It is expected that students and faculty participating in international travel attempt to raise funds and to find opportunities to gather needed equipment and supplies.
Fundraising is a chance for you to share your project with family, friends, and community. When you ask your community to support your project, you are giving them an opportunity to be a part of this work, too. Make sure you are able to articulate to others why you are asking for the money and why you are making this trip.
Before you start fundraising, plan to have a brainstorming session with your group to see what resources everyone might be able to tap into. If it helps, make a list of reasons why you are going and reasons why people should want to assist. After you decide on some fundraising activities, design a plan that states what your goals are for each activity. If the activities include some investment money, make sure to add that into your plan. This will help the group stay on track and on budget. Remember, while fundraising can be a lot of work, make sure it is still fun!
Cash donations are tax deductible through the Jessie F Richardson Foundation and Pacific University. Be sure to keep a log of the contact information for each donor so that they can be mailed a tax donation letter.
Gathering Equipment and Supplies
It is advantageous to gather equipment and supplies prior to travel, as many items are not available in Nicaragua. The group identifies needed items based on the specific services that are provided while in Nicaragua.
In addition, the elders in Nicaragua do not have ready access to common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals nor basic hygiene and self-care products. Avoid products that have expired.
Donated items are tax deductible through the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation. Be sure to keep a log of the contact information for each donor so that they can be mailed a tax donation letter.