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How Can I Start a Student Chapter?

Students have been instrumental in helping Power Up Gambia to provide life-saving solar power equipment to hospitals and clinics in The Gambia. By organizing a student chapter of Power Up Gambia at your school, your group can fund raise to provide a solar power system to a clinic, educate other students about health care needs in The Gambia, and be a part of the Power Up Gambia team.

Power Up Gambia staff will provide you with guidance in recruiting members for your chapter, planning fundraising events, and building your own leadership capabilities and that of your fellow students.

Starting a PUG chapter gets your campus involved in providing lifesaving sustainable healthcare, develops your skill set, provides your with marketable experience, and is FUN!

Students atthe University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College successfully started PUG chapters and have made a huge difference in The Gambia through their efforts. So what are you waiting for?

Email us at info@powerupgambia.org to get started and build your own PUG Student Chapter at your school!

 

 

Who Are Our Donors?

Since our inception, we have relied on grass roots fundraising as our primary source of funding. We believe thatgrassroots efforts that stay connected to projects for the long term are the most effective.

But we want to reach more and do more.

Thats why, in the last few years, we have begun to broaden our sources of support. Today, while fundraising is still crucial to the organization, we also receive grants and donations from a variety of donors to support a variety of Power Up Gambia projects. The Rotary Clubs have been instrumental in raising funds to support our solar suitcase projects. In addition, we recently received a grant from GEF UNIDO in order to begin our next large scale project at Sulayman Junkung Hospital.

 

Will Power Up Gambia Speak To My Organization?

Yes! One of our favorite things to do is to bring awareness of The Gambia and our efforts to bring reliable healthcare to the people of The Gambia through sustainable solar energy. If you have a school, Rotary Club, or any civic minded organization who would like more information on The Gambia, please contact us and we will to our best to provide a speaker for your organization. Please email us at: info@powerupgambia.org with any requests.

Do You Hire Any College Interns?

Power Up Gambia has accomplished a great deal in The Gambia – and much of that is due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and interns. All that hard work benefits our interns as well – many former interns have gone on to take leadership roles in other organizations as a result of their experience working with Power Up Gambia!

Power Up Gambia is proud to partner with the University of Pennsylvania International Internship Program and the Drexel University School of Public Health. Through these programs, we have sent interns to work in The Gambiato advance global health and development. For more information on our college internship program, please contact us at volunteer@powerupgambia.org.

Can I Sign Up For Volunteer Work?

At Power Up Gambia, we are also looking for individuals who are interested in furthering our mission statement of improving the lives of the Gambian people by improving health care delivery through the use of reliable and sustainable solar electricity.

For more information on how you can help, please contact us at: volunteer@powerupgambia.org.

How Can I Host a Power Up Party?

Want to make a difference but don’t know how? It’s simple – just remember that knowledge is powerful, and you can help others learn about The Gambia and the work of Power Up Gambia by hosting a Power Up Party!

Gather together 6 or 10 like-minded friends, and invite them to a Power Up Gambia information session at your home! Contact us, and if you live near the Philadelphia area we will arrange a volunteer speaker to come to your house and share what we are accomplishing in hospitals and clinics in The Gambia through renewable solar energy. If you live further away, no problem, we would be happy to send you a short film and materials you can share with your friends!

Together, we can help make a difference for the young patients and their parents who need access to reliable electricity and water when they come to hospitals and clinics for treatment.  Email us at info@powerupgambia.org for more details!

How Can Workplace Giving Enhance My Gift?

By supporting Power Up Gambia through workplace giving, you and your employees can provide the people of The Gambia reliableaccess to health care through reliable solar energy. We welcome the opportunity to help make global citizenship and philanthropy a part of your corporate culture!

We can work with you to organize a signature fundraising campaign around the issues you and your employees care about most, including special opportunities for engagement.

Matching Gifts

Matching gift programs through your employer are a simple way to double or even triple the impact of your gifts to Power Up Gambia.Companies use various procedures by which employees can request matching gifts through online forms, payroll deduction or paper forms.

 

Do You Have A Recurring Donation System?

We have a recurring payment system through PayPal. You can choose a convenient monthly or yearly donation option. Easily setup up your donation to come directly from your debit, credit card or bank account with PayPal. If you require other options, please contact us at: info@powerupgambia.org.

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How Are Donation Proceeds Distributed?

At Power Up Gambia, you may elect to have your donation utilized in one of two ways. First, you may contribute towards the purchase of a solar suitcase. That solar suitcase will then be delivered to a rural health care installation. You will be informed of the location of the solar suitcase and follow its impact online. Second, you may also contribute to any of our large scale solar installation projects. The choice is yours!

How Can I Make A Donation?

We have several avenues available for you to make your donation to Power Up Gambia. You can click on our “donate now” link on our homepage. This link will direct you to PayPal. Second, you can support us anytime you make a purchase by registering with Amazon Smile. The Amazon Smile program allows you to designate a charity to receive a small percentage of your purchase price through Amazon. Third, you can also register with iGive. iGive similarly allows you to select a charity and will provide give a small percentage of any online purchase to Power Up Gambia. Fourth, you can send us a check directly to: Power Up Gambia, 4724 Kingsessing Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19143.
Thank you for your support!

Can I Write Any Donations Off On My Taxes?

Yes! As a 501(c)(3) registered charity, you can give comfortably knowing your gift is tax-deductible. Every financial gift will be given a receipt that you may use for tax purposes.

How Do I Register For An Event?

We are always looking for organizations or businesses that are willing to partner with PUG and sponsor a fundraising event. If you would like more information on how you can help us raise awareness or financial contributions to continue our work, please contact us at: info@powerupgambia.org.

What Do Your Events Typically Consist Of?

Our events depend on the partner and how they want to contribute. But here are a few ways that individuals and organizations can help.

Organize a Student PUG Chapter
By organizing a PUG Student Chapter your group can fundraise to provide a solar power system to a clinic, help “power up” a hospital, educate other students about health care needs in The Gambia, and be part of the Power Up Gambia team. Power Up Gambia staff will provide you with guidance in recruiting members of your chapter, planning fundraising events, and building your own leadership capabilities and that of your fellow students.

Host a Power Up Party
Want to make a difference but don’t know how? It’s simple – just remember that knowledge is powerful, and you can help others learn about The Gambia and the work of Power Up Gambia by hosting a Power Up Party! Gather together 6 or 10 like-minded friends, and invite them to a Power Up Gambia information session at your home!

Sponsor an Event
Your organization or business can sponsor an event in the name of PUG, such as a charity dinner, awareness drive, or networking event where a portion of proceeds will be contributed to our Solar Suitcase Program, our Power Grid Program or a specific medical installation in The Gambia. If you are in the solar energy or healthcare sector, there are even more ways that you can contribute.