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12 Festive Holiday-Themed Donation Incentive Ideas

While December may be the most popular time of year for giving, sometimes wanderlusters are in need of funds long before the joyful season begins. Maybe you’re looking to volunteer abroad for spring break, learn a language abroad for the summer, or study abroad in the fall? 

Additionally, many FundMyTravel campaigns only run for a few months to keep audiences interested while not going over any time limits, and December may not be in that time frame! 

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Festive donation incentive ideas aren’t limited to holidays in December. Get creative and rake in donations!

Many campaigners create a strong message for why they need funds to travel, and they can recruit the help of their network through social media, email, text messages, and other means. Asking may be enough to reach goals in many cases, but sometimes campaigners need extra help.

Lots of organizations use donation incentives to give their cause an extra boost, so why not you too? Elevate your FundMyTravel campaign with the 12 festive holiday-themed donation incentive ideas listed below!

Why are donation incentives a good idea?

Most people would like to feel appreciated in some manner when they donate. Incentives for donors not only encourage participation and provide motivation, but they also show how grateful you are for their contribution.

Donation incentives also help to raise excitement for your cause, and donors are more likely to share your campaign with others. The donation gifts don’t need to be grand or expensive—it’s more about recognizing their contribution. By taking advantage of the holiday during your campaign time frame, you can maximize your efforts while giving back in return!

5 Ideas to Make Your Travel Fundraising Campaign More Appealing to Donors

12 festive donation gifts for the holiday season

1. New Year’s Day — Personalized calendars 

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New Year’s-themed donation gifts will start the year off right.

January is a time of celebrating opportunities ahead in the new year while appreciating good memories of the year before. A personalized calendar rises to this challenge. Ask each donor to send you 12 of their favorite photos, and you can use an online PDF template to assemble a fun calendar that looks good in black and white.

 

If that proves to be too challenging, you can find plenty of beautiful, free stock photos to use online on websites like Unsplash and Pixabay. When you’re done crafting your masterpiece, you can email donors the finished result for a calendar they can easily print at home and cherish all year.

2. Valentine’s Day — Gift card raffle

Celebrate love with a fun raffle! Everyone loves the chance to win something amazing. For every person who donates to your campaign, enroll them in a drawing to win a $50 gift card. The gift card can be for a common restaurant, a massage parlor, a theatre, or donor’s choice. At the end of your campaign, post a video of the drawing where you put everyone’s name in a basket and draw the winner!

3. St. Patrick’s Day — Win a treasure

Fill a glass container with lots of candies, which will be the symbolic “pot o’ gold” at the end of the rainbow. You can post a video of the filled container on your campaign page to give them a 3D viewing. For every person who donates, give them a chance to guess how many candies are in the container. The lucky winner who guesses the right amount will win the jar of candy!

4. Easter — Egg-filled surprise

Easter is a good time of year to provide a small incentive for every donor. Fill lots of plastic easter eggs with thank-you notes, mints, candies, keychains, and/or small toys or office supplies. Send a filled plastic Easter egg to each donor for an eggcellent surprise.

5. Mother’s Day — Breast cancer awareness

Moms love May because they get some recognition they deserve on Mother’s Day! For every donor who gives a certain amount to your campaign, commit to contributing a portion of their donation to an organization that fights against breast cancer—or any cause that your mom or maternal figures in your life are passionate about. Donors will be able to tell their mom that they donated in their mother’s name for a good cause.

6. Father’s Day — Choose dad’s gift

Every year, people struggle with choosing a gift for dad, right? To help them out, why not create personalized donation gifts? Donors will receive gifts for their dads based on the amount of money they contribute, and you can customize them. For example, BBQ aprons for $100 donations, mugs for $75, cozies for $50, keychains for $25, etc. You could also have another raffle for the winner’s dad to receive a box of donuts!

7. Independence Day — Virtual bake sale

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While you declare financial independence, don’t forget about incentives for donors!

