Erin Bryk, Thailand 2012 – Fundraising Reflection:
Last year, I made a checklist of everything I wanted to do before I graduate high school. On the checklist was “explore a new culture”. This one gnawed at me in particular, because I knew if I wanted to accomplish it, I would have to be proactive. Fundraising can be a lot of work, but if definitely worth it! Throughout the year, I fund raised the tuition for a service trip to Thailand. I looked at the list of fundraising ideas from GLA to get started.
I decided utilized my artistic abilities for the fundraising, and created a fundraiser in which businesses, family, and friends could pre-ordered photos I would take in Thailand. I created the information sheet and order form, and sent them out in March. My friends and family responded quickly with donations. But slowly, the donations started to come in from businesses. I could tell they were hesitant, so I contacted to the businesses to “add a person” to the name. When I reached my half way goal, I was so excited. I began to feel the reality of it all. And in the end, I was able to raise almost all of my tuition. This was more than I ever thought I would raise from just one fundraiser. It was confident building and I learned a lot of organizational skills from it.
If you have any questions about the fundraiser I did, send me a message and we can talk about it. I’ll be more than happy to send you my order form so you can get some inspiration for yours!