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How to raise your first donations

How to raise your first donations
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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. If you use Facebook, check out some of these strategies to help create engagement, which will boost your page to more people. 

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?


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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 💓🥰

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I also fall into the category of the “I’ll help you no matter what”, and then nothing. I have asked for help to try to organize a fundraiser in person, but can’t seem to get any help from close friends or family. Any guidance would be appreciated 

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A requirement to get up to the public is we have to have two or three friends donate first I do not from here I don't have any friends or family here do the same thing but then the beginning are you serious

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Hi @Gina Edison welcome to the community. It isn’t strictly a requirement to get two or three friends to donate first, but generally speaking, most donations come from people you know or are connected to. 

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I’m not on any social media platform neither I have friends as I’m new to the country. Life is a chaos currently. I’m having hard time with my tuition. Made the campaign almost a month ago but not even a single donation till now. Now, my relationship has turned a bad phase. I’m loosing my mind and I don’t know till when I’ll be able to hold myself together. 

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Only one of my friends have  contributed so far. 

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My GoFundMe started out slow. I am willing to give people a chance to donate when or what they can. We need all the help that we can get to pay off funeral expenses. Thank you.

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Dez43 I understand I really wasn't ready to reveal everything to everyone either. Since my husband is the sick one and wanted to publish the gofundme I went ahead and helped him with it. I guess you could stay away from social media and just email or call people individually. The chances that someone you know will find out I think is still kind of high though. Then you have to consider putting it all out there and then maybe not even getting any donations... just some food for thought....bless you and yours...

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Same here I dunno what I'm going to do I can't seem to get anyone to help me either and seems like I'm just wasting even more time trying to get help when I don't even know how to meet people on here that would help me.

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I don’t really want people I know listening to my music since it’s so emotionally vulnerable. Anyway I can get the word out to strangers?

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How do I go about getting my first donation? It feels that my goal of 500 is small but it seems pretty difficult do you feel that people aren’t taking my reason for needing a donation seriously? My main go for the donation is because like many I cant afford what I need but its to buy a gift for someone in my life so how do I get more attention and support in getting a single donation 

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yes, i feel like my struggle is the same as many people in here are going thru.  everyone is quick to offer help and when it comes down to it no one is there for help.  thats where i need the most help, being able to get my fundraiser out there to those who can help. any tips are welcome. thanks in advance

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I reached oot to my suppose to be friends and they laughed in my face. That really made it more stressful to ask for help.

 

It's absolutely heart breaking to think you'll be able to rely on friends and family when you need them most but 90% of them just ignored my posts. Nobody even liked them because they didn't want to be noticed. My mom has leukemia and months to live. This is her last Holliday season and I can't find anyone who can have compassion and invite her to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. We always have it here, so they just expect us to give them everything. The one year she can't give em a free meal they ghost us. I was looking through her Facebook page and she's got hundreds of people on there and tons of happy birthday posts, but as soon as i let everyone know she was going to die, they keep quiet. Im devastated. My heart is absolutely broken to see this beautiful wonderful woman suffering so badly and nobody is there to comfort her. We all need prayers right now. Stay strong and do the best you can. Ultimately all we have is ourselves in the end. 💔✊

Same thing happened to us. It kills me cause the same people who ignore us now where talking about shopping, and vacations. I'm repulsed by my friends and family now. 

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Ive gone out of my way to reach out to people with no success. This is hard because im always the one that helps and no one wants to do the same. I dont know what to do with me and my boys

Hi, my name is Jamie and I'm new to the community. Any advice on how to get my fundraiser shared besides friends and family on social media. I've shared and discussed with friends and family on social media and nobody has donated or shared. Any tips or advice is welcome. Thank you

Thank you to much for the advice!

I just signed up with Facebook again, to see if I get any help with my donations. We don't have any friends or relatives for support. Sending emails and friends requests is all I can suggest for those who need it.

so i need help but i dont know how to do this or even how to get anyone to contribute i dont have any family i havent had family since i was young mainly thru boys home or on the street.so i dont have no one to share it with.any ideas or thoughts?please help...thank you

I wish I knew what to do to be able to get some donations for my grandpas companion dog who needs medical attention :(  I have shared on Facebook and have no luck. Is there a way to get out to people on this platform? kind of like a highlight?

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@Todd Sobieski and @Frank Tellez It can be tricky to crowdfund with a smaller network, but sometimes folks will overlook their contacts. For example, do you know anyone from school, a gym, a church, or a club? People you’ve had a relationship with someone, they may be worth contacting. Relationships are essential to getting a fundraiser off the ground usually, because they help to seed the campaign with your first couple of donations. 

Once you’ve raised some money, it’s easier to raise money from people who might be weaker contacts, like friends of friends. 

 

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@Kayla Knepper If your dog can still go on walks, then I would try hanging a little sign on him that has his GoFundMe link and a short sentence that says, I need help with my teeth!  Do try to get your first couple of donations though to help to validate your fundraiser. 

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@Kay Kay Hall  do you have some friends who you can couch surf with while you look? You might also have some legal rights here that are worth looking into, especially because you have a child. I also found a site online for your area that might have some resources for you worth checking out - https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_93449---,00.html

I feel ashamed asking for help from any friends or family. I know everyone is going through their own personal things and don’t want to burden anyone to help me get to school. I paid for my own first degree on my own (and still paying it) now I’m in debt. And for me to go back to school to further my future dream career seems impossible. 

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