best way to ask them. Being upfront tends to work best.

While there are cases where you may want to butter someone up and then ask for money, you don't want to ruin future partnerships that you are developing. The goal is not to make someone feel like you are taking advantage of them. Learn your audience before you approach them.

"Make social media post, write an email, talk to people" diagram
Examples of ways to spread awareness

Personalize your money request

A mass email may work for old teachers or organizations you may be apart of but you still want to add a personal touch. An email that begins with "Hi Professor -" will surely be read once opened vs something that could be for anyone. Remember you are persuading these individuals to give you their hard earned money.

Now let's discuss what habits you can take on in order to save money quick and easy.

How to Raise Money

Tip #1 - Make a flyer

Use a poster to bring awareness. It also helps to have one when you’re rejected because you can simply ask the person to share your poster via social media platforms.

Boom, you’ve avoided any awkwardness.

There are plenty of free apps such as CANVA that you can use to create beautiful, original printable or digital posters for free.

TIP #2 - Forget that you are asking people for money

Pride can be a huge inhibitor when it comes to reaching any goal, especially ones that involve money. Not everyone you ask will say yes, but it’s essential to remember that there are many people who will.

I asked each and every friend I had for their support. It was fascinating and touching to see how fast everything was adding up. Whether it was $10 or $50 it all made a difference.

Remind them if needed

If presented with “I’ll help out when income tax hits” or if they tell you to wait until they get paid, make sure you follow up. These are common excuses but it can help you to learn who is honest and reliable and who you should never invite to the next cookout.