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9 Tips to Score *Significant* Honeymoon Funds

You’re not there yet, but how will you feel when the knot’s been tied and the cake’s been eaten? Or when the flowers have almost died (*le sad*) and it’s time to handwrite your “thank-yous” (which, if we’re being honest, you’re probably dreading… at least a little bit!)?

How do you want to feel at this moment? Bursting with love? Terrified by debt? If you’re planning on getting married soon, jump on the modern-registry bandwagon and consider some alternative gift opportunities to raise money for your honeymoon.

A couple embracing amongst palm trees

That’s right! This could be YOU and your bae if you use wedding donations for your honeymoon.

You want that honeymoon trip of your dreams. You know you do. You’ve probably had enough of your in-laws at this point and you want a big ol’ break! The wedding planning and preparations will be taken care of, the big day will have come and gone, and you want to galavant abroad with your cheri to mark this monumental moment in your lives. Whatever kind of honeymoon you have your sights set on, you’ll most likely be wondering how the heck to fund it, or, more concretely, what the best way to fund it might be.

On the bright side, raising money for weddings online—or for your honeymoon—has never been easier. But it’s not all about raising money. It’s also about doing something that’s meaningful. First for yourself and secondly for others. Consider venturing further afield with your lover. A lack of money simply has the opportunity to create a barrier between that meaningful something and your honeymoon. With the right information and resources, there’s certainly a solution to solve any potential financial conundrums to help you realize your honeymoon dreams. From the backwaters of Kerala to the beaches of Bermuda, you’re going to need a little bit of dough to get out of Dodge.

Read on to learn how to score a chunk of change for your honeymoon funds by actively collecting wedding donations for your honeymoon!

How to get wedding donations for a honeymoon

Bubbling champagne framed by the ocean

Honeymoon funds can be used for anything, so you don’t have to skimp on that sweet, sweet bubbly with your…hubbly.

1. Have a plan

Decide where you want to go and what in the world you want to do. Nailing down at least a general idea will enable you and your partner to outline a budget, which will help a TON with honeymoon funds. Whether you see yourselves sat at a swim-up bar, or huffing and puffing through the Appalachian trail, it will help to have some sort of vision. Your honeymoon agenda might be easier to tackle with the help of your family and friends, too. And once you make your decision, let your wedding guests know. Being transparent about your plans can help seal the deal.

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2. Create a wedding registry for your honeymoon

These exists? You bet they do! Maybe some wedding donation websites doesn’t fit your bill. You’re looking for a specific place for your honeymoon funding. More and more honeymoon-specific wedding registries are popping up. Raise honeymoon funds and goods with a personalized registry and you and your stud muffin might be closer to the Caribbean or Canada than you thought. Each of these options vary with their provisions and the majority of them will even allow you to collect wedding donations online. Flights? Accomodation? Volunteer program fees? Yes, yes, and of course, yes.

3. Take a volunteer honeymoon!

These exist! Some cool couples decide to volunteer abroad on their honeymoon—and you could, too! Love and altruism go hand-in-hand after all. Honeymoons can be so much more than piña coladas and sex-on-the-beaches (ahem) in the tropics. Consider taking a rather altruistic route while doing something productive with your newly legal partner-in-crime. Your invitees will be thrilled to support your do-good spirits. Maybe your mom’s co-workers will be more inclined to lend you a hand once they know what you’re up to?

As volunteer honeymoons are gaining popularity, we are continually seeing more and more of these organized programs designed with the newlyweds in mind. Check out some of these programs that we know are a hit. Why choose an organized gig? Organizations like Global Vision International (GVI) and Oyster Worldwide can help take care of some of the leg work. Leave it to them to assist with your visas, accommodation and placement, along with travel insurance—it’s what they do best.

Sitting couple silhouetted by a sunset

Who says you can’t do a little bit of good on your honeymoon? Volunteering as a couple abroad can be wonderful bonding experience.

4. Scale back

Less is more. Always has been, and always will be! Consider a three-course meal at your reception in lieu of a five-course show stopper. Heck, order some of your favorite pizzas and call it an evening. Take a look at your wedding budget and see where you might be able to tone it down. Maybe that means having a smaller guest list and less flowers. And that dress and his fancy cuffs? Eh, you might be able to find a more frugal alternative. If there’s a will there’s a way. And this isn’t talking about that will your great aunt forgot to leave ya.

5. Skip the wedding party gifts

It seems so often that the groom gifts goods to all of his groomsmen. And in parallel, the bride gifts goodies to all of her bridesmaids. Why not do something homemade and original to rearrange your wedding and volunteer honeymoon budgets. Or, be really original and simply tell them, “Thanks.” Is it necessary to gift your close friends something fancy and expensive all in the name of thanks? They’ll understand if they really support you and your meaningful travel honeymoon.

6. Play the lottery?

Contrary to the advice of your statistics professor, maybe you should pick up a couple of scratch-offs! Perhaps not make it a habit, but treat yourself from time-to-time. Wondering, “how in the world am I going to fund my wedding?” SCRATCH-OFFS, BABY!

….We jest. Kind of.

A couple holding hands walking up a scenic hill

Honeymoon funds can certainly feel akin to winning the lottery. And they’ll help you end up someplace like THIS.

