Personal Fundraising Pages

5 Symptoms of a Failing Crowdfunding Campaign
May 29, 2014

Nervous about your crowdfunding campaign’s wobbly, uncertain success? Perhaps your campaign is not going as well as you expected or you’re not getting the traction and publicity that you thought you would. It’s not all lost. You can still change it! Let’s look at what the common symptoms are for a failing crowdfunding campaign and what you can do to change how things are going.

From Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Zero to Hero in 1 Read
May 20, 2014

If you’ve never launched a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign before, it might seem pretty daunting. You might be unsure of where to even start or whether you’ll have the resources to make it successful. Essentially, you may just feel like you’re starting from zero. And we know that can feel scary.

If you’re feeling this way, you might be one of the following types of organizations who have never tried peer-to-peer fundraising before, and are wondering how to get started.

5 Reasons Why Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail
May 12, 2014

The majority of all crowdfunding campaigns fail to reach their monetary goals. Ouch! Crowdfunding campaigns that hit their goals start with a comprehensive