Guest Blog: Help The Homeless Guy Blogger Get A New Laptop

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 12.38.58 PM

By Kevin Barbieux

My first experience being homeless began in February of 1982.  Since then I have accumulated some 15 years experience living on the streets, and a few more years living in halfway houses and other facilities. In 2002 I began blogging about my life as a chronically homeless person, first by using public library computers, and then with hand-me-down laptops as they were donated. One of the first things I learned as a homeless person is that the realities of  homelessness are a mystery to most people who have never been homeless themselves.  I write about homelessness so to give others a better understanding of the people who call the streets their home. I have been working as a homeless advocate ever since. My blog is http://thehomelessguy.blogspot.com.  

Some things I have done as a homeless advocate include participating in the creation of The Contributor, now the largest street newspaper in the country, sat on the Nashville Homelessness Commission and worked on the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness. I have also given talks whenever asked, usually at churches and universities.

Still, my strength is in advocating by way of the internet.  It reaches the widest audience. But as we all know, the way people use the internet changes as the technology grows. Ten years ago, blogs were very popular, yet that popularity has diminished over the years. Now video, specifically YouTube, has become the most accessed source for information, news, and entertainment. So to continue with my advocacy it is necessary that I expand into video as well.

The issue I am currently having is that the laptop I currently own does not have the functionality necessary to create the multimedia, mainly video, necessary to stay on the forefront of homeless advocacy. So, I have begun this Fundly account in an attempt to raise the funds necessary for a new and better laptop – and perhaps a new camera too if enough funds come in.

Thanks to Fundly, we are more than half way to the goal.

 

Inspired by Kevin’s story? Start raising money, we’d love to hear your story!

Start For Free

 

Want us to feature your campaign? Submit your own guest blog!

Guest Blog: The New Jeff Campaign

By Jeff Newell

Jeff is raising money to attend the 2014 Your Weight Matters Convention so he can learn to overcome his obesity and develop a knowledge to help others.

Check Out This Campaign

April #FundlyGivesBack Winner

fundly_give_back_thankyou_april

#FundlyGivesBack Winner: 

The hunt is over! We loved seeing all of your tweets, shares and mentions for #FundlyGivesBack. It’s one of our favorite days because we get to see the Fundly community rise to the top and rally around your campaigns.

We wish all of you could be our April #FundlyGivesBack winner, however, only one of you can win the $100 prize. We’re proud to announce that the winner crushed it on Instagram and Twitter. This person was thanking their donors over social media and had supporters sharing her campaign for #FundlyGivesBack like it was going out of style. :)

Check out everyone that used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. Without further adieu, the winner of #FundlyGivesBack is:

Winner: Christ The King Elementary School Fundraiser 

Congrats to Nancy, you blew us away on social media.

April #FundlyGivesBack Is Happening Now!

fundly_give_back_3

We’re Reducing Processing Fees On All Donations To Your Campaign Today!

The hunt is officially on – your spring #FundlyGivesBack is here! For the next 24 hours our processing fee is 6.9% so get as many donations as you can. AND when you share your campaign using #FundlyGivesBack you’ll be entered to win $100 towards your campaign.

Enter To Win Our Contest

The more shares, tweets and mentions the higher chance you have of winning! We’ll be on the hunt all morning and night to find the campaign that’s sharing the most. Don’t skip a beat - make sure to follow us on social media  (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) because we’ll be sharing every story that comes our way!

Make sure to check our hashtag board throughout the day to see where you stand on the leaderboard and what other campaign owners are doing.

Not running a Fundly campaign but still want to be a part of #FundlyGivesBack? You can help by donating to a campaign in your area or browse by a category that interests you. Sharing the hashtag gets you into a contest too!

Happy fundraising!

fundly_signature_april

World Autism Awareness Day

autismawareness3

April is officially here! It kicked off with April Fool’s Day yesterday (hopefully you didn’t get pranked too hard)! But now it’s all about Autism. Today, April 2nd marks the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day. Blue lights will be lit across the globe in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. Today is meant to raise awareness and funds, educate the community, promote and support Autism.

Autism is a disability that affects how a person communicates and socially interacts. We need your support to raise awareness and funds, educate the community, promote and support Autism. You can be a part of something amazing today. Join us and help raise awareness for Autism!

We’re running a speical crowdfunding campaign where you can donate a tweet to help raise awareness. The currency is social! Make sure to get your social networks involved so we can help spread awareness for Autism.

Have you ever done something to make someones day? Share your autism kindness act here.

Inspired by World Autism Awareness Day? Start raising money, we’d love to hear your story!Start For Free

 

 

March #FundlyGivesBack Winner

thank_you

#FundlyGivesBack Winner: 

You really sprung ahead (wink wink) this month with your tweets, shares and likes for #FundlyGivesBack! You should be proud because this month’s #FundlyGivesBack was better than ever, which makes it even harder to pick a winner but we can only award one $150 prize. The campaign that stood out the most absolutely crushed it on Twitter. They were always updating, tweeting,  mentioning their campaign and used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag like it was going out of style for Spring :)

Check out everyone that used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. Without further adieu, the winner of #FundlyGivesBack is:

Winner: Helping Netta Crush Cancer 

Congrats to Shauna, you and your mother have an incredible support team!

March #FundlyGivesBack Is Happening Now!

march_fgb_1

We’ve Lowered All Processing Fees On Donations To Your Campaign Today For #FundlyGivesBack!

Team Fundly has been hard at work brewing up a something special for this month’s #FundlyGivesBack. For the next 24 hours our processing fee is 6.9% so get as many donations as you can.

Enter To Win Our Contest

Not only will we be lowering your fees, but when you use the hashtag #FundlyGivesBack on social media and you’ll be automatically entered into our contest to win $150 towards your campaign.