7. Extend your stay

So often newlyweds opt for seven night jaunts. Already, that’s pretty wonderful for a vacation. And maybe you’ll opt for this too. But hold up, have you ever considered extending your stay? Say, to a 14-night excursion? Believe it or not, sometimes the longer the stay the less you will pay. Look into different, non-conventional durations and timetables for more time with your new honey. Maybe leaving on Monday and coming back the following Tuesday will help you save a couple Franklins on both flights and accommodations. Whether you’re volunteering as a couple abroad or vacationing, why not have a look?

8. Skip the wedding registry

Scrap all those kitchen appliances and fancy gadgets on a rather conventional wedding registry. Ask your guests to pitch in to your honeymoon pot. Devise a creative-yet-straightforward way to express your desires to go abroad. If they understand, they are often more than willing to support your dreams. Odds are, you’re going to remember the memories you’ll make while volunteering abroad on your honeymoon more than any countertop mixer or high-end bone china.

9. Use FundMyTravel to crowdsource

If you want to keep funding your wedding and honeymoon separately, do so. Either way, you’re in luck. Collecting wedding donations for your honeymoon with FundMyTravel is as easy as passing go. It is an online crowdfunding platform developed specifically for travelers like yourself.

Plus, it’s ridiculously easy. Two-step easy. First, take two seconds to create your account here. And then create your unique honeymoon fundraising campaign. Then, all you need to do is launch your fundraising page and start spreading the word (aka, sharing the link) on your social media platforms. Check out how it works for a few more details. If you’re ahead of the game and your campaign is up and running before your invitations are sent out, consider slipping the link to your page in everyone’s invitation.

Raise money for your honeymoon with ease

A couple cuddling on a rock by a mountain

Fund my wedding? How about FundMyTravel! Your honeymoon funds will be bursting at the seams before you say “I do.”

Get yourself together and put those ducks in a row. And don’t forget to think about yourselves. Your honeymoon.  Gather your ideas to help raise the funds you need for this honeymoon of yours. The sooner you get to it, the sooner it will stop tantalizing you. Making this one of your wedding planning priorities will help get your mind off the guest list and allow you to start traveling before the first call for boarding. Plan. Prepare. Execute.

“Short honeymoons are better than no honeymoons, but long honeymoons are best of all.” —John Davey

Long isn’t synonymous with luxurious here. It’s about doing something good and riding those waves with the love of your life. It’s time to score those honeymoon funds with your significant other. Go get ‘em, tiger.

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Don’t Lose Steam: 5 Ways to Revive a Dying Travel Fundraising Campaign

Even the best, most successful crowdfunding campaigns can benefit from a well-timed boost–so, if you’re feeling like your crowdfunding campaign has wilted, it’s definitely time to energize your fundraising plan by remembering and engaging in some basic fundraising principles! Knowing that a failure to connect with donors can feel like a major setback when you’re trying to fund the meaningful travel experience of your dreams, remember that even if you’re feeling discouraged, the best thing you can do is shake it off, take a step back, and make a few changes that will help you get a fresh start on the final push of your fundraising campaign!

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Is the energy behind your fundraising campaign quickly drying up? Then you’re going to need to learn some ways to revive it!

So where should you start? Well, as with any campaign or fundraising project, the key to keeping interest (and donations) high is reaching your donors and supporters with messaging that sparks their interest and makes them want to commit. Your ability to connect the people you’re hoping will help you to the importance and worthiness of your cause takes equal parts thoughtfulness, strategy, media savvy, and finesse. So, if your fundraising campaign seems like it’s dying, there are some easy ways to get more participants to your fundraiser and bring it back to life:

How to energize your fundraising plan

1. Check your messaging for passion, connection, and authenticity.

Fundraising is a lot like marketing. You want to make sure you have the kind of copy and content that feels authentic, sincere, and fresh, rather than scripted. Are you sharing your excitement for the opportunity with your audience? Are you smiling in your video? Do you make it clear how important this opportunity is for you–and do you highlight the good things you will do during and after your travels? If not, then it’s time for some quick edits!

And, while you’re at it, check to make sure that you’re avoiding clichés (things like “life-changing experience” or “every little bit helps”) and opting instead for passionate messaging that is all about you–and what this unique opportunity will do in real (rather than generic) terms. Think about the last time you were moved to sponsor, purchase, or donate. What made you open your wallet? Are you giving your potential supporters that same opportunity to connect? When it comes to how to fundraise for a cause, the cause is often perceived as being only as real and vibrant as its spokesperson. Look at your campaign as your audience would–and make sure you’re using the messaging to get more participants to your fundraiser by connecting in sincere and meaningful ways.

Three girls smiling and hugging

The best way to get more participants to your fundraiser is to show them your passion and drive for going abroad. Get out there and make those connections.

2. Reach your audience where they live, work, and play.

Did you share your campaign once in an email, once on Facebook, and then set it and forget it? Or, did you take advantage of the incredible opportunities to connect with donors where they live, work, and play? If you want to energize peer-to-peer fundraising, you can hardly find a better way than to include the campaign link in your IG bio and post images of you doing things IRL that will help your audience see how this travel adventure is worth funding!

Did you share the link on your LinkedIn profile along with some information about how this opportunity will advance you professional development? If so, great! Do it again–and be sure to include your final push fundraising letter. And if not, get on that!

You might end up getting donations from people who don’t even know you personally, just because they had a travel abroad experience that impacted them. And don’t forget the blogs, newsletters, and emails that you read, follow, and send or receive. This is the time to energize your fundraising plan by reminding your friends, family, fans, and followers that you’ve got an amazing opportunity ahead of you–and need their help to make it happen!

