Fundraising may sound unrealistic or intimidating, but it's more than worth the effort, especially if you can raise more than $1,000 in a single Saturday.
If you've looked into spending a semester abroad, you know it has its costs. But don't let the costs keep you from making it happen! Over the years, we have seen story after story of people just like you (busy, working, in college, short on cash) who have successfully fundraised part or even all of their ILP program fee.
We have a guide that's all about fundraising crammed full of ideas.
That link above has tons and tons of other fundraising ideas you can check out, but one of the more successful strategies we've seen is to a yard or garage sale.
How To: Hosting A Garage Sale
Are you down to trade in all of the things you don't use and put in some work in exchange for a semester of priceless experiences? One of the most successful ways to fundraise is to have a garage sale — take advantage of the summer months when people are on the prowl for a good deal.
Garage sales are great because they yield very quick results, you get paid on the spot (no more waiting for your friends to finally sending in a donation check), and it's a lot less intimidating than calling and just asking for a donation.
A Success Story Or Two
One volunteer earned over $1,700 with her garage sale. That's almost the entire ILP program fee in one day, if you're headed to one of our Exchange programs!
Mckall, spent a month watching the local classifieds on KSL and collecting free items. Once she had a big enough collection, she posted an ad about her sale on KSL and earned $1,000 the day of the sale.
Chantel is another volunteer who had quite a bit of success fundraising for her trip to Europe. She did a yard sale and asked everyone she could think of to donate something. Chantel said that the "trick is to sell it all for really cheap!". She raised over $900. Another success!
Fundraising Tips for a Garage Sale
Collect Free Stuff
Look for items like lamps, rugs, pillows, furniture, picture frames, artwork, knickknacks, pet supplies, kitchen equipment, shoes and clothing, sporting equipments, books, DVDs, blankets (towels, tablecloths, other linens), etc.
- Things from friends/neighbors/coworkers
- Free items for local pickup on sites like the KSL classified ads
- Thrift Stores — maybe they have items they would be willing to donate free of charge
- Other yard sales — head to a yard sale at the end of the day and ask if they would like to donate their unsold items to your yard sale to raise money for your semester.