Are you interested in working with Choose a Challenge?
Although our partnerships are normally student led, we are always looking to work with charities who are open to increasing their fundraising revenue through international challenge events.
But what does a partnership involve?
Choose a Challenge works with a set group of charities every year. This way, we can ensure that our high standards are achieved across the board and that all students receive a high level of care. Similarly, it allows us to work in true partnership with our partners to create meaningful and lasting relationships.
How does this actually work?
We run the recruitment and the adventures. You support the fundraisers to take on the challenge of a lifetime. The costs are covered by the participant's registration fees and 50% of the minimum fundraising target...and that's about it.
We are happy to say that it's not a long, complicated, or expensive process for our charities. If you are passionate about your cause, experienced in event-led fundraising, and want to work for a cause that you think college age students would love to support, we would be happy to hear from you. It is really easy to get involved - if you are interested in becoming a beneficiary charity, please email email@example.com or fill in the form below.
What sort of commitment does this involve?
With a decade of experience working with numerous charities, we understand that most fundraisers are constantly being pushed to meet expanding targets and staff time is often the most valuable commodity. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for our charities to work with our teams of dedicated challenge participants. Our team holds expertise in marketing and participant care. Naturally, we take on full liability for the challenge events themselves.
In saying this, we know that it is you, the charity, who knows the in's and out's of the cause and holds the expertise when it comes to raising money and motivating your fundraisers. We hold all of our participants to a high standard throughout the process - however, our most successful partners are those who actively engage with their student supporters to expand their knowledge about the cause and inspire them to become a part of the charity family. If you are excited about engaging with student fundraisers, willing to passionately inspire your supporters, and build a base of committed fundraisers for the future, we'd love to hear from you.
Do we already need to run our own "Peer-to-Peer" events?
If you already have an established "peer-to-peer" support network within your charity, this is great as you will already have all the skills and experience to deliver an exceptional experience to our participants. Our participants will fit seamlessly into your current supporter care offering.
If "peer-to-peer" events are a new area for you, that's not a problem. As long as you are passionate about providing high quality care and information to our students, we'd happily work with you and develop your "peer-to-peer" offering over the partnership.
Do we need to already work in the student sector?
Naturally, having pre-established links with students is a bonus, but the Choose a Challenge team is constantly working to secure new relationships across the Northeast region of the United States. It is far more important to us that your brand and cause is one that students will be able to relate to.
How do overseas challenge events impact our financial performance metrics?
We are currently refining a unique fundraising platform; this means that the charity will only receive the net funds from our challenge events. This amount is never less than 50% of each individual's fundraising target. However, due to the costs involved in implementing this system, we ask all of our partners to go through an initial trial year where funds are raised through a platform of their choice with the final balances paid to Choose a Challenge. Therefore, we forecast 50% percent profit to the cause in the first 12 months, raising closer to 95% through the remainder of the partnership.
How ethical are your challenges?
In an ideal world, every penny raised for charity would go towards the cause. Unfortunately, this is never going to be a realistic aim with staff to pay, initiatives to fund, and advertising bills to foot. Our challenges raise millions for charities every year and motivate thousands of new fundraisers to take up philanthropy across the Northeast region of the United States. We clearly market that our challenges are 50/50 - a set amount of 50% of the minimum fundraising target covers the costs of the trip itself. We do not have any hidden fees and we pride ourselves on having ethical and transparent travel and sales policies when it comes to working with our suppliers and clients. To prove this, we are proud members of the Institute of Fundraising and the Tourism Concerns Ethical Tour Operator Group.
Dan Pallotta has been a huge influence to the Choose a Challenge team and it seems appropriate to quote his wise words, "If you kill innovation in fundraising, you can't raise more revenue; if you can't raise more revenue, you can't grow; if you can't grow, you can't possibly solve large social problems."
The perfect partner in three words:
Innovative, Passionate & Driven.