A woman standing on top of a mountain

Putting in all the work to revive a dying travel fundraising campaign will feel similar to summiting a mountain—but it’s also going to be so, so worth it.

3. Think outside the box about potential donors and contributors.

When you shared your campaign, you most likely focused on the people you knew and the communities you were part of–but as outlined in tip #2 (reaching people where they live, work, and play), you could benefit from being bold and doing outreach in communities that you don’t necessarily have a super strong, immediate, or direct connection to.

Think about second and third level contacts and relationships, for a start. Let’s say you enjoy playing volleyball on the weekends with a group of friends. Ask your teammates to share the campaign link–but also ask the members of the organizing group or gym you play in to see if you could share it with the larger group or friends of friends. In other words, leverage the relationships you have to try to forge new relationships.

And, as you consider others you might interact with during the course of your week (your favorite coffee shop, your place of worship, even your favorite veggie stand)—make sure you take the extra step to connect with someone at each of those places, asking the people you know to help you get the word out to people they know. This kind of networking will help you energize peer-to-peer fundraising by making use of the organizations, relationships, and activities you’re already connected to in the course of your life.

People buying coffee in a cafe from above

Say what?! You can potentially energize your fundraising plan just by heading down to Starbs and grabbing a latte? Sign us up!

4. Connect to mentors, teachers, and those who’ve helped along the way.

The people you know who have helped you, guided, you, and supported your success along the way (everyone from your scout leaders, teachers, and coaches, to your advisors, professional mentors, and bosses) are likely going to be among those you can count on to help you energize your fundraising plan. If you reach out to them and let them know that you’re looking for their support about how to fundraise for a cause, they will be inclined to provide you with direct support, offer some ideas about other people you might speak to, or even share your campaign with others in their own networks.

When you’re speaking to people who have helped you, you’re best bet is to make a connection between what you learned from them, and how you want to learn more through your experience so that you can share that information with others. Go the extra mile and send them your final push fundraising letter before you reach out to them, giving them time to prepare for the conversation, and anticipate your ask. And remember, people in these roles are used to getting requests for recommendations, support, and advice all the time, so you can be direct in your request, as long as you remember to treat the conversation with professionalism.

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Don’t hesitate to reach out to former mentors and managers for help with reviving your fundraiser. Chances are they have some great advice to give you!

5. Get back to basics and make the most of the time you’ve got.

While you might think of even more ways to revitalize your crowdfunding campaign than the ones outlined here, whatever you do, make sure you remember to get back to basics and make good use of the incredible resources found in the FundMyTravel Fundraising Toolkit! The basic fundraising principles that you used to make your initial campaign are the same ones you’re going to want to revisit as you make the final push of your fundraising campaign. And don’t forget the creative, fun, and playful opportunities for incentives listed in the toolkit.

The “Dress Yourself According to the Decade that Best Matches Your Donation Totals” is a great example of just that kind of fun! Basic doesn’t need to mean boring–so when you’re thinking about how to fundraise for a cause while still having fun, refer to those suggestions offered by other seasoned travelers–and be sure to make note of any of your own.

Rock the final push of your fundraising campaign!

A woman’s hands writing in a planner next to coffee and a croissant

Never underestimate the role played by organization—and coffee—in reviving your travel fundraising campaign.

Ultimately, whatever you do to make the most of the final push of your fundraising campaign, you’re going to pick up at least some of the energy and steam you need to power through to the end, as long as you make some kind of committed effort. But if you really want to finish strong, now is the time to pull out all the stops and have fun with your appeal! Do what you need to do in order to dig deep as you share your goals (and that final push fundraising letter!) with anyone and everyone you think might help provide value. The impact of your actions will go far beyond the opportunity you have to connect to your goal and have a meaningful travel experience–because when you work to get more participants to your fundraiser, you’re ultimately gaining more participants in your adventure!

The basic fundraising principles outlined here are the kind that will serve you well in your campaign revitalization–but they will also serve you well as you embark on your journey! The mindset of someone who advocates for their own opportunities is the mindset of someone interested in providing increased value as they travel to their destination. For you, this means you can count on developing an even more thoughtful preparedness as you prepare to pursue your goals in your specific travel abroad program.

The tools you use to create your video, develop your content, grow your audience, and share your message will also help you by giving you practice in cataloging your trip. And the skills you gain by working on the campaign–but also on the activities required to energize peer-to-peer fundraising–will only add valuable bullet points to your professional development portfolio. No matter how you look at this next step toward your adventures abroad, when you throw your energy behind the final push of your fundraising campaign, you’re going to gain more than just financial contributions–and while the goal is to gain those necessary funds, you will be even better prepared for whatever adventure lies ahead!

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andi sciacca

This article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi Sciacca is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. Andi works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. She helps them take ideas and put them into practice. When not working, or writing, she loves to experience music, see the world, and learn new things. Her favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food – and swim.

How to Face the Cold Truth That You Can’t Intern Abroad for Free

Paying for internship abroad sounds *more* than a little crazy. You’re already giving them your time, energy, and expertise—and now they want you to pay to be there, too? Now, before you go running off into the land of mediocre professional challenges and coffee runs for execs, we want you to hear us out.

a man paying to intern abroad

Paying for your internship abroad can make sense in a lot of circumstances.

