Fundraising

A Simple Fundraising Plan
For You That Will Work!

Congratulations on your nomination to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders!

You have clearly demonstrated that you have the potential to be one of the next science or tech leaders of our country. You should be proud that your hard work, persistence, and devotion have earned you this recognition.

Now that you have been nominated, fundraising might be a necessary part of your journey to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders – not only because it will assist you in paying for part of your trip, but because it will help you develop a wide array of life skills, such as goal-setting, planning, following through, and communicating. It will also give you an opportunity to build social and leadership skills.

Your academic achievements brought you to this point in your life, and that kind of determination makes your potential accomplishments – including those related to fundraising – endless. Although fundraising may seem daunting, it can be fun and rewarding. You CAN do this!

This guide is full of helpful tips and detailed ideas to assist you on your fundraising journey.

Three ways to help pay for your tuition and travel:

(1) The Academy will award a limited number of partial scholarships based primarily on financial need. For more information, email Scholarship@ScitechLeaders.com.

(2) The Academy offers the option of paying your tuition in payments so you and your parents don’t have to make one big financial commitment. Please check the enrollment form enclosed with your invitation for your current options. And you can change your mind and get 100% of your money back up to 60 days after you enroll.

(3) Raise money in your community. This is a wonderful way to pay for your tuition and trip that has been successfully used by thousands of students. Here’s how you do it:

Planning:

The first step is to figure out your financial situation. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How much money will I need for the conference, transportation, and personal spending?
  • How much money do I have?
  • How much money is my family willing to contribute?
  • How much money will I need to raise?
  • How much time do I have to raise the money I need?

Remember, you do not have to pay for the Congress all at once. There is a payment plan that allows you to pay for the Congress over payments so be sure to check your enrollment form enclosed with your invitation for your current options. All you need to do to reserve a spot for yourself is to make the first payment.

The second step is to brainstorm fundraising ideas. Remember, people like to help other people. You are giving others the opportunity to be a part of something beyond them, so reach out to every person you can think of.

Possible Fundraising Ideas:

  • Spread the word through social media: Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, or even create a website of your own.
  • A TREMENDOUS tool, GoFundMe.com, is an easy and convenient way to raise money for your tuition and trip. Checkout the detailed sign-up page. Don’t forget to read what the other Nominees are doing to raise money on their GoFundMe sites.
  • Make a flyer, brochure, or bookmark to give to family, friends, and other possible contributors. Include your picture, why you want to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, and how much money you need to raise. You can also suggest incremental donation amounts, such as $20, $50, or $100, because people often would rather choose from a list of options.
  • Think of people at any local businesses or religious establishments that you and your family have connections to. Go see them in person and ask them to contribute.
  • Have a bake sale after school or during a school event such as a basketball game.
  • Consider having a car wash if you can get family and/or friends to help you.
  • Buy a pack of biodegradable “wish” lanterns and sell them to your family, friends, neighbors, and community members for $10 to $20 each, and then arrange a get-together to release them.
  • Depending on the time of year, offer to gift-wrap holiday presents or to put up lights and decorations in exchange for donations.
  • Ask family, friends, and neighbors to donate items they no longer use and hold a yard sale.
  • Create a cookbook by collecting recipes from family, friends, and neighbors. Type them up and print out a copy or put the file on a flash drive. Take the book, in whichever form, to Staples or another local printing place and have multiple copies printed and bound. A spiral-bound book with a plastic cover looks great! Or you could make the cookbook a PDF and sell it as an eBook.
  • Hand out “Rent a Junior [or Freshman or Sophomore or Senior] for a Day” flyers with your fundraising goal on them. Include any chores you would be willing to do in exchange for donations, such as mowing someone’s lawn, cleaning someone’s house or car, doing yard work, organizing paperwork, or just generally helping someone out.

When You Start Raising Money

Once you begin collecting money, it is critical that you keep accurate and complete records.

(1) Keep originals of all distributed materials.

(2) Keep a record of names, addresses, and donations. Consider creating a Word or Excel file to help keep you organized.

(3) Consider asking your parents to help you open a bank account designated specifically for saving raised funds.

At the End

Be sure to write thank-you notes to all your donors – whether family, friends, neighbors or strangers. A simple, handwritten note has a greater impact than you would expect. It symbolizes your appreciation of the individual who took the time to listen to you and help you achieve your goal by donating. Showing gratitude is an essential part of your fundraising process, and it is also important to practice in your everyday life.