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GoFundMe? YouCaring? Mercy Ships fundraising? Help me decide!

Hello! I'm getting very excited to serve as a Ward Nurse in August through January of this year, but my mind is spinning thinking about raising the funds for this service.

I'm wondering if it's better to raise funds through the Mercy Ships website, or if a third-party website like YouCaring or GoFundMe would be best? Seems like there are pros and cons to both, so I'd love input on what has worked in the past!

Any advice would help :)

Thank you!!


  • Hey Olivia, 

    I have to start deciding how I'll fundraise soon too. For me, I won't be using a third party like GoFundMe because a portion of the proceeds are taken by the website. I think every dollar of someone's donation should be used for what they intended it for, so I will just be collecting through MercyShips.

    Third party sites are easier to use sometimes, so I think it will just depend on your preference. 

    Hope that helps, 

    I am a new accepted volunteer and have not started on funding. I am open to ideas on best ways for this to be done. I thought I might possibly being going in August as OR nurse/opthalmology but think I'm on a wait list now. Any help on how the process works is greatly appreciated. 
  • SherrySealsSherrySeals Posts: 7
    I am hoping to be accepted as a dental assistant next spring. So i haven't started fundraising yet but i have fund raised for mission trips before. I sent a letter to EVERYONE I know / have known or could think of personally. This time i am also going to contact all the dentist in my area, especially the specialist we refer to. How about suppliers to your company. We also had rummage sales. You could hire yourself out as personal shopper or chore doer. Lots of ways to raise money, God will do it for you. :)
  • s.boulets.boulet Ms Posts: 7

    Does any body have a sample fundraising letter ? I’ve never done this before and wouldn’t like Tom put something together to have when I am emailing potential donors or asking in person. It would be very helpful to have something to go off of. Kind of nervous asking people for money and have no clue what to say!

    Thank you.

  • ShelleyModisetteShelleyModisette Operations Senior Staffing Manager Posts: 55 - Current Staff

    Hi @OliviaCholewa ,

    Thank you for volunteering with us! You may have already seen this page regarding support raising, but it should be helpful. In addition, I would encourage you to contact your FinACE representative @MichelleWallace directly for advice.

    @s.boulet - I will ask @NatashaMacKinnon to reach out to you as she should have some helpful tips for you as a Canadian volunteer.

    We are so thankful for you both!

  • SarahBurdetteSarahBurdette Posts: 32 ✭✭

    I have used the Mercy Ships fundraising as well as done my own personal sales of baked goods and handmade ornaments. There is the ease of use with the Mercy Ships provided fundraising page, but it has always been hard for me to spend the money before I have access to it, if that makes sense. Buying a $1500 plane ticket and then being reimbursed afterwards isn't helpful if you don't have the extra $1500 laying around to spend on the ticket before you can turn in your receipt and access the donations. This is where the personal fundraising was helpful. The money raised in my Mercy Ships account I will use for Crew Fees and then have money while I'm there, since I've turned in my receipts for the travel expenses and immunizations.

    So, I would definitely take advantage of the Mercy Ships donation site, but having another means of fundraising outside of that was personally helpful also. People sometimes feel more comfortable going directly to an official website to donate, while others are willing to give you the money directly (as in a baked goods sale, etc.). I often received more than the listed price for items because of the purpose behind selling them.

    Hope that was at least a bit helpful!

    @s.boulet - I can message you my own fundraising site if you want ideas on what to say. You can even copy it if you'd like, though it's nothing special! Let me know how I can help!

  • s.boulets.boulet Ms Posts: 7

    @SarahBurdette Thats great advise, thank you very much. I would appreciate any help you are willing to give!

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