Paying to intern abroad can make a lot of sense. There’s tons of overhead, admin, and liability that a middle-man organization is taking care of, not to mention vetting organizations for quality experiences and safety measures. We wouldn’t recommend paying an arm and a leg (or your first born child) for these services, but paying a fair amount of money for the ease of the overall convenience can be wise for most people.

What’s more, interning abroad for free is a myth. You have to pay for flights, accommodations, maybe even credit for your home university? Then there’s the whole “You need to eat every day” to survive thing. And while paid internships abroad can be found, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to walk away with less than 0 debits to your accounts.

Read on to learn our best advice when you’re weighing the pros and cons of interning abroad—and paying to do it.

No, you can’t find a free internship abroad

But don’t get discouraged! You’ve already done the hard part. You’ve researched the best options and found the one that meets your needs. And you might be asking, if you put all this work into finding the perfect gig, why would you have to spend money or have a travel fund before you go? Well, simply put–because you have to get there, live, eat, shop, enjoy, travel, and do more than just get from your bed to your workplace and back again. And that’s normal–because, of course, you likely have to do all those same things now!

So, what should you plan for? Well, let’s start with the basics–from things like luggage, power adapters, and travel accessories to air fare, transportation, and your daily travel budget. Then, there’s the things that even a room and board arrangement won’t cover–like coffee at work, going out with colleagues and friends, weekend trips, shopping for yourself (or for friends and family back home), museum visits, theater tickets, extra scoops of whatever frozen chocolate treat looks good on a warm day–you name it, you will want to have it, so you want to make sure you have a plan together to cover everything from the necessities to all the extras.

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The sooner you accept that you can’t intern abroad for free, the better.

But don’t let this discourage you! The experience is absolutely worth it—and paying for an internship abroad is most likely going to be a whole lot easier than you think!

Paying for an internship abroad is easy when…

1. You save up from a part-time job.

Whether you’re flipping burgers on the weekend, delivering groceries after school, working a part-time data entry position from home, or picking up odd jobs here and there, if you save your income and live frugally, you can make between ten thousand and twenty-thousand dollars in a year working part-time. If you save everything you can, paying for an internship abroad can be much easier to achieve–and likely a lot more meaningful than whatever else you might choose to do to spend the money.

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2. You score academic credit for your internship abroad.

So this is one of those value exchange equations. If you pay a fixed dollar amount per credit at your home university, and your internship abroad is going to pay you and allow you to earn college credits for your time, you’re making more than just your income–you’re also saving whatever those equivalent credits might cost. It might not be an all expenses paid internship, but when you factor in the cost of your education and the income you receive (or, the value saved even if you weren’t getting paid!), you’re still coming out ahead.

3. You finagle financial aid to make ends meet.

When you’re paying for an internship abroad, don’t forget that your financial aid options will likely include funds for things like books, fees, and education-connected expenses. When you’re getting educational loans and grants (from federal and state to private), you can typically use the funds you receive to pay for internship and study abroad programs. Make sure to check with your individual financial aid office–but you can likely make this work!

[Understanding International Internship Costs & Fees]

4. You make a budget–and stick to it.

This sounds super basic–but that’s because it is! When you make a budget and stick to it, you’re telling your money where to go, and oftentimes that’s more than half the battle when it comes to spending. Look into things like student rates for everything from insurance to transportation to planned purchases and entertainment. But even if you can’t find extra discounts, make sure you’re planning ahead, looking at ways you can save, and exercising self-discipline. Do this, and you’ll be paying toward an internship abroad with the money you save.

5. You turn the surplus in your closet into extra cash.

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The depth of experience and exposure you’ll get will be worth every penny.

From your perfect formal dresses to your old winter coats–and from your sweaters to your sweats–odds are you can unload some of your closet clutter and turn your old clothes into cash. It might not solve the problem of an all expenses paid internship, but with so many places to easily (and quickly) sell your gently used clothes–perhaps even having a yard sale, adding things like books, and other items–you can save some serious money toward your goal!

6. You tutor while you’re in your internship location.

Obviously, your first priority needs to be your internship–and you want to save time within your schedule to enjoy yourself–but why not see if you can pick up some extra money tutoring while you’re in your new location? Your safety and security should be your first priority, so stick with organizations you know, but whether it’s helping someone with their English homework, serving as a conversational partner for a co-worker’s family member, or possibly even sharing your musical talents, sharing your knowledge can help you make ends meet while you’re paying for an internship abroad.

[11 Inexpensive Internships Abroad You Can Definitely Afford]

7. You find yourself a homestay internship.

So yes, it might be super-appealing to live alone, in a high-rise, in your brand new city. You might be tempted by the freedom and autonomy that your internship abroad will bring. But when you can’t count on an all expenses paid internship, you can save a good deal of money by considering a homestay option during your time abroad. The money you save on things like room and board–typically in exchange for helping with some light household chores, tutoring help, or other household contributions–can free up all kinds of funding that you can put toward releasing yourself of some of the pressure of paying for an internship abroad.

8. You organize potlucks and meals at home to save money on dining.

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Did you know that you can crowdsource money to pay for your international travels?

This is a tip you can use pre-internship and while you’re gone! Dining out is one of the easiest ways to watch your hard-earned money slide right out of your wallet. When you track your spending (seriously, re-read suggestion #4 because budgeting is so important!), you’re likely going to notice how those daily coffee drinks, quick grab-and-go lunches, and dinners out add up! But if you learn to cook more at home, experiment with new dishes, and create opportunities for friends (and even other interns) to join you, you can taste new things, experience local foods, share your expertise, learn from others, and save a whole lot of money–all while avoiding a kitchen full of dishes, when people bring their food and take their dishes home!

