Fundraising Tips and Ideas

Get started straight away

Don’t procrastinate! Even if your trip is a year away, the earlier you start on your fundraising, the easier it will be.

Build a team around you: You may have friends, work colleagues, family etc. who admire what you’re going to do and want to give a donation. But can they also help mobilise others to raise funds on your behalf? Many hands make light work!

If someone can’t give money, can they give time and talent? A friend who hasn’t got much money themselves may nevertheless be willing to contribute, for example by organising a fundraising concert, dinner, collection etc.

Be prepared – think ‘fundraising’ wherever you go:

Going on a volunteer trip is a big thing in your life, and no doubt conversations with people will easily turn to this subject. So always carry a sponsor sheet with you, so you can turn other people’s interest into a donation.

Approach people first who are most likely to give generously: Sponsors tend to take their lead from whatever someone else has put on a fundraising page or sponsor form. So try to ensure that the first couple of entries are reasonably generous – €25 plus.

The biggest donations can come from unexpected sources: So ensure that you do talk to everyone and anyone about what you’re doing and why. You never know what their capacity to donate might be.

Plan and prioritise

Map out the months until your trip. Think about what big activities you will do, and plan when the best time is for that.

Is Christmas in the mix? People tend to be more generous round Christmas time, what could you do to make the most of that generosity?

Is your birthday in the mix? Birthdays are a great time to swap presents for donations.

If you’re planning an event, ensure you run it a good few months before your trip goes, so that if it doesn’t raise as much as you’d hoped, you’ve still got time to make up the difference.

Cash Collections on private property

For cash collections at a bag pack, church gate etc, you will need:

  • Permission from the property owner/Management.
  • A private agreement

Cash Collections on public property

For cash collections in the street, train station etc, you will need:

  • A Garda Permit – apply for one 4-6 weeks in advance of your collection (may take longer).
  • To be aged 14+.
  • A Collector’s Authorisation document with you during your Cash Collection.
  • Sealed collection boxes, which display Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s name (we can lend these to you).

Fundraising Ideas

Think about what you already do and see if you can fit it into your fundraising.

For example, do you:

  • Play sport? Organise a sport’s day, run a marathon, etc.
  • Like to read? Hold a book-sale
  • Play a musical instrument? Play a gig
  • Enjoy baking? Hold a cake sale
  • Love socialising? Host a special dinner

More fundraising ideas:

  • Carol singing
  • Fashion show/clothes swap party
  • Coffee morning
  • Bag-packing
  • Sleep out
  • Church collection
  • Face-painting
  • Tractor run
  • Drama evening
  • Hold a raffle
  • Car boot sale
  • Car wash
  • Non uniform day (schools)
  • Race night
  • Karaoke night
  • Halloween/New Years party
  • Laughter Lounge
  • Sponsored silence

When you register as an international volunteer, we will set up an everydayhero fundraising page for you. This is an easy way to fundraise online, which you can link to your email and social media accounts. Please be aware that this fundraising page deducts 4.25% per transaction processing fee, plus credit card fees of 1.6% for Visa and MasterCard and 2.8% for American Express. It is, however, an easy way to bump up your fundraising and help reach your target!


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