If you’re reading this, it means you are interested in volunteering or fundraising for Soft Power Education, or have already made the first jump and have signed up! Thank you. It is because of the ongoing generosity of volunteers and fundraisers like you that we are able to keep on working to improve quality of life through education at a grassroots level here in Uganda.
Fundraising is a very important part of your journey as an SPE volunteer and to be successful, it is really important that you understand our programmes and can speak clearly and passionately about why you are volunteering with us. Make sure you’ve read our website and information packs thoroughly, and keep up-to-date by following our social media.
Fundraising ensures that our Alternative Education, Livelihoods and School Infrastructure programmes continue to run, long after volunteers have returned home. We have only been able to achieve so much in Uganda thanks to the ongoing generosity of our fundraisers and donors, and without these funds, simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do.
Fundraising ensures that our programmes can continue to run, long after volunteers have returned home. If you’re a group volunteer, your fundraising covers the purchase building materials and paint, hiring tools and equipment and paying the building team’s wages, and anything left over secures the future of our School Infrastructure programme. If you’re a one day or a long term volunteer, your donation covers the costs of the materials you use whilst volunteering and supports our Alternative Education and Livelihoods programmes – £10, for example, will cover the cost of a pre-schoolers school uniform.
Remember, Soft Power Education is a completely non-profit organisation. We continue to strive to ensure that our overheads are as low as possible, and that as much of the donations we receive as possible is spent on our programmes. We have no offices or employees outside of Uganda, and minimum marketing and fundraising costs.
Amongst a plethora of expensive, profit-driven volunteering companies, we offer exceptional value for money for all volunteers taking part in our programmes. With almost 20 years of experience working in Uganda, we implement all of our projects as cost-effectively as possible.
Your donation remains completely separate from any personal expenses, allowing for exceptional transparency in terms of where your money is spent. This means you can be as honest with your donors as we are with you.
Even if your trip to Uganda seems like a long way away, it is very important to get started right away and stagger your fundraising into manageable chunks.
The best thing you can do to kick-start your fundraising is to set up an online giving page. Online giving is a simple and secure way to collect donations online. Family and friends can donate to you with a few simple clicks, and the money is automatically transferred directly to us on a weekly basis. Your page can be easily shared on social media, and there’s even options to text donate.
All the information on how to make a donation to Soft Power Education can be found below…
We are always looking out for generous donors who are willing to set up a monthly standing order and become a Friend of Soft Power Education. To say thank you, we’ll send you a SPE t-shirt and regular updates on how your donation is helping our projects at a grassroots level here in Uganda. Monthly standing orders are the most helpful as they allow us to budget effectively.
If you live in the UK, simply print off a Download and print the Standing Order form and post it to the address below.
Alternatively, you can set up a monthly donation through JustGiving with a few simple clicks!
Cheques payable to “Soft Power Education” can be posted to:-
Soft Power Education
55 Guildhall Street
Bury St Edmunds
Please ensure you include your name and details so we know who it’s from.
UK Bank Transfer
Funds can be transferred directly into our bank account, giving your name as a reference, to:-
Account Name: Soft Power Education
Account Number: 91349511
Sort Code: 40-14-09
149 Whiteladies Road
Tel: 08457 404 404
To transfer funds to us via PayPal, use email@example.com as the payment address.
You can donate directly to our JustGiving page with a few simple clicks!
NB. When donating via PayPal or JustGiving, please do remember that we get charged around 5% for these services. If you are in the UK, or hold a UK bank account, it is most cost-effective to transfer the funds directly into our UK bank account so that we don’t lose any of your generous donation to fees.
If you live outside of the UK, it is best to donate via Paypal (see above) or to transfer money straight into our bank account as follows:-
Account Name: Soft Power Education
Swift code: MIDLGB22
(address as above)
If you are collecting donations from several people, please contact us to find out the best way to send us the donation.
Are you a UK tax payer? Give more with Gift Aid and make your donation tax-efficient – it costs you nothing!
For every £1 donated by a UK tax payer, Soft Power Education will receive an additional 25p – just think about it, for every £1,000 raised, we could add another £250!
If you are organising a sponsored event, download our sponsor form, and ask any UK tax payers sponsoring you to fill in their details to enable us to claim Gift Aid. If you would prefer to design you own sponsor form, make sure you include a ‘Gift Aid it’ box for people to tick, and that they include their full address and postcode. You’ll also need to include the following sentence:-
Please note: you must have paid at least an amount of income tax or capital gains tax equal to the tax we reclaim on your donation each year. This will entitle us to gain an additional 25% on your money; this makes a huge difference.
If you are making a one-off donation to Soft Power Education, we can claim Gift Aid if you complete the Gift Aid declaration form and return it to our postal address (above).
For more detailed information on Gift Aid, visit HM Revenue and Customs.