Who doesn’t love a dessert that demonstrates America’s pride with stars and stripes and red, white, and blue? Cookies and cupcakes are usually cheap to make or buy. You can work with local bakers or make the goods yourself for the campaign. For those who donate a certain amount ($100 or more), promise to make baked goods for them or for an organization of their choice (a nonprofit organization, senior care center, etc.).

8. National Dog Day (August 26th) / International Cat Day (August 8th) — Box of Treats

Invite all of your donors to submit the best picture of their cat or dog. At the end of your campaign, ask everyone to vote for the picture they like the most. The donor’s picture who receives the most votes wins a mystery box of treats for the pet! The mystery box could have things like toys, snacks, grooming items, a leash, and other things. You might even be able to get a few things for free at local pet stores if you mention it’s for a good cause.

9. Labor Day — Providing labor

One of the best incentives for donations is via labor for an organization. Choose a few local organizations or schools where you can volunteer. Reward every person who donates a certain amount (for example, $50) with a vote for the school or organizations where they want you to volunteer for a day. The one with the most votes wins your labor!

10. Halloween — Costume contest

If you’re up to this “spooktacular” challenge, you can provide a costume contest as a donation incentive. Choose three embarrassing costumes (that are cheap or easy to make) and ask each donor to vote on which costume you have to wear on Halloween; you can give donors a vote for every dollar they donate! Your friends and family will love this idea.

11. Thanksgiving — Cookbook

A good way to get people to donate even a small amount is the promise of a unique cookbook. Ask everyone who donates to your campaign to contribute their favorite recipe—it can be of their all time favorite food or of their favorite Thanksgiving dish. At the end of your campaign, you can create a PDF cookbook with all the recipes that people gave you, and distribute it to everyone who donated to your campaign.

12. Christmas — Postcard ornaments

Many people in your network would love to receive a postcard of the place you visited as a thank you for their donation. Why not create something special for them to put on the tree every year? You can customize the postcard with frames, embroidery, lamination, etc. and put a ribbon through the top. Each donor will have a special reminder every year of how they contributed to making your travel dreams come true.

7 Creative Donor Rewards Ideas

You’ll have happy holidays with these donation incentives!

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If all else fails, say thanks with a seasonal cup of coffee. (#PSL)

While these donation incentive ideas are for the more popular holidays, you can also take advantage of fun and silly holidays throughout the year. (There would be some pretty creative incentives attached to Arbor Day and Earth Day, for example!) It’s also recommended to reach out to local companies for sponsorship or to gather free supplies for events if you need to minimize expenses. You’d be surprised at how many people you know have a business and would love to take advantage of the free advertising.

If you have skills in photography, carpentry, design, or anything else, you may be able to provide donation gifts with these talents. You can also provide incentives for donations by providing your time or labor for them. Plus, you could also host contests, tournaments, sales, and other events in person if possible and ask people to contribute to your FundMyTravel campaign. Many people also find that incentives for donors have helped them build relationships and surpass their campaign goals!

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Sydney LutzThis article was written by Sydney Lutz. Growing up as an “army brat,” Sydney could not help but develop a thirst for traveling. She has visited all 50 states as well as England, France, Canada, Germany, and Australia. Sydney graduated with a master’s degree in public communication and technology in Colorado, and taught abroad for a year in Quito, Ecuador. Her favorite things to do include studying Spanish, practicing yoga, and travel writing.

What’s the Best Day of the Week to Host a Fundraiser?

When organizing a fundraising event there are so many decisions to make, and it can sometimes seem overwhelming. But before you get too deep into planning, stop and take a moment to think about WHEN a good time would be to hold your fundraiser. It matters more than you’d think!

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Knowing the best day of the week to host a fundraiser will get you where you want to go!

Finding the best day of the week to host an event can make or break how successful your event is. With a little tweak to the timing, your event could go from raising some money, to raising enough money to meet your fundraising target. But what is the best day for fundraising?

There are seven to choose from and everyday can be a fundraising possibility, but some days are better than others. Find out how to make sure your timing doesn’t become an obstacle to making your fundraising successful. (Then take it one step further and think about the best time of year to host a fundraiser!)

