The future of fundraising is in crowdfunding. Why? Traditional fundraisers such as benefit dinners or car washes have limited visibility and earning potential. Funding websites gives you the opportunity to create an virtual community and allow anyone, from anywhere, to donate to your cause. Like a traditional fundraiser, online fundraisers require careful work and planning. The difference is that your campaign can be put together with a few clicks.
Benefits of Funding Websites
What are some of the advantages of utilizing funding websites like YouCaring to create an online campaign?
Instantly Accept Donations Online
You can instantly accept donations online through a donation processor that is connected to your fundraiser. The donation processor will link to your bank account or the bank account of the beneficiary or organization, so funds can be received directly. YouCaring does not hold nor do we have any access to your donations. You have all of the control. In fact with YouCaring, you have daily access to your funds.
Traditional fundraisers can be costly, but YouCaring is 100 percent free and does not take a single penny of your donations. This means you actually get to keep the money you’ve raised. You’re also able to promote your fundraiser online for free, so you can wave goodbye to spending hundreds of dollars printing cards or flyers to pass out.
Build Buzz Around Your Campaign
Sharing your fundraiser via social media is vital to your online fundraiser success. It’s fast and easy to spread word of your online fundraiser by sharing through Facebook, Twitter, and email directly from your YouCaring campaign page. This is truly the best way to create an online community and gain recognition and support from your supporters and from potential donors.
Easy Fundraiser Creation & Management
It only takes a matter of minutes for you to create your fundraiser and have it up, running and ready to share. Use these step by step instructions with matching photos on how to start a fundraiser to help guide you. You can also log into your fundraising account at any time to easily manage it and make changes if desired, view your donations, post updates, or even remove your fundraiser once it’s complete.
Personalize Your Campaign
Be creative and stand out from the crowd! Unique fundraisers have the potential to go viral, attracting huge numbers of social media shares and word of mouth. Letting your personality shine with your fundraiser is a great way to connect with your donors so they get a real sense and understanding for your cause. You also have the ability to add as many photos and videos as you would like. You can make the fundraising page your own. Add a custom URL and insert a personalized hashtag to make it easy for donors to follow your efforts.
Keep Your Donors Updated
Your donors and supporters will have the ability to subscribe to fundraiser updates directly from your campaign page. This means that every time you post an update to your fundraiser, your subscribers will receive an email with your update. It’s that easy. You can also post your updates directly to Facebook and Twitter so you can share them with your online network as well. This keeps everyone in the loop on your important updates and is a much faster approach than just word of mouth alone.
Online Fundraiser Support
YouCaring is committed to providing our fundraisers with the best customer support in the industry. We do our best to make sure you have a personable experience with a member of our User Relations Team, who will help with your requests or concerns. We have live chat so that you get your questions answered fast. A member of our User Relations Team can even walk you through the fundraiser creation process with live chat, as well as offer many helpful fundraising tips and suggestions.
What Information Is Needed To Create An Online Fundraiser?
- Your name and email address for account creation
- Your fundraising goal amount
- A fundraiser title that best suits your campaign
- The name of the fundraiser organizer and beneficiary
- Your fundraiser details and story
- High quality photos and compelling videos to upload
Start Accepting Donations Online Today
Now you’re equipped with the reasons why online funding sites are better than traditional fundraising. It’s time to plan and launch a campaign and begin accepting donations online. Check out our fundraising strategy template to help set yourself up for success.