Youth Sponsorship and Fund Raising for Tall Ship sailing
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Sponsoring and Fundraising
Classic Sailing is unable to take on this task for you, but we hope the following information is successful for you.
SAMPLE FUNDRAISING PLAN - Printable Pdf
See how you can generate the money for your voyage fee in only a few steps!
Amount to be raised – as much as you can.
Make a plan for the financial balance of your voyage.
• Identify possible sponsors and funds within your network.
o USE YOUR OWN NETWORK as much as you can. Think of your dad’s company, your uncle’s/ aunt’s company, or friends of your parents. A personal connection is more likely to commit and may help you look for other sponsors.
o Identify sponsors by checking the websites of organisations and see if they have sponsor programs; try to get the direct phone number of the owner; find the inputs and opportunities to get introduced to the right people within the company. Large companies often have a Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship Department.
o You can write a personal email or letter to your identified sponsors. Take some time to personalize the letter, sponsors appreciate a direct and personal approach from you.
o For possible sponsors think of local companies and organizations with a maritime connection, banks, insurance companies and/or organizations with a strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and interest in helping you to develop; Service clubs; Rotary clubs.
• Gifts parents, grandparents, birthday etc.
o Ask your family, relatives and friends to support you. For example, organize a barbeque/ cheese and wine evening and charge £10 each per head for 15 people making £150 ,but remember you may have to pay for the food, perhaps a relative can donate the food. Organize the gathering before and after your voyage at sea, family and friends would love to hear your experiences afterwards. It’s a great opportunity to thank your sponsors.
o Send out at least 10 letters to friends and family asking if they can help you finding a sponsor or want to be a sponsor.
• Sponsor yourself
o With your savings or work earnings.
Just 5 little points that are essential to successful fundraising
• Set yourself a target – this gives you motivation and focus to reach that goal.
• Letters/ request help in advance.
• You are going to have an amazing adventure at sea with other youngsters from all over the world!
• Let your enthusiasm rub off on others – whether that be people you are approaching or your friends and family
• Get your friends to sail with you, Together it’s more fun and it make loads more energy.
• Make use of who you know – family, friends, friends of friends
• Venture out & write to businesses, especially within your own network and in your local area.
• Make use of the media – local newspapers, radio, even give the national newspapers/ magazines a try too. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Local media tents to publish for youngsters!
• Try organisations who get involved with individuals’ projects and tend to donate money – Rotary Clubs, Round Table; Lions; Sailing/ sports clubs; youth, community and religious groups.
• Contact your local library – they often hold a book of local organisations who are willing to help with sponsorship.
• You may be faced with problems, so don’t give up at the first hurdle – be prepared to overcome them and carry on.
• Ask for what you want
• Aim higher – this way it allows for any downfalls, yet you could end up with a little more too.
Unfortunately, we rarely get something for nothing, so offer publicity and PR and follow up talks and reports once you have completed your voyage.
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