Here’s the very unfortunate fact – over 1.4 billion people suffer from neglected tropical diseases all over the world. You want to know what’s more unfortunate? Majority of them are not getting the assistance that they need because they’re located in far-flung areas. In a perfect world, non-profit organizations that aim to help them will have unlimited funds so they can go to these people in order to offer their assistance. Obviously, we don’t live in a perfect world. This is why these organizations are scrambling to put together the funds that they need for their mission trips.
These organizations rely a lot on fundraisers. This is why they’re always on the lookout for new fundraising ideas. Fortunately for these organizations, there are specific fundraising ideas for mission trips. But before you use these ideas, it’s important that you calculate how much you’re going to need. The last thing that you’d want to happen is to run out of funds while in the middle of the mission trip.
Here are some of the most effective ideas that you can use:
1. Be specific when you ask.
If you’re fighting for a good cause, you can bet that a lot of people would love to help. They have two options – they can go on the trip with you or they can just donate the funds needed. Most people will choose the latter so they can help and they don’t need to leave home.
When you ask for financial assistance, be specific. Don’t tell them that it’s up to them to decide how much they’re going to donate. For example, tell them that you need 10 people to donate $10, 10 people to donate $50, 10 people to donate $100 and so on and so forth. This way, you’re giving them an option but you can set a minimum donation. This can help you save a lot of time and effort and in the process; you can raise the funds that you need.
2. Get a lot of press!
Try to involve as many people as possible. Write a press release showing what your organization is doing and what you’re up against. Submit the press release to your local newspaper and news channel. This can help give your cause a lot of exposure. Information is power. Be empowered.
3. Use the power of the Internet.
Don’t limit yourself to people located in your area. There are websites that allow you to set up a page for your cause and they’ll even allow you to receive donations online. For a problem as big as neglected tropical diseases, people all over the world will be willing to help. Make it easy for them to help.
4. Encourage people to donate old cars.
There’s a good chance that there are a lot of people in your area who will be more than willing to donate their old cars for your cause. These people have long wanted to discard their old cars so help them get their garage space back. Sell the donated cars for cheap. These can add up to a lot of funds.
5. Throw a party!
Everybody loves a good party. Sell tickets to the party. Politicians do it all the time. Surely, an organization that’s trying to raise funds for a good cause has every right to do it as well.
With these fundraising ideas for mission trips, you can raise the funds that you need. Your trip is off to a great start!