One of the easiest ways to raise funds is to approach local businesses and organisations. Would they be willing to sponsor your adventure?
Firstly, put together a list of organisations that might be able to help. Think about companies where your friends, relatives or even you work. You could also consider your town or city’s biggest employer, or your local authority.
Aim to give your funding requests as much credibility as possible. You can do this by writing to each organisation and explaining what you plan to do. Talk about why sail training is important to you, what you’ll learn on board, and how this will have a positive impact on society. There have been numerous studies highlighting the benefits of the sail training experience, and you’ll find that many organisations really are willing to sponsor you.
Check out our example template letter to help you get started.
Sail On Board fundraising letter template.
Sponsored Fundraising Challenges
Sponsored challenges are a great way to help you reach your fundraising target. You could take part in a sponsored run at the weekend, a bake sale at school or college, or give up something that you really love. You’ll be surprised by how many people are willing to support you when they see you putting in the effort to raise awareness for your cause.
Take a look at our branded sponsorship form that you can download and print out.
Sail On Board fundraising form.
Publicity and Social media
It’s important to publicise your fundraising challenge as much as possible. So, be sure to let your local radio, TV and newspapers know about your story.
Don’t forget to use your social media channels to tell friends and family about your efforts. You can also join the Sail Training International Facebook group for inspiration.
You can use our example news release to help you.
Sail On Board guide to writing a news release.
Gifts and Presents
By creating a fundraising plan in advance, you can share it with your family and friends and ask for contributions instead of gifts. If you leave yourself plenty of time, you could always ask for donations instead of Christmas, birthday, Ramadan, or Hanukkah presents.
Sell! Sell! Sell!
When was the last time you played on that old Xbox 360®? Do you really watch all those DVDs now that you have Netflix®? We all have unwanted items clogging up our homes and bedrooms… which you can sell for a profit. Try setting up an Ebay® account, visiting a car boot or a yard sale, or arranging a garage sale to turn all that clutter into valuable cash towards you target.
Another great way reach your target is to do small jobs for other people. For example, gardening, dog walking, car washing, or even making tea are all great ideas. There are lots of things you can do for others that will help raise vital funds.