FundAnything is a fast, easy way to raise money online. Individuals or groups can create campaigns that highlight their personal stories or causes and explain in detail what they are trying to achieve by raising money. The possibilities are limitless. You can use FundAnything to raise money for a business idea, tuition, medical emergency, volunteer project, celebration..whatever matters to you the most. There is also no limit on the amount of money you can raise. People just like you are using FundAnything to make incredible things happen every day!
When you launch your FundAnything campaign you’ll gain international exposure and promotion from a worldwide community that visits FundAnything.
It’s time for you to discover the power of online fundraising. Learn why CNN, Time Magazine, and The New York Times have all reported about how simple and easy it is to start raising money this way.
Anyone can start raising money on FundAnything in about 15 minutes. No technical or programming skills of any kind are required. You’ll get everything you need to create, promote and track a highly polished and impressive fundraising campaign.
Browse through some campaigns at FundAnything. You’ll immediately see that each and every one reflects the personality of the campaign creator. Everything you do can be fully customizable so the spirit of what you are trying to achieve comes through exactly the way you want.
It’s always free to start raising money on FundAnything.com. FundAnything charges a 9% fee on the contributions you collect. When you reach your goal, you’ll get 4% back for a fee of just 5%. Additionally, the payment processing companies charge a fee of approximately 3%.
It’s important to be responsible when you launch a campaign on FundAnything.com. This means being 100% honest about what you are trying to achieve and your chances of success. Make sure to provide frequent updates to your campaign, thank your contributors and make sure you send out your rewards on time.
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Raising money can be challenging, but FundAnything makes it easy for you to create and promote an exciting Campaign that will help you reach your goal quickly. This step-by-step guide is designed to help you make the most of your fund raising Campaign. The better you make your Campaign, the more money you will raise!
Have you already created your Campaign? No problem! You can go back and edit any part of it to make it better. The only part you can’t edit is the end date, goal amount and category but you can always relaunch your Campaign if time runs out and you haven’t reached your goal. Remember you must raise $10 for your Campaign to become visible on FundAnything.
Your goal should be realistic. You’re probably not going to make a million dollars with FundAnything, but you just might be able to raise $50,000 to cover medical expenses, $5,000 to record an album, or $500 for a flight to your grandma’s 80th birthday. Think about how much you actually need and base your goal on that.
Think about how much money you need for the entire Campaign. Are you raising the full budget or just a portion of it? Have you factored in the cost of producing Rewards and delivering them to your Contributors? Do your research before you launch and be as transparent as you can. Your Contributors will appreciate it.
This is the first thing people see on the FundAnything site—try to make it catchy so people will want to learn more. Follow the KISS rule (Keep it Short and Simple) on this one. You don’t have a lot of space and you want to stand out on the page as people browse for Campaigns they like.
Adding a compelling image or YouTube video to your Campaign will help you attract even more Contributors. The image or video that you select will be displayed prominently just below the title, so take the time to create something that looks great! Videos are much better than pictures. Statistics show that Campaigns with videos raise 4 times as much money as those that don’t have a video.
If you use an image, try to select one that actually reflects your fundraiser. Depending on your Campaign, this might include:
The same is true for video. Here are some ideas that other FundAnything’ers have used:
Not sure what to include in your video? Follow these tips:
Always use a script when you create a video. Match up the text with images or video clips to get the most from the limited time you have. Use this basic structure to help you create a great video:
If you want to make a really great video, ask a friend to review the script before you post it to the Campaign. Make sure they don’t already know about your Campaign so they can view it with fresh eyes. Listen to their feedback and make changes that will make your Campaign description clearer.
Remember, the higher the quality, the better!
This one is pretty self-explanatory—simply select the category that makes the most sense for your Campaign. If you’re not sure, browse around to see what other types of Campaigns are in the categories you are considering.
In some cases, you may want to create a private Campaign that allows you to collect donations without being visible on the Internet. If you click the Hide from Search box, you can create a Campaign and send the link to as many people as you like, but it won’t be visible to anybody else searching the Internet.
However, most people use FundAnything to raise money from as many people as possible. If you want your Campaign promoted on the FundAnything site and easily found on the Internet, make sure you don’t check the box that says Hide from Search. Remember you must raise $10 for your Campaign to become visible on FundAnything.
This should be the postal code for where your funds will be sent. It will be automatically be included later when you set up your payment preferences.
This is one of the most important parts of creating your Campaign. After your catchy title and compelling photo or video have convinced a potential Contributor to click on your Campaign, this is your chance to convince them to make a contribution.
You can be as creative as you want to be, but if you need a place to start, this is the template we recommend:
More detail is better than less, but don’t let people get lost in the details as soon as they start to read. Make sure your opening paragraph gives a concise summary that gets to the point fast; if a Contributor wants to learn more they can continue to read.
