Despite doing our utmost to make our volunteer trips abroad affordable, we realize that the total cost can still be expensive by the time that flights, insurance and all fees are paid. Every volunteer traveler is different and while some volunteers have ample access to funds for their volunteer trip, there are many that do not and will need to fundraise to get sufficient funds to finance their trip.
To help offset this and assist volunteers with their fundraising, IVHQ has developed a partnership with a fundraising company and crowd-funding website GoFundMe
which allows IVHQ volunteers access to professional fundraising services. GoFundMe
creates a fundraising page for you, allowing you to set financial goals, tell your story (let your family and friends know what you are doing and why they need to donate to you), allows you to use social media platforms to notify your friends and family of your fundraising efforts, provides financial tools for you to receive payments and tracks your progress. The system is incredibly effective and in the last year IVHQ volunteers have raised over $300,000 for their trips abroad by using GoFundMe
If you decide GoFundMe is not for you and you would prefer to use some traditional forms of offline fundraising, IVHQ has an “A-Z of Fundraising” Booklet that is free for all registered volunteers and provides ideas on things you can do. Once you have registered into your program, simply email your program coordinator and request this and they will email it back to you (it is a PDF document). Your program coordinator can also provide you with a verification letter that you can use to help legitimize your fundraising efforts and helps when approaching individuals or companies that do not know you.
If you have any questions regarding fundraising, do not hesitate to ask the team at IVHQ.