What to know about the best day for fundraising

The best day of the week to host a fundraiser depends a lot on your target audience. Workers, families, and college students all have very different schedules! So think carefully about whom you want to attend, and especially when they will be able to attend.

Also, check to make sure there are no similar events being held around the same time, or other events that your target audience will want to attend. For example, spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts are common fundraising events for high school and college students — so investigate whether or not someone else or another organization is hosting one on the same day as you.

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That would be…

Weekends will get you the most attendance, but hosting a fundraiser during the day in the week is always a possibility too. However, keep in mind that not everyone will be able to attend…people have jobs, after all. If you know a good amount of people will still be able to come to your fundraiser (maybe it’s not the traditional 9-5 crowd!), then weekdays are a great choice; weekdays are less busy, venues will have availability, and people want interesting things to attend.

Which is the best day of the week to host an event?

1. Monday—★

Monday evenings are the doldrums for fundraising events; it is the worst possible choice. No one likes to go back to work after the weekend, and by the time Monday evening rolls round people are often grumpy and tired. Most people won’t be in a good enough mood to want to dig deep into their pockets.

However, don’t give up hope! Organizing an event on a Monday evening can still work; venues will be cheap, there will be little competition, and if you know your event is desirable you can still persuade an audience to come and make a dent in your fundraising target.

2. Tuesday—★

It will take a little less persuading than Monday evening to get people there, but think carefully about the type of fundraising event you will be hosting. A relaxed event with lots of food will be easier to get good attendance for rather than a party or gala that doesn’t start until 9:00 p.m. or later.

3. Wednesday—★★

By Wednesday people have got back into the working swing and are ready to enjoy themselves. Venues, caterers, and the entertainment service industry often offer midweek discounts on their products, meaning your event budget can go further, and your profits will be higher!

4. Thursday—★★★

Thursday evening is just a slightly better choice than Wednesday. The 9-5 crowd is ready for some relief from work, looking for time to catch up with friends, and are feeling generous and ready for the weekend. A Happy Hour fundraiser would probably see great success during a Thursday evening! People tend to have more availability (or, at least, flexibility) during the weeknights, so you don’t need to worry about other events clashing with your fundraising event.

5. Friday—★★★

Friday evening is the start of the weekend, so it may seem like the best time to persuade people to leave their homes and come to your event. However, often after a long and hard week, people just want to relax; alternatively, younger people (college students and high schoolers) book up their Friday evenings quickly.

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You know what day it is! (The best day of the week to host a fundraiser, maybe.)

What that means is people either won’t come in the first place, or will only come for a short time — and neither is good news for your fundraising target. If you do decide to hold an event on a Friday evening, think about what your audience wants: to relax, to recover, and to have fun.

6. Saturday—★★★★★

Saturday is the most popular day and night of the week to hold fundraising events. Most people have free time on Saturdays, meaning they won’t just drop by your event but actually participate. They want to relax and enjoy themselves, and they are more generous with time and money knowing there is still another day of no work ahead of them.

However, Saturdays are also very busy and can get booked up far in advance, so getting your target audience to come may be a problem if you’re not prompt enough with invitations and RSVPs. You will also need to book a location far in advance, as you will be competing with weddings, birthdays, and other fundraisers for locations. This means organizing an event on short notice or with a small budget may experience additional difficulties!

7. Sunday—★★★★

Sunday is a great option for holding fundraising events during the day, but is not a good choice for events in the evening. By Sunday evening, most people want to stay home and relax a tiny bit more before a busy week begins. However, if your event ends before 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. you’ll be golden! During the day, people are more likely to still want to make the most of their weekend and be out and about.

Sunday is also a great day for family events. Parents want to spend time with their children, but also enjoy not having to organize entertainment for them. Take the work out of entertaining the children at your fundraiser, and families will flock to attend.