Some people make a contribution out of the goodness of their hearts, but others need a little more motivation to open their wallets. Setting up levels for different contribution amounts is a good way to encourage higher contributions. For example, use Bronze, Silver, and Gold Rewards. Having good Rewards can also mean the difference between a Contributor selecting your Campaign or another FundAnything Campaign, so think about what you have to offer.
Rewards can be almost anything—this is a great place to get creative. Some Rewards ideas you can use:
Follow these tips when deciding what types of Rewards you want to offer:
If a tree falls in the woods but if nobody sees it...You know the rest. The same is true with fundraising. You could create the most amazing FundAnything Campaign that ever existed, but if nobody sees it.... You know the rest.
After all the effort you just spent creating an awesome FundAnything Campaign, don’t let it go to waste. “If you build it, they will come” does not work for fundraising—you have to ask people for contributions. Luckily for you, the FundAnything Share Center makes this easy!
Keep the following factors in mind as you promote your Campaign:
QUANTITY—The more people you ask, the more contributions you are likely to get. Gather your email addresses, build up your list of Facebook friends, and boost your Twitter following to increase your audience.
QUALITY—In your appeals to friends and family, don’t just send a link, take a little time to explain what you’re doing and why. Even Twitter gives you a little space to make a compelling appeal. Send individual emails to the people most likely to make a donation. Make it personal. Make it compelling.
VARIETY—The more places you can push your FundAnything Campaign, the more people you will reach. You may not have the same contacts in your email address book as you do in Facebook or Twitter accounts. Use all the outlets available to you to promote your Campaign. Add a link on your personal blog, put a fundraising video on YouTube, use relevant forums, etc. Don’t have a Twitter account? Get a free one, or better yet, ask a friend with a big following to promote the link for you!
FREQUENCY—Statistics show it often takes at least 6 shares for people to take action. If you don’t get a great response to your first share, don’t fret. Simply wait a few days and try again. Just don’t get too pushy—nobody likes to be spammed, even by friends or family promoting a good cause.
Other tips to follow when promoting your Campaign are:
Campaign updates are the best way to share your progress. Your Contributors want to know how their funds are being used, what you have done to help you reach your goal, and all the little successes you experience.
Every Campaign update is automatically sent to your Contributors and they can easily share the information with their networks. You never know, you may inspire them to contribute even more!
Just remember to keep it creative. Not every post should be a request for money. You can post pictures, videos, and short updates about the progress of your Campaign. Answer commonly asked questions so your Contributors can learn more about your Campaign. Create new Rewards and promote them in an update. Remember, the objective is to keep your Contributors engaged, not to bombard them with information they can’t use.
You can keep posting updates after your Campaign is over to let people know when to expect Rewards and how you are using their contributions to achieve your goals.
If you offered Rewards for various contribution levels, it’s important to follow through on your promise. FundAnything provides tools to help you collect all the contact information you need to fulfill Rewards, whether you need email addresses to send a download link or mailing addresses to ship products or gifts.
If you do plan to ship anything in the mail, don’t forget to include shipping costs (both postage and materials) in your Campaign budget. You can also ask Contributors to cover shipping costs when they make a contribution in exchange for a reward.
If you get overwhelmed with fulfilling Rewards and fall behind schedule, just make sure you communicate with your Contributors so they know what to expect. Be as transparent as possible and you’ll keep your supporters happy.
Email, Facebook, and Twitter are not the only ways to share your Campaign. Use all the tools provided to you in the Share Center to make the most of your fundraiser.
Yes, FundAnything is great way to raise money using the Internet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do activities in the real world to promote your Campaign. Host a pledge party to educate friends about your Campaign, or create posters in the Share Center to encourage members of your community to participate.
8Use Campaign updates to keep Contributors engaged. The people who have already donated to your Campaign are clearly interested in what you’re doing. Ask them to share your FundAnything Campaign to their networks so you can reach even more people.
Local news outlets love a good story about community members. You can be that story! Newspapers and other print media, television, and radio are all great ways to reach a much
larger audience. You can even go beyond your local community by having your Campaign mentioned in relevant blogs or other online outlets.
Just remember, don’t be a spammer. Posting your link on other people’s blogs or FundAnything Campaigns without their permission is a no-no. You’d be surprised how many people would be willing to support you by posting your link - all you have to do is ask!
|Set a realistic funding goal||Ask for way more money than you need|
|Create a snappy Campaign title||Use generic titles that are not informative|
|Use compelling images or videos||Use poor quality or irrelevant images|
|Put your Campaign in the most relevant category||Select an inappropriate category because you think it’s more popular|
|Check the Hide from Search box if you want to keep your Campaign private||Check the Hide from Search box if you want your Campaign to be public|
|Create a detailed description that explains why you’re raising money and how you will spend it||Make your description too general or vague|
|Create Rewards that will encourage people to donate to your Campaign||Don’t forget to create Rewards|
|Promote your Campaign to different groups several times throughout your fundraiser||Be a spammer|