9. You crowdfund for your internship abroad with FundMyTravel.

When you think about the best ways to fundraise to intern abroad, don’t forget an incredibly easy and effective way to get the word out about your desire to meet your internship abroad goals! When you consider crowdfunding options, make sure that you sign up and create an account on FundMyTravel so that you’re tapping in to a vetted, respected, and specialized platform for getting the greatest impact. After you create your free profile, and set up your account, you can create your crowdfunding campaign and then share the link with others–by email, through a travel-focused newsletter, and all over your social media accounts–and watch your plans for paying for an internship abroad take shape.

[Fundraise Online for Your Internship Abroad]

Keep dreaming about that all expenses paid internship… it’s probably not out there

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Shift your energy to focus on how to pay for your internship abroad, not whether or not you’ll have to!

You never know, as competition for college enrollment continues to drive all kinds of programs, it very well could be that colleges and universities recognize the power of providing hopeful participants with that elusive all expenses paid internship! Perhaps the internships of the future will provide greater subsidies for covering the costs that add up. But for now, the fact remains that the opportunity for an internship abroad is going to carry with it the need to save, budget, and spend wisely.

But remember, even if it does mean living with discipline, saving instead of spending, or even refraining from certain luxuries or nice-to-haves, the reward and return on your investment over time from an internship abroad far outweighs anything you might deny yourself in the moment. Plus, if you follow our tips, you can not only work on paying for an internship abroad, you can also do it while learning some valuable life skills, developing a budget-friendly mindset, and adding some tools to your toolkit that will help you have big fun while you save like a boss.

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andi sciaccaThis article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi Sciacca is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. Andi works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. She helps them take ideas and put them into practice. When not working, or writing, she loves to experience music, see the world, and learn new things. Her favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food – and swim.

11 Effective Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas

You’ve received a calling to serve—and you’ve decided to answer that call—but, now what? Whether you’re going to focus on discipleship, reconciliation within the community, providing healthcare and education, or any other faith-based initiative for mission-work abroad, if you’ve figured out where you want to go—and what you want to do once you get there–you might be wondering how to raise money for a mission trip by yourself. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone.

These mission trip fundraising ideas will put you on the path towards engaging global-ministry

Meaningful travel opportunities that include faith-based outreach might require some creative mission trip fundraising ideas to help make a cost-effective journey. Perhaps you will decide to work with one of the well-known organizations that donate money for mission trips. Maybe you’ll take a more structured approach and ask for dedicated sponsorship from companies that donate to mission trips as part of their corporate values. Or, perhaps you’ll take a more grassroots approach, and engage your friends, family, and community members in the fundraising process.

Having a solid action plan for building your mission fund will only strengthen your chances to get the support you need.  Bonus: Tapping into the wide variety of available resources on mission trip fundraising ideas allows you to spread the word about your goals! (And it can be fun).

So, how should you raise money for mission trips abroad?

1. Kick it old school with a bake sale!

Nothing hits the purse strings (or wallet or pocket!) sweeter than some sweets! So why not make some of your grandma’s famous apple pie, or bake some delicious peanut-butter cookies, or make your favorite gluten-free, vegan chocolate brownies, and raise some funds while feeding some hungry friends? People really do love to trade hard-earned money for a worthy cause, and when you add in some chocolate (or sweet berries or tart lemon bars!), it’s even better. Just remember you can charge a bit more than the average bakeshop, but don’t go overboard. The goal is to sell as many as you can, to raise as much money as you can, so be smart–but stay generous.

2. Host a brunch, a lunch, or a potluck dinner–because food is your friend.

Whether you invite people over for frittata or tofu scramble, set out the salads and sandwiches, or get support from your fellow foodies and friends, make sure to make the environment as warm and inviting as the food. Your potential donors will feel right at home. Share the purpose of your mission in the invitations–you might even include your mission trip fundraising letter in the emails–but whatever you do, be sure to make the purpose of your party clear. And remember one of the core rules of fundraising, when you’re inviting people over for a sit-down meal, a buffet, or even a dish to pass, you can ask for donations at the door, and then pass the plate again at the time dessert is served, while you remind your well-fed participants why they’re there and what good work you plan to do with their contributions.

3. Work it out–cycle, sweat, walk, run, or stretch for the cause!

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Maybe you’ve already fed your potential donors, or maybe food is not your thing, but you can always invite the community to join you in a spin class, yoga practice, walk, run, or other workout program to raise money for your mission trip abroad. Remember to engage your local fitness instructors and studios for help, and follow whatever community rules are in place. For example, for an outdoor run or a walk, you will likely need permits and safety monitors–but you might find that a local spinning studio would let you bring in a group for a class and just let you collect a fee from anyone who wants to help.

As an added layer of donor opportunity, you could also sell mission trip fundraising bracelets (which are inexpensive to make) or design some mission trip fundraising t-shirts to sell, which only adds to the fun!

4. Wait–let’s talk about those t-shirts and bracelets again…

If you’re design-inclined (of if you know someone who can help you with some basic graphics), you can amp up your t-shirt and small tsotchke game and sell those as a stand-alone option for people to wear their support on their arms and their sleeves (or even their heads!). When it comes to mission trip fundraising bracelets, you can have different colors for different levels of donation and offer your supporters something extra (like a signed photo from your travels when you return) if they’re willing to level up and donate more than once at multiple levels.