With FundMyTravel, EVERY day is the best day for fundraising

FundMyTravel is here to help make sure your meaningful travel (or fundraising) dreams come true. FundMyTravel is an online fundraising platform designed to support everyone raise funds for meaningful travel-related projects, whether domestic or international. It is easy-to-use, social media ready, and will provide you with support throughout your fundraising process to help make your fundraisers successful. The fundraising toolkit will help you reach out to your networks and a wider audience, and help those donations start rolling in.

The best day of the week to host a fundraiser will show you the money!

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Knowing the best day for fundraising will help you reach your goals, no matter what they may be.

So which day is the best day for fundraising? It all depends on you and your fundraiser!  Everyday is a fundraising possibility, and everyday has the potential to be the best day of the week to host a fundraiser. So get thinking, get creative, and start planning your fundraising journey.

When you have decided on the best day of the week to host an event, check out more of our resources on Fundraising 101. And don’t forget that social media can be used anytime to promote your event — get some inspiration on how to utilize your social media campaign.

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rachel taylorThis article was written by Rachel Taylor. After moving to Malaysia, Rachel caught the travel bug and hasn’t been back to the UK since. Her travels have taken her via Europe, East and Southern Africa, and Asia. She is currently settled in northeast China, where she is hoping one day to hold a conversation in Chinese not about the weather.

How to Ask for Donations Over the Phone + 3 Easy Scripts

We are huge fans of fundraising in the digital age. You can get your mission out there, en masse, in a matter of seconds, by setting up a FundMyTravel page, sending an email, or posting on social media. When bringing in moolah is the goal, there’s nothing better than reaching as many people as possible with the least possible effort (life’s busy enough, you know?). Still… there’s something to be said for a good old fashioned phone call.

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We said old fashioned, not ancient. Make sure your phone script asking for donations is fresher than this!

Asking for donations over the phone can sound intimidating, but in all reality, it’s one of the best ways to know you’re being heard. That one-on-one time with someone gives you room to explain all your key points, and it gives that person the opportunity to ask questions that they might skim over by only seeing your post online.

We get it — most of us swapped phone calls for texting about 10 years ago, making fundraising phone calls feel even more awkward, unnatural, or nerve-wracking. Snagging that donation through an interpersonal connection can be huge, though, so we’ve compiled some tips and tricks on how to ask for donations over the phone.

5 tips for asking for donations over the phone

1. Have a clear mission

This is big in fundraising no matter what, but especially when asking for donations over the phone. You don’t want to be that person asking for money with no clear explanation as to why. 

Don’t start your fundraising journey by having a vague idea of studying in Argentina over the summer; however, do start your fundraising journey by choosing a city, a program, and budgeting costs. It’s important for contributors to feel that they’re giving to something important, so don’t lose their funding by going in unprepared!

The more evidence you can give for how beneficial their funding would be, the more convincing you are. Plus, it’ll make for a smoother, more enjoyable phone chat for both of you.  

2. Know your audience

Fundraising phone calls do not (we repeat: do NOT) have to be awkward. They can sometimes even be fun! Are you reconnecting with a family member or friend? Maybe you’re reaching out to a previous teacher or employer. They’d probably love to hear how you’re doing, what you’ve been up to, and how much their support would mean to you.

Maybe you’re calling up some of your parents’ friends, or your friends’ parents. Ask how they are! Tell them how your parents are doing, ask how their kids are. The point is, be personable. Nobody wants to answer the phone only to feel like they’re being solicited. Show your personality, and let them know that you put consideration into choosing to reach out to them directly.

[Related: How to Ask People to Donate Money—The Nice Way]

3. Think through questions ahead of time

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No judgement if you need to caffeinate before fundraising phone calls.

This can be one of the most frightening parts of talking on the phone, no matter what the conversation is about. Whether you’re interviewing for a job, talking to your student loan provider, checking in for a doctor’s appointment — being asked questions over the phone that you’re unprepared for can be flat-out uncomfortable.

