Scout Association and GoFundMe partner to encourage young fundraisers

Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe and the Scout Association have announced a partnership aimed at guiding and coaching the next generation of fundraisers.

The Fundraising Badge for Scouts (10½ – 14 years) and Explorers (14 – 18 years) will have the GoFundMe logo on it (see image below).

The scheme is designed to encourage young people to identify a good cause or charity and work together with their Scout leader to launch a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for that cause.

GoFundMe will be providing tips and resources to help Scout groups create successful fundraising campaigns and share them online.

According to research from the Scouts, young people involved in Scouting are more likely to take an active role in society than their non-Scout peers, with 59% of Scouts saying they are certain to vote in a general election compared to 39% of non-Scouts of a similar age.

The research also revealed that Scouts are 16% more likely to be concerned about the environment than non-Scouts.

On average, Scouts are also more active in their local community than non Scouts and undertake around fifty-four more hours a year of community activity than those who are not Members.

The research further revealed that 78% of those asked said that because of Scouting they were more likely to help out in their local area and feel a greater responsibility to their local community.

Further information can be found on the Scout Association website and Civil Society News.

The Scout Association website, incidentally, also has a free to download A-Z of Fundraising Ideas.