Fast fundraising ideas to raise money quickly

Need to get your fundraiser off the ground in a hurry? Or just looking for an awesome idea to help you reach your goal?

One of the keys to raising money quickly is getting friends and family to donate the very first time they visit your campaign, rather than thinking, “I’ll look at this more later.” In short, you need to create a sense of urgency. With that in mind, we present you with seven quick and effective crowdfunding ideas that can help you kick your fundraiser up a notch.

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Five quick and easy fundraising ideas

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1. Add special dates within the campaign

Here’s a proven way to give a crowdfunding campaign a boost. Do any of the numbers between 1 and 31 have a symbolic connection to your campaign? Perhaps the age of the beneficiary? An anniversary or birthday? Mark that date on your calendar and make a special fundraising push on that day—ask everyone to give $15 on the 15th, for example. The date isn’t the final deadline for your campaign, but a special day within your larger campaign.

2. Post updates showing how you’re using the funds

Don’t underestimate the power of updates. When potential donors see updates to your campaign, they re-engage with your goals, creating a great opportunity to bring people into your ongoing story. Every time you thank your supporters or include them in your updates, potential donors will see how they too might become part of your story.

One mainstay of updates is to show how you’re spending the funds you’ve received so far. A great example of this: the campaign Feeding Those In Need In Montecito.

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3. List your expenses in the description

Clarity and brevity are key to getting others to act fast. A list of expenses gives people a clear example of what you need and why you need it—and that can help them wrap their heads around the challenge you’re facing. In your campaign story, include an itemized list of the expenses you’re raising money for. For example, if you’re raising funds for a medical procedure, list the cost of the procedure itself along with all related items—transportation, medication, rehab, lost income, childcare, copays, etc.

People who might otherwise wonder what you need so much money for will quickly see exactly why you need it. Also, when people see precisely what their donation is going toward, they know how much of a difference they can make.

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4. Slow your roll-out to get a boost

It may seem counterintuitive at first, but people who know you less well are more likely to make a donation if they arrive at your campaign page and see that you’ve already raised a sizable portion of your goal. Therefore, we recommend sharing your fundraiser with your inner circle of family and close friends first, building up donations from that inner circle before you share it more widely on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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5. Focus on the why

To be clear and complete, your campaign story needs to answer five crucial questions: who, what, when, where, and why. When it comes to creating a sense of urgency, you need to focus on the why. If the reason for your campaign isn’t clear, people will often assume you have other options.

So be clear and straightforward about the why of your campaign: What will happen if you don’t raise these funds right away? What would be the negative consequences? What will you be able to do if you do raise the funds? And why is it so vitally important for you to raise this money right now?

Fundraising, fast and furious

Raising money quickly comes down to having a campaign story that is clear, tells people why you need the requested funds now, shows how the money will be spent, and creates a sense of urgency. Do all of this and combine it with some or all of the techniques we share here, and you can meet your fundraising goals quickly.

At GoFundMe, our free online fundraising platform makes it easy to raise money for your fundraiser. Look at our website for more fast fundraising ideas and helpful tips—or start your free fundraiser.

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