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I’m struggling to come up with funds an shared everywhere ran out of options :( https://gofund.me/05b2b831

I'm new to this need help in any way to navigate thru this difficult time 💯🙏

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I have shared my Gofundme to my social media everyday since I started it. I have had 6 people share it. Still nothing. Tomorrow is my last day in my home and then me and my girls are homeless.

Please keep me and my girls in your prayers. We gonna need all the prayers we can get. Huggles and good luck to all of you.

hi, yes i also have the same problem i posted it in my facebook evry social media not even friends or my closest family member did’t even help any kind of way i even used my emails to get my gofund me out there can some please give advice towards how to get notice so we can get the help we are looking for i will appreciated God Bless every one thats on here trying to get notice and trying to reach there needs!!!!!!!!!

I am so grateful for what I have and I hope everyone has an amazing New Year! :)

I'm have never done this before and have no clue how or where to start. I don't have many friends and don't really know anyone who can help. I would appreciate any info. Currently homeless and freezing in NYC. My dog and I need help

I don't do social media so would I still get help????

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?

I'm trying to figure out the best wording. I've explained our situation to my Facebook community but I really want to reach out further. Any ideas on how? Our daughter needs help and I'm at a loss as to how we can reach more people.

I feel as if people don't take it serious enough as their are so many scams out there that take advantage of the real people that need help. It sucks. I have a special needs daughter who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, hydrocephalus treated with a VP shunt, developmental delay, and an epilepsy diagnosis that came about in March 2020. We have finally gotten a med combo that seems to be working in controlling her seizures. Thank God Amen! I have had to take extended time off work since the seizures began, in regards to getting her school schedule figured out and a seizure plan in action. NOW she has been diagnosed with COVID, which is scary as she was born premature at 28 weeks after my water ruptured at 16 weeks. Her lungs were very weak and still has issues with them from time to time. I had a wonderful blessing by a friend and she paid my entire water bill that was late and that helped me tremendously! Still a ways to go in our goal and Journeighs birthday is Sunday the 9th. Birthdays after Christmas kinda suck bc typically everyone is broke and or sick. Just hoping some luck comes our way Godspeed as we are struggling. My youngest daughter was set to have surgery the 11th for tonsil and adenoid removal and tongue clipping and it has been postponed due to us being sick with COVID. I hope it gets better for everyone and myself. God bless

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?

What if I have no one.

 

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@Anne Baxter have you seen our post on how to ask people to share your cause yet? That might be a good place to start.

@Lisa Belko @Marquita Potts With crowdfunding, most of the donations usually come from people you know. But, here’s a couple recent posts that might help spark some other ideas on how to raise money without a large network or social media:

How to get noticed without social media

Other ways to share

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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 

Wow Kieran, your message brought me back to my childhood when my house got burned down when I was just 12 years old. Luckily back then, I lived right across the street from a church. In the church allowed my family to wait in their as we waited for my grandmother to get us. It was a very sad occasion. My grandmother ended up taking me, my sister and mom in, all in a one bedroom apartment. We received donations for clothes from the church and toys from our school since it was right around Christmas time. I wish you the best. 

hi GoFundMe friends my name is Benjamin I'm new to this and only been trying really hard to get my twin sister children something to remember her forever by yes unfortunately she passed away leaving four beautiful kids behind and I just hoping I can keep the memories of their beloved mommy alive forever and give them something the can touch hold feel that will store very small amount of my dear twin sister ashes I need any all advice and help possible. sincerely heartbroken twin brother 💜⭐️

Ok so I’ve had a few donations and boy do I appreciate them but I’ve hit a stand still and I really need help with my moms expenses when she passes she is currently on hospice and I pretty much have done all this on my own at 28 as I did my father 5 years ago. Any tips would be great. Thank you and god bless you all. 

How do i get fast help? I posted my gofundme page everywhere & it hasnt helped. Im in desperate need to get my fur baby help.. shes truly my emotional support dog..

I immediately received a donation from a dear family member. The thing is, I have no idea what I did to reach out to her. I find gofundme’s instructions in contacting others to be confusing.

Thank you for guiding us.

Sometime we don’t know because we start in panic!

 https://gofund.me/42ff2acf

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. 

I did the exact same thing and im about to be homeless with my family also. This is scary. Im at a loss and I feel as if I failed my children and being a care person for my mother as well as just being her son. I’m at a rock bottom helpless and trying to humble myself by doing this but not getting helping either. I pray for you and your family as well. God bless. 

can some one help me from the gofundme supoort

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Hi @Leslie Young if you need to contact our customer care team, you can do so by clicking the green ‘Get Help’ button on this link: https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001972728-Contacting-support 

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I been sharing like crazy and it seems like life just brings one problem after another and doing my best to keep up with the gofuund me it's been hard lately

I'm new to this an I really don't know how it works.

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Hi @Geneva Manygoats - these posts are a great place to start to introduce you to GoFundMe:

  1. https://www.gofundme.com/c/how-it-works
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Hi! I made a group chat with my closest family members and asked them to share. If they donate that’s great too! https://gofund.me/11d0fa3a This is my link. To make more sense as to why I targeted family. ❤️

You know I was so afraid to ask for help when my mom was first diagnosed with terminal cancer but then I just started I feel like you know what I’m just going to do it because I felt like what have I got to lose. I started with a Facebook fundraiser and started sharing my story, this was before we knew it was terminal. It did really well and we have done well, this is my first time using GoFundMe but I have not only gained donations but had so many encouraging words and loving people reach out, so I not only gained financial help but new friends and I don’t feel so alone ❤️So my advice is just go for it and let go of the fear of asking for help. We have all needed help at one time and hey what do you have to lose. Much love Brookie Leigh.

 

 

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