The fundraiser that I put together to help my brother after his home was destroyed by fire and he lost virtually everything he owned was a complete and total success! I’d like to thank the YouCaring staff for helping me succeed and make this campaign possible.
Before I started I researched and looked at several of these types of fundraiser websites and it seemed obvious to me that YouCaring.com was the only one to align with for this fundraiser. All of the other sites I saw took a small percentage from each donation as a fee to help run the website. In addition, PayPal takes it’s cut from each transaction and between the two fees I would not have been getting nearly as much from the donations made toward the actual help for my brother.
YouCaring.com does not take any fees from the donations and that was a key factor. They do make a request to each person donating to add a few dollars to help run the website, but it’s voluntary and you don’t HAVE to pay that fee. I’m sure many people do pay the additional dollar or two and it does help to keep this wonderful site running, and I’m glad for that, but they don’t take anything away from the actual amount being donated toward the real cause and that is a very appealing way to do business. In addition to this the YouCaring site is set up in a very user friendly way making it easy for someone to get a fundraiser started and also makes it easy for people to make donations. The easy-to-follow steps walk you through the process and make the whole experience effortless.
As far as my fundraiser goes, it was a great success and my brother was overwhelmed at the response. At first I wasn’t sure what kind of goal and time line was going to be reasonable and attainable. I decided that a 90 day campaign would be best but I wasn’t sure if my goal of $10,000 was a pipe dream or could actually be achieved. Well, we not only got to the $10,000 goal but we passed it and ended up with a final amount of $10,170. I was extremely pleased and so happy that I was able to raise that much money to help out my brother Kevin.
Kevin has homeowners and fire insurance and they will cover most of his expenses in rebuilding his home and replacing most of his things that were lost but they certainly won’t cover everything. Far from it. Kevin will be burdened with a ton of out-of-pocket expenses when it’s all said and done, and this $10,000 will go a long way to help him cover that financial loss. At this point they have started construction on his home – the interior has been gutted and fixed up and there is finally a roof on the house again. Now they will continue with electric and plumbing. Soon it will be time for Kevin to start buying all the appliances, furniture, cabinets and the million other things he needs for inside the house and that’s when this $10,000 will start to be very helpful.
All I can say is that if you or someone you know is in some kind of financial difficulty because of a disaster or illness or any of the many things that can happen to make your life a living hell burdened with money problems, then YouCaring.com is the place where you may get some help to put your life back on track. Now you must know that it isn’t just a matter of throwing up a fundraiser and sitting back and waiting for the money to roll in. You do have to do some work to make the campaign a success. You must be diligent and do some work to get the word out about your fundraiser. I personally spent some amount of time almost every day of the 90 day campaign working on facebook and with e-mails and other social media constantly sending out information about the fundraiser and then e-mailing and messaging thank you’s to people who had donated or who had shared and re-posted the information to their facebook pages to help spread the word. You’ve got to work it! It won’t do it by itself, but if you spend the time and work the social media hard and keep spreading the word in every way possible it will be an effective way to make your fundraiser a success the same as mine was.
Thank you to YouCaring.com. Thank you to all of my friends, family and all the people who donated to my fund and to those who couldn’t afford to contribute but helped by sharing and re-posting the information to help spread the word. There aren’t enough words in the English language to express my thanks adequately. And my brother Kevin is completely overwhelmed with the extreme generosity from so many people, many of whom he has never even met but they contributed because they are friends of mine. It was an amazing experience and I’m glad I was able to make a difference for my brother, knowing of course that if things were reversed he would do the same for me.
Organizer, After The Fire – Rebuilding Kevin’s Home