Phase 4: Resources

Explore a variety of resources you'll need to get your project off the ground.


Budgeting


Now that you’ve figured out the details of your project, you can begin to think about a couple of important financial questions:


1. How much money will I need to execute my project?
2. How can I raise that money?


The first step is determining exactly how much money you will need. Whatever your project idea, funds will be essential to getting it off the ground. You will want to think well in advance about the financial aspects of your project and exactly how much each will require. This process is called budgeting, and a link to a budgeting worksheet can be found below, along with a completed example.


budgeting worksheet completed worksheet

Fundraising


Once you’ve determined how much money you will need for your project, you can begin to think about how to raise that sum. Family and friends can be great sources, especially if the total amount you need is relatively small. However, for projects whose explicit goal is raising money for another charitable organization, you will likely want to raise a more significant amount of money. To do so, your school community can be a great resource. Below are some links that contain ideas for school fundraisers.


100 Fundraising Ideas Fundraisers for High Schools 10 School Fundraisers
5 Things to Know Before Fundraising Popular Youth Fundraising Ideas

Team Leadership

Effective leadership and team building are essential tools to make a project successful. Leaders possess a variety of qualities that allow them to take action, guide a team and successfully achieve their goals. Some of those qualities include being confident and proactive. Leaders are also problem-solvers and think of the big picture. In addition, a leader must work with a unified and efficient team that can help further develop the project. Leaders of strong teams facilitate this by listening to their team members and showing a commitment for the betterment of the entire group. Interested in learning more about how to be a leader and build an effective team? Here are some helpful links:


Leadership

10 Things Authentic Leaders Do How to Be a Leader Leadership & Good Listening
Courage: The Key to Leadership The Importance of a Good Leader

Building a Team

Build a Successful Team 5 Step Successful Team How to Build a Team Team Building

Administration & Logistics

Pitching Your Project


The ability to effectively pitch an idea is crucial for gaining support for your project. You should be able to summarize the goals and mission of your project in only one or two sentences. The key to an effective pitch is to keep the message brief in order to catch the attention of a potential investor or supporter. People often call this an ‘elevator pitch’ because you should be able to explain the social problem you are addressing and why your project deserves their support or funding in only a couple minutes. Below is a list of questions to keep in mind when pitching your project.


1. What problem are you addressing with your project?
2. What will you do to solve this problem?
3. Who is your audience or target population?
4. What are you contributing? (ie. money, awareness, specific item donations, etc.)
5. What do you need to help your project get started?
6. Why will you be successful?



Check out this great pitch

Marketing & Partnerships


Marketing your project is essential to gaining supporters for your cause or event. To do so, you need to assess who your target audience is and who among these people can you look to for support. Organizations can be another good source to tap into, especially if you can build a strong relationship with them. Some factors that are helpful when considering how to market your idea and find partnerships include working with and considering the impact of your project on the community as well as reaching out to sponsors from businesses to schools and more. Take a look at the links below to find out more:


Business Sponsors How to Market an Event Local Communities
Tips for Successful Community Meetings Working With Local Communities

Now that you have your project all planned out and are ready to get it off the ground, continue to phase 5 to create your very own project page and spread the word.


Phase 5