COIN JAR CHALLENGE
WHAT IS THE COIN JAR CHALLENGE?
We have an opportunity to partner with hundreds of thousands of young children all around the world who want to help us raise funds for clean water. It’s a fact that fewer and fewer people use coins anymore, and we end up with loose change floating all over our homes and vehicles. Now we give you an opportunity to turn all this useless small change into life transforming clean water.
Our Coin Jars are the perfect vehicle to put into these young children’s hands and let them reach out confidently into their neighborhoods, and raise funds by simply asking people to donate their small change. Water is Basic will provide the Coin Jars (at no cost) for each student to use, with the accompanying materials that explains the process for donating their funds collected.
6 Easy steps to complete your Coin Jar Challenge:
1. Fill out the Coin Jar Contact Form and submit it online.
2. A Water is Basic team member will contact you and arrange for materials to be shipped out to your location, and suggest several fun ways to get your students or young children started on their campaign.
3. Get together as a group and determine what your $ goal should be for your challenge, and what time frame you want to do it in (we suggest between 4-6 weeks from beginning to end).
4. Take a few minutes and practice with the children their ‘elevator speeches’. Keep it simple and precise, something like: “Hi, I’m part of a team called the WATER WARRIORS and we are raising money to help drill clean water wells in Africa, do you have any small change you would like to donate and help us reach our goal?”
5. Collect the change once a week and use our thermometer PDF to help chart the results and to encourage the youngsters to keep going so their team can reach the goal set.
6. Once the challenge has been completed, turn your coins into cash and send us a check in the envelope we provide you, then celebrate-you are now WATER WARRIORS!
5 Tips to make your challenge successful:
Tip #1: Make sure all your students or children commit to being involved, let them know they are part of a bigger team committed to being WATER WARRIORS, and small amounts of money can add up to make a BIG difference.
Tip #2: Use social media to help promote their challenge, invite others to be part of your challenge by donating to your team.
Tip #3: The coin jars provide a degree of legitimacy to the ask, so make sure they take their jars with them when they are fundraising.
Tip #4: Find some business owner or individual to be your groups Matching Donor (set a max amount they would match). This is a great way to ensure your group reaches or exceeds their goal.
Tip #5: Contact the local new outlets and tell them about what your young warriors are doing. Use our prepared Press Release and WATER WARRIOR Story to help promote your cause within your community and school.