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Charity Fundraising Tips for Any Cause

Creating a fundraiser through GoFundMe is the best way to raise money for a charity you’re passionate about. If you are raising funds for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you can create a Certified Charity fundraiser. Feel free to review our charity database to see if your organization has already been included. Before you get started, check out these charity fundraising tips and tricks for running a successful fundraiser.

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Our favorite tips for charity fundraising

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Do your research

If you are raising funds on behalf of an organization, double check with their financial administrator to ensure they are able to accept donations raised via crowdfunding. This information should be available on their website.

Key points to include:

  • Your name and if you are affiliated with this charity or organization.
  • Why this cause means so much to you personally.
  • Exactly how all funds will be used and who will be withdrawing any funds raised. We promote complete transparency between our donors and their supporters.
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Target your audience

Find those who share your passion and same interests. For example, if you’re raising funds to help a local zoo or animal habitat, you will want to find people who share a love and passion for helping animals. This might be your dog groomer or someone who fosters animals. Check out Facebook groups similar to your cause to find people out of your network who share common interests. These people can help support and promote your fundraiser.

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Organize an event

Host a potluck, dinner party, or create a Facebook event to kickoff your fundraiser. Trying out new charity fundraising ideas like an event is a great way for you to share your cause and fundraiser with your friends and engage donors. At the event, you can hand out posters you’ve made or even print business cards. Customize your fundraiser link to make it easier to remember. And don’t forget to bring a tablet or mobile device for easy mobile giving.

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Offer rewards

Coming up with rewards for certain donation amounts can be a  fun incentive for donors to support your fundraiser. Just be detailed in your fundraiser description as to what donors will get for each amount and how you’ll get it to them. Your rewards can be handmade items like cards or baked goods. You can even offer kind gestures as well such as walking a friend’s dog or helping with yard work.

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Say thanks

Don’t forget to thank your donors for their kindness and generosity. A simple thank you can go along away. This small gesture can be used to encourage your donors to continue sharing and supporting your cause. For unique ideas for showing gratitude read 20 Affordable Ways to Say Thank You to Donors.

Put our fundraising tips for charity to work

Becoming a fundraiser organizer really makes a difference. If you need any help along your GoFundMe journey, don’t hesitate to contact our Happiness team—we’re here to help, 24/7. Start your charity fundraiser today.

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