How to raise money in your time of need!

| 2 min read Crowdfunding

If you need to raise money for an emergency, for a charity, for family or friends, there are some tips and tricks that can help you succeed! Raising funds doesn’t have to be rocket science, everyone can raise money for free on platforms like GoFundMe, but there are tips and tricks to help increase your chance of success. 

There are plenty of approaches that you can use to raise money, from direct appeals, applying for grants to crowdfunding. 

Crowdfunding is quick and accessible, and on GoFundMe, the costs are covered by tips given voluntarily by donors. It’s worth a try even if you choose other ways to raise money too!

Here’s how to raise money on GoFundMe:

  • Tell your story
    • Share enough information that people can empathise with what you’re going through. Who are the characters? Are they trying to overcome adversity? Why do they need help now? How did they get they come to set up this GoFundMe page and try to raise money? How will the funds be spent?
  • Choose your heading wisely
    • Your heading will form your page’s URL or link, so make sure you choose something that is identifiable to you and your cause. 
  • Choose a photo that helps people connect with your story
    • The image on your page is critical to communicating your story, images connect very directly with people and are easier to understand than words. Make sure you take your time to find something that is clear and powerful. Elements such as eye contact and including people’s faces really help. 
  • Share far and wide.
    • The people closest to you are your built in “audience” and potential donors. Share with your direct networks and ask them to share too. If you’re part of a church, a sporting club, a school community – these communities are already set up to communicate with each other. Share your link. 
  • Finally; don’t be afraid to ask for help!
    • Asking for financial help doesn’t come naturally to most of us! But that’s ok, every day thousands of people raise money on GoFundMe and other crowdfunding platforms, making a huge difference to their lives in hard times.

    Written by emulligan