It's easy, free, secure, and can impact a loved one’s world in so many ways.
Our goal is for you to have a successful fundraiser. The best tip we can give, is to tell a compelling story. No need to write a novel, but you’ll definitely want to include specific details and have a strong cause for why your loved one needs support. The more insight you can provide about the beneficiary, the better.
Another tip is to be as transparent as possible. Let people know exactly what their money is being raised for and how their donation will make a difference to the beneficiary.
One way to really bring your page to life is to add photos and videos. You can also keep supporters up-to-date and interested by posting on your fundraiser’s blog. For more ideas on how to be successful when fundraising online, check out our fundraising tips section.
We know it’s tough. Asking for donations is one of the hardest things you can do. But by sharing your story, people will be inspired to help, and share your story with others. We’ve witnessed thousands of people coming together time and time again, to accomplish amazing things. And with a little work, you can see the same results!
The best way to start, is by sharing your fundraiser with close friends and family. These are the people who are likely to be early supporters. Once you’ve gathered early momentum, promote your page via email, Facebook and other social media outlets. Supporters can donate online using a credit card, debit card, or if the fundraiser has it activated, using PayPal. With each donation, you can watch as your fundraiser becomes more and more successful—getting the beneficiary that much closer to their goal!
Once your fundraiser reaches its end date, GiveForward will process and send the funds via personal check or PayPal transfer (minus a small processing fee of 7.9%). Then, feel free to do a happy dance, give and receive high-fives or celebrate however you like—knowing you just did something extraordinary for someone you care about!
Words of encouragement (we call them “Hugs”) stay on the fundraising page forever. You can also continue to post to your fundraising page for as long as you like, and keep people updated.