Who says volunteering isn’t fun? It’s my passion! However, volunteering overseas can be expensive. If you’re an avid traveler like me, your friends and family may be tired of being hit up for your next adventure to Who Knows Where. Microphilanthropy is a new trend in donating that can help you achieve your global goal of serving people. Websites like Fundly and Paypal let you create a free account that can then be shared through social media. Make sure you use pictures of yourself on your past engagements and a sincere letter to help people see you are for real. A friend of a friend on facebook whom you have only met once may be willing to give you $10. If that happens 100 times, you have your plane ticket. Make sure you send everyone a thank you note with the amount they gave so your philanthropists have a record of their giving.
4 the World makes it even easier for volunteers going on excursions through our website’s donations page. Each donation can be designated or “dedicated” to a specific volunteer. The funds are then used for that volunteer’s special project, whether constructing a feeding center, teaching a class or assisting in a rural medical clinic. Updating status and photos while in the field can earn even more money for the specific project you are working on as people become interested and want to share in the amazing experience of helping someone. Our donations page is always live.
You can also utilize your talents for the greater good. To raise money for her trip, One volunteer took stencil numbers and spray paint around neighborhoods and would spray paint a house number on the street curb for a donation. Do you have awesome photographs from past trips? Set up an etsy.com account and sell your prints. House cleaning, dog walking, car washing, lawn mowing, tutoring, babysitting, bake saling, are all the traditional services that still work on a small-scale. The trick is to engage the people you are serving in a conversation about your planned mission so that they pay you more than the service is worth because it’s for a good cause.
Want to go big? Find a band that is looking for exposure . . . and is good. See if they will donate their time to perform. (Yes, give them a nice thank you note detailing the time and performance they gave.) Secondly, ask a restaurant/bar that frequently but not always has bands to host the event. If you provide the advertising, band and the door collector, can you keep all of the money at the door? Put the restaurant’s and the band’s logo on all of your social media promotions for the event. Contact local radio and newspapers community events calendars. Place posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist,etc. I made $3000 this way with the help of a friend of a friend’s band who had just released their first CD. The Flying Saucer restaurant in Nashville allowed me to keep all of the money from the cover charge. When people coming to the Flying Saucer for the night learned we were collecting money for charity, they would throw in an extra dollar or two. That extra dollar times 500 added up!