Fundraising for Individuals Guide

Fundraising for Individuals

You want to take a gap year and volunteer in a Mexican orphanage…

There’s a special sports program interstate that you really want to attend – if only you could afford to get there…

You’ve dreamt of being a singer – and the auditions are coming up for a national TV talent show 1000km away…

Maybe you want to support a social justice cause that does not have its own fundraising campaign in place.


Raising money for one-off needs can be tough. For starters, philanthropists (people who give) tend to have special ‘causes’ that they support and yours is unlikely to be on their radar. Some people will say: “if you want to do it, pay for it yourself”. But if you’re truly passionate about your dream… if you really believe this will make a difference…that this is ‘it’…why not pull out all stops to achieve the dream. You’ll never know if you don’t have a go! The Fundraising Directory is here to help you realise your dream. Read up on ways to position your fundraising efforts for the greater good – and maximise your profit. Go on: chase your dream!

Fundraising for individuals has just got easier with crowd funding. You can post your project on one of the many host sites like,, Have a look at our articles on crowd funding for the best results – what is crowd fundraising? & comparing crowdfunders in australia.

Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing

Think also about why you really want to do this. Who benefits other than you? Is it clearly cause-related or are you the main beneficiary? How much money do you need to raise? ‘A lot’ is not an answer. Neither is ‘anything’.

Head to setting SMART goals for the first step in the fundraising process.


Happy Fundraising!

Mandy Weidmann

The Fundraising Whisperer