Are you a boy scout, girl scout, brownie scout, or cub scout that needs to fundraise? Do you need clever ways to raise money other than boy scout popcorn fundraisers or girl scout cookie fundraisers?
Piggybackr.com is a crowdfunding website for teams of all ages and experience levels. We’re the only fundraising tool that is instructional and safe for users of all ages. Set up an online fundraiser, raise money for your cause, and collect donations all in less than 5 minutes. Sign up for free.
See how scouts have raised more money for their projects in less time online!
I. A few examples of successful scout fundraisers
Help us grow Books in the Barn!, Books in the Barn
Organized by Emilia Lawler
Hi, my name is Emilia. I am in 8th grade and currently working on my Silver Award, the highest award for Girl Scouts at my level. For this award, I’m partnering with “Books in the Barn”, which gives away hundreds of children’s books (free!) every other month at my family’s farm.
Tyler Brown’s Eagle Scout Project, Tyler’s Vial of Life Eagle Scout Project
Organized by Tyler Brown
My name is Tyler Brown. I am 14 years old and in Troop 175. I am a Life scout currently working on my Eagle Scout Project.
North Ridgeville, OH
Tom’s Scout Camp Fundraiser, scout camp
Organized by tomtom
I’m a 12 year old boy scout who enjoys the outdoors. Me and my troop are raising money for scout camp.
Santa Clarita, CA
Restore YOUTHHOPE Outdoor Seating, YouthHope in Redlands, CA
Organized by Jordan Cabaldon
I am doing my Eagle Project for Youth Hope (http://youthhope.org), an outreach organization to young people who are at risk and/or homeless. Unfortunately, until repairs and remodeling are completed, they cannot go into their newly acquired building. Youth Hope needs decent outdoor seating so they can engage and work with the kids on seating that is comfortable and safe.
Eagle Project at Riekes Center, Zane Tucker’s Eagle Project
Organized by Zane Tucker
Doing an Eagle Project is one of the most important community services for a Boy Scout. I am excited that I can help Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park, where I have been a member of Student Services for 3 years, take guitar lesson and workout. Riekes is an educational institution where members create goals for themselves in athletic fitness, creative arts or nature awareness. riekes.org
Menlo Park, CA
II. What do scouts raise money for?
We’ve seen many scouts fundraising on Piggybackr for their trips and projects. Here are some other common things you might need to raise money for.
- Eagle scout projects
- Camping equipment
- Scout uniforms
- Scout membership fee
- Scout camps
- Bronze Award projects
- Silver Award projects
- Gold Award projects
III. What makes Piggybackr perfect for Scouts?
Easy To Use -
We’ve made it super easy for you to create a page in just 5 minutes to start fundraising. Just create an account, upload a picture, and fill out your page with who you are, what you are raising money for, and why donors should give. You’ll be raising money for your next camping trip in no time!
Are you new to online fundraising? Don’t worry! Piggybackr is beginner friendly and instructional. In addition to helping you create a page, we’ll also teach you successful ways to fundraise. With step-by-step instructions and notifications, you’ll know exactly when to send an update and how to promote your page. We won’t leave you wondering how to raise money for camp, we guide you every step of the way.
Easy To Promote -
Instead of just selling popcorn and cookies to people who walk by, you can also reach out to distant friends and family to ask for support. Using Piggybackr’s built-in emailing tool, you’ll be able to contact your potential supporters with just a click of a button.
Piggybackr is the only online fundraising website that is safe for all ages. Kids under the age of 13 (for example, for cub scout fundraisers) are able to create their own page (with a parent’s permission) and raise money. They’ll also be fundraising in the safety of their home instead of selling cookies on the streets.
No Selling Necessary -
Looking for new scout fundraising ideas? No need to bring out the boy scouts popcorn when fundraising on Piggybackr. You won’t be selling anything so you can keep more of what you raise. Instead, you can offer sponsorship perks that donors will appreciate and will cost you little to nothing. We have a lot of great, practical sponsorship ideas built right into our tool. This is a much more effective fundraising strategy than selling goods or services.
Mostly Reach People You Know -
Instead of asking for support from people walking by a store to buy your cub scout popcorn, you’ll reach out mostly to your friends and family and local businesses. Although you might be losing some of the supporters that you don’t know, you’ll be able to reach way more relatives that you wouldn’t be able to sell anything to.
Fundraising Online Is New -
Since crowdfunding is still new, supporters may need a bit of education before they feel comfortable donating on your page, especially since it’s known for scouts to sell products for their fundraisers. However, since crowdfunding is becoming more and more mainstream every day, people are more comfortable than ever giving online.
It Won’t Bring Your Community Together In Person -
Since your fundraiser is online, people will be interacting with you and your page through the internet. Selling cookies and popcorn in your neighborhood or doing car washes and bake sales brings everyone together in the same physical place to support you and your cause.
At Piggybackr, we believe in the importance of community, so we encouage our fundraisers to do both! Have an online crowdfunding campaign and cap it off with a live event to share with your community what you will do with the money, and how much you appreciate their help.
