6 Steps to a Successful Medical Fundraiser
GiveForward allow individuals to create customized web pages where friends and family from across the world can contribute to help a loved one pay for their medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses.
By combining your page with the viral power of social media tools (like Facebook and Twitter), your medical fundraiser can raise thousands of dollars. Before starting, however, it is critically important to organize a medical fundraising plan.
At GiveForward, we have seen medical fundraisers that work and those that don’t. We have put together 6 steps for a successful medical fundraiser.
1. Gather a Fundraising Team
Raising money online for a loved one can be a lot for one person to take on. Build a team to not only share the leg work, but also to create a larger network of people to reach out to.
2. Make the First Donation
If you can afford to do so, set the tone of the fundraiser by making the first donation yourself. By donating first, you show how passionate you are about the medical fundraiser, and if you are able to donate a large amount- similar large donations may follow.
3. Get Large Donations from Your Close Friends
A successful medical fundraiser also uses the power of close friends. Reach out to just a handful of very important people, and ask for larger donations. By securing several large dollar donations, others may match a large donation size.
Building support within your close circles shows that your medical fundraiser has momentum and encourages more friends to participate.
4. Use Social Media
Facebook can be a huge resource in sharing your medical fundraiser. Share your fundraiser on your page and encourage others to do the same. Provide updates on your fundraising page and on your Facebook page to keep people engaged and interested.
5. Be Persistent
Not everyone will be able to (or remember to) donate the first time you ask them. Be persistent and keep asking. Personal emails can be the most effective especially when you include fundraiser milestones or updates on the beneficiary.
6. Finish Your Medical Fundraiser with a Bang
In the last few days before your medical fundraiser ends, reach out to any friends that have not donated or provided a hug. Provide additional ways for supporters to give by directing them to an Amazon Wish List you linked to the fundraiser. Finally, make sure to thank everyone for their support!
Using this 6 step plan, you can have a successful medical fundraiser and raise money to cover medical expenses for you, a family member, or a friend!