Crowdfunding online provides individuals or groups with a platform to make their own webpage for a cause or project. They promote their fundraising campaign online by spreading the link to potential donors. Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular resource for anyone looking to raise money efficiently for everything from art projects to disaster relief to startup ventures. By leveraging the power of online communities, you can use a crowdfunding site to meet your fundraising needs.
YouCaring specializes in Compassionate Crowdfunding, meaning that our free platform focuses on helping users raise money for personal and charitable causes.
Crowdfunding in Action
As a testament to the power of crowdfunding for a worthy cause, Katia Luciani of Montreal raised more than $800,000 on YouCaring when her husband Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. After months of unsuccessful chemotherapy, the couple’s last hope was an experimental treatment not covered by insurance. After a year of struggling, crowdfunding actually wound up saving Matthew’s life.
The platform you choose for your fundraising campaign depends largely on the purpose of your fundraiser. All platforms share some basic features. The model is simple: create a campaign, share its link with your contacts and on social networks, enlist friends to spread the word to their contacts as well, update your connections regularly with posts throughout your campaign, and expect donations from a large group of people. Telling a story and sharing it openly takes courage, yet once you ask for help, you will see how people are compassionate and kindness is powerful.
Benefits of Crowdfunding
- Access the resources you need quickly and efficiently by raising awareness of your campaign online and engaging potential donors from all over the world. Once you start getting donations, YouCaring lets you draw the funds from your account daily.
- Keep friends and relatives updated with several photos, written summaries, and videos that highlight your progress.
- Allow concerned supporters to get involved by offering well wishes in your campaign’s comment section or by donating money directly to your cause. People need to understand what you are going through and why it matters. Keep them connected and bring them along on your journey.
What Makes YouCaring Unique?
YouCaring was created with humanitarian causes in mind. Our mission centers on “Compassionate Crowdfunding,” to help finance causes that contribute to the social good. Unlike other sites, YouCaring charges no fees, meaning that you keep all of the money that is donated to your cause. Our operations are sustained by voluntary donations.
Meeting Your Fundraising Needs
1. Crowdfunding lets you reach out to those who care about you and who want to see you and your loved ones thrive. Our data shows that by updating your page frequently, posting high-resolution, compelling photos, and including a video, you will have greater success. Make sure to publicly thank those who support you, and ask for help in the form of word-of-mouth publicity and online shares. Learn how to tag on Facebook to show your appreciation, as well as other social media tools to enhance your campaign success.
2. After an unexpected death, many families turn to crowdfunding in order to cover funeral expenses and allow time for loved ones to grieve in peace. When Glenn Henderson of Seattle passed away unexpectedly from a car accident in March, a family friend set up a YouCaring campaign in Glenn’s memory to help support his wife Natashia and the couple’s two children. The fund helped Natashia adjust to the loss of her husband’s income and allowed her time to grieve in peace. And the communal nature of the fundraising process, including the outpouring of support from those who knew the family or heard about the campaign, offered comfort in a moment of great tragedy.
3. With medical emergencies, many families turn to crowdfunding to pay bills, daycare, groceries, out-of-pocket medical payments and balances, as well as to cover lost income due to not working. When Tim Loewen and Heather Munro’s five-year-old daughter Greta was diagnosed with spinal sarcoma in 2014, their friends created a campaign on the family’s behalf to help offset the cost of medical bills and ensure that Greta receives the best possible treatment. With more than $70,000 raised, the YouCaring community has given brave Greta a leg up in her struggle with cancer.
4. Many fundraising campaigns are devoted to rebuilding after natural disasters. When individuals suffer through flooding or other emergencies, they turn to YouCaring, as do other teams and individuals who want to help out. Our website currently boasts more than 550 live fundraisers related to rebuilding Nepal. The most successful is a Belgian campaign that has raised more than €80,000, or roughly $90,200 USD, for independent volunteers to procure basic essentials for relief in Kathmandu, especially plastic tarps.
5. Crowdfunding can assist a family or community going through a difficult time. While many fundraisers help people deal with a specific challenge, they can also benefit someone experiencing ongoing hardship: a loved one who can’t make ends meet, a project that contributes to a larger community. Medical fundraisers support people with afflictions that require ongoing treatment. Fundraisers have served people who suffer from ALS and want to set up a stable future for themselves and their dependents when they can no longer work.
Whatever your fundraising needs, crowdfunding can help you meet them. It has become a truly revolutionary force that challenges traditional models of philanthropy. Individuals who cannot make huge donations on their own can make an impact suddenly by coming together as a group.
Motivated to make a big difference? Start your free fundraiser today for a cause close to your heart. Change someone’s life.