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How do you ask people to share your GoFundMe?

  • 26 October 2021
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How do you ask people to share your GoFundMe?
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Fundraiser shares are almost as important as the donations themselves, so we’ve listed some strategies to help you feel more confident when reaching out to your community for this type of support. 

Try asking for shares before asking for donations

It may be counterintuitive, but try switching your initial “ask” to a share request instead of a donation request.  

Studies on charitable giving show that the act of participating in a non-transactional way, like through volunteering, increases the likelihood of a donation. On a GoFundMe campaign, fundraiser shares are a great way to mimic the way “volunteering” can make people feel. 

The best part is, you could potentially raise 3x the amount of what you raised (on average), compared to people who don’t encourage sharing. 

Provide pre-written share messaging

Encourage your friends to include a little personal note along with their fundraiser share. This can help build empathy with their friends who might not know you directly. 

To help make it as easy as possible, you can provide your friends with messaging that they can either copy and paste, or copy and customize when promoting your GoFundMe to their own social media. 

End your share request with a little gratitude or personal touch

It’s a good idea to leave a little note of kindness at the end of your share request. Let people know that you still appreciate them for taking time from their busy day to read your request, and that you hope they’re doing well themselves.  Ending your request with a catch-up question like, “How was your summer by the way?” or “What did you think of the championship game?” can keep the conversation feeling personal, warm, and human. 

 

This sort of thing can take some of the pressure off of asking your network for help, and could potentially encourage someone to participate later on when they’re in a better position to do so. 

 

Have you shared someone else’s fundraiser before? What inspired you to spread the word?


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I shared someone else's gofundme before because i know what its like to need help even when i cant give them finacialy help sharing helps too

Even tho my pride is being bruised asking for help at all, my desperation overcomes that right now. How do you go about getting as many shares as possible? 

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Thanks @Fighting_chance That’s very kind of you!

 

@Sandy Maurer This is a great question. Most of your shares will come from people in your network, so I would try to identify who hasn’t seen or donated your fundraiser and game plan how to get your page in front of them at least three times. The best option is to ask one of their close friends to share it with them. Another thing I would do is to lessen the friction for them to share your page. For example, you can write up share messaging so they can forward your fundraiser to their network without having to think of something clever to write. This will make the process a whole lot less intimidating for them. 

 

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We created a slide show as the “header” on the page. It’s an awesome video that pulls at peoples heartstrings. It’s the true story, it tells the story awesomely in my mind. It has music while the words print on the screen. It moves quickly but tells the story. The printed story has bolded areas also. 

I shared the page and a video with my former class president who keeps up with us even after 50 years. I asked him to share it if it was possible. He did. We’ve gotten several donations from that share. 

We also had a fund raiser event with games, bounce houses & a corn hole tournament at a restaurant in my family’s community. Lots of money was raised through that and I think it helped get the momentum going.  

 

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Love these tips, @Susan German, thanks so much for sharing!

I just want to Thank you for all your help in getting gofundme up and running Thank you for all your  help guys an girls😁

Thank you very much

Can someone send or post a link on how or where to post link to my page or whatnot 

I'm tech savvy for sure but social media not so much lol

Try googling generous celebrates and email them your link👍😎

I have tried all these tips and still nothing! I’ve been an independent person my whole life and asking for help took a hit to my pride but I never expected it to go this way with hardly no help even from friends and family not even sharing my post! I’m currently in a wheel chair due to falling off a banister and the doctors don’t know if my leg will ever heal correctly where I can walk again! I have three children and trying to make ends meet is about non existent at this point 

Independence is a good thing just don't let your pride get in the way😁I shattered both my heals and was also told I may never walk again but things do mend👍🙂 

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Hey Everyone just stopping to say Happy Monday and let’s all keep a positive attitude…

I’m not sure how gofundme is going to help. I’m a mother of 3 beautiful young girls whom are still recovering from Covid two months ago on top of acute bronchitis. I just want to buy them Christmas… pay my rent before we get kicked out again. 

I was trying to see if the young lady that posted on here that she did some a video slide and it helped her. Blessings to you and I both hope that EVERYTHING works out for you and your children in an abundance.

