If someone you know is going through a rough time, it’s easy to raise money online to lend them support. Community fundraising offers unexpected help and hope to people in need.
At YouCaring, we believe that asking for help should not cost you a penny, so we charge zero fees. With free online fundraising, more money raised goes directly to your cause. Here’s how to begin.
Recognize Your Own Potential to Raise Money Online
People in need come from all walks of life. So do fundraiser organizers. In fact, most YouCaring fundraisers are people without community fundraising experience. All you need to begin is a desire to help someone you know is in need.
The Still Kickin This campaign to benefit Aaron, Nora and Ralphie Purmont is an awesome example of the power of community fundraising. Nora’s sister, the organizer of their YouCaring fundraiser, said it best in an update to supporters: “Thank you for being the beautiful, kind, and generous side of the Internet. The side of the Internet that restores my faith in humanity.”
Listen For Community Fundraising Needs
Through YouCaring fundraisers, you can raise funding for a wide variety of personal causes. Many people organize a fundraiser because they want to help a neighbor or support a loved one’s expenses related to accidents, disasters, adoption, pets, memorial services, funerals, mission trips, tuition or medical needs.
When someone is struggling to overcome a challenge, stress quickly becomes overwhelming. In the midst of a crisis, many people are unable to step out of survival mode or think beyond making it through the day. Moreover, their emergency takes up nearly all their time and energy. Even if they had space to evaluate how much they could use help, they could not spare time to request donations, manage a fundraiser page or share frequent updates with their social network.
Inquire with Compassion
Planning to raise money online for someone starts with reaching out and asking them how they are coping with their situation. If they talk about particular stressors or challenges, listen for specific areas of need that could be met through an online fundraiser. Then inquire respectfully about their comfort level with becoming a beneficiary.
To explore the idea of community fundraising together, ask questions such as:
- I think you’re going through a rough time and would like to help. Do you feel like some outside help could benefit you in your current circumstances?
- Are you dealing with financial hardships or unexpected costs at this time?
- Are you comfortable with the idea of me starting an online fundraiser to request donations on your behalf?
- What financial goals could we set for a fundraiser that would reduce your stress?
Organizing a free online fundraiser is a simple act of generosity to help a neighbor or support your community during times of need. If you’re ready to begin a campaign to help someone, click here to start creating your fundraiser page.
We’re here to help you learn how to raise funding and get great results supporting your community. Check out more online fundraising ideas.