There are endless possibilities for ways that you can raise funds for your own peer to peer fundraising page. Use your own gifts and talents and be creative. Following are a few ideas that have been successful. You can tweak any idea to make it fit you personally or combine several to attract more donations.
- Church Congregation: You can enlist the help of your entire church congregation. Most Christian congregations want to serve and to do good, but it can be difficult to find a project that truly makes an impact on both the giver and the receiver. Watch the video below as it follows one congregation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through their hugely successful Walk4Water fundraiser – it not only changes the lives of those they are fundraising for, but this fundraising activity has a profoundly positive influence on those who perform the service.
- Dinner Night: One family hosts an annual Navajo Taco Dinner night in their backyard. They invite all of their friends and neighbors to share a meal together and participate in donating to sponsor a borehole. Taking a few minutes during the evening to educate guests about the need for clean water and/or to show one of our videos is always a nice touch. (You will find flyers, pictures, videos, etc. for your use in our fundraising tool below). You can even consider joining forces with friends to divide the workload. Multiple times this family has been successful at raising all of the needed funds to sponsor an entire borehole in just one fun evening.
- Hold your own Walk 4 Water event: Hold an event at a park or other similar location with games, relay races, various competitions and activities, bounce houses, slides, ect. You can create an activity to allow everyone to experience what it’s like for African women and children to carry water, either by hand or on their heads, and run other water-related games.
- Hold a Class or Clinic: This could be part of your Walk 4 Water event or done at a separate time. You can teach a new skill – run a soccer skills clinic, teach a jewelry making class, or anything you have expertise – the possibilities are endless. You can charge a flat entrance fee, ask for donations, or a combination of the two. Finding a way to teach participants about the global water crisis and/or to show one of our videos either prior to or during the event, can increase your fundraising success. (You will find flyers, pictures, videos, etc. for your use in our fundraising tool below.)
- Miles for pledges: Gather donation pledges for every mile you run or walk. Commit to run or walk a mile for every X number of dollars donated, or commit to a set number of miles and solicit donations for doing so. One family raised several thousand dollars committing to run one mile in a designated week for every $10 donated.
- Social media and/or email fundraiser: Simply make a social media post and/or email all of your family, friends, and contacts letting them know what you are doing and asking for their support. Include education and videos of the cause to increase participation. To make things even more interesting, find something outrageous that you are willing to do if you reach your goal – for example, commit to shaving your head on Facebook live (or email out a video, video links listed below) if you reach your goal amount.
- Family/Group Sponsorship: Enlist your extended family, neighborhood, work team or any group in sponsoring a borehole together. In lieu of Christmas presents for each other, an extended family could commit to sponsoring a borehole. Alternatively, family members could donate and sponsor a borehole together as a gift to other family members or in honor of other family members. It is a wonderful gift to see the pictures and videos of the smiling faces of the villagers whose lives were changed by this selfless gift.
- Company/colleague sponsorship: Enlist your employees or colleagues in joining together to sponsor one or more boreholes. As a company, have each employee decide individually something they would like to do to raise money or come up with group fundraising ideas. Provide a reward (jeans on Friday, a reward day or trip, etc.) if the company or team is successful at meeting their fundraising goal. If you are an employee, pitch this idea to your boss and colleagues as a way to join together in creating profound goodness in the world.
- Ways Children Can Participate: Children love to be involved and get excited about helping children in another part of the world. You can enlist your children in any of the ideas above. They also like having a bake sale, donating lemonade stand money, or helping with a car wash. Remind them that every dollar they raise will give water to one person for the rest of their lives. It is impressive how they can change a life with such a relatively small amount of money.
Following are links to videos you can share with your village as you educate them on the importance of this cause: