Tips for Creating a Fundraiser Title that will Drive Donations

One of the keys to raising more funds is to give your fundraiser a catchy name that tells your story succinctly and makes it easy to find in a search. On our platform, we’ve seen how far a great fundraiser title can go towards fundraising success. When naming your online fundraiser, use an effective name along with our other fundraising ideas to maximise attention, shares, and donations.

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A great fundraiser title: Key to crowdfunding success

As with a compelling or memorable film or book title, a great fundraiser title can attract both attention and money. A strong fundraiser title should do four things:


Capture the interest of the general public


Describe who the fundraiser is for and why it’s happening


Convey a specific tone or emotion through your fundraising story


Use keywords that make it easy to find

Valuable tips for creating your fundraiser title

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Personalise it with names

Your title should include the first and last name of the individual or the name of the organisation receiving the funds. People seeking to donate money on GoFundMe often search for a particular person or cause.

Similarly, if your cause is related to a known disaster, consider adding its name to your title. People who want to donate money to those recovering from the disaster will be able to find your fundraiser more easily.

Adding a name to the title also makes your story more authentic and adds a personal touch that people find compelling – whether they know the person or not. Wouldn’t you be more likely to donate to a fundraiser called “Life-Saving Surgery for Jane Smith” than one called “Surgery Fundraiser” or even “Help Me Pay for Surgery”?

Consider tone

Make sure that the tone of the title matches the cause you’re fundraising for. Fundraisers for memorials require a respectful tone. Fundraisers for school plays and similar events can get a boost from witty or sweet titles.

Make it distinctive

Have you ever searched for an old friend online but found it nearly impossible to track them down because they had a very common name? The same thing can happen to people searching for your fundraiser.

To make your fundraiser easy to find, choose a name that’s clear and distinct. One good approach is to use a combination of terms that people are familiar with (words people are likely to use when looking for a cause like yours) combined with words that are unique to your fundraiser.

Get people’s attention

The name of your online fundraiser is more than just a headline on your fundraiser page. Like the title of a book, it can either attract people or put them off. Many people will decide whether to click through and read about your cause based solely on your fundraiser’s name.

To inspire more clicks on your fundraiser, use words that stimulate interest or compassion, tell a story and inspire action. If appropriate, be clever and make it fun! What makes your fundraiser different from other, similar causes? Which words get to the heart of how your fundraiser will change someone’s life? Read some real GoFundMe examples:

Model it on someone else’s

An easy way to find inspiration when naming your online fundraiser is to look at successful fundraisers with strong, catchy names. Take a look at successful GoFundMe fundraisers like these to get naming ideas:

Double-check it

Once you’ve come up with a few potential names, run them by people you trust for feedback and ideas. Evaluate all the finalists against a list of essential features. Your list might include:

  • Does it stand out from the crowd?
  • Is it clear and unique?
  • Is it easily searchable?
  • Does it tell a story or at least hint at one?
  • Is it quickly understandable?
  • Does it make you want to read more or find out more?
  • If it’s for a person, does it include his or her name?
  • Does it inspire action?
  • If you saw it, would you want to share it?

Create the perfect name for your fundraiser

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