The Wild Medic Project is 100% reliant on fundraising initiatives and supporters to keep our projects operating. We are always keen to hear from people with ideas in ways we can generate funds for the projects to continue.
Anyone interested in hosting an event or has a fundraising idea that could benifit our project please click here as we would be delighted to hear from you! It is imperative that you have read and agree to comply with the information found in our guidelines and Logo Use Policy.
Fundraising Tips and Tricks
Thousands of people attempt to raise funds each year and whilst some people are successful, the majority are not (cue sad face). Although this is a harsh reality we belive in honesty and transparency and for that reason we will state the obvious – Fundraising is not easy. But fear not as WMP is here to assist you as long as you are aware it takes time, energy and above all patience and persistence. However, if you start early and follow these simple guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to financing your trip!
Choose which ever platform you wish however our favorite is You Caring as they charge 0%! Dont delay, create a page right now as fundraising takes time and effort; it doesn’t just happen. If you start early and slowly chip away at your goal piece by piece you will be surprised at how every contribution adds to your goal.
- Set a target goal and let people know it.
If you are trying to raise $4,000, tell people your goal and ask for specific contributions to aid you in reaching it. Let your sponsors know about your progress.
- Don’t go too big too quick. Start with people you know (friends and family)
Start off with people you know. Make a list of every potential supporter: parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends and co-workers. You will never know who will be willing to assist you in your cause unless you ask!! Worst they can say is no, but it’s worth a try!
Once you are confirmed on a Wild Medic Project we can provide you with a letter explaining the opportunity you have to volunteer on an international level and your request for donations to assist you. Please request this letter early.
- Engage your friends to assist you.
Fifteen people will know significantly more people than just you so ask your friends to spread the word and contact potential sponsors.
- When things go slow….. Keep going!!
The most common mistake is giving up. Persistence is crucial and there are plenty of people to ask. There will be lots and lots of “No’s”, and it might take a while for you to get the hang of fundraising and have success but remember- if you don’t ask you will never know!! Again the worst someone can say is no.
- Say “Thank You” and keep your supporters updated
Don’t just take their money and leave. Keep your sponsors updated with your travel plans and come back to them after your trip with photos and a big thank.Please please remember to thank everyone who supports you and keep them informed.
Other Fundrasing Ideas
Ask local businesses (hairdressers, pizza shops, etc.) if you can leave a jar with your information on it for funds. Over the course of weeks and months, a few dollars at a time can add up to hundreds of dollars.
Approach Service Groups:
Approach local service groups such as Rotary and Lions Club. Ask for financial assistance. In return, offer to come back and be a guest speaker and talk about the amazing work being done in your host country and even put in some volunteer hours with them when you return. Service organisations love investing in young people, especially if they are able to come back and share their experience.
Sell hot chocolate, soup, cookies, coffee, cupcakes etc., in busy areas at work or uni. These are cheap to prepare and you can make a very reasonable profit on your sales.
Go to www.fundraising.com.au. You can raise funds for special events or all year long!
Yup it’s Casual Friday:
Your workplace may help you raise funds for your project if you ask if they will offer a casual Friday with funds going towards your project
Most movie theatres you can hire a screen for the night if you explain what you are fundraising for. Invite your friends and ask them to bring friends; some groups have held all-nighters where everyone brings sleeping bags and has a movie marathon.
Approach a local restaurant offer cheap food or beverages and let them know you can bring in X amount of people, which is new business for them. Ask for a percentage of the proceeds to fund your program. You may wish to theme the specials or the dress code around your host country.
Host a party or an event and charge an entry fee; 100 people at $5 each is $500 in one night. Provide refreshments and snacks and host a variety of board games, video games, and/or card games. The winner of the competition will be the person who wins the most games, and the winner will receive a prize of your choosing.
Everyone loves Trivia Night:
Trivia nights take a bit of time to organize but can be very profitable. Team up with other volunteers to bring more people along. Ask for prizes from local businesses, and put on extra games to help you raise a lot of money in one night.
Raffles, raffles and more raffles!!!
Raffle off those unwanted items that you, your friends, your family and your neighbors have to the community and local businesses. Collect products or services from local businesses who may wish to help you out.
Cut a Thon:
Past volunteers have had a lot of fun and made a lot of money by offering haircuts to people. Get a bunch of your friends together outside and have fun. Create a fun, party atmosphere and invite people to come on down for haircuts/buzzcuts.
Some volunteers have sold balloons in the past, for a minimal amount of $2. Since it is for a good cause people are generally more than happy to buy one. Another volunteer sold water balloons for $2 and allowed people to throw them at her. She made over $200 in 2 hours.
Offer to babysit for your friends, family, and coworkers in exchange for funds towards your trip. Post in your school bulletin boards or newspaper explaining the situation (and your love of kids).
Pet Sit/House Sit:
Ask someone who has pets or who is going out of town if you can pet sit/house sit for them.
Find a place where many people walk their dogs. You will need a brush, dog shampoo and a source of water to start your dog wash. Alternatively, offer to walk dogs in your neighborhood in exchange for funds.
Offer to do work such as raking, mowing, weeding and gardening for friends, family, co-workers and neighbors in exchange for funds.
Recycle cans, glass, newspapers and plastics. Go to schools, businesses, friends, families and co-workers and offer to recycle their items. Exchange the recycled items at a recycling center for money.
Prepare a Group Dinner:
Maybe you know someone who is throwing a party or event or just does not like to cook. This would be the perfect opportunity for you to cook for this event and make some money for your cause.
Many businesses need to have the area around them cleaned up. Restaurants might have trash around the edges of their parking lots, some businesses may need their signs washed, and others might need their sidewalks and lots swept. You could clean up a property in exchange for a fundraising payment towards your trip.
Run in a fun run:
There is almost a fun run available to run in Australia every week! Seek sponsorship from friends and family for every km you cover.