Fundraising for a trip to Costa Rica


The best things in life often aren’t free. And earning your travel is part of the satisfaction you’ll feel when you finally touch down in country. It also teaches some powerful, lifelong lessons about money management; the value of money, how to budget and negotiate. The JJ Biological station suggests working with Grounds for Change for a simple and profitable coffee fundraiser. Grounds for Change is a family owned roaster that is passionate about operating as a green business, has received a Washington award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability.

How does the coffee fundraiser work?

  1. Your group purchases 8 oz bags of roasted to order coffee from Grounds for Change.

  2. Each 8 ounce bag sells to your group for $5.00 with a suggested retail price of $10.00 (although you are free to adjust this higher or lower as appropriate to your region.

  3. There is a minimum order of 50 bags (1 case). When the minimum order of 50 bags is met, GFC provides FREE UPS Ground shipping within the 48 contiguous states.

  4. Grounds for Change provides each fundraising coordinator with order forms and product menus that describe their coffee.

  5. Students sell the coffee to friends and family, at events, or set up stands in front of large stores.


If you and the students in your group want to come to Costa Rica for the trip of a lifetime but you can’t seem to find the funds you need, try crowdfunding. Kickstarter and Gofundme are both good options. Make a project that stands out with attractive photos and good descriptions. You may be surprised at how much money you can accumulate by advertising your campaign on social media alone. We recommend Kickstarter. It is more work to get started, but it is more beneficial to your project to provide plenty of photos and describe your work in detail. You can even upload videos. The down side with Kickstarter  is that you have to meet your project goal to get the funding,whereas Gofundme  releases donations of any size, even if you do not reach your goal.