Fundraising Guide

Fundraising will be an important part of your preparation for your project. It is an opportunity to raise the grant funding to support your project objectives and a fantastic way to promote and advocate the principles and work of InterVol. There are countless different ways you can raise money for your InterVol project, but we suggest you choose one that you will enjoy the most!

Just remember two things – keep it simple and have fun!

At InterVol we use GoFundMe to collect online donations and every project team should set up a page once they begin their project planning. Please make sure to select InterVol (#1336099) as your charity during your page set-up to ensure that you are eligible for 25% Gift Aid bonus on all tax-payer donations. We combine and distribute our raised funds as grants each summer to each partner charity.


Fundraising Ideas

Merazonia 2016 fundraising mud run

Whenever and wherever you are fundraising be sure to tell everyone: Who we are and what we do!

“InterVol is an international volunteering charity in the United Kingdom that offers university students the opportunity to volunteer with ethical organisations overseas on poverty reduction, education and conservation programmes.”

Be sure to make it clear where the money you are raising will be spent and how it will help and remember to note our charity number (1136099) on posters, flyers and fundraising buckets so that people can look us up at the Charity Commission should they want to.

Here are a few popular fundraising ideas…

Band Nights Everyone enjoys live music so why not organise a gig of your own? Whether it’s a themed night, a ‘Battle of the Bands’ or a classical concert the night will present lots of ways to raise funds.

Quiz Nights
Organise just one night or a whole series of quizzes in your local pub or students’ union.

Imperial Project Nepal 2012

Sponsorship
Can you face 24 hours of not speaking? A week without a beer? Or perhaps you would prefer a more physical challenge – a sponsored cycle or swim? There are plenty of things you can get sponsored for. Don’t forget to set up an online donations page and share it as widely as possible with all your family and friends – you’ll be sure to get a lot more support.

Dinner Parties and Curry Nights
Cook a fancy meal and invite your friends – for a price! Or alternatively for a bigger guest-list find a local curry house or restaurant who can offer a buffet or set meal deal and make a fundraising profit by selling tickets to attend.

Collections
Get permission to collect at your local supermarket, pub, football club, high street. You’d be surprised at how much you can make (especially if you smile!) You will need to contact the relevant authority first to seek permission to collect.

Online fundraising

Many of our volunteers collect the majority of their fundraising targets from their GoFundMe pages by sharing them regularly with friends and family. The most successful online campaigns share stories and information on their chosen project partners to encourage people to contribute.

Top Tips for Fundraising!

Plan in advance
Think carefully about the event before you start and put an action plan together. Contact people who might be willing to help you.

Work out a budget
Make sure the expected income from your event is much higher than the cost of running it.

Advertise your event
Tell everyone! Spread the word and don’t forget to mention your event on our Facebook & Twitter pages. We would love to attend and help with getting the word out!

The legal stuff
Make sure you have permission from the appropriate authority to hold your event/collection and if you’re shaking buckets make sure to have our charity number on there. You are allowed to set up your own personal GoFundMe page to cover your travel costs, but if you do that please be very clear where the funds are going.


If you need more help or advice about fundraising just ask:

Your committee: Just get in touch with your committee to find out what events work best on your campus and to make sure you are coordinated with other volunteers and groups.

On Facebook: search ‘InterVol’ and send us a message.

By e-mail: info@intervol.org.uk