Fundraising Advice

Fundraising Advice

When faced with the opportunity of a lifetime there tends to be only one major factor that holds people back… expense! Fundraising is an integral part of any expedition and, in many ways, it may appear to be the most difficult challenge you will face. Remember though, it has been achieved by countless other volunteers and with a little bit of hard work, determination and a helping hand from us, you can do it too!

After a group has confirmed their expedition we like to pay them a visit (in person or via Skype), give a presentation, discuss fundraising ideas and help set-up an effective fundraising group.  We cover everything from setting a realistic target and creating a fundraising plan, to how you can write a grant application letter and successfully organise events with maximum profit.

You will also have access to all of the fundraising information that we have gathered over the years, and continue to build as more and more participants share their success with us. This will be provided for you in an electronic fundraising pack containing multiple useful documents, equipment discounts, volunteer case studies, lists of potential grants and a recording of the Opwall fundraising presentation – just in case you missed us at your school or college.

If you have any queries about fundraising, please contact your local fundraising team:

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Four Main Ways to Fundraise:

  • Grants and Sponsorship
  • Fundraising Activities
  • Raffles and Prize Draws
  • Working for It

Fundraising Overview

In our experience, there are four main ways in which you can raise funds for your expedition:

  • RoundTable

    Grants and Sponsorship

    This is probably the most lucrative area for individuals. Applying to local companies, charitable trusts, organisations and council will all hopefully have some funding available to volunteers. The nature of our expeditions means that we fulfil a lot of different funding criteria; you can fit your expedition in to applications for travel, education and career development grants to name just a few. We are always happy to offer advice on your applications, so run them past your local Opwall fundraising team before sending them off!

  • Events

    Fundraising Activities

    Likely the first thing you thought of when you read the word ‘fundraising’. This area can encompass an array of different ideas including sponsored events, bag packing, car washes, cake sales, car boot sales, gig nights, themed parties… the options are endless! We will give you an A-Z of activities to give you some inspiration and case studies of the most successful events we have seen from our students. We can also offer advice on how to plan these events, advertise them and maximise profits by seeking out free or discounted venues, entertainment and refreshments.

  • Raffle Draw

    Raffles and Prize Draw

    Raffles are massively lucrative as they have a great return and people love the chance to be a winner! Approach local companies for raffle prizes and hold your raffle alongside a big event for your friends and family to attend. UK students also have the opportunity to sell tickets for the Opwall Grand Prize Draw – we have sourced the prizes and printed the tickets for you, so all you have to do is sell! These are an easy and effective way to raise money over the course of the year – one of our 2017 students sold 800 tickets!

  • Work

    Working for it

    The most obvious way to raise money for your trip as you are guaranteed funds for the hours that you put in. We understand it can be difficult to balance a job alongside your studies, but if you do have some extra time on your hands this is a productive way to use it! Think about up a weekend job during term time, or a temporary position over the holidays. As well as actively earning money, you may also be able to utilise your work-place and colleagues to help you fundraise! If nothing else, this will definitely take the pressure off looming payments.

  • After your fundraising meeting…

    The Opwall team are here to support you throughout your fundraising journey; we are happy to come to your school or college, or hold an online meeting via Skype, to discuss fundraising ideas. We will also send you a link to the private Opwall fundraising pages, designed to provide you with the tools you need to raise your target amount. The resources you will be provided with in these pages include:

    • A recording of the Opwall presentation
    • Tips on how to develop a fundraising plan
    • Case studies outlining how our students have successfully fundraised in the past
    • A list of grants in your region that you may be eligible for
    • A calendar of dates to optimise your fundraising efforts at key times of year
    • A huge list of fundraising ideas from A-Z
    • A checklist of tasks to complete in order to reach your target
  • Murray Foundation Awards (UK only)

    Operation Wallacea has recently teamed up with The Murray Foundation, a charity whose primary aim is to support young people participating in projects that advance education and develop an understanding of environmental processes.

    In line with this objective, together we have launched the Murray Foundation Award; offering five grants of £1000 to UK school groups taking part in any Opwall expedition. We are delighted to be able to offer such a fantastic funding opportunity to our students!

    The backbone of the application process is all about fundraising. In order to apply, we ask that students show us how they have worked together as a group to promote and raise money for their expedition. We are now accepting applications for our 2018 awards.

  • Raffle Tickets (UK only)

    Tickets for the 2017/18 Grand Prize Draw can be purchased from our online shop. These are bought at £3.50 per book of ten and can be sold on for £1 a ticket – generating a profit of £6.50 per book. The money volunteers spend on tickets is used to fund the prizes: £5000 cash, a 4 week expedition and £1000 cash!

    Operation Wallacea Trust Grand Prize Draw 2016 – 2017 Results

    3rd Prize – £1500 cash – Anna Butler (#19426)

    2nd Prize – A 4 week Opwall expedition – Sean Mockford (#31169)

    1st Prize – £5000 cash – James Kane (#48459):

    What a lovely surprise to hear from Georgie at Operation Wallacea that I had won first prize in their Prize Raffle of £5000. I’ve just recently retired after reaching the age of 65 working for the last 35 years as an Ambulance Driver with the Scottish Ambulance Service and the money has come at a lovely time what with “dare I say it Christmas fast approaching” as I have quite a few grandchildren and just recently my first great grandchild to go round but I think the wife and I will also manage to squeeze a nice holiday in for ourselves. Thank you very much Georgie and all at Operation Wallacea and keep up the good work that you are all doing”

    Buy your raffle tickets here!
  • Easyfundraising (UK only)

    Here’s a quick, FREE and easy way of raising funds. Collect FREE donations towards your trip when you, family and friends shop online! You can get started straight away by registering your expedition as a cause with easyfundraising.

    There are over 3,300 retailers giving donations on everything from groceries and DIY, to takeaways and fashion, to holidays and insurance. Hundreds of our volunteers have used easyfundraising to date and raised a MASSIVE £48,000, to help them fund their expedition.

    To help you get started, we’ve created a simple guide giving you details of how to use easyfundraising and explain to family and friends how they can support you. You can view it here.

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