IV. What are some things scouts should consider when thinking about crowdfunding?
Get Approval -
Make sure you check with your local troop or council to make sure you can have an online fundraiser. Some might have rules when it comes to raising money outside of your scout organization.
Length of Fundraiser -
You want to make sure you have enough time for your eagle scout fundraising project. We suggest 4-6 weeks so you’ll have enough time but not too much time where your donors will start forgetting about your fundraiser.
Your Fundraising Marketing Plan -
Marketing your fundraiser is important not just initially, but during (and even after) your entire campaign. Fortunately, we’ve built into our product a lot of the lessons we’ve learned about what actions to take, when. You can also check out our free marketing plan generator to get a quick overview and detailed marketing checklist. Just fill in some quick information about your fundraiser, and our tool will create a customized plan for you.
V. Examples of Scouts on Piggybackr
Jordan is a Boy Scout fundraising for his Eagle Project for Youth Hope. Youth Hope is a non-profit organization that helps at risk or homeless youth by providing trust, hope, support, and education.
With the picnic tables and booths overtaken by graffiti, dry rot, and peeling paint, Jordan wanted to replace and renovate the outdoor seating. He planned on asking for help from Troop 341 and volunteers to carry out this project.
With only 3 weeks to raise money, Jordan was able to raise $900 for his Eagle Project by himself.
Emilia is an 8th grade student that was working towards her Silver Award for the Girl Scouts. She has teamed up with Books in the Barn, an organization that gives free books to children every month at Emilia’s own family farm, to raise money for the event.
Emilia needed to raise $750 for the cost of library bags, gift cards for the kids who organize the book drives, and new books that don’t get donated often. Instead of using tired girl scout fundraising ideas, she created an online fundraiser for her project.
In just 2 and a half weeks, Emilia raised more than $1500, 204% of her original goal.
VI. How to get started on Piggybackr
Whether you are an individual scout fundraising or a troop, here’s how you can get started.
Sign up -
Click the big orange “Get Started Free” button on www.piggybackr.com and fill in some basic information to create your account. If you’re under the age of 13, we’ll need you to get your parent’s permission.
Create your page -
Upload a picture and tell your potential donors a little bit about yourself, what you are raising money for, and why they should give. We think having a video on your page is a great way to show your donors what you’re fundraising for, but it’s okay if you don’t have one.
Promote your page -
No one is going to know about your Boy Scout fundraiser if you don’t tell them. Piggybackr has made it easy for users to reach out to supporters with our built-in emailing tool. You can upload all your contacts and email them with just a click of a button. Use our template or write your own to let your donors know about your fundraiser.
See donations roll in -
Once you’ve let everyone know that you are having a fundraiser, you’ll start to see all your supporters come and help you reach your goal.
Assign a leader -
Every fundraiser needs someone to make sure everyone in your troop is doing their part. Assign a leader that will have time to manage the fundraiser whether it is a scout, a parent, a volunteer, or commissioner. They will be able to see how everyone in the troop is doing.
Create a page -
Upload a picture of your troop and write some brief text explaining to your potential donors what their money will be used for and why they should support you. Remember this page is about the team, not just the team leader.
Invite your team -
Have the rest of the members come on and create their own page for the fundraiser. Using Piggybackr, you can send an invitation to all the scouts to join the fundraiser in just a few minutes. For the members of your troop, it will take just two minutes each to customize their pages.
Promote your page -
The only way supporters are going to know about your fundraiser is if you and your team tell them. The more potential donors your troops reaches, the more awareness it will bring to your fundraiser.
VII. Tips for running an online fundraiser
Pull at their heart strings -
When writing about your fundraiser, make sure you show how passionate you are about your project. Everyone who visits your page should feel your excitement and emotion towards your fundraiser. Pull at the donor’s heart strings.
Send emails -
The more emails you send to potential donors, the more likely you will get donations. Whether you are fundraising by yourself or as a team, we suggest each person to send 30-40 emails each.
Keep your donors updated -
Your supporters want to know if you raised enough money to go on that camping trip and how it went. Keep your donor’s updated throughout your fundraiser and after.
Set sponsorship levels -
Donors usually give based on how much you ask so set your sponsorship levels high. Remember to set perks for each level to show your appreciation to your supporters. Give gifts that will cost you little to nothing so you can keep more of the money you raised. The average donation on our site is $86, so don’t be afraid to ask.
VIII. How does Piggybackr support Scouts?
Easy to promote -
Promote your page with just a click of a button. Scouts can easily send 30-40 emails to let supporters know about their fundraiser in just a couple minutes. Just fill out the template or write your own email and donors will see your it in just seconds.
Easy to update -
On Piggybackr, you are able to send donors, potential donors, and team members an update with just a click of a button. Easily remind them how many days are left to donate or let them know how well your trip went thanks to their support.
Easy to set sponsorships -
You’ll be able to set what sponsorship perks your donors will get right on your page and keep track of how much they donated.
Easy to keep track of your troop -
See how all of your scouts are doing with the fundraiser. You can easily see how much effort they put into the fundraiser and how many emails they’ve sent out. If one forgot to send their emails out, just poke them and remind them to promote their page.