Fundraising for Student Travel

Either you’ve just signed up for an Atlas Workshops trip, or you’re seriously considering it—either way, this means you are about to embark upon the travel experience of a lifetime. This world is simply too incredible to stay at home, but no matter how you do it, traveling costs money. We’ve been raising funds for our own international adventures since we were high school students. The list below is an excellent jumping off place for individual fundraising. We’re always happy to help you brainstorm more ideas!

1) ASK FOR DONATIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON which means that your relatives are wondering what your favorite pattern of sweater might be…ask them to fund your travel instead! Here are a few different takes on this approach:

A) Ask for donations as a holiday gift.

Send a letter or email to friends/relatives/your parents workplace (check with them first) explaining the international adventure you’re taking this summer with Atlas Workshops, and asking for donations.

B) Ask friends or family members to invest in your trip.

Break your trip into pieces (“investments”) and ask your friends and family to make one or more investments. Be descriptive in how you describe the different opportunities for investment, so people know exactly what they are supporting! For investors, you can report back to them through an instagram postcard or via regular post on the trip!

C) Set up a website, blog or use social media to raise money.

Clearly describe what you are going to do, and where you’re going. Set a fundraising goal. Add cool photos of the place you’ll visit. Then send this out to as many people as you can. Adding a personal appeal is more likely to get a response.

Make sure you thank anyone who supports you! A handwritten thank you note can mean a lot, so don’t forget this step!


2) USE THE INTERNET

Create a donation page on websites like GoFundMe.com, FundMyTravel.com, or Indiegogo.com  – these let people make secure online donations to you easily.


3) ASK LOCAL BUSINESSES!

Local businesses may support your travel – they are far more likely to help you out than a large corporation.

Write a letter that explains what you’re raising money for – where you’re going, and how it will contribute to your education. In the letter, explain that you are asking local businesses to support you in your goal. Make sure you write your contact information on the letter—the person working at the time you come in to the business may not be able to write you a check on the spot. You can ask for $50 or more—you are more likely to have someone write you a check for a smaller amount, but there is nothing wrong with politely asking for a bit more. Make SURE you send a thank you note to acknowledge their support!


4) HOST A FUNDRAISING GET-TOGETHER.

Host a movie night, or a pot-luck dinner, or see if your local pizza place will donate 10 pies to you and invite your friends over. (Check with your parents first!) You can charge a little bit of admission – if 30 people pay $10, that’s already $300 toward your goal.


5) ODD JOBS GET THE JOB DONE

Shovel snow, babysit, offer to run errands. Put it out there into the universe (or tell your friends and family) that you’re trying to raise money for your international experience this summer – every little bit helps!


6) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL OFFERS!

Atlas Workshops is offering both an Early Bird Discount and a Refer a Friend Discount. Take advantage of our special offers today! Learn more here.

– Jenny