(Closed) Has anyone ever raised money for a trip?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Are you raising the money just for yourself?   That’s tough!  Only thing I can suggest is to pick up another part time job of some kind.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Babysitting in your spare time

Garage sale or sell stuff on Craigslist/Ebay

Part-time job

I know some people do those direct sales type things, but I know that can end up costing more than you make, especially in the beginning.

Do you have any special talents that may be in demand amongst your friends/family?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Are you referring to a fundraiser? Or creative ways to gain extra income?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can you get some kind of bursary through the school?   Is the trip helpful to your schooling? Or just leisure?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@pokie45:  In terms of a fundraiser, I have heard of a group raising funds for a trip (i.e. a student council raising funds for a trip to DC to visit the White House.) 

But in terms of trying to raise funds by having people donate so that 1 person can go on a vacation, would be a BIG no-no in my book. Sorry :/ 

Perhaps you can borrow money from your parents? I borrowed money to go to Europe right after graduation, and paid my parents back within 6 months after I returned. 

Like others suggested: babysitting on the weekends, budgeting by not eating out, no more shopping, etc. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Write Oprah?   Haha

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Perhaps let you parents know that you have been given this opportunity and see if they may offer to help you with your trip?

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If there is a business justification then it is totally worth running it by your employer to see if they would pay; be prepared to be told No, though, if it is not the kind of trip that they normally sponsor.

You may always ask your close family for monetary gifts for whatever gift-giving occasions might be upcoming or just in case they feel like being extra nice, but I would not ask outside the immediate family, and even that is a bit dicey, because it’s just not cool to ask people to give you gifts.

Since there is no charitable angle to this trip, I would not try putting on a proper fundraiser. If you were trying to raise money so you could travel with a missionary group, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, etc, then an actual fundraiser becomes a viable option, but it is really not proper at all to attempt to get others to pay for a trip that is solely for the benefit of you.  

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@pokie45: Gotcha – that changes everything! First, your office should be paying 100% of the costs to go. It sounds like their hesitation to pay means that they don’t see the value in you going, to them it’s not a big enough ROI. 

What you should do is put together a proposal. List the items you will accomplish by going, and then explain how accomplishing those tasks will allow you to better complete your job in the future. You want to sell yourself and make your employer feel that you NEED to go to this, and list the reasons why.

Secondly, if they don’t see the value in investing in you going, then personally, I wouldn’t want to go. It will be as if you are paying to work, and I don’t think that is fair to you. 

 

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