Volunteer fundraising is critical to the implementation of Global Brigades’ Holistic Model through Brigade programming. Once a volunteer meets a set Donation Goal for their interested program and country, they are eligible to join us on-the-ground to see their fundraising efforts put into action by participating in a Brigade. Volunteers have up to 1 year to participate in a Brigade after they meet their Donation Goal. If a volunteer decides not to participate in a Brigade, the funds raised will be utilized to support Global Brigades’ mission. Find out more about fundraising below.
Brigade Add-Ons Available
Do you feel like your brigade itinerary is missing something? You can now add programmatic/cultural activities to your itinerary! You will fundraise the corresponding donation to add an extra day(s) to your brigade stay, and GB staff will help you arrange it. Whether you’d like to build an eco-stove in your medical brigade or visit Tinos Island while in Greece, we can make it happen!
Please click here to review the brigade add-ons available for Ghana.
Please click here to review the brigade add-ons available for Greece.
Please click here to review the brigade add-ons available for Panama.
Please click here to review the brigade add-ons available for Guatemala.
Please click here to review the brigade add-ons available for Honduras.
Participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of GMB’s year-round healthcare initiatives by helping conduct community member surveys and interviewing Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs). Please click here to learn more.
**Countries Available: Honduras or Panama.
Start fundraising for your brigade as a group or individually as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time! Check out this Chapter Fundraising Guide for more tips, tricks & fundraising strategies.
Featured Fundraiser: TFL
GB UK has a permit for you to hold bucket collections at the Transport For London (TFL) tube stations. Please do not contact TFL separately, the point of contact has to be a GB employee (Liam) for us to maintain our permit. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact GB UK Aiden (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a quick call. GB UK has access to the TFL portal where you can view stations, dates, availability up to 3 days -6 months in advance. (please come with some stations and dates in mind, being as flexible as possible).
Meet Your Fundraising Deadlines
In order for Global Brigades to prepare for upcoming Brigades, all volunteers who wish to participate in a Brigade must meet the following Donation Goal fundraising deadlines. If a volunteer is unable to meet their Brigade’s fundraising deadlines, they can instead join a future brigade to give themselves more time to meet their Donation Goal.
|DEADLINE||IN PERSON BRIGADE||TELEBRIGADE|
|INITIAL DONATION GOAL DEADLINE||97 days before the brigade||Volunteers must have £100 on their fundraising page to secure their spot in their Brigade||Volunteers must be signed up and have £100 on their fundraising page to secure their spot in their TeleBrigade.|
|TRAVEL DONATION GOAL DEADLINE||60 days before the brigade||All volunteers must complete roster questionnaires and must have flights completed. Your chapter’s Individual Donation Goal will be set!
||No additional fundraising is needed, but all volunteers should have completed their volunteer roster questionnaire. Your chapter’s Individual Donation Goal will be set!|
|FINAL DONATION GOAL DEADLINE||14 days pre-brigade||Volunteers must have the total donation goal on their MyBrigades fundraising page||Volunteers will meet their Full Donation Goal to complete fundraising for their TeleBrigade|
Earn a Brigade Scholarship!
There are opportunities for you and your chapter to receive scholarships to go towards your Donation Goals! Chapter Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, and University faculty play an important role in empowering volunteers and growing the Global Brigades movement. In order to show our support and incentivize brigade participation, scholarships are available for meeting specific eligibility criteria.
• UK Brigade Scholarship: Awarded to every volunteer joining an in-person Brigade to either Honduras, Ghana, Panama, or Greece, in 2022-2023.
For more detailed information about this scholarship opportunity please review our UK Scholarship one pager and reach out to your Program Associate with any questions.
HEALTH SUPPLIES AND DONATIONS
In the case of Medical and Dental Brigades, your chapter will be required to collect some health supplies and donations for your brigade. Please reach out to your Program Associate in order to receive a supplies and donations inventory sheet, according to your program and country. These items will be donated to patients after they have received their treatment in the clinic days. If you want some recommendations on how to get started, you can refer to these Supplies and Donations Guide in order to review some chapter’s best practices on how to collect these items.
OTHER MATERIAL DONATIONS
As we strive to be as sustainable as possible, we cannot support handing out in-kind donations (old clothing, school supplies, toiletries, etc.) Handing out small amounts of such items results in unfair distribution of donations and can cause challenges within our community partners. To make the most of items such as used clothing, we suggest looking into organizations like thredUp. ThredUP takes like-new clothing and gives money to the donor’s charity of choice.
Extra Funds in MyBrigades
On some occasions, after their fundraising efforts, volunteers realize that they have surpassed their donation goal and raised more than expected, which Global Brigades considers Extra Funds. Whenever this happens, volunteers will receive several allocation options, which includes ‘Saving their funds for a future brigade’.
When a volunteer decides to save their extra funds for a future brigade and informs their Program Associate, they will have 1 year from the original brigade date in order to transfer and USE these funds in a future brigade. If the funds are not transferred and used in this 1-year timeframe, Global Brigades will automatically allocate these extra funds to support its mission as needed.