Or, if t-shirts and clothing are the easier sell, then be sure to offer value-up options here, too—don’t just have mission trip fundraising t-shirts, but offer some long-sleeve shirts, hoodies, even baseball hats for supporters to purchase. There are so many options for wholesalers and drop-shippers (meaning you never need to buy the inventory, they handle the payment and printing and shipment for you)–be sure to check with your mission group to find out what you might be able to do to keep these sales tax-exempt.

5. Shop for funds–and do it using other people’s money!

In today’s gig-based economy, people are sharing and outsourcing tasks that used to be done by individuals as a normal part of the household chores. And it’s easier than ever to do this with organizations run through phone apps, like Instacart, Shipt, PeaPod, and others! While there’s nothing new about delivering pizzas (and that could certainly be an option, too)–with these newer services, you can help someone out by doing their grocery shopping when they’re short on time, or picking up their pet food so that they don’t have to go themselves, or even grabbing their cough syrup and juice for them when they’re sick.

If you treat this as an extra job to raise funds, you can easily sock it away (along with the tips!) as one more creative solution for how to raise money for a short term mission trip.

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Want to learn how to raise money for a short term mission trip? Knock on your neighbors’ doors.

6. Clean your closet–for a cause!

There are so many great places to sell your gently-used clothing for a profit. And most of them only require that you can use an app and sign up! From the vintage to the hard-to-find, and from designer, to daily-wear, to single-purpose (hello, prom dress!), you can unload your extras, downsize to your minimalist capsule-wardrobe, or anything in between.

Not only would you be clearing clutter and raising funds, but you’ll learn how to raise money for a short term mission trip in a way that passes on the items you no longer need to someone else. Just remember, if it’s truly designer, or vintage, be sure to check around to make sure you’re maximizing the opportunity to raise the money you need!

7. Get paid to do some chores for your neighbors.

Yes, we’re talking shoveling, lawn-mowing, raking, gutter-cleaning, and sweeping. Add in a bit of weeding gardens, spreading wood chips, washing windows, or painting porches and fences, and you’ve got the idea! If you’re physically able to help with some of these kinds of yard-related tasks, if you ask around in your neighborhood, you’re likely to find someone who would gladly pay you to do the task or at least help them with this kind of work. Not only is this kind of work helpful to your neighbors and beneficial to your community spirit, it’s also an example of what happens when you think about how to raise money for a mission trip by yourself, and realize that the potential of working with others is always an option.

As with the opportunities to shop and run errands for others, it’s often the yardwork (or even housework) that feels like the area of greatest need in today’s busy world. Helping others before your mission trip can be a great way to engage in the kinds of mission trip fundraising ideas that allow you to do some good service work before you leave.

8. Use the power of social media for some extra support.

Social media *must* be a part of your plan to knock these mission trip fundraising ideas outside of the park. While some platforms have strict rules against soliciting funds–even for donations or charitable causes, others are perfect for this exact purpose! You can create a personalized account page on one of these services (from SoundCloud to YouTube to Patreon, just to name a few) and make your ideas about how to raise money for a short term mission trip a part of your overall messaging. You can share your mission trip fundraising letter as a PDF to the site, or post it as part of your press-packet–but the power of your story might best be told through audio, video, or images.

If you opt to share a podcast or a video, you can interview others in your organization, talk to your friends about mission travel, share what you’re most excited to do when you arrive, explain why this was a calling for you, or even imagine what you most hope to do when you return. If you’re someone called to serve on a mission trip, you likely have a great story to share–so why not post it to a platform that will let others sponsor your stories (and your mission!) by donating to you based on the information you share.

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Make a difference in the lives of others along your spiritual journey abroad.

9. Partner with the big players–from corporations to organizations.

When it comes to working with companies that donate to mission trips, your home organization likely has a list of potential partners for you to choose from–but don’t forget to ask your family members and friends about whether or not they know of any businesses or organizations that donate money for mission trips as well. Sometimes it will be in the form of a scholarship or a grant (depending on the orientation of your mission or your level of education)–and other times, it will be in the form of a direct cash donation, or a matching gift.

Some companies and organizations even have dedicated programs that allow you to sell their products  and keep a share of the profits (think of cookies, pizzas, and candy as the easiest to sell and most lucrative) but the biggest benefit will likely be from direct funding. In fact, you might find that some of the best opportunities are from national or global organizations that are dedicated to funding mission trips, but might not even be in your area–so be sure to do your research and get creative in terms of your ask.

10. Teach what you know–tutor others–host a workshop. Get creative!

Do you have a talent for math? Are you a musician with a teacher’s heart? Do you know how to crochet and could you help a group of interested people learn what you know? If you’ve got a craft, hobby, or artistic talent to share–or if you can help some hopeful learner as they try to master French, or Latin, or history, or calculus, why not consider some part-time tutoring, teaching, lectures, classes, or workshops to get some extra funds for your mission travel?

When you think about how to raise money for mission trips abroad, why not tap into your talents in ways that allow you to teach others as you earn funds and share your enthusiasm for working with others? Not only will you be able to gain some extra income, you’ll also be able to practice the social, teaching, and soft skills required for a good mission trip–especially one based on providing education, service, and support to others.