Don’t get stuck in a situation where someone’s interested in your mission and you can’t fill in all their questions. Think about what you would ask a fundraiser over the phone, and prepare those answers. What will you be doing? For how long? With whom? Why? Is it safe? These questions can sound a bit grueling, but trust us, it’ll be worth it to avoid the awkward phone silence.

4. Practice never hurt nobody 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with writing down, word for word, what you plan to say. There is absolutely nothing wrong with standing in front of your mirror and rehearsing that fundraising phone call script, for hours if you need to!

Practice with your mom or a friend, if that’ll help make your tone more fluid. Whatever it takes to get you feeling comfortable is exactly what it takes to make the most of your conversation and do the best you can by your campaign. 

5. Be confident

Here’s the thing — anyone can be a successful salesperson. As long as they’re confident in what they’re selling, others are going to be confident about getting on board. Each of these steps certainly matter; plan to know your information before you put it out there, and always, always be polite on your fundraising phone calls.

But beyond that, the heart of how to ask for donations over the phone is being excited and sure of what you’re doing, and your donors will feel that. In the beginning, it might feel unnatural. You know what they say — fake it ‘till you make it. After all, you’ve got money on the line!

[Related: 6 Steps to Fundraising for Meaningful Travel]

Line please? 3 fundraising phone call scripts

A phone script asking for donations won’t necessarily feel like the most natural thing to start writing, so we’ve got you started with a few options that you can transform into your own.

  1. Hi <name>, this is <name> from <reason you know each other>. Do you have a few minutes to talk? I’d love to share a bit about my fundraising campaign with you. I first got interested in this topic due to <insert event>, and since that time, I’ve dedicated myself in <x> ways to pursue this field. I’ve done my research, selected a program, and feel confident about what I can get out of this experience. All that being said, saving the money for this journey has come with some challenges! I’m reaching out today to you, someone who has always been generous in your support of me, to see if you’d consider contributing to my campaign.

 

  1. Hello <name>! I know it’s been a while since we’ve been in touch, and I’m eager to hear about how you’ve been, and excited to share an upcoming opportunity in my own life with you. If you have a few minutes, I’d love to tell you about the journey I’ve been on, and humbly ask you for your support in my endeavors.

 

  1. I’m calling today with a business proposition. As someone who’s always been interested in <XYZ> and supportive of <XYZ>, I’m hoping I’ll be able to win you over in support of my upcoming fundraising campaign. If now is an ok time, I’d like to share some of my ideas with you, and make a case for why this is an excellent endeavor to be a part of.

Use FundMyTravel and avoid fundraising phone calls completely!

We’re a fan of how personable and direct fundraising phone calls can be — but hey, they’re not for everybody! If you know you’re just not interested in picking up the phone and dialing, then get started on your FundMyTravel page!

Crowdfunding dedicated to getting abroad — for volunteer work, schooling, studies, or even just travel — has never been easier through this free, user-friendly, easy-to-share resource. Get to creating your campaign, start sharing your mission with the public, bring in that money, and get yourself on your life-changing journey abroad.

Get your script ready for asking for donations over the phone!

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With these tips and a solid fundraising phone call script, you’ll be set.

You’ve got this! Now that you (hopefully!) have some bolstered confidence, you’re ready to start detailing out your phone script asking for donations. The first step is to compile a list of all the people you’ll reach out to. It’s a good idea to have the bones of your script in place, and then add some details and personal touches, depending on who you’re contacting.

Once you get started sharing your passions and ideas, hearing that positive feedback of a supportive human on the other end of the call is going to give you a rush you’ll want to repeat! Good luck — you’ve got our backing all the way.

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samantha harperThis article was written by Samantha Harper. Samantha’s quest to learn about her family heritage in Prague ignited the travel flame within her. A Wisconsin native and Pitt alumna, Samantha’s insatiable appetite for the world led her into an International Relations master’s program in Italy. Still not feeling like she’d seen enough, she finagled her way into spending a summer in Spain and teaching for a year in Thailand. She is (temporarily) settled in Washington, D.C.

