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How to raise your first donations

  • 26 October 2021
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How to raise your first donations
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At the start of your fundraising journey, short term goals can help motivate you towards your final fundraising goal. A good early goal is to focus on raising your first three donations. Here’s some key steps that can help:

1) Choose 2-3 people to reach out to first

After creating your fundraiser, think about the people in your life who you’re closest to. The best people to start with are usually family members, best friends, or someone you work closely with. Unlike sharing through social media, you’ll be able to tailor your message to the individual.

 2) Choose the best sharing method

Where do you normally talk to this person? Do you spend most of your time communicating through email, text message, or on the phone? Are they a serious friend, a goofy friend, a dreamer? Craft a message that you think they’ll respond to depending on their personality, then try one of the following strategies below.

3) Messaging Strategies

Ask for feedback:

Before requesting a donation, try getting your friends involved by asking if they have some time to provide feedback on your fundraiser. 

This can give them a sense of ownership for your project. They might also catch things that could use clarifying before you share your page further. 

After you receive feedback, thank them and ask if they would be willing to donate to your cause or share your page. You can let them know that the first donations and shares are important to a fundraiser, since they help encourage others to participate. 

Be detailed with your request:

When you reach out to these close friends, it can help to be specific about how a contribution will affect your life.  

For example, if you’re fundraising for bills, you might say something like, a $60 donation will help cover half the cost of the electricity bill for the month.  Breaking down what you’re fundraising for into smaller bite size pieces can help donors feel like they’re making an impact.

Give Options:

Everybody’s financial situation is different. Let your friends know that although donations are appreciated, they can also share your fundraiser with their network to make a big difference. For friends with smaller networks, you can request resources, tips, or even introductions to people who can lend a hand to your situation. For example, if you need home repairs, maybe someone knows a contractor who does reasonably priced work. 

Polite follow up:

People can get busy and you may need to circle back if someone hasn’t responded to your message. When you follow up, try to adjust your messaging to keep it fresh.

For example, if your first message was requesting a donation, your follow up email could ask for a fundraiser share or advice instead. "Hey, I totally understand if you're not in a position to donate right now. If you're able to share my GoFundMe with people you know or offer any advice, it could be a huge help to me. Thanks so much.”

 

We’d love to hear from you. What message did you send to your closest relationships when promoting your fundraiser?  Do you have any wording that you can share with the community?


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Unfortunately none of my so called friends accept one have helped. I'd like to know how to get my message out to the community.Is this possible?? Please help time is important.

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Same here I have zero help I have $320 in my pocket and that is my phone bill amount.. Unfortunately i cannot pay it because I have a 7 month old daughter that I have to take care of. I made a go fund me just yesterday and I just need a little help times are so hard for me, but I know i’ll get through them and to whoever else is having it hard I wish you the best truly..

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Yeah how may we able to share to the community on here more because it seems my friends don’t help either please need help my

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Yes that's crazy we think of the one's that will help and don't but that's life I guess help comes from people you don't even know most of the time i had 2 donors 1 friend and 1 family member I guess I only have 2 people in my life that wanna see me win it's very sad and hard when u have zero help but to everyone on here looking for help including myself we will find it God always has our back stay safe and blessed my Bougi people 💓🥰

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I also fall into the category of the “I’ll help you no matter what”, and then nothing. I have asked for help to try to organize a fundraiser in person, but can’t seem to get any help from close friends or family. Any guidance would be appreciated 

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My answer is the same how.else can I share 

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A requirement to get up to the public is we have to have two or three friends donate first I do not from here I don't have any friends or family here do the same thing but then the beginning are you serious

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Hi @Gina Edison welcome to the community. It isn’t strictly a requirement to get two or three friends to donate first, but generally speaking, most donations come from people you know or are connected to. 

Hello my name is Sarah I was involved on a hit and run on Friday October 29th. The insurance company refuses to pay out. The vehicle I was driving didn't belong to me and is totaled. and I'm having problems getting a new car. We need at least 1000 down how do I get donors?

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Unfortunately none of my so called friends accept one have helped. I'd like to know how to get my message out to the community.Is this possible?? Please help time is important.

How do you get people's attention?

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I’ve tried social media, I’ve attempted everything I can but unfortunately nothing 😔 I’m about to get evicted in two days and have no idea what to do with my children. I’m sorry I’m just at my ends wit here. 

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Hi @Savannah Hucks it looks like you’re trying to find general tips about getting donations. Here’s one discussion that might help. 

I’d also recommend checking out: 

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I’m not on any social media platform neither I have friends as I’m new to the country. Life is a chaos currently. I’m having hard time with my tuition. Made the campaign almost a month ago but not even a single donation till now. Now, my relationship has turned a bad phase. I’m loosing my mind and I don’t know till when I’ll be able to hold myself together. 

Only one of my friends have  contributed so far. 

Hi, my dad recently passed away and my family and I are trying to raise what we can for the funeral expenses to send him to Mexico. How do I get my story out there if no one really shares this.

I'm not sure if people are lying or not, but at least 12 people said they aren't able to donate when they go on the link, and I found nothing wrong so I'm not sure. My uncle is blind and can't see or comprehend the way this works and if I'm not able to even figure it out, I'm not sure what else to do ( the people who said this are also people who know him personally Which is why I'm not sure if it works or not because otherwise this would sound ridiculous

But it's not even about donations, I'd just like it of anybody at all reached out to him. I don't have social media as much as most people, so if anyone knows of other ways to get his page on here out there, please let me know. 

What if you dont have family or friends is there another way to raise money I'm lost?

My apartment just burned down and I’m trying to raise funds because I lost everything I ever owned and I do not have social media how do I promote this cause I really need help 

I am trying to figure out how to ask for help when I can't or don't want the majority of people I know to even knew about my go fund me fundraiser. 

I come from a very small town. With my situation everyone will choose sides. I can't handle the way I know it will go down.

Trying to move my family to a better location for my two little boys can make YouTube videos 

Unfortunately none of my so called friends accept one have helped. I'd like to know how to get my message out to the community.Is this possible?? Please help time is important.

Yea really same here, Like I see some fundraisers and not saying anyone is less important but a normal typical older couple at least 80’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. Asked for 20k I think and received 287k in 3 days !!

like I’m now a single dad of 3 Without LITERALLY NO MOM SHE DIED CANCER , no brothers that even live here and Getting work in is MINIMUM AT BEST , my beautiful wife was 36 and after having cancer and Her first chemo session she got froggin covid! I had to sit there helpless for 18 days , sleeping there and managing to get our 3 kids in and off bus , then dinner then clean up

laundry

showers and making sure they brush there teeth and on and on

 

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My GoFundMe started out slow. I am willing to give people a chance to donate when or what they can. We need all the help that we can get to pay off funeral expenses. Thank you.

Dez43 I understand I really wasn't ready to reveal everything to everyone either. Since my husband is the sick one and wanted to publish the gofundme I went ahead and helped him with it. I guess you could stay away from social media and just email or call people individually. The chances that someone you know will find out I think is still kind of high though. Then you have to consider putting it all out there and then maybe not even getting any donations... just some food for thought....bless you and yours...

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Same here I dunno what I'm going to do I can't seem to get anyone to help me either and seems like I'm just wasting even more time trying to get help when I don't even know how to meet people on here that would help me.

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