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Children help Plan International UK create latest integrated fundraising campaign

Children help Plan International UK create latest integrated fundraising campaign

Children who are sponsored by donors with children’s charity Plan International UK are the stars of a new integrated campaign, which they helped fundraising agency WPN Chameleon (WPNC) to create.

Following a four-way pitch, WPNC was appointed to help Plan International UK develop a new campaign, featuring a TV ad and a range of online marketing, from digital films to Facebook activity, to engage and convert potential donors.

The integrated campaign aims to engage people with a local community in Ghana and focuses on how sponsoring a child through Plan International UK can help.  “See For Yourself” includes a 90-second DRTV execution and digital assets such as banner ads, shorter videos and a behind-the-scenes film to be hosted on Plan International UK’s website. Clips will also be posted on social channels including YouTube and Facebook.



The work, which went live in February, will run alongside the charity’s ongoing marketing initiatives.  

WPNC proposed that the best way to allow supporters and potential donors to understand the difference their gift can make was to give sponsored children the chance not just to appear in the ad, but also to help plan and film it.

WPNC’s Director of TV & Film, Maria Phillips, explained:

“Giving children a voice is a core value for Plan International UK. We believe letting the kids own the ad is a first for the charity sector. Seeing the work that money raised can be used for, through the children’s eyes, has created what we hope is a feel-good, authentic campaign.”

A team of six people from WPNC and Plan International UK spent just over a week in the village in Ghana. They took documentary-style approach to filming to capture a variety of footage, from scenes in the local community, to the children’s own stories, and interviews with Plan International UK staff that the youngsters conducted. All of this footage will be used as part of an ongoing digital content strategy extending beyond the initial campaign.

The team worked with a group of children, predominantly girls aged five to 14, to script and shoot footage for the ad and digital campaign. They initially took part in a planning workshop to discuss how the ad would look, and were then given handheld video cameras to capture scenes in the village and in their homes.

In the ad, the children explain how sponsorship has improved the village school, water supply and health provision. It ends with the serious message that many children still need help. There is a call to action with a number for viewers to text for a callback outlining in-depth information about sponsorship, and encouragement for people to go online to find out more about the children involved in the ad.

The camera equipment used on the shoot has been left with Plan Ghana employees to allow children to continue to take footage for future executions. 

Alan Gosschalk, Fundraising Director at Plan International UK, said:

“The children were very excited to be part of the decision-making process and tell the story of how sponsorship has helped their community. That joy comes through in the films.” 



Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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