Lessons Learned from Fundraising

by Evelyn Medai|Mar 30 2018|Volunteer Advice
Volunteer Invest Lessons from Fundraising

Fundraising is an essential part to any charity, non-profit organisation, or NGO. Fundraising can take many forms, from a black-tie gala, to concert, to a rummage sale.  If you’re planning on going on a volunteer trip abroad, fundraising is a great way to raise money for your trip! In addition to raising money for a great cause, fundraising can teach you some important skills that you can take beyond your trip abroad!

Interpersonal and Marketing Skills

Finding people to donate to your cause is the most important, and often most difficult, part of reaching your fundraising goal. Once you find people to ask, you have to present a convincing enough case to get them to donate. Whether you’re reaching out to family and friends, or you’re running a bake sale and shouting out to random strangers, you have to really put yourself out there and sell your case. While it may be a little bit intimidating at first, giving your pitch will soon become second nature. Who knows, you may even find it enjoyable!

You can also transfer these skills to a professional or academic setting. Both in school and in work, you’ll often have to work in teams or on group projects. Being able to pitch your ideas well to others and being able to get them on your side of an idea is an invaluable skill that many people would love to have. Fundraising can help you really master this and take it with you after volunteering.

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Passion

If you’re fundraising to go abroad, it’s likely that you’re very passionate about the cause and helping others. You’ll likely find it easy to speak to people about why you’re raising money and making your cause known. If you’re passionate about what you’re working on, it really won’t feel like work at all. You’ll want to go out and get closer to reaching your goal. You may even find it quite fun! When you go back to your normal life about volunteering, you may still be searching for the right thing to study or the right job. Try to find something you’re just as passionate about and take a class on it or try to pursue a career in that field. If you’re passionate about what you do, it will make it a lot easier to get all the work done.

Persistence

While you may have mastered the art of reaching out to people and pitching your cause, you may still be facing a lot of “no’s”.  It can be difficult to reach your goal and it can sometimes  be frustrating. You may hit a plateau and need to come up with a new idea to reach your goal halfway through. However, when you keep pushing on and finally reach your goal, it’s truly the most amazing feeling in the world. Finding the motivation to keep persisting and striving to reach your goal is something you can transfer to a difficult project in school or in work.

Fundraising is an exciting, frustrating, and rewarding experience. It’s an essential part of the volunteer experience, but like volunteering, it teaches you things you’ll carry with you throughout your professional and academic life.

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