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Send a photo or two within your mission trip fundraising letter.

11. Use FundMyTravel to crowdsource online.

With so many crowdfunding options out there, it might be hard to pick the right one for you. But if you’re looking for a platform that is dedicated to funding meaningful travel experiences, there’s only one you need to consider, and that’s FundMyTravel (hey, that’s us!). When you think about the best options for mission trip fundraising ideas, crowdfunding makes sense–but you don’t want to get lost in a sea of other campaigns for everything from self-operating pet feeders to tech-based wearables or band vans and food start-ups.

Once you sign up and create an account on FundMyTravel (FMT), you’ll be part of a global community of travelers, who support one another, learn from one another, and share their funding needs with the community on a dedicated platform that understands that everyone deserves to be able to pursue the adventures they seek or are called to in life.

If mission-connected travel is right for you, then using FMT help you turn the challenge of figuring out how to raise money for mission trips abroad into an opportunity to share your goals and intentions with a dedicated travel-focused audience, while also giving you a campaign link you can share with others. It’s just one more way to go from wondering how to raise money for a mission trip by yourself to finding a solution that makes sense for you. And when you build your campaign, don’t forget to think about the pitch. The way you deliver your message is as important as the message itself, so make sure your ask is compelling, concise, and inspiring!

Example mission trip fundraisers on FundMyTravel:

Be sure to read our helpful tips on how to raise money to volunteer abroad  and create engaging, thoughtful, and purposeful fundraising pages to expand your mission.

These mission trip fundraising ideas will put you on the right path

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Trust in the process.

So now that you’ve got almost a dozen ways to creatively think about how to raise money for a short term mission trip, what should the next steps be? For starters, take this list, and see what you might add! Is a car wash at your local church an option? What about a volleyball tournament for a good cause? Perhaps your community is the type to rally behind a raffle, or join you for a golf outing–or maybe you and some friends could team up and do some dog-walking or babysitting for some neighbors in need…

Whatever you decide to do, remember to clearly communicate your purpose and keep copies of your mission trip fundraising letter available for anyone who might ask to see it. It’s best to be transparent and offer the opportunity for clarity. That kind of preparedness speaks to your sincerity and integrity, and it helps the donor feel confident that their donation is going not only to a worthy cause, but also to a deserving person they can be proud to support.

Remember, doing good for others feels good. That’s the very spirit behind your call to service. While some of your donors might also share your servant’s heart, even those who don’t share in the mission can be strong supporters, so don’t be discouraged if you find that your neighbor is happy to pay you for cleaning their gutters, but isn’t at all concerned about what you plan to do with the funds. Offering options for different kinds of support and levels of involvement is a key lesson to keep in mind when it comes to raising money–and if you remind yourself of that from the start, it will only help you be most prepared when it comes time to make your appeal. Your mission trip is underway from the moment you decide to go–and raising the money to get there is simply part of the adventure!

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andi sciaccaThis article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi Sciacca is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. Andi works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. She helps them take ideas and put them into practice. When not working, or writing, she loves to experience music, see the world, and learn new things. Her favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food – and swim.

How to Raise Money to Volunteer Abroad

Unlock the secrets of how to raise money to volunteer abroad—without losing your mind!

If you’re looking for something more meaningful than the regular, old tourist adventure, you need to volunteer abroad! Volunteering abroad gives you the opportunity to learn about local issues, and more importantly, be a part of meaningful solutions. Volunteering abroad leaves an impact long after the trip is over. By working closely with the community, you will experience local life in a very different way from the average visitor. It’s an exciting way to see the world and also help those in need!

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We’re all in this together—especially when it comes to volunteer fundraising ideas for your trip abroad!

There’s just one liiittle problem: once you add together flights, program fees, travel insurance, and a little extra cash for fun, the costs can add up very quickly. Well, here’s the good news – there are tons of tried and tested volunteer fundraising ideas for you to try! Anyone who has volunteered abroad will say you shouldn’t let your finances hold you back from the trip of a lifetime. It’s hard to put a price tag on what might be one of the best experiences of your life! And when you consider the fact that other people will also greatly benefit from your volunteer trip – well, it’s a no-brainer! Here are some of our top tips on how to raise money for a volunteer trip abroad.

10 ways to raise money for a volunteer trip

1. Take advantage of a fundraising platform

This is where FundMyTravel can help! FundMyTravel gives travelers a platform to host a travel fundraising campaign and collect donations. Using a fundraising platform like FundMyTravel makes your campaign more accessible, gets your word out there, and makes your volunteer fundraising efforts look way more legit. If you’re wondering how to fundraise for a volunteer trip, your first step should be getting on a fundraising platform. One of the benefits of FundMyTravel is they only host travel related fundraisers. This means that your fundraising campaign won’t get lost among other types of fundraisers. Having an online campaign centralizes your efforts and makes it easier to collect donations. It provides donors with all of your information (as well as a CTA to donate!) all in one place. Just make sure to write a compelling pitch!

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2. Spread the word on social media

Ah, the magic of social media. There’s no better way to get your message to the masses in this day and age. If creating an online fundraising campaign is your first step, then sharing it on social media comes as a close second.  Your family and friends are your greatest support network – and that also applies to raising money for your volunteer trip. Many of your donations will come from people you know, and one of the best ways to reach them quickly is through social media. You can’t have a successful fundraising campaign if no one knows you have a fundraising campaign. Without question, awareness is your best friend when raising money!

