To help with fundraising for Peacebuilders Camp, one approach you can take is person-to-person fundraising. Choose family and friends you think might be supportive and ask them to give an amount that is comfortable for them. You can offer them a handmade thank you gift if they donate. Here are some resources to help you!
How to ask for donations:
Choose a person you think might be supportive of your fundraising (family, friends, people in your religious community, your parents’ co-workers, etc.). Speaking to them in person is always most effective, but you can also make phone calls or send emails. Generally follow this script:
Hi _____! I hope all is well with you and your family. Do you have a minute that I could talk with you?
Thanks! I’d like to tell you about the camp I’m going to this summer and ask for your help. This summer, I’ll be at Peacebuilders Camp, which is a sleep-away summer camp where I’ll get to meet new people and learn ways I can change the world and create more peace & justice. I’m particularly excited about __________ [something you’re excited about going to camp].
Peacebuilders Camp is run on a sliding scale to help make sure all kids are welcome at camp. I offered to help fundraise to make sure no kid is turned away because they don’t have enough money. I’ve made ______ [peace cranes, peace fans, Peacebuilder cookies, or something else] and would love to give you one as a thank you. Would you be willing to give $10 or $20 (or more) to help me go to this camp and to support other kids whose families might not be able to afford it?
Here is some information about Peacebuilders Camp. [Give them a brochure and Fact Sheet] If you’re able to donate, please write your contact info on this sheet so my camp director can thank you personally. [Get them to fill out the donation sheet]
Materials you’ll need:
- A copy of this script
- Donation sheet
- “Just the Facts” handout you can print at home (contact Jonah if you’d like us to mail you a stack brochures & “Just the Facts”)
- Handmade thank you gifts (see ideas below)
Ideas for handmade thank you gifts:
Folded paper peace cranes
There is a long tradition of the origami crane being a symbol for peace. The instructions below will help you learn to fold them. You’ll need square origami paper or you can cut rectangle sheets of regular paper into squares.
Folded paper peace fans
Follow the instructions below or make up your own fan design. Choose a paper with a peace design (cardstock is best, but wrapping paper can work) or draw your own design on blank paper. Using a colored duct tape for the handle can make it look nice, too!
Here is the recipe:
- 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 3/4 sticks butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (fair trade, if you can get them)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside.
- Melt 1 stick of butter. Transfer it to large heat-proof mixing bowl. Add the other 3/4 stick of butter (cut into chunks) and stir until it’s all melted.
- Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla and whisk together. Then add egg and yolk and whisk until smooth.
- Using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Let the dough rest in the fridge for 15-20 minutes until it’s nice and cool. Then scoop 3 tablespoon balls onto cookie sheets (greased or lined with parchment paper) and arrange the balls 2 inches apart. Bake cookies for 10-14 minutes – until they are golden brown and puffy; so the edges are set but the middle is still soft.
- Let cool on a rack and then serve! Yummy!