Crowdfunding in Uganda? Jan Tanis raised more than $8,000 for her project in three weeks! The key to her success? Inspiring her current donors to fundraise alongside her. Learn more about how Jan rocked crowdfunding in Uganda.
Jan Tanis is a project leader for the Bwindi Community Program. She enrolled in GlobalGiving’s Accelerator program to raise enough money to open an e-library in a secondary school in Uganda. In this Q+A with GlobalGiving, she shares her best tips for crowdfunding in Uganda.
A: As tourists, a chance encounter with a local student who needed help spawned the entire effort that has matched sponsors to students for nine years. The U.S. dollar can accomplish so much in this impoverished country. Projects, where the Bwindi Community Program students attend school, are a natural development of that connection.
A: Our network of donors is only increased by word of mouth—sponsors and donors recommending our organization as being honest and capable. We have no paid marketing people. We are staffed by volunteers. Without a credible organization representing a project, we are very limited in outreach.
A: By contacting current donors/sponsors and asking them to contact friends, we developed a significant emailing list. The enthusiasm grew. [Learn more about how to build a network of fundraising advocates.]
A: The acceptance by our donors of the use of this type of vehicle. They knew BCP was working on grant writing and trying every other way to raise funds. They tolerated the increased volume of emails and donated!
A: As a non-marketing person, I have learned to talk more about the projects and involve our personnel on the ground more. This project became a team effort of school alumni, BCP donors, Global Giving donors and matching funds. It worked!
A: Assemble the best possible list of people you want to target and be judicious about the timing and length of email blasts.
Featured Photo: Connect Rural Uganda School to the World by Bwindi Community Program
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