When a friend or loved one gets sick and is facing huge medical bills, the quickest and easiest way to raise money for them is through an online fundraising page. Before getting started, however, it’s critically important to come up with an organized fundraising plan. Since we know that most people raising money for their loved one’s medical expenses may be fundraising for the first time, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you by creating a step-by-step plan that will make it super-easy for you to reach your fundraising goal. If you are about to start a fundraising page for a friend or loved one, please take the next 15 minutes to read through the plan -- trust us, it will make a HUGE difference in the success of your fundraiser. Step 1: Build a Fundraising Team to Help Spread the Word If you are thinking of raising money for a loved one, before you get started ask a few of your mutual friends if they would be want to help in the efforts to spread the word. With the assistance of a few friends all sending emails and Facebook messages out to their different networks your team will be able to reach out to 4-5 times as many potential donors as you could by yourself. As the team leader or team captain, you will, of course, still be responsible for drafting the emails and coordinating the efforts, but your team members will be able to help you in spreading the word to a wider group of people. Note -- If you cannot get a group of friends to help with the efforts, don’t worry about it. Creating a team of friends is definitely helpful, but is not absolutely necessary to be successful. Step 2: Kick Off Your GiveForward Fundraiser With a Donation From Yourself Getting off to a good start is the single greatest thing you can do to make sure you reach your goal. If you can afford to do so, the first thing you are going to want to do is set the tone for your fundraiser by donating yourself. Donate as much as you can afford, as this will show people how important this effort is to you and will set the tone for the rest of the fundraiser -- if you set the tone by donating a large amount, others will do the same. Read more
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