volunteer fundraising

“Don’t let fundraising be the only thing holding you back from
the amazing experience of volunteering and helping others”
– Joanna Lally 2014 VLM volunteer

Many potential volunteers are often discouraged at the idea of fundraising. However, most of our volunteers have managed to raise over and above their target – you will be surprised by how generous friends, family and strangers can be!

Activities that have proved popular (& profitable!) for our volunteers in the past include:

Pub Quiz
Set up an iDonate page
Face-Painting at events
Sponsored walks/run

Women’s mini-marathons
Parachute jump
Church gate collections
Coffee morning & bake sale
Concerts & Music recitals

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Events at the Laughter Lounge have proved successful fundraisers!

Gigs at the Laughter Lounge have proven popular for some of our volunteers in the past. The Lounge has a deal where organisers can buy tickets for gigs at €5 and then resell them at €25, keeping the profits for their fundraising campaign.

When coming up with ideas, consider the interests and talents of the people around you. Activities involving local businesses or local events can create interest outside of your usual circle. An article in your local newspaper is a great way to publicise your event and the effort you will be involved with in Ethiopia. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy it, and pass on any tips or ideas on our Facebook page


For more information please visit www.dochas.ie/code

Dóchas Code of Conduct
VLM encouraged all volunteers, when fundraising or publicising their work with VLM, to follow the Dóchas Code of Conduct on the use of images. These guidelines ensure that we present our work overseas realistically, respecting the dignity of all whom we work with when publishing their images online or in our printed material. We expect that all of our volunteers and fundraisers will also abide by these guidelines, available at www.dochas.ie/code.

Alternative Funding Sources
Some of our volunteers have also been successful with funding applications and appeals to professional membership bodies, corporations, trade unions, religious institutions and philanthropies. VLM are willing to provide a letter of support for any applications made. We encourage our volunteers to explore all possibilities for funding – as someone once said “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”