7 Social Media Fundraising Tips (+ 5 Examples)

Social media has changed the game for—well, just about #everything! From fast fashion, to gig-sharing, to hive mind research, to political activism, social media platforms have become the town criers we look to for knowing what’s up. And with that kind of reach and impact, if you’re thinking about sharing your travel campaign fundraising goals via social, you can really cash in…as long as you make sure that you have a social media fundraising strategy that works for you!

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What will be the most important component of your social media fundraising strategy? YOU.

When it comes to social media fundraising, one of the key factors for success is sharing copy that supports your cause and feels like it’s unique to you. No generic copy, no stock photos, no boring or cliché language here! The posts you share need to inspire others to click, to get to know you, and to want to support your cause. So, how do you do it? Well, we’ve got seven tips—and 5 social media fundraising examples—to help you get started. So, let’s go!

7 tips for social media fundraising

1. Decide on the best platform.

If you’re trying to share the power of your cause to a wider audience, exploring social media fundraising ideas is a great place to start to expand your reach!

Just remember that all platforms are not created equally, and some even have prohibitions against asking for money or hidden costs. Some platforms (like YouTube or Vimeo) are great for video, while other platforms (like Twitter and Facebook) make it super easy to repost or share. And some (like FundMyTravel) are geared toward specific causes, like meaningful travel experiences around the world.  

2. Make sure you’re maximizing the power of your photos and videos.

Images make all the difference when you’re fundraising through social media. The right photo will inspire curiosity, motivate viewers to click through, and share the unique opportunities that your individual campaign will provide. And while all of that is the goal, you need to make sure that the photos you’re using are your own, safe to post, and don’t include any unintended people, places, or details. With that in mind, do a little research on the power of photos and videos to help support your campaign!

[Related: What is Online Fundraising?]

3. Use written copy that sounds like you.

When you’re exploring ways to use social media fundraising in your campaign, you’re going to need to share your message with your audience. Yes, you want to write copy that converts, but even more importantly, that written messaging needs to sound like you wrote it. The messaging on your social media should sound like an actual conversation with you, not like it came from some kind of generic copy-bot. When in doubt, ask a friend, “Does this sound like me?” and listen to what they tell you. Remember, feedback is a gift!

4. Be certain that the message is clear about how people can help!

If you have just the right photo and perfect written copy, but don’t make it clear how people can help, your social media fundraising strategy has some big gaps! This means make the ask specific, time-bound, actionable, and super-clear! You might think it’s obvious by looking at it, but given that everyone spends so much of their social time connecting online, the difference between a general update and a clear call to action can make all the difference in the world!

5. Allow cross-posting—and invite others to share your posts.

When you share to social, you need to make sure that your posts are easily shareable so that your friends can share with their friends, and inspire others to get your message out there! If your goal is to maximize fundraising through social media, you want to grab that first opportunity to get others to share. And don’t be afraid to look on social media sales, marketing, and advertising sites for tips! The end goal might be different, but the motivations can be the same.

6. Refresh your message periodically, but don’t get spammy.

Be sure to post your message in multiple places, but don’t forget to refresh that content! At the same time, if you’re looking at the best social media fundraising examples, you’ll notice that they seem to have a magic touch about posting, reposting, and helping their message have real staying power. Not to worry if this particular tip gives you some anxiety; there are all kinds of metrics and data points out there about the perfect posting schedule, but the best thing to do is keep it simple, fresh, and relevant—and make your message timely and genuine, just like you!

7. Learn from others about campaigns that really work!

When you do your research and really do the groundwork to prepare for a project, you learn about the mistakes that could be made (and how to avoid them) but you also get to see what works! And even if companies like Starbucks, Spotify, and Gillette aren’t raising funds for specific campaigns, they’ve done a great job at encouraging their followers to be a part of their story. Don’t forget about the power of inclusion in your messaging—it really makes a difference!

