Traveling abroad is one of the best experiences a person can have, from exposure to other cultures to learning a new language. Although venturing overseas doesn’t come cheap, it can be manageable, especially if you create an online fundraising site! You can use the site as the online home for your upcoming adventure so that people can give at any time: be it for a special occasion or just because.
With Deposit a Gift, anyone studying or traveling abroad can create a fundraiser to gather support from friends and family. Your fundraising site could also be where you share your travel plans and get recommendations from others on places to visit. We’ve had Deposit a Gift users create fundraisers for a range of travel plans, from official study abroad programs to volunteer youth trips, from graduation trips to mission work.
What kinds of things can you use Deposit a Gift to raise money for?
To help pay for…
- Transportation: airfare, train tickets, public transit
- Passport renewal
- Travel insurance
- Money conversion
- Appropriate clothing and gear
- Hotel and lodging
- Tourist activities
- Cell phone/other phone service
- New luggage
With Deposit a Gift you can customize your fundraising site in the most creative way possible so that it’s truly a reflection of you and what you are trying to accomplish. You can set it up in the format of a fund or use our Gift List tool to break down the different uses of funds so that your supporters can contribute to different areas of need. This is a great way for people to live variously through your upcoming adventures.
Once you’ve got your site set up to reflect your upcoming travel plans, the key is marketing it to the max to generate excitement about what you are doing and get people on board. Keep your friends and family updated with details as the trip nears and use those occasions to remind them about your fundraiser. If it fits in your budget, you can also encourage contributions with the promise of a souvenir or postcard!
When you’re back from the trip, you can share your new pictures and stories on your fundraiser to show people exactly how the funds were used. This builds trust between you and your contributors that will help in the future if you’re thinking of creating a fundraiser for another cause.