Whether it is a voluntary work or a professional humanitarian project, the idea of undertaking a humanitarian trip has been on your mind for some time now and you have finally found the purpose of your mission. Determination is there, availability is no longer a concern, and your budget is perfectly established. However, you still don’t dare to take the first step and you keep postponing the date of your departure, because one problem remains: its financing.
Here are five tips that will help you make your project a success, and perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
- A humanitarian trip via crowdfunding
- The personal loan application
- Grants from humanitarian organisations and local authorities
- Personal financing
1. A humanitarian journey via crowdfunding
One of the first options available to you is to launch a “crowdfunding” campaign, i.e. a fundraising campaign with investors or donors. As part of a humanitarian trip, this is a practical fundraising tool that allows you to gather many people around your cause and participate in a symbolic way. In UK, you can get closer to one of these platforms Spreds, or Bolero (KBC group), representing the major part of the market.
In order to gather a maximum of contributors, you must be able to propose an original, innovative and federative idea. For this, several means are at your disposal. For example, you can keep a daily or weekly blog allowing all your funders to follow the course of your mission. You can also make a film at the end of your humanitarian stay summarising your experience, in which the names of your sponsors can appear. In all matters relating to the creation of a charity type project, these examples of ideas are good ways of offering recognition for the various contributions received.
2. The personal loan application
Undertaking a humanitarian trip is really no easy task as it can be very expensive. Indeed, depending on its duration and where you wish to go for your mission, you will probably need a substantial initial financial basis. In the case of a really limited budget, don’t hesitate to turn to the banks, because they often have the answer to your needs, and this through interesting personal loan offers.
Find out about the different types of loans that are available to you, and don’t hesitate to compare all the offers available on the market in order to choose the interest rates and fixed monthly payments that suit you best. As a result, your budget will be more precisely defined and this will allow you to get rid of any worries about your finances!
Don’t forget that your humanitarian trip can also benefit many other institutions and companies of all kinds! So don’t hesitate to put together a very solid dossier and look for sponsors who have an interest in supporting your cause and will therefore be ready to finance it.
As a method to follow, you can follow the following few points:
- Undertake intensive research on companies with interests similar to those of your project.
- Think about how you would benefit them…
- Make a complete list of all your potential sponsors.
- Make sure you stand out from the crowd by proposing something unique in your file
Also keep in mind that you always have the possibility to use the media as a force in your project. They will most certainly allow you to reach a wider audience, and thus give greater visibility to the fundraising for your humanitarian trip.
4. Grants from humanitarian organisations and local authorities
However, financial assistance from the State or major humanitarian agencies is not negligible. Indeed, you can request it by contacting those who are likely to adhere to your plan.
Here is a list with some examples of organizations:
- International Voluntary Service
- GAMS UK
- Amnesty International UK Francophone
- National Center for Development Cooperation
For example, the latter proposes a grant called “ECHO” which provides emergency assistance to the most vulnerable populations in third countries.
In addition to humanitarian organisations, you can also approach cultural communities, your region, province and/or commune. You can also approach cultural communities, your region, province and/or municipality, and offer them the opportunity to work with you to obtain subsidised aid for your idea. Just like the sponsors, it is up to you to find the pearl that will agree to support you throughout this incredible experience.
5. Personal financing
After all, you are the master of your own destiny. So why not try to use your savings wisely, or use your own connections? Who knows, maybe there is someone in your entourage (family, friends, or just acquaintances) who is already willing to help you or promote your idea to others with greater power of influence, such as celebrities or ambassadors of humanitarian movements.
It’s up to you, take the lead, and start planning today to fund your humanitarian trip that will be remembered forever!