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First and foremost I just want to apologize for everyone's loss of their loved ones I recently just lost my brother I got told about a GoFundMe account and I'm not really sure how to get much support on here because I don't really have family he was the only family I had I don't have friends not really much of a social life person what do you do from here?

i don’t know where to go from here. i’ve shared my fundraiser with nearly everyone i can and i’ve also made a tiktok page to help promote it, but that’s getting barely any traction. i’d really appreciate some advice or help with spreading it!!

I've been trying as well and unfortunately after my ig and Facebook got hacked I can spread our story for help and it's hard have two little ones 

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Most of the time if you are a great friend and you would help them at any time.  They will not contact you unless they need something from you.  They never answer your messages until then.  

Just made my go fund 

How canI start raising donations for my campaigne I started 9 days ago and I have mot gotten one responce?

 

I’m new to this! How do i reach out to get donations?

When I am having a hard time getting my fundraiser off the ground is the gofundme cmmunity a good way to help with that 

I’m usually private but infertility is something I have shared with friends and family. So asking for my story to be shared was a blessing because they have been supportive. They where just shocked I didn’t ask for help sooner. I am asking all to just share my story and I’ll do the same. http://gf.me/u/2t2gmj By the grace of God I have had 6 people donate which is bringing tears to my eyes since my last miscarriage but I’ll see my rainbow baby one day 

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I've had two family members reach out with help other then that I have  had trouble  trying to raise awareness. No luck getting help if there is any way I can receive help in doing so time is extremely important.

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Hello everyone, I'm new to gofundme. I actually helping my friend Dee. He.is homeless with his dog Hooch. So I offered to start a gofundme help him get hooch to a vet..i shared handful times..i don't think anyone else shared..what should I do?

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?

Unfortunately my family or friends cannot afford to help but i know they would if they could …. i really need help or i’ll get evicted …

Honestly, it took a lot just to post that I need help on this site. So sharing this with the same people who already do not offer support wouldn’t be wise. I’m not like most are, all over social platforms or anything. I’m very to myself and I fear that this fact will affect my fundraiser. I don’t truly feel comfortable even asking for help, let alone sharing bits from my story on social media. I have not been on Facebook for months. I wouldn’t dare share the details on there where people love to drag and humiliate others. This comes down to more than my pride…I want to avoid bullies.

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I'm so lost on how to get people to go look into my story. I know it's not near what some are going through but this is my way of reaching out hoping someone who has been where I am before lends a helping hand. I know you suggest sharing but i really don't want people to know because I am ashamed.

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I do not what I am able to do now. I have 2 days to come up with the money for a new place or I am going to have to call DHS to pick up my kids. I don’t get I have posted in my social media everyday,. I have posted updates. My fundraiser goes into detail on my family and my need for the money.

I get people need help, but there are people way over what they asked for and still keeping theirs up. How is that giving those others in need a chance? Gofundme has no other way for us to get anyone else’s attention because we can’t post our link off of someone else’s.

I honestly give up. 

 

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 💓🥰

Your right we just gotta stay strong and remember that this is a back up, if people feel bad enough for us not a for sure. God got us tho. He wouldnt bring us to it if he wasn't gonna bring us through it! Stay strong fam!

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This saddens me too much. I wished I had never gotten injured where I couldn’t work. Because I would love to help every single one of you.. Huggles everyone.

 

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My GoFundMe has been up for 8 days now. 6 of those 8 days I could not get anyone to help share my link. Day 7 I messaged a friend and she shared it. Day 8 I have 4 people who shared it. 

 

Sadly, I had to get brutally honest before anyone would share. Let’s just say the Southern Bell came out of me. I am ashamed of losing my cool in such a fashion. I wish I could take it back.

However, I suggest just be very open and honest with everyone on your facebook page.

I informed my people that I am close to having to call Child Protective Services because I have no other options if this fundraiser does not take off and help in some way. And every single bit of it true. Tears rolling down my eyes as I am typing all this out..

 

Bear your soul when you share. Bear every bit of it. No matter if it has you crying at your keyboard.  Tell them what is going on and the possible outcome. Just don’t do the crazed lost her mind Southern Bell thing.

 

I have not gotten any donations as of yet on my link. But by gosh I finally have people sharing my GoFundMe and I feel like that in itself is an accomplishment.

I tried to get a hold of some friends but nobody answered back..

Hey , My Sons Father Died and This will be his first birthday with out so I was raising money so I can give him a party to remember. He will be turning 5 January 17th. I know his emotions will be all over the place hopefully I can ease the pain and give him a day of fun and joy. 🖤

I have a 2 day deadline and I don’t want people from where I live to figure that it is me, in my community this isn’t really an accepted thing to do even when it must be done, like now.

How can I get people to donate?

I just started and I'm trying to get some cash for a situation 

I started my fundraiser for my Mom like 10 days ago and I haven’t had any views or anything to help get her roof fixed before cold weather ! What are some ways to get first donations or to reach more people ?

I’m having a really hard time getting any donations on either of my two fundraisers 😞 this is really hard. I have posted on social media just seem to be ignored 

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?

Unfortunately, the people who got in the accident that I am fundraising for, ARE close friends/family. Not many people in the family can donate so I don't know how to get this thing really rolling with even 2-3 donations :(

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