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Heck yeah I shared a lot ..when I see gofund post. I will share . so heartbreaking seeing people. Or animals hungry or needing help..

Kaylee Michaels that's way way cool I need to get mine shared somehow

Hello I’m not really new new to this but the past GoFundMe fundraiser’s I’ve done in the past wasn’t very successful. And I am not good at asking people for help either I get so embarrassed. But I have to do something for me and my kids to not lose everything. On 12/04/2021 my husband passed away and he was the sole one working in the house and now the bank had frozen bank accounts and everything until all the paperwork is done.! I really am ready to give up because I’m like a lot of people I don’t have a bunch of friends. So I’m trying to figure out how I can reach more people to make this a successful fundraiser. Thank you so much.

Thanks Julia, that was really very helpful. I actually have been looking online to see what kind of volunteer opportunities are open this way I would feel like I was giving back. I will most definitely take you’re advice and use it.

I shared someone else's gofundme before because i know what its like to need help even when i cant give them finacialy help sharing helps too

Yes iv shared post for ppl I love helping also I even share to my groups

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Im new to gofundme and I'm trying to figure out how to share my page or how do I get it where it's seen atleast 

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@Susan German would you share the link to your GoFundMe?  I’m interested to see the slideshow header.  Thanks!

 

Fundraiser shares are almost as important as the donations themselves, so we’ve listed some strategies to help you feel more confident when reaching out to your community for this type of support. 

Try asking for shares before asking for donations

It may be counterintuitive, but try switching your initial “ask” to a share request instead of a donation request.  

Studies on charitable giving show that the act of participating in a non-transactional way, like through volunteering, increases the likelihood of a donation. On a GoFundMe campaign, fundraiser shares are a great way to mimic the way “volunteering” can make people feel. 

The best part is, you could potentially raise 3x the amount of what you raised (on average), compared to people who don’t encourage sharing. 

Provide pre-written share messaging

Encourage your friends to include a little personal note along with their fundraiser share. This can help build empathy with their friends who might not know you directly. 

To help make it as easy as possible, you can provide your friends with messaging that they can either copy and paste, or copy and customize when promoting your GoFundMe to their own social media. 

End your share request with a little gratitude or personal touch

It’s a good idea to leave a little note of kindness at the end of your share request. Let people know that you still appreciate them for taking time from their busy day to read your request, and that you hope they’re doing well themselves.  Ending your request with a catch-up question like, “How was your summer by the way?” or “What did you think of the championship game?” can keep the conversation feeling personal, warm, and human. 

 

This sort of thing can take some of the pressure off of asking your network for help, and could potentially encourage someone to participate later on when they’re in a better position to do so. 

 

Have you shared someone else’s fundraiser before? What inspired you to spread the word?

My name is Donna Nicholl my sister in law started a go fund me for Frank Nunes  my best friend my soul mate he had a massive heart attack on December 28 he's alive because of alot of prayers  he's had 4 others and has a mechanical valve that is not working properly which was put in in 2015 he can not go back to construction there is no such thing as light work in that line of work he has applied for sdi but I get disability and I cannot afford all our bills and gas and insurance to take him to and from Dr's appointments I don't understand why his go fund me is not visible 

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I’ve been following these tips and so far it’s worked but I have anxiety over how long this will last. Like, will I experience hope after donations only to get knocked down again? But I promise to keep trying!! My cat, my mom, and I will be ok in the end!! I hope everyone else is able to get reach too. Try posting on tiktok y’all! Or on Reddit r/charity or r/gofundme! ( ˘ω˘ )

Thank you I also have a tone of anxiety I can't stop trying though otherwise we will be homeless. I have been trying to figure out how to post to ticktok but I can't figure it out and I get really frustrated 🙃 😤 

I'm new to GoFundMe and would love any and all help to get my fundraiser out there for more people to see. I am desperate need of funding. Any and all advice is welcomed

I'm new to GoFundMe and would love any and all help to get my fundraiser out there for more people to see. I am desperate need of funding. Any and all advice is welcomed

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I tweeted asking people to retweet once or twice with no luck.

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