Play to your strengths
Whether you love baking, table tennis or gaming, using your hobbies and skills to fundraise is a great way to make it more fun and probably more successful too.
After studying illustration for a year, one of our creative volunteers decided to use her artistic skills to raise funds for her placement. By creating and selling some of her original drawings, she managed to raise just under £100 towards her target, all by doing something she loved.
Put it into practice: Grab a big sheet of paper and some pens (or the notes app on your phone if you prefer!) and make a list or mindmap of your hobbies, passions and interests. Once you have your list get brainstorming about how you could use your skills and strengths to fundraise.
Go big, and small
When Kate fundraised for her three-month placement in Bangladesh, she decided to take two approaches. Running a made-to-order cake service at her work, she had friends requesting handmade cakes for everything from family parties to hen dos. Her bake sale with a twist meant there was a steady flow of money coming in to her Just Giving Page throughout her time fundraising.
The next step was planning some bigger events. Inviting her church friends, Kate organised a Beauty and the Beast and Samosa night (what a combination!), charging £5 per head for food and entry. Overall, she managed to raise almost double the amount of her fundraising target!
Like Kate, doing big events like film and food nights, while also doing smaller, ongoing fundraising initiatives, is a great way to make sure you reach your fundraising targets.
Put it into practice: When you’re planning your fundraising, remember to write down some more manageable ideas, like babysitting or car washing, as well the larger one-off events.
Rope in your pals
Your friends are a great resource to help your fundraising. If they can’t give money, why not ask if they would be willing to share their time or skills instead? Tearfund volunteer Lizzi did just that when she organised a three-course meal to raise money for her placement. One of her friends, a trained chef, helped prepare the delicious food, while another joined her to make bunting and decorate the room. Inviting her church youth group to the meal, Lizzi also hosted a quiz and chatted about what she would be doing overseas. She raised over £200.
Put it into practice: Getting your friends involved is a great way to tell them about what you will be doing on placement. Grab a coffee and ask them to help you think up ideas or organise a fun social and use the opportunity to share skills while fundraising.
Learn from the rest
With his fundraising target set and walking boots firmly on, Earl opened the front door to begin his walk. This wasn’t just a casual stroll, but an epic 100-mile adventure around the Lincolnshire countryside. Earl’s aim was to raise funds for his Tearfund placement to Cambodia. He even managed to pick up some donations from people he met along the route!
If you’re not sure where to begin with your fundraising, getting inspiration from other people's successes is a great place to start. Just like Earl and his mammoth walk, at Tearfund we know hundreds of wonderful volunteers who have fundraised for us, and they’ve learnt loads along the way.
You can do a quick google search to find heaps of articles, blogs and videos of people sharing their fundraising tips.
Put it into practice: To save you scrolling through the web, we’ve collected some top fundraising hints and tips and put them into a handy pack for you to read.
Embrace the opportunity
Raising money for your time overseas may not be the thing you’re most excited about. However, just like your experiences on placement, fundraising is a great chance to grow in character, skills and faith.
From networking with your local community to event organisation, the list of skills you can gain from fundraising is extensive. Research by Deloitte found that 82 percent of employers are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience, and that includes your fundraising! Raising money for your placement is a great chance to add skills to your CV, push yourself outside your comfort zone and meet new people.
The power of prayer
Last but definitely not least, prayer is a powerful tool that we can uses 24/7. We serve a wonderful God who cares about all aspects of our lives, including finding the money for your overseas placement. In Philippians 4: 6-7 it says:
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’
Don’t let the thought of fundraising be a source of anxiety, instead turn your worries into prayers. God invites us to talk with and trust in him as we ‘present our requests’ and anxieties before him. He can give us peace as well as providing for us in ways we may not even have thought of. In your own words or using the prayer below, take some time to talk with God about your fundraising.
Thank you that you care for us deeply, in the big and the small things of life. Thank you that we can give you our worries and that you replace them with peace. Help me as I begin fundraising for my placement. I pray that you would fill me motivation, creative ideas and success as I plan my different fundraising activities. Fill me with peace as I trust in you.
Looking for some more tips? Read how Tearfund volunteer Nia managed to raised £3500 in just three months.