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Well I’m like some people here I see some fundraisers who have got 10x more then what they have asked for. I’m here helping out a dear friend who lost both of her sons days apart. No one seems to really care. It’s crazy even if people donated 10-20 each that would be a blessing. People seem to ignore you i your time of need. But if you say it’s party time and send a invite you get people requesting to bring others. I just don’t get it any suggestions 

I also am having a terrible time. I shared it with some friends who also shared it. It definitely isn’t looking to hopeful. I really hope I get some tread here and hope everyone else does too. It is so discouraging to see all the people on here wondering and feeling the same I am and in such a need without any donations. My life is literally about to fall all the way apart and my family will be separated. I am at such a loss! I pray to god he touches someone’s heart and we all get what it is we are looking for. 
good luck!

 

 

Hi, I just started my Gofundme and I’m still very confused on how to get more individuals to donate. I don’t really have social media, so I’m not sure how I could share my post or what to do. I do still have some time to raise money, but I was just asking for any advice people may have.

Thank you so much and good luck to everyone with their Gofundme!

I am trying to raise money for myself for bills and important needs because I'm actually not getting paid for three to four months. Because it's basically an training slash internship base's. to help myself and others 

I don’t have any friends really and the reason I’m on here is because my family not financially 

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.”

 

 I feel the same way I'm really not big on social media so it's hard for me to communicate and adapt

 

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I have started a GoFundMe for my friend who is trying to get home. She is a single mom with a new baby and her living situation is stressful she doesn't have any support or help and wants to come back to NC. I can't share it on my social medias and the people that said they would help haven't. What other ways can I get it out there 

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@Ciera L  We have a post called, “Other ways to share” that might be helpful to you. 

It’s kinda hart to share with friends when you don’t have any 😔 it sucks to know this could be my moms last year and she hasn’t even meet her new granddaughter 😔 I am so heartbroken but not just I am my daughters are as well . I wish I would have friends or any kind of support during this time 

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Sabrina,

I am so sorry to hear this news. I am praying for your family. I may not know you but I am always a listening ear. This past year has been tough for me as well being in the hospital with covid, losing my great grandmother. I am just trying to help a friend that helped me times before. 

Same here. i have no one to help me since my grandmother died. i work to pay  my fees myself and ever since i got into nursing school i had to part time at 2 jobs so i can pay my fees and housing. Now this accident has got me really bad, i feel frustrated, i can’t do anything i really feel frustrated, i don’t have a car to get to work as well and i just started nursing school and moved here to richmond so i have no friends, i didn’t have any even when i lived at my aunts because i was saving working and taking prerequisite classes. This is too much of an issue for me right now. I really need help i don’t want to drop out of school. i don’t  know what to do

I'm in need of money to keep a roof over my family's head, I'm currently 6 weeks pregnant and our rent is due soon, and I haven't had anyone donated so far, how can I raise up enough money to pay rent on time? 

There should be a community made for this especially. I’ve already shared all over social media and nothing had seemed to help. My daughters funeral funding is still at $0 and I’ve tried everything and everywhere I can. Sometimes it’s a little hard to believe that someone will help. 

I just set up my go fund me yesterday  and have only gotten one reply, even though I have had at least two people post and share it. Is there more I can do? I’m just nervous no one will donate or will find my fundraiser unimportant. My link is  https://gofund.me/bc08a518 if you can, take a look and let me know what else I can do.
 

 

 

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I just set up my go fund me yesterday  and have only gotten one reply, even though I have had at least two people post and share it. Is there more I can do? I’m just nervous no one will donate or will find my fundraiser unimportant. My link is  https://gofund.me/bc08a518 if you can, take a look and let me know what else I can do.
 

Hello, share your link with close family and friends via social media, text and email etc. You can share you link to any social sites you have, and ask others to share as well. People donate to many different fundraisers, being your looking for help for School. I’m sure if share your link and enough, not worry and you shall be fine. Think positive thoughts. God bless and best wishes reaching your goal, you got this!!!! 

 

 

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This my first time doing this, and this is a great point 

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This my first time doing this, and this is a great point 

First time for everything right ? You will do great as long as you believe that and stay consistent with your sharing. NO ONE is going to support you, more then yourself. Best wishes and I’m here to help any way I can. God bless!!!! 

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I had to leave some friends behind because they show they true color over 11 years of friendship to me when you down you see who your friends are I need help for a car I got four kids need to get around and one have special needs another truck hit us head on with my kids in the truck I'm not doing good I can't sleep or eat I had surgery on my spine on Nov 2021and Jan 2022 lost a truck I'm just coming out of homeless situation

thank you so much to everyone who has responded to my previous comment I’m sharing my go fund me everywhere still no donations but the one. hopefully people are sharing it and i raise the money

Thing is I don't have any real good friends to lean on and the family is I do have have already helped me once and I feel asking again is exploitive. I'm so worried I won't have a successful fundraiser and the clock is ticking. Any income I have goes to raising my son and this was a blow I didn't need.

I have no family besides my 3 kids and wife . How do we get our messege out ! Urgent help ! Info and pics can be sent for verification, thank you and godbless !

I am just getting started. I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for the advice.

I have had luck getting anyone attention, I’ve sent it to everyone I could think of. We are going to lose everything in a few days and be on the street Im so scared for my family I don’t know what else to do or how else to ask for help.

same im just trying to raise money but its harder than i thought

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?

Ya I m hoping I can get even a little money to help try and pay for the electrical work my truck needs done after it was in the lake

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