Do you know enough about technology to raise money online? You do! People from all walks of life use crowdfunding to help each other. Here’s how easy we make it for you to get started.
All You Need to Start Crowdfunding
Raising money online requires access to a computer, the Internet and a bank account to receive funds. That’s it.
When you know someone who needs help, you’re qualified to run a successful online fundraiser. We’ll help you locate the path to success in this blog post — and we’ll be your guide to keep things simple throughout your crowdfunding journey.
Rather than technical expertise or fundraising experience, here are the skills that help organizers become successful: compassion for their beneficiaries, openness to asking for help, and dedication to spreading the word and sharing updates.
Create Your Online Fundraiser Quickly
At YouCaring, you can start your fundraiser in a few minutes. The registration process is a simple questionnaire you can complete easily on a computer, phone or tablet — any device that has Internet access.
Here’s one question that might sound complicated: “You need to select a donation processor.” All three donation processor options make it easy, safe and secure for people to donate online to your cause. The best one for you depends upon your particular situation. For a quick guide to making this decision, read our blog post about choosing the right donation processor for your fundraiser.
Remember, we’re here to help any time you need it. Our dedicated customer service team offers amazing expertise on every aspect of YouCaring fundraisers. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Our Expert Guidance Helps Newbies Be Techies
Some tasks that help you raise money online may sound complicated. We’re devoted to anticipating your worries and making it simple to solve common concerns. And we provide extra guidance for tasks that might seem difficult to newcomers (such as selecting your donation processor, as explained above).
Here are four quick examples of how we’ve made it easy for you to look like a pro.
Uploading images. Photos are simple to add to your fundraiser page in just a few clicks. Login to your fundraiser account and choose Manage Fundraiser. Under the Photos & Videos tab, the buttons prompt you to “select files” and “upload photos” to your gallery.
Using video. Videos are the most effective way to accelerate viewers’ understanding of your cause and move them to lend support. Most phones now allow you to shoot videos — and even a 30-second clip lets people get to know your beneficiary better. If you upload your video to YouTube, it’s easy to add the link on your fundraiser page.
Sharing your online fundraiser on social media. Use our simple buttons on your fundraiser page to share your cause on top social networking sites. Post messages every few days. Photos and video serve as wonderful ways to draw interest on social networks.
Directing people to your cause. Your YouCaring fundraiser page has a web page address, also known as a URL. It’s a link that you want to encourage people to use, so that they can quickly find out more and make online donations. Always list the URL when you promote your cause (including in flyers, emails and social media messages).
Helpful hint: To promote your online fundraiser, it definitely helps to have great images. If you don’t have any on hand, read our blog posts about how video boosts crowdfunding campaign success and how to improve your crowdfunding campaign with inspiring images.
For tips about raising awareness on social media and encouraging others to spread the word, read our seven steps to using Twitter for online fundraising and seven tips for using Facebook to promote your fundraiser.
Now that you know how simple and straightforward it is to start crowdfunding online, let’s get started! Create a Fundraiser to help someone you know. To find great crowdfunding causes or make an online donation, check out YouCaring fundraisers. For more tips and fundraising ideas, follow YouCaring on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.