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I keep sharing and nothing… I’m losing hope and I’m pretty sure My friends mental health is getting worse. I don’t know what else to do

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@Joe Grogan I’m sorry to hear about the difficulty you’ve gone through! Would you mind creating a post in ‘Becoming a fundraiser’ about what you’ve tried so far? Give us a bit of a play by play of who you’ve shared with, when, how, and how often, so we can  better understand your situation. 

https://gofund.me/fdfb31c9
I started my fundraiser a few days ago and I am also not getting any traction. I’ve reached out to my family and friends. I’ve shared on social media they all say the wording and description looks great but how do you get it out there in the community to draw people from outside your circle in? Can any of you take a look? Any suggestions? 

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@Victoria Gilbert With crowdfunding, most of the donations will likely come from people you know.

The best way to spread the word outside of your network is to ask the people you do know to share your fundraiser with their own network on and offline. You can also try posting flyers in your community, or reaching out to local news outlets and media sources, along with groups on Facebook with causes similar to yours. I’d also recommend checking out our post on how to get noticed without social media: 

 

I’m totally stuck, I received one donation but after that there’s nothing. My summer cabin was blown with horrible wind into pieces. My Go Fund Me Any idea on how to run it?? 

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I really need to connect with people who will help me or guide me in a direction to get donations...on my new go..fund..me...I have shared on tweets on Facebook...on Snapchat..I have really tried my best to get my fundraiser out there...I'm trying hard this is for my children they have got to have beds an clothing winter wear... blankets pillows we are starting out fresh finally with our own home now it's my place make something great happen for them ☺️...

Hi, I am new to all this and am not even active on social media or even in my community. I am extremely introverted and socially awkward. I have asbergers and all the people I let close have stolen from me after giving them anything asked for because I like to help and then the only person I connected with on a soul level my boyfriend who was going to propose on Halloween died in August. He was also supported me financially during my job search. After he passed I am not only grieving and feel helpless I am trying to keep from losing our fur children who are the only reason I have to get up in the morning. I don't have family or friends to help me so I am coming out of my comfort zone and trying so hard to find help before I end up living in the woods. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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@Amanda Davis I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this. Is there anything in particular you’d like advice on from the community? If you’d like opinions on your fundraiser specifically, we encourage you to post in the Exchange fundraiser advice discussion room. Let us know, we’re here to support you! 

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@Cristy worley can I offer some suggestions to help improve your fundraiser before we dive into how to share? Let me know if you’re open to it and we can go from there! 

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Yes please help me I have no one .. literally no one I'm singleother doing this alone

@Amanda Davis I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this. Is there anything in particular you’d like advice on from the community? If you’d like opinions on your fundraiser specifically, we encourage you to post in the Exchange fundraiser advice discussion room. Let us know, we’re here to support you! 

Ok thank you I will check out that thread. I am looking for advice on how to get more views if I'm not big on social media and have little to no social circle. And if I can make my campaign better 

I do not have friends or family that will help out, most people see that help is needed but instead of giving help people will run to talk about you so I try to do everything on my own but I have nothing really can use the help of how to get rolling 

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Yes please help me I have no one .. literally no one I'm singleother doing this alone

@Cristy worley I would begin by adding a different main image that’s clearer and relevant to your cause - perhaps a photo of your family? You can learn more about choosing a fundraiser image here: 

 

Then, I would add a bit more detail to your story. Make sure it’s descriptive and includes the following elements: 

  • A short introduction about who you are and what you’re raising money for 
  • Your relation to the beneficiary of the fundraiser (if it's not yourself) 
  • How the money raised will be spent (be as specific as possible). 
  • Why this cause means so much to you 
  • Pictures to break up the text

Be sure to also explain how you came to your goal amount be detailed in your request for funds.

Outside of social media, you can ask 1-2 people within your own network to share your cause on your behalf with those they know. If that’s not possible, you can also try posting flyers in your community, or reaching out to local news outlets and media sources, along with groups on Facebook with causes similar to yours.

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I’m so sorry to hear that, @Rachel Curtis. Sharing your fundraiser link on social media does tend to be a really effective way of receiving support, but it’s not the only way. Here’s some other sharing methods to consider that you might want to check out: 

And here's a couple other discussions that might help:

* How to get noticed without social media

* How do you ask people to share your GoFundMe?

 

Hey, I’m new to this my name is Lakita and It is so hard trying to find people to share or send to the GoFundMe. I’ve just started a home care business and I know clients need caregivers but can not pay due to not having much funds. I want to start a GoFundMe because of that. I have a great heart and I love what I do. Sitting with my clients just put a smile on my face so big because they choice me and also I can help. 

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I’ve become friends with a handful of animal rescue / shelter people over the years. And something I’ve realized is I can absolutely turn to them for advice, feedback, even likes and shares, but it’s a bit tougher to turn to them for monetary support at times because we’ve all got own rescues and shelters we’re trying to raise funds for. But by sharing our knowledge and ideas with each other, and not just providing monetary support, it forces us to branch out and expand our network by reaching out to others in the great unknown. So, instead of just trading money back and forth within our circle, we’re actually forced to grow and expand our networks. And we all end up benefitting from it.

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I'm trying to get my fundraiser off the ground but so far it's not working out and it's for my father's funeral. All I can say is keep spreading the word and telling everyone you know and don't know even! We might be surprised if we try different routes than so called friends!! Stay safe always and I hope this helps someone. 

Hi I'm new to this page but I tried to use go fund me 2 times before. And I was singing the exact same tune but this time I learned the power of our mouth and our thoughts and if u speak negative or think negative that is exactly what u will receive it is so so true in Genesis God spoke what he created and we need to ask God have faith and quit speaking negative existence I understand u may be new might not have social media ECT. But it's what ur willing to accept and ur speaking a very gray reality I would suggestion sending to the email addresses that u do have attach ur link in the message then in a couple days check back in with those people in a few days and quit looking at what u don't have and use the tools u do have. And don't forget the power of your thoughts n words speak positive existence not negative seriously even if it hasn't transpired yet it will never happen speaking about all the things that are stopping you from fundraising what u need

Hi I have shared and everything but no one has donated what am I doing wrong?

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Lost faith in the hopes of recovering from the effects of the pandemic.  It's hard to get help.  I was successful until it hit our small town pretty hard.  Waiting for 10 months for approved unemployment benefits.  It's hard to get through the day anymore.  I've been let down by the very system that has given millions in fraudulent claims to people.  I've lost everything, even my self respect...

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My friends want to help but can’t, I hope making this fundraiser will work a little bit. I don’t want to share it with social media because I don’t wanna feel like I’m begging. I barely ask for help as is.

Have been having trouble getting people to help me out in my fundraising, since I don’t have a job right now it’s also been harder for me to earn money even by doing some house chores to get some money off of my parents. I’ve been trying to set up art commissions since I am working towards becoming an artist and I’m trying to fundraise for a new drawing tablet. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? I’m not very popular on Social media so that hasn’t really worked for me.

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I need some help to get donations. I shared and tried everything but i still haven't gotten any Donations 

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Unfortunately none of my so called friends except 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.

 

This is the sad thing I feel that I help anyone I can I think of others before myself I'm new to this all and once upon a time I thought I had people to call friends🥺 I wish the best for you all and my God send us all strength.

Really at my last dont know were else to turn to this was my last hope  and it hasnt worked out for me

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