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.

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April #FundlyGivesBack Winner

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#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.

March #FundlyGivesBack Winner

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#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!

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.

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

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How To Get Supporters To Your Crowdfunding Campaign

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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.


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 Veronica Olah is Community Manager at Fundly.

Our Top 10 Fundraising Ideas For March

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Idea #1: Start A Bracket Or Throw A Party For The March Madness Games

This one’s a no brainer – collect all your March Madness bracket funds online. Not into the games? Why not pool together money to throw a party for the final four. Make sure you have all the snacks and drinks you could want, kick back on the couch and cheer on your favorite team.

Idea #2: Spread St. Patrick’s Day Cheer With Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock shakes are a phenomenon during March. Instead of rolling up to the drive-thru to get one, spread the luck of the Irish to the neighborhood! Collect money to buy the materials needed to get a shamrock shake on every doorstep. Your neighbors will count themselves lucky, indeed.

Idea #3: Set Off On A Camping Or Backpacking Trip

As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to go on an extended camping or backpacking trip. Take a break, unplug, and enjoy the quiet nature has to offer. Collect funds to travel through small towns, eat at new places, and see new sights.

Idea #4: Get Away From The Daily Grind During Spring Break

Spring break is the perfect time to get out of Dodge. Collect funds to travel to visit friends, explore new cities, and make new adventures. It’s also a great time to give back to your community or one like it. Volunteer at a community center or other nonprofit to help the people within it.

Idea #5: Start A Community Garden

In a few months, the farmer’s market will be a regular occurrence, with fresh fruit and vegetables at every stand. Raise money to start a small community garden in your city or neighborhood. Plant all sorts of vegetables and herbs and work side by side to harvest fresh, healthy food for your community.

Idea #6: Surprise A Friend Or Loved One With A Complete Makeover

In the interest of starting over, most people like to start with their appearance. Collect money to fund a makeover and shopping spree for someone you love that is starting a new career, has made a big change in their lives, or simply wants a fresh start.

Idea #7: Handcraft Warm Items For Those Who Don’t Have A Warm Place To Stay

Even with spring just around the corner, it’s still very cold in many parts of the United States. Collect money to throw a knitting/crocheting party and donate the scarves, hats, and gloves you make to a homeless shelter near you, or even across the country.

Idea #8: Redesign A Tired Space

Do you have a friend or family member who is unhappy with one of the rooms in their house? Whether it could just use some TLC or a complete overhaul, collect money to fund the painting, carpentry, design, or other work that needs to be done.

Idea #9: Start The Journey To Restoring A Historical Landmark

Want a bigger goal? Many historical landmarks fall into disrepair from neglect, old age and abandonment. Take one under your wing and raise money to historically renovate it. You never know what you’ll find in its rooms and hallways.

Idea #10: Run A Race With A Purpose

If you’re planning on running a race this month, start a campaign to collect sponsorships for the cause you are most passionate about. You’ll run with a purpose and feel great about helping out with the cause you love most, plus garner pre-race support from your personal connections.

Have a great fundraising idea? Start raising money and make it happen!

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Guest Blog: Downtown Birmingham Snow Picture for a Cause

By AJ Fennell

AJ, a dental resident at University of Alabama at Birmingham, took a bird’s eye view picture of Birmingham covered in snow. The picture went viral on social media so AJ turned to crowdfunding to help a fellow resident battling lung cancer.  

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

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Show Us Who You Love ♥ Photo Contest

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#FUNDLYLOVECHAIN

Enter For A Chance To Win A $100 Giftcard And A Personalized Valentine From Fundly

Simply post a pic with you and your loved one with #FUNDLYLOVECHAIN to be automatically entered—and featured on this site!

Here’s How:

1. Head to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

2.Take or send us a photo of you and a loved one (BFF, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, pet, etc.) and tag them in the picture to show them how much you love him/her.

3. Use the hashtag #FundlyLoveChain to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

4. Love had no limits – You can enter as many times as you want by posting and tagging your loved ones. Just make sure to keep the love chain going

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#FundlyGivesBack Winner: Delivered With Love

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#FundlyGivesBack Winner: Delivered With Love

We had such a successful #FundlyGivesBack and were literally blown away by all your amazing campaigns. It was tough to pick a winner but we can only award one $100 prize. The campaign that stood out the most absolutely crushed it on Facebook and Twitter. They were always updating, tweeting, sharing, and mentioning their campaign and used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag like it was going out of style :)

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

Winner: The Holden Flynn Fund 

Congrats to Nicole and Trey, you have an amazing support team!

Stay Up To Date On Future Contests And Fundraising Tips! 

(Hint…Hint: something may be coming sooner than you think! ;-)

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February #FundlyGivesBack Is Happening Now!

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

All of us at Fundly are really feeling the love this week and wanted to give you 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

But that’s not all, we’ve taken it a step further! Use #FundlyGivesBack on social media and you’ll be automatically entered into our contest to win $100 towards your campaign. We told you it was going to be good!

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. We’ll be on social media browsing your campaigns and tallying up all the shares, retweets, likes and mentions.

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

Happy fundraising!

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*Total processing cost will be 6.9% instead of 7.9%. The 6.9% includes the 3% credit card fee (not something we can control), and a reduction of our rate from 4.9% to 3.9% – simply a give-back from us to you! Learn more about the inspiration behind #FundlyGivesBack. 

 

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