More and more people and organizations are turning to crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, YouCaring, and GoFundMe to raise money for their cause. Many go unfunded. Other lose what was pledged when they don’t meet their goal. How do you get your cause to a) rise above the noise and b) ensure you get to keep what you fundraise?
Kickstarter was the first, but since its inception many more followed, and now there are dozens of crowdfunding websites to choose from… But which is the best crowdfunding website to use for fundraising?
It depends on your goals: what you’re fundraising for, how much you want to raise, and in what timeframe. Here’s a breakdown of some popular crowdfunding web sites and what to know when considering each one for your cause:
In case you missed it, here are some neat causes we’ve featured on our social media pages lately. We admire these strong individuals and communities working with issues such as loss, disease, and depression.
In January of 2014, a 12-year-old young man named Christopher was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare bile duct cancer. Four of his friends coordinated a fundraising effort to raise money to help the family with Christopher’s treatment costs, called the ChangeWorks Foundation. The four girls set a goal of raising $750 and ordered bracelets with their new organization’s name in Christopher’s favorite color (green). Word quickly spread through the community and they were soon inundated with requests for green bands and donation boxes.
Unfortunately Christopher lost his battle with cholangiocarcinoma only 74 days after he was diagnosed with the condition. Because of the awareness efforts and wristband campaign, over $15,000 was raised and given to the family, and ChangeWorks! fundraisers spread across the entire community.
After Christopher passed away, 15 youth bonded together to create a 501(c)(3) foundation to organize other youth and community members in his memory, to help other families experiencing the financial and emotional burden of diagnosis and treatment, and to help institutions find cures for childhood cancer.
You can read their story and find out more at www.changeworksfoundation.org
Sixteen-year-old Kevin lives with a particularly aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy called Deuchenn’s. Incredibly painful and debilitating, no facility near home can provide the necessary care and both parents are needed 24/7. Despite the difficulties, Kevin remains positive and his family of seven has strengthened. His story has been featured on the news twice: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=578130
Family and friends have formed a group in solidarity and use Reminderbands to raise funds to support the family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/410062732500186/
Saddened by youth suicide rates, Jeremy embarked on an effort to spread love on his college campus. He asked students at the College of New Jersey to write something they loved about themselves on a piece of paper and hold it up in front of the camera. The resulting video was set to music and is a beacon of positivity: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa8M9tCD7U0&feature=youtu.be
Jeremy also uses Reminderbands marked #belove to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You can follow his campaign to show love to everyone, especially those who may not feel included, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wltcnj/timeline?ref=page_internal
Many people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and April is Autism Awareness Month, but did you know that June is National Safety Month? Injuries are the leading cause of disability for those aged 1-44, many of which are preventable.
- Use medication and prescription drugs safely
- Prevent falls
- Drive (and ride) safely by wearing seatbelts, not texting or using the phone while driving, or driving distracted or tired
- Keep poison control and other emergency numbers handy at home
- Make sure you stay safe at work
For more information, you can visit nsc.org and/or healthfinder.gov/nho/