[Related: 8 Fundraising Mistakes Made Online (and How to Avoid Them)]

5 social media fundraising examples

1. World Wide Fund for Nature

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Why we like it: This powerful campaign uses the exceptional imagery, short but high-impact copy, and a #LastSelfie hashtag that inspires viewers to action (whether that’s to donate or share)! It even includes an easy text option, making this a social media fundraising worth copying!

2. #TapCancerOut

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Why we like it: This fundraiser combines the high-octane energy from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches with the opportunity to save lives by raising money for cancer research. By creating a simple but effective hashtag (#tapcancerout), and sharing all kinds of real-world action shots, the energy of this campaign is intense and contagious! 

social media fundraising examples3. FundMyTravel

 

Why we like it: When you consider the energy of the copy in this post, and you look at the ways in which the poster engaged their own social media fundraising strategy, it’s no surprise that this campaign has more than reached its goal! The tone and message is specific, but also genuine—and the copy includes a great balance between passion and action plans.

4. Charity Watersocial media fundraising examples

Why we like it: When you combine high-impact prose, your own campaign hashtag, an invitation to engage with a video (meaning the opportunity to see real people), and some striking imagery, you can see why this is one of the featured social media fundraising examples for you to take some inspo from!

5. The Humane Society of the United States

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Why we like it: Everyone knows that puppies and kittens are practically irresistible, but people tend to click off (rather than on) animals that appear to be in distress. This social media fundraising campaign makes the discomfort easier to engage while giving voice to the pup in the photo. And there, right in red, is that call to action that makes all the difference to their cause.

Don’t forget to add FundMyTravel to your social media fundraising strategy

Now that you’ve seen all kinds of tips and social media fundraising examples to help you work with your content and campaigns in a more engaging way, what’s next? Well, if you’re considering how best to connect with your audience for getting the funds you need for your next big adventure, be sure to sign up for a free account with FundMyTravel today!

Not only do you want to use all the general platforms, but if your goal is to raise funds for meaningful travel experiences, this targeted platform for sharing travel-related fundraising campaigns includes all kinds of free resources, a blog with useful information, and even a social media wall with active campaigns that will help you see how it’s done.

Fundraising through social media will make your life MUCH easier

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In today’s global, digital world, social media fundraising is one of the best ways to get your campaign off the ground!

It might seem like there are all kinds of rules to follow when developing a social media fundraising strategy, but actually, once you get your structure set up, fundraising through social media will make your life much easier! Just think about how many times you engage Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or SnapChat. Those platforms offer billions of users combined, which means millions of options for sharing your social media fundraising ideas with a wide, global audience!

When you want to expand the reach for your cause, fundraising through social media also brings your campaign to life. You can feature real people, places, and things through video and imagery. You can appeal to your funders and donors using your own voice. You can enhance your written requests with compelling multimedia, and you can make it as easy to give as it is to tap a screen or click a button. When you focus on fundraising through social media, you can increase the opportunities to share your message and reach your goals!

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andi sciaccaThis article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. She works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. Andi 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. Andi’s favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food—and swim.

6 Free Fundraising Letter Templates

Are you jazzed up and ready to become a professional fundraiser? We sure hope so, because this guide is all about getting down to business (letter-wise, that is). While you might be wondering what makes a good fundraising letter, fret not! We will not only explain, we will also provide 6 free fundraising templates for your perusing! And who doesn’t like free things? *cough* everyone *cough*. 

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Ready for some free fundraising templates that are the bomb dot com?

While fundraising letter templates are not always necessary, they can definitely help to get the ball rolling. This guide’s purpose is to get you familiar with various fundraising letter templates, including fundraising templates for donations and sponsorships. Trust us, you don’t need to be an English major to write successful fundraising letters. With the right info, you’ll soon be a letter-writing pro! 

What makes a good fundraising letter? 

There are lots of fundraising letter templates out there, which is why it can understandably be overwhelming to decide on one to best fit your needs. With that being said, there are certain bullet points you’ll want to hit. 

First, you’ll want to make it as personal and specific to your fundraising needs as possible. Nobody likes reading a boring, generic letter! Next, it’s important to list or explain your fundraising goals. This way, your audience will understand why they are donating as well as what and who it will benefit. Again, nobody wants to give money to a cause they don’t believe in. Your job is to make them believe!

