[article url="index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81" img="images/donate_online_icon.jpg" line1="" line2="Get Involved" /] We are looking for volunteers that will help us with our ongoing projects and to fund raise and raise awareness for our organization. By supporting Amsha Africa Foundation "AAF" initiatives, you will help transform local villages and slums by giving them a hand up, not a handout. You will provide the means to promote efforts that are proven to be viable, self sustaining and perpetual, capturing an opportunity to leave a living legacy for future generations.
There are many great ideas that participants over the years have used to raise funds and awareness for AAF. Each year participants get more creative on fundraising. Participants had wine tasting parties, daily office loose change collection, picnics in the park with a silent auction, morning coffee and bake sale at the office and other creative office contests. People can't donate if they don't know you are participating as an AAF volunteer! Talk about Amsha Africa Foundation programs with everyone you come in contact with and tell them about our programs and how they will help improve the lives of the impoverished in many ways!
If you have an idea you would like to see here, please let us know through our contact website (https://www.amshaafrica.org/contact-us.html).
If you are ready to volunteer with us, please download our volunteer registration and health questionnaire form. We kindly ask you to complete this form to ensure that we follow best practice in recruiting and supporting our volunteers. Once you have completed this form, you can mail it to us or scan it and email it. Contact details are provided within the forms. Thank you in advance!!
Listed below are a few ideas to assist our volunteers in helping us raise funds and awareness within their communities.
Sign up and enlist people to join our online Crowdrise fundraiser:
If you haven't heard about Crowdrise, then you are out of luck!
Crowdrise is about volunteering, raising money for charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it. AAF has a Crowdrise page with all our programs listed. http://www.crowdrise.com/amsha
We would suggest you check it out and sign up for a profile, it's one of the easiest way to help us raise funds with your friends, family, co-workers, etc. Try it, you will like it!
Get our donation box:
If you own a business, or would like to support our organization in other ways, you can get our donation box and place it in your office, business, or anywhere that you may get people to help with some extra change. A little change here and there adds up and goes a long way. Contact us if you would like to get one of these cool donation boxes!
Volunteers in the U.S. can help by:
For volunteers in the U.S. you can easily help us raise funds by signing up yourself, friends, and family to register their Tom Thumb/Randalls Rewards card to our account number - 12257. Please click on the graphic below, print and complete the form that will link your reward card to our organization.
For more details, please visit the following link.
You can support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay:
Click on the graphic below to find out.
Help us with our Facebook Causes:
Join our facebook group: www.facebook.com/amshaafrica
We post events and updates about our projects on Twitter and Facebook regularly. What better way to be informed about AAF than following us on Twitter and liking our page on Facebook?
Shop our online store for cool discounted Amsha Africa Foundation products:
We have tonnes of products with different AAF logo designs and colors on our Cafe Press store. For every purchase you make, AAF bags about a percentage of the sale! Your purchase of a cool AAF shirt, bag, cap... helps fund a borehole in a remote village in Kenya. Just think about the possibilities...
Check out our store at http://www.cafepress.com/12181977/
Download our informational brochures below for more information:
So we have a brochure with all that we do. If you want a quick way of passing information about AAF to anyone, just download this brochure, print it and hand it out! Enough said!
AAF brochure page 1 and 2
Other ideas to look into:
Maybe you want other ideas to help fundraise or raise awareness for AAF. We've compiled a list of some ideas you may want to look into. It doesn't hurt to try one and let us know how it goes. Oh, and by the way, we'll be 100% supportive of your efforts. Just let us know what you want to do and we'll get you all the support...
Talk to your grocer, doctor, nurses, dentist, hairstylist, etc.
Ask them if they would be willing to support your efforts.
Bring a sponsor pledge form to your place of worship.
If you attend religious services regularly, bring along the donation flyer that you printed and ask fellow members of your congregation to support your efforts. If you need AAF to print you donation flyers so that you can distribute, just ask.
Collect and recycle aluminum cans and cell phones. Recycling is now worth more! Many states and countries have raised the recycling value on cans and glass containers. Put a container in your break room for collecting the cans and let colleagues know that recycling helps Amsha Africa Foundation's efforts. And don't forget to collect cans at home.
Ask your local bartender or waiters/waitresses to donate a portion of one day's tips.
You can create a sign for the bartender to place on the bar or a slip to put with checks that reads, "All tips collected tonight will go directly to Rose Smith who's raising money for Amsha Africa Foundation that helps empower people living in poverty."
When people see the sign they may be willing to dig a little deeper in their pocket!
Hold a benefit tag, garage or rummage sale.
Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to donate items. Have all proceeds go to the charity and give anything leftover to a local non-profit organization.
Raise Money on the Job
Include Amsha Africa Foundation information as part of your auto signature file in your email. Include a link to our Amsha Africa Foundation webpage in your signature. Each time you send a message, the recipient will be reminded to sponsor you.
Sell goodies to your officemates.