Make sure to check our hashtag board throughout the day to see where you stand on the leaderboard and what other campaign owners are doing. The Fundly team will be manning our FacebookTwitter and Instagram all day to help drive more people to your campaign page. Make sure to follow us and send us a shout out so we don’t miss your story!

Not running a Fundly campaign but still want to be a part of #FundlyGivesBack? You can help by donating to a campaign in your area or browse by a category that interests you. Sharing the hashtag gets you into a contest too!

Happy fundraising!

fundly_signature-2

 

 

Guest Blog: Help Me Save Lives In Ghana Africa

By Tyra Ward

Tyra is going to Africa in June to volunteer as a nurse. She’s been working as an ER nurse at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for 3 years now. In Africa, she’ll be volunteering with IVHQ to treat patients with malaria, AIDs and patients who are malnourished.

Check Out This Campaign

Inspired by Tyra’s story? Start raising money, we’d love to hear your story!

Start For Free

 

Want us to feature your campaign? Submit your own guest blog!

Spring Fling: #FundlyGivesBack

march_fgb_2

Spring Refresh Just Got Twice As Nice With A #FundlyGivesBack

Out with the old, in the the new – starting with this month’s #FundlyGivesBack. On Tuesday, March 25th we’re lowering the processing fee on every donation your campaign receives.

For 24 hours our pricing will be 6.9% instead of 7.9%. Of that total, 3.9% is for our platform (normally 4.9%) and 3% is for credit card processing.

After last month’s #FundlyGivesBack blew up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we’ve decided to up the ante for March. In addition to a lowered processing fee we’re giving $150 to the campaign that gets the most social mentions, retweets and shares using the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. We want your campaign to be in our face!

The Fundly team will be manning our FacebookTwitter and Instagram for 24-hours to help drive more people to your campaign page. Make sure you follow us now to get a jumpstart for Tuesday so it will be easier for us to share your campaign.

fundly_signature-2

 

 

How To Get Supporters To Your Crowdfunding Campaign

get_more_donors_5

Many people think that once they start a crowdfunding campaign, all their financial woes will disappear. If only it were that easy! One of the biggest challenges in running a successful crowdfunding campaign is knowing how to market it. Though you don’t have to be a marketer, you do have to expand your vision and feel comfortable reaching out to your family and friends, social network and community circles.

Before getting supporters, it’s important that your campaign looks nice and portrays what you’re wanting to raise money for. At Fundly, we encourage all campaigns to include at least one image or video, a description of why you’re fundraising and add a few giving levels as incentives. We’ve broken down a few of our best tips to help you get supporters.

Step 1: Recruit Your Inner Circle Of Family and Friends

When initially starting a campaign it’s important to recruit your core supporters first, this includes yourself, family and friends. This “inner circle” will be the the root of your crowdfunding campaign so make sure to make them feel connected and passionate about why you’re raising money. When you’re communicating and sharing your campaign be descriptive and excited, this will help them want to back you 100%.

How To Reach Your Inner Circle:
Email is a great way to share your campaign with family and friends. Make them feel special by personalizing each one, this may take more time but will pay off in the long run. And if you want some traction immediately, try sending them a text with your campaign URL.

Step 2: Spread Out To Your Social Circle

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ are super helpful towards marketing your campaign. A good place to start is to focus on the social media platform that you use most frequently and where you have the most number of followers.

Once your “inner circle” has supported you it’s important for them to market your campaign on their social networks as well. People are interested in what others are doing on social media and generally if someone donated or supported a cause, they want to share it with their network – think of it as a chain reaction!

Actionable tips:

  • Use hashtags. Let’s say you’re raising money for autism awareness. Make sure to use hashtags such as #autism #autismspeaks #autismawareness
  • Make sure to post pictures. We’ve noticed that when people post pictures on Twitter, your tweet becomes more popular and noticeable.
  • Give a shout out on social media to “thank” your supporters or donors – publicly making them feel special will give them a reason to share your post or retweet. It’s the little things that matter!

Step 3: Tap Your Community Circles

Once you’ve gained the support from you and your “inner core’s” network, it’s time to get the creative juices flowing. Tapping into community circles are important because it allows you to reach a broader audience that have similar interests. An easy way to start is by asking yourself what types of communities does your campaign fall into?

Questions To Help You Find Your Communities:

  • What is your campaign raising money for? If you’re a college basketball team raising money for nationals, you would look into sports, basketball, the college where you play and alumni communities.
  • Is there a local chapter you can connect with?
    • For example, if you’re raising funds for your local San Francisco church, you could look into local SF communities, other church parishioners, church member forums, etc.
    • Another example would be If you’re raising money for a community project, you could look into Junior Leagues in your area, local volunteers programs, community leaders, town/city hall, community forums, etc.

Example: Bringing Your Circles Together

Let’s say you’re a fashion and lifestyle blogger and need to raise $5,000 for blog expenses.

Step 1: After you create a campaign page, you send a personal email to your family and friends (aka: “inner circle”) telling them about your fundraiser and why it’s important for you to raise the funds.

Step 2: Next, you tap your extended network, which is your social network. With your fashion blog, you might have a stronger following on Twitter and Instagram so you would post there first so more followers will see it.

Tip: Make sure your content is different everytime you post, people don’t like reading the same material over and over. Make them want to support your cause.

Step 3: Other than using hashtags in your tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, you could try to reach out to fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogging communities, as well as relevant clothing and product brands, to see if they’ll help share your campaign and support your cause.

We love hearing about your campaign and the kinds of communities you love. Share the communities you’ve had success with in the comments below.


veronica_author_image

 Veronica Olah is Community Manager at Fundly.

Page 1 of 912345...Last »