[Related: What Makes a Good Fundraiser? 9 Important Components]

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Call to Action”? You’ll need one! A Call to Action (CTA) is basically the how of your fundraising letter. How can your supporters donate? Can they donate online through FundMyTravel (we hope so!). Can they donate through the mail? This is a good option for those of us who are less tech savvy (shout out to grandma and grandpa). 

6 fundraising letter templates 

1. The Standard Fundraising Letter

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Why we like it: This template fundraising letter is pretty basic, but it gives you a general idea of what they should look like to get you brainstorming. As you can see, it has a subject title, call to action, a URL, and contact info. Check out this template here!

2. Crowdfunding Campaign Fundraising Letter

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Why we like it: If you’re planning on using a crowdfunding campaign fundraiser, then a letter focusing on your online campaign will do wonders! Make sure to note the bottom of this letter; adding a blurb about sharing your crowdfunding page with others will help to get the word out! Download the template here!

3. Student Travel Sponsorship Letter

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Why we like it: This letter gives a stellar example of how to appeal to your audience with awesome student travel, that is! Remember to not simply ask for money to travel, but explain what you will learn from the experience. People are more willing to support someone who is willing to work hard while living it up abroad! Check out this travel-themed letter here!

[Related: How to Ask People to Donate Money—The Nice Way]

4. Event Donation Letter

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Why we like it: You’ll definitely want to check out this fundraising template if you’re raising money in connection with a non-profit or hosting an event. Be sure your letter includes an invite to the event as well as info about your organization. You can find this template here!

5. Corporate Sponsorship Letter

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Why we like it: If you live in a city with abundant corporations, or even just a small town with local businesses, then you might want to check out this corporate themed letter. You might be surprised at who all is willing to donate towards a good cause! Download the template here!

6. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Letter

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Why we like it: It might seem like crazy logic, but people who already support a similar cause, are more likely to donate to your cause! Crazy, right? Here’s an example: Say your friend donates to a local animal shelter because she’s passionate about finding animals a good home. Now what if you were trying to raise money for your sick dog? Relating the two causes might make your friend even more willing to donate! This is what a peer-to-peer fundraising letter does. Check them out here!

Fundraising letters will help you reach your goal—and so will FundMyTravel!

Fundraising letters are more traditional in the fundraising world; however, using FundMyTravel in addition to a letter would certainly boost your donations. Plus, mentioning your FundMyTravel link in your letter is a perfect Call to Action! Having some form of an online donation platform, whatever it might be, will greatly help you reach a younger audience.

Of course, the first step is to create your FundMyTravel fundraiser! By starting your campaign, donations will automatically be sent to your account. Plus, it’s free to create an account and share your campaign! FundMyTravel only takes 5% of all donations to keep the site running and to be able to provide technical and customer support. Sounds pretty nifty, right? We think so!

Did you find your best template fundraising letter?

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Two thumbs waaaaay up for these fundraising letter templates.

With so many unique fundraising templates out there, we’re pretty confident you’ll find the right one to fit your fundraising needs. And if our examples above haven’t quite cut it, check out more free fundraising templates from the websites linked to above, or check out our FREE Fundraising Toolkit!

Once your fundraising template is ready to go, it’s time to pick out some snazzy stamps (travel-themed stamps are not required, just strongly preferred)! While we can’t guarantee donations, simply putting in the time and effort to make a fundraising letter will show you that you have the drive and determination to make your goal a reality. Happy writing! 

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kaila forsterThis article was written by Kaila Forster. Kaila is a recent graduate from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international business and history. During college, she embarked on her first adventure abroad, studying in Chongqing, China. Upon graduation, Kaila returned to China as a marketing intern with a trading company outside of Shanghai. Sheis currently working as a Revenue Tax Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Kaila enjoys spending her free time cooking, incessantly bothering her cat, and volunteer teaching immigrants and refugees.

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