Getting your head in the (fundraising) game

October 19, 2015


“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato, Greek philosopher

And with this in mind, here are a few tips to think about before you get your fundraising campaign cracking…

Be optimistic

Fundraising might seem like a scary task at first, but a positive attitude can work wonders! If others can see how excited you are about this life changing opportunity, they are much more likely to donate. Have a financial goal in mind and be confident in your ability to achieve it!

Be open

It’s important when asking for support to share your story. Speak from the heart and explain why you need assistance and where the money will be going. The more you share about your story, the easier it’ll be to persuade people to chip in.

Be clear

As Gap Medics is not a charity, steer clear of asking for donations to “help others.” Instead, focus how your placement will help you achieve your goal of becoming a healthcare professional.

Be open-minded

Take a bit of time and brainstorm whom you can approach for support. Start with those close to you: parents, friends, or work colleagues. You can also approach rotary groups, companies, foundations and trusts.

Be confident

Don’t feel shy when asking for support. The majority of the time, people will be more than happy to donate to your campaign. If you don’t ask, you don’t get – and always remember, the worst someone can say is no!

Be organised

When approaching your fundraising goal try to be as organised, consistent and persistent as possible. Make a plan and stick to it. We recommend you start your early to avoid any last minute stress. And it’s also a good idea to pace yourself, so you don’t run out of steam at the halfway mark!