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Funeral Expenses

Posted on 1/3/2013 by admin

Did you know the average cost of a funeral is over $9,000?  When a family loses a loved one, they are left with the financial burden of funeral costs on top of their emotional grief.    We are here to help during this difficult time. Our library of resources will walk you through the confusing process and... Read more

The Sad Truth of Charity Fraud: How to Verify Before Giving

Posted on 12/8/2012 by admin

Barbara Spinelli loves writing about the changing trends in business, finance and politics.  She shared with us, how to verify a legitimate charity before you donate. The holidays are a time when family and friends gather, exchange gifts, reminisce and sometimes offer aid and assistance to those who are in need. Unfortunately, there are scammers... Read more

Service Dog Facts: 5 Things You May Not Know

Posted on 11/13/2012 by admin

Man’s best friend is always finding new ways to help us out! Every day service dogs are performing tasks for their human counterparts, from the traditional, such as “seeing-eye” guide dogs, to the brand new, such as seizure detection or being a support system for someone with MS (check out Tyffanie and Zeus). Here are some service dog facts... Read more

Fund raise: 3 New Ways to Share Your Fundraiser

Posted on 9/27/2012 by admin

Fund raising is easier when your community helps to share your story.  But how do you get your fundraiser in front of the right audiance? Here are 3 tips for getting your fundraiser in front of a larger audience. 1)     Start Local: Small and local media channels are a great first contact. These smaller stations... Read more

Help After House Fire

Posted on 6/20/2012 by admin

Assistance after a house fire can take a long time, and rarely provide adequate help.  Mark and Leslie Wharton know this far too well.  The two carpenters literally built a home together 19 years ago near Fort Collins, Colorado. They lived there happily, kayaking, climbing and hiking, until a recent fire took their home.  “We built... Read more

How to Help a Friend With Cancer

Posted on 6/18/2012 by admin

Oftentimes the most valuable thing you can offer a friend battling cancer is your friendship- simply being present can be an extraordinary gift and provide those facing the illness new found comfort. Below is amazing advice on “how to help a friend with cancer” from cancer survivor Elise Silverfield. In Elise’s own words, “I am... Read more

Helping a Friend with Cancer

Posted on 2/14/2012 by admin

Battling cancer is a challenging, scary and debilitating experience. Fortunately, your friend has you to help them through it. But you’re wondering, “how should I act around them?” “Is it OK to talk about it?” And most of all, “What can I do to help?” Useful tips like "what not to say," "laughter therapy" and "support your friend physically, emotionally--and financially" offer insight into this question. Read more

GiveForward Reviews

Posted on 2/15/2011 by admin

Raising money online is a concept that’s still relatively new, and given the scams and fraud we hear about (sadly all too often) in today’s rapidly evolving technological times, it’s no wonder people are skeptical of online fundraising despite its potential to positively impact so many. Since GiveForward’s humble start in late 2008, we’ve been... Read more

Fundraising on Facebook: How to Raise Money Using Facebook Groups

Posted on 8/10/2010 by admin

One of the best ways to spread the word about your online fundraising page is to create a Facebook group where you can quickly share information among friends and ask people to donate. The bigger your Facebook group, the more potential donors you have. So here's a useful tip on how to get lots of people to join your Facebook group. Step 1. Find a donor ahead of time willing to match up to $500, $1000 or some similar amount. If you don't have a single donor willing to contribute this amount, try asking 5 friends to each donate $200 and pool the money for a total of $1000. Read more

How to Raise Money on Facebook – 4 Tips for Effective Online Fundraising

Posted on 7/25/2010 by admin

We used to tell our members at GiveForward that there are three Ps to successful online fundraising: personalization, promotion, and persistence. Recently, however, we came to the conclusion that it was time to update this basic strategy for the 21st century. We now tell our members that if they want to be successful they need to follow the three Ps and an F.Facebook Fundraising The F, of course, stands for Facebook. Over the last few years, we’ve seen that almost every medical fundraiser that has raised more than $10,000 on GiveForward has does so because of Facebook – it is simply the most effective tool for getting the word out about a fundraiser and getting it to spread quickly. Here are four of the best strategies on how to use Facebook to help you reach your goal. 1. Create a Facebook Group. Creating a Facebook group will allow you to get the word out about your fundraiser and keep your friends and family informed with news and updates. As the group organizer you can send messages to all group members and use it as your platform to ask for donations. Make sure to invite a few of your friends to become group admins and encourage their friends to invite their friends as well. The larger the group, the greater the potential for donations. Read more

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