3. Start a “challenge”

Speaking of social media: nothing gets people fired up like a challenge. No, it doesn’t mean you have to go viral, but feel free to take some inspiration from these viral fundraisers! Realistically, your challenge doesn’t even have to take place on social media. The moral of the story is: if you have a fun way of spreading your message, more people will pay attention. Starting a challenge gives people a reason to contribute beyond just handing over some money. Get your friends involved and give them a more creative reason to contribute. Hold a contest, make up a goofy activity, or challenge yourself to something new!

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You’ll feel more invested in the project if you start by raising money for your volunteer trip abroad.

4. Apply for scholarships and grants

Free money? Yes please! There are tons of scholarships and grants for those who are passionate about volunteering abroad. There’s just one catch: many are very competitive. You will definitely have to learn how to craft a compelling application. Every good application starts with a clear reason for why you are choosing to volunteer abroad.

To have the best chance of success, start small and work your way up. The first place to look is within your community; you may have a better chance of winning local scholarships and grants. Then, work your way up to the big cash. Get ready to write a lot of application essays—just as with a fundraising campaign, you want to be clear about your goals and objectives, and hopefully, the dough will start rolling in!

5. Pick up odd jobs

Everyone has a side hustle nowadays! The best way to find yours is to figure out what your community needs, and fill that niche. Some easy ways to start include: pet sitting, tutoring, gardening, or using apps such as Uber, TaskRabbit, or PostMates. If you have a hobby or skill you can monetize, that’s even better! You might as well try to have a little bit of fun while you’re at it. There are so many options to earn a buck or two – maybe it’s not always fun or glamorous, but every dollar brings you closer to your fundraising goal. If you have the extra time and you’re really committed, picking up a few shifts at a part-time job gives you the consistency to maximize your savings.

6. Leverage gifts

Birthdays and holidays just became a lot easier for your family and friends! Use gift-giving opportunities as an outlet for raising money for volunteer trip. The best way to do this is to let those around you know in advance that the best gift you can receive is cold, hard cash. It’s not like you needed another gift card anyways! There’s no better birthday present than knowing you are one step closer to your dream volunteer trip.

7. Organize a fundraising event

There are tons of possible ideas! A bake sale, themed dinner, car wash, trivia night, or even a full on fundraising gala (just to name a few). Do you or any of your friends have any interesting talents? Host a talent show! This is a great time to use any community connections you may have. For example, if you have any family members or friends with a unique flair for baking, or an interesting space you can borrow one night for an event. Hosting an event draws a lot of attention to your fundraising efforts, and it’s fun for everyone involved. An event gives your donors a sense of community, and gives them a tangible experience, all while supporting you!

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#TFW you hit your fundraising goals!

8. Ask for time, not money

We’ve talked a lot about how to raise money for a volunteer trip, but that ignores one real-life situation: not everyone has the means to donate money. And that’s totally okay! A donation doesn’t have to be monetary. In fact, some of the most meaningful donations you can receive are not monetary at all. Loved ones might choose to donate their time to help you fundraise. From as small brainstorming volunteer fundraising ideas and sharing a social media post, to as time-consuming as helping you plan an entire fundraising event, you should make sure you are appreciative of your loved one’s efforts. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and also make it known that you welcome these efforts as much as money. It all brings you one step closer to your goal!

9. Sell your stuff

How much stuff do you really need? When was the last time you wore that jacket? Or used that old game console sitting in your closet? You know where this is headed—these are tough questions that you have to ask yourself on your journey towards learning how to raise money to volunteer abroad. Turn that stuff into money! Hold a garage sale, consign some old clothes, and sell your old electronics. Unless you’re a total minimalist, there must be something in your house you can sell – and all those little “somethings” can really add up! If you have a gift for crafting, you can even create products to sell to friends and family.

10. Get sponsored

Some companies offer sponsorships for goodwill endeavors. Companies sponsor volunteer efforts because it is an advertising opportunity that makes them look charitable. Lucky for you, it also helps you raise resources (it’s a win-win!). This means that for the best chance at success, you should get into contact with companies that have CSR goals that align with the goals of your trip. When reaching out to companies that sponsor volunteer trips, make sure you have an idea of what you want from them. Money is always great, but you can also request donated products and services (eg. donated food or school supplies).

Learning how to raise money to volunteer abroad is a no-brainer

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Mastering how to fundraise for a volunteer trip abroad is your first step towards something great.

Money is one of the biggest barriers that prevents people from volunteering abroad. Flights and program fees alone can cost thousands of dollars! With such a steep price tag, it can feel daunting to figure out how to raise money for a volunteer trip. With these volunteer fundraising ideas, you should be on your way in no time.

When you realize how many options there are to fundraise for your volunteer trip, it makes affording a volunteer abroad trip look much more doable. Beyond being a memorable thing to do for yourself, you have to remember that the purpose of a volunteer trip is to help others. So there’s no reason not to go! These tips on how to raise money to volunteer abroad will make sure you get on that plane for the trip of a lifetime!

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jasmine harding headshotThis article was written by Jasmine Harding. Jasmine recently graduated from Western University with a degree in Media, Information and Technoculture. She lived in 5 different countries before she turned 7 years old, but she claims that none of them “count” since she doesn’t remember them. She can’t wait to actually live in 5 different countries. In her spare time, you can find her playing with cats or watching food documentaries on Netflix.

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