Supporters like you are the lifeblood of the work that we do at Space for Giants. Your dedication is why we can do the work that we do to protect elephants and the landscapes on which they depend. Together we can do giant things.
It only takes a few minutes to set up a fundraising campaign. Decide what you want to do. Pick a campaign theme or name. And you will be ready to start making a future with elephants a reality.
Below is a step-by-step guide to help you become a wildly successful fundraiser.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions along the way, we’re here to be helpful. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO WE ARE, AND WHAT WE DO
Space for Giants is an international conservation charity that protects Africa's elephants and their habitats while demonstrating the ecological and economic value both can bring. It uses science and best-practice to deliver conservation investment initiatives that attract new funding to under-resourced protected areas. It works with national authorities to strengthen legal action to fight wildlife crime and protect animals in the wild. It uses technology it pioneered to reduce human-elephant conflict, and works with a wide range of individuals including academics, journalists, celebrities, philanthropists, and sportspeople, to bring new supporters to its cause. It is headquartered in Kenya, works in at least eight countries in Africa, and is registered as a charity in the UK and a non-profit in the US.
At the core of its strategy is the belief that the only way to ensure elephants and their habitats are protected forever is to ensure they generate value for people – regionally, nationally and internationally. We believe that once you create and demonstrate the value of wildlife then elephants and their habitats, and all the other species that share those landscapes, will be protected forever.
You can use this quote to highlight Space for Giants' realistic and pragmatic approach:
"Just setting aside wild places for their intrinsic value is a noble ambition but it doesn’t have any place in the reality of today’s political and economic context particularly in developing countries. Landscapes and wild places have to generate value for local people – they have to be relevant and meaningful locally and nationally to politicians, to government, to all stakeholders. If elephants are employing people; if elephants are providing people with an education; if elephants are giving people basic medical care, then they are valuable and people will respect the places that they live."
Max Graham, Founder and CEO, Space for Giants
THE STATE OF AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS
AFRICA'S ELEPHANT POPULATIONS
Africa's total elephant population - 1913 10 million - 1979 1.3 million - 1989 600,000 - 2016 415,000
More than 80% of Africa's remaining elephants live in the eight countries where Space for Giants operates: Kenya - 22,809 Uganda - 4,923 Botswana - 131,626 Gabon - c. 70,000 forest elephants Angola - 3,396 Namibia - 22,754 Zambia - 21,967 Zimbabwe - 82,630
Regional Distributions: Southern Africa 293,000 elephants (71%) East Africa 86,000 elephants (20%) Central Africa 24,000 (6%) West Africa 11,500 (3%)
THE POACHING CRISIS
110,000 elephants were poached between 2007 and 2016. That's 30 per day, or one every 45 minutes.
At the height of the crisis in 2011/2 as many as 100 elephants were being killed every day - but be circumspect using that '100 per day' figures as it's now outdated.
Between one quarter and and one third of all elephants alive in 2007 have since been killed for their ivory.
For 7 of the last 8 years the proportion of illegally killed elephants outstripped natural growth rates, putting elephants still on a path to extinction
China and Hong Kong - once the world's largest markets - the US and the UK have all recently closed or announced plans to close their domestic ivory markets. Japan, the EU, and Australia, among others, continue t allow internal buying and selling. All international buying and selling of ivory is illegal.
Price of ivory dropped by 65% in China before markets closed Jan 1 2018
2014 $2,100/kg - $954/pound
2015 $1,100/kg- $500/pound
2017 $730/kg - $332/pound
Demonstrating that they see no value whatsoever in trading ivory, 16 countries around the world have destroyed 210.8 tonnes of ivory in stockpiles since 2011
Save The Elephants, Great Elephant Census, IUCN African Elephant Status Report
DONATE YOUR DAY
Dedicate your birthday, wedding or other milestone to supporting elephants and the landscapes they depend on
TAKE ON A CHALLENGE
Create a scavenger hunt, spell-a-thon, run a marathon, or any other challenge that can attract herds of participants
From a lemonade stand, to a “trunk” sale, the only limit is your imagination.
SET YOUR GOAL
LAUNCH YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE
Set up a US fundraising page
Click the Start a Campaign button and follow the instructions from there
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Adding Text and video is incredibly effective. Make sure you let everyone know why you care about elephants and wildlife conservation. It doesn’t have to be long – in fact, a few short sentences are more effective!
If you need compelling photos to help you get going, please email info@spaceforgiants and we can help.
Share these films to explain what we do:
INCLUDE YOUR FUNDRAISING GOAL
Include your fundraising goal. It is important to make it a challenge. Donate to your own page to show your commitment. People are more likely to donate when they see that someone has already donated.
INVITE MEMBERS TO YOUR TEAM
Start by emailing 10-15 of your closets friends and family with a link to your fundraising site on Crowdrise or Virgin Money. Your closest contacts are the ones most lily to donate and to help you spread the word and get your campaign off the ground.
Here is a draft email you can use to help you get started:
One in every four elephants that roamed Africa in 2007 has since been killed, mostly to hack out their tusks for the illegal ivory trade. Not since the poaching crisis of the 1970s has Africa lost so many elephants, so fast.
The good news is that the world has reacted: China, the US, and the UK have closed their ivory markets, laws across Africa are being strengthened, and the number of elephants being lost to poaching has decreased in some places.
But now is not the time to be complacent. That’s why I have committed to raising $____ for Space for Giants in support of their programmes that protect African elephants and the landscapes on which they depend.
I hope you will help me to reach my fundraising goal of $_____.
Thank you for your support!"
Space for Giants has active and wide-reaching social media platforms. Drop us a line and we'll be happy to help amplify your fundraising event, to try to earn you more sponsors!
Also share our social media handles on your fundraising so your supporters stay up to date on our work. It's what they're sponsoring you for, after all!
FOLLOW UP, AND SAY THANKS
Keep a mailing list of your supporters and let them know how the campaign is going. Send updates, videos and photos to inspire.
Thank your supporters when they sponsor you, and when your event is finished. Here is a sample brief thank you note:
Thank you for contributing to my fundraising campaign to protect Africa’s wildlife! Your donation helped me to reach my goal of raising $____ to support Space for Giant’s work.
Together, we can turn the tide on poaching and habitat loss to protect the last wild places left on earth. Many thanks for your support!"