The student is ultimately responsible for all expenses associated with INMED training. Several effective means of raising financial support are available:
- Personal Fund Raising
- Civic Organization Support
"The most successful teams in raising funds -- no matter how much they have had to raise -- have been those that remembered a simple principle: People give to vision. So, give people something to be a part of. Allow them to take some ownership." - Jennifer Lichty, Director of Special Teams for International Team
1. Personal Fund Raising
INMED will establish on behalf of any INMED student a Scholarship Fund to assist with education- and service -related expenses. A tax-deductible receipt will be provided to anyone making a financial contribution toward a student's Scholarship Fund. There is a ten percent administration fee for all electronic gifts made to this fund and an eight percent administration fee for all other gifts made to this fund. Please direct supporters to give electronically at http://inmed.us/student_scholarships.asp or download the following form and have it completed by each individual making a financial contribution: Scholarship Contribution.
Sample Fund Raising Letter
- On the average, $2500 can be raised through well-written letters sent to about 75 people who know you: family members and friends
- Spread the word widely; don't limit the letters to friends and family.
- Send thank-you letters for every financial gift. Sometimes, "thank you" notes will even bring follow-up gifts
Click the link below to download this letter in Word format for personal editing:
Sample Fund Raising Letter
Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings! I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I am now in my **number** year of **medical/nursing school/residency**. As I finish my training, I have the opportunity to serve in **Country** through INMED - the Institute for International Medicine (www.inmed.us).
On **Date** I will be departing on a medical mission to **Country** for 4 weeks. The purpose of this trip is two- fold; to further my education and to provide medical care for these people, many of whom have never seen a doctor. We will be treating many children suffering from **disease names** as well as adults with **disease names** I will be working along side American doctors who have lived and served in **Country** for years. I anticipate that this experience will help give me a vision for future medical service.
My work in **Country** is being funded entirely through donations from friends and relatives. Would you consider supporting me? All contributions are tax deductible. You can make your check payable to "INMED" and mail in the accompanying envelope to INMED, 6400 Prospect Ave, Suite 338A, Kansas City, MO 64132. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for each gift. Please write "Support for **My Name**" in the check memo. I thank you in advance for your financial gift and encouragement. I look forward to sharing with you about my experience when I return.
Be certain to include with your letter the Scholarship Contribution form for contributors to fill out and send with their contributions.
2. Civic Organization Support
Local churches and civic organizations are often eager to assist is spreading the vision and raising financial support. They can:
Give official blessing or sanction
Publicize the trip
- Provide letters of endorsement on organization stationery
- Let individuals share with the organization in regular meetings
- Host informational meetings about the trip
Provide direct financial support
- Information in the organization's monthly newsletter
- Inserts in the weekly bulletin
- Call attention to those that leaving for or returning from a trip
Organize fund raising events within the organization
- Provide partial funding from the organization's budget
- Help in writing and mailing a support raising letter
- Auction off 6 hours of the trip participant's time
- Hold dinner/auction of baked goods
- Auction of baked goods
- Car Wash: Sell car wash coupons
- Organize dinners or dinner theaters and sell tickets
- Hold giant garage/rummage sale
- Sell barbecue or baked goods
- Teach music lessons, sports lessons, a basic first aid class
- Find a restaurant that will donate part of the cost of meals
Many schools and residency programs have scholarships available to support their students in international study. Be sure to inquire with your institution. Students are also encouraged to contact the following organizations for financial assistance.
Hubert Trust Scholarship
Purpose: For short-term missions projects in response to global humanitarian needs.
Website: http://www.bmdf.org and click the student ministries link.
Baptist Medical/Dental Fellowship Scholarship
Purpose: To assist with medical/dental school tuition for those committed to career medical missions.
Map International RDIF Scholarship
Purpose: To support medical students to participate in a field experience that provides exposure to community health in a 'Christian context' for the poor in a rural or urban setting.
George Faile Foundation
Purpose: To provide financial support for medical students and residents to train at Nilerigu Baptist Medical Center in Ghana.
Purpose: To provide selected medical students with clinical experiences in mission settings that will enable them to become familiar with the cultural, social and medical problems in developing countries.
Purpose: To provide financial aid each year for a student at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas to go on a medical mission project. Recipients gain clinical experience in settings that will enable them to become familiar with the cultural, social and medical problems in developing countries.
Short Term Medical Mission Scholarship
Purpose: To encourage members of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to devote a significant portion of their professional lives to cross-cultural medical missions.
Institute of International Education
Purpose: Provides a variety of scholarships, including the Fullbright, for international study to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.
International Education Financial Aid
Purpose: Provides scholarships to U.S. students studying abroad.
John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in Health Sciences
Purpose: Directory of international grants and fellowships for Advanced Study in Health
Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine
Purpose: Financial support for clinical and research electives in tropical medicine.
Rotary International Scholarships
Purpose: Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country. The first step in application is to contact a local Rotary club.
American Medical Women's Association's American Women's Hospitals
Purpose: To fund women medical students and residents who travel to medically underserved areas in the U.S. and abroad to work in approved programs that care for the medically underserved.
Wilderness Medical Society
Purpose: Provides financial support to a medical student selected on a competitive basis for a research project in the field of wilderness medicine.