Pick up bulk packages of the most sought after sweets and set up an honor snack area near the photo copy machine. Charge $1.00 per item.
Collect Loose Change.
This is a fun one for many people. Did you know that an average person has $30-40 dollars in loose change monthly? Everybody has a stash of loose change in a cup or jar just sitting around. Ask everyone to donate theirs toward your goal. You will be surprised how fast it adds up. Just imagine if you collected all the loose change from everyone in your office on a daily basis, just how much you would raise!
Put up a note by the elevator, coffee maker, copy machine, vending machine, break room, or bathroom on your floor, letting everyone know that you are an AAF volunteer and that you would be grateful for their donation..
Please print and distribute these flyers to your friends, colleagues, neighbors, local stores, philanthropists, rogue humanitarians, pro-human rights folk, etc.
Awards Show Party.
Everyone watches The Oscars, The Grammy's, The Golden Globes and The Tony Awards -- so turn your party into a fundraiser. Charge a cover and hand out ballots to see who can predict the most winners. Of course, charge a fee for entry into the competition. You can also present the winner with a hand-crafted statue that they will be able to take home and use as a bookend.
Sell tickets for an evening of awful singing at a local bar or at home. Get people to donate money to stop their friends from singing or have a singing contest. Charge an entry fee, and have proceeds from the ticket sales go to your AAF fund.
Have a pop idol competition with your friends and co-workers.
Everyone gets sponsored to perform a song and you choose your own panel of judges, making sure at least one of them is as nasty as Simon on American Idol! Of course, charge 'em at the door and put the $$ toward your pledges.
Plan a Disco party on a Saturday night. Sell tickets in advance, and have a raffle during the evening, appoint judges, and give a prize to the winners. Have refreshments, a costume contest, and a dance contest. Relive the glory days of disco and raise money for the Amsha Africa Foundation.
Hold a non-raffle raffle, the raffle no one wants to win. Intriguing, yes? Everyone at an event is issued an equal number of tickets in the raffle for free but they have the opportunity to buy back their tickets stubs and reduce their chances of winning. Why? The first prize is one that no one wants to win, i.e. having their hair dyed green for a week!
If you know a rock band, barn dance caller, jazz group, disco DJ or string quartet, ask them if they will do a benefit evening for the Amsha Africa Foundation at a local club or coffeehouse.
A few more ideas to help you:
Don't be afraid to ask. The art of asking is to ask BIG in the earliest stages. You can adjust over time and then ask BIG as your fundraising deadline draws near.
Find out if your company has a matching gift program, or if they will make a one-time donation. Don't forget to ask the people sponsoring you if their companies have a matching gift program.
If allowed by your company/school policies, put a sign or note up in front of your desk or office saying Amsha Africa Foundation donations accepted here or something similar. We will have posters available for you to use - just email us at
You might try putting a jar or container in a safe location for people to put change in. Every penny counts!
If you can, "sell" tickets for a popular reward: dress down privileges; leave work early; comp time; best parking space...think of something fun for your co-workers.
Barter your talents:
Massage, haircutting, dog-walking, babysitting, landscaping, cleaning. Offer these skills (or others) in exchange for a donation to Amsha Africa Foundation.
Add a tag to your personal (or business if appropriate) e-mail signature and/or voicemail message mentioning how to support your participation in Amsha Africa Foundation's fundraising drive.
Everyone loves to eat! Try selling (homemade/store-bought) cookies or bulk candy. Hold a breakfast or lunch and ask for donations.
Ever heard of penny wars? This is a great game that pits different departments/floors/classes against each other. Each team gets a closed container with a slot on top for donations. Every penny deposited is a positive point; every silver coin or paper bill is negative. For example, your team could donate 100 pennies and have all 100 points wiped out if a competing team puts a $1 bill in your jar (or four quarters or 20 nickels or 10 dimes). The team with the most net points at the end, wins! The prize is up to you.
There are many structured fundraising programs out there that essentially offer a product for you to sell, then split the proceeds with you. A few we've noticed: Krispy Kreme Donuts, Ultrazone Laser Tag, Hershey's Products. A quick internet search on "fundraising programs" will turn up dozens of ideas and possibilities, one (or more) of which may work for you!
Come up with more creative ideas! There are a lot of ways to raise money:
- Hold a raffle in your building - ask a local business or vendor to donate a prize.
- Silent - or live - auction. Collect prizes and auction to the highest bidder.
- Throw a theme party or a barbeque - charge a small admission - donate the proceeds.
- Ask your favorite businesses to sponsor you - this is easier than you might think.
- Have a garage sale - your trash is our treasure!
- Pressed for time? Sell your items on e-bay or similar site.
- Recycle - collect bottles and cans to redeem - adds up fast!
- Two words - Car Wash.
Follow up with people you've contacted. It's OK to remind your friends and family that you're still fundraising
Any other ideas of how you can help us, please contact us by clicking the link below: