Fundraising through GoFundMe is a type of crowdfunding, which means the best way to raise money is through your friends, family, and acquaintances. However, there’s other ways to get people to support your cause, too. The key is to lean on your story to clearly communicate who you are, what your fundraiser is for, and why it’s important to you.
Check out our post on how to write a fundraising story for more details on how to write an effective fundraiser story.
OK, so you’ve written your story - now what?
- Share your fundraiser on local bulletin boards or businesses in your area. You can do this by printing out a poster from your GoFundMe page. The flyer will include a link to your fundraiser, so anyone who comes across it can navigate to your page.
- Make your own QR code and post it in places around your neighborhood. All you need to do is drop your link into this free QR code generator website, download, and print. If you choose to try this method, be sure to include a welcome message in your story.
- Contact a local newspaper. If you can, try posting an advertisement in your local paper to ask for some help from your community. If that’s too expensive, another option is to see if they would do a story on your cause. Especially if your cause is tied to a wider issue in the area, you might be able to get some free press.
- Network with other people who have experienced something similar to you in the past. Find people who relate to your cause on a Facebook or Meetup group in your area to see if you can find support there. They will know your experience firsthand, and might have some extra tips, emotional support, or feedback when you need it.
For more fundraising ideas, check out this blog post.