Here are 7 ways you can help us reach our goal and take part in building a school for the girls living in rural Malawi:
1. Find Donors Willing to Contribute $1,000
Ask to meet with the 2 people in your life who are most likely to want to support girl’s education in Africa and have the means to do so. If they decide to support the cause, great! Then ask them to refer 2 more people in their network who might be interested in supporting the cause.
2. Organization Involvement
Are you a student at school? See if they’ll let you show the video at an assembly or a chapel and give a 5 minute presentation on why your fellow students should get involved.
Do you attend a church? Send your pastor an email asking if he would send out the fundraising video to the congregation. OR ask if you can show the video during Sunday morning service and give a 5 minute presentation.
Are you a high school or college alumni? Send an email to the most influential person you know at your old institution and ask them to blast an email out to their network using the fundraising video.
3. Send Personalized Emails
Come up with a list of 5 -30 friends who might be interested in making a donation. Send them an email explaining how big of a difference their contribution could mean to girl’s education in Africa. Here’s a sample email you can use:
I’m trying to spread awareness for a really awesome fundraiser, and you were one of the first people who came to mind! There’s a very talented team in Malawi, Africa who are trying to build a school for vulnerable girls living in a remote village. They made an amazing fundraising video you can watch here: https://youtu.be/l8sKXR6EW0U. I believe very strongly in this cause and I was really hoping you would consider taking part in it as well by making a small donation using this link: http://villagefridays.com/education. Will you help? 🙂
4. Hold a Fundraiser
The Village Fridays website makes it EXTREMELY easy to set up an online fundraiser. Go to: http://www.villagefridays.com/fundraisers and see for yourself! Here are some guaranteed ways to bring in some money AND spread awareness:
- Give up your birthday. Ask your friends to give you your age in dollars instead of presents. Are you turning 18? Ask your friends and family to donate $18! Turning 71? Ask for $71! Don’t have a birthday coming up? Maybe you could convince someone who does!: Your mom, sister, or significant other?
- Do something active. Ask your friends and family to donate in honor of some activity you pursue: Run a 10k and post the fundraiser every 10 days leading up to the race; Give up something important for a week (internet/credit card/coffee); Do 1000 burpees in a day and post about it all day long with the fundraiser link.
- Use your talents. Are you musical? Ask your friends to donate a certain amount and in return you’ll record a cover of their favorite song. This same technique can be applied if you’re a dancer, painter, writer, etc.
5. Write a blog post/make a video
Do you have an online platform of some kind? A blog? A YouTube channel? A podcast? An Instagram?
Write something up about the benefits of girls education in sub-Saharan Africa and link to the fundraiser and fundraising video. If you don’t have a personal blog, maybe you have a friend who does?
6. Reach out to popular blogs or news outlets
There are a lot of news outlets and blogs that would love to give this story some exposure! Especially once they see the fundraising video. Each blog or news outlet has a contact page with instructions on how to submit stories. Take some time and reach out to 3–5 of the blogs/news outlets who you think would be most likely to share the video. Here is a list of the top 300 Christian blogs: http://churchrelevance.com/resources/top-church-blogs/.
7. Tweet @ YouTubers
There are a lot of YouTubers who are interested in whoever is doing the most innovative things with YouTube. I think a lot of YouTubers would be interested in what we’re trying to accomplish through online media. Tweet at them and ask them to share the fundraising video. You can mention me if you want: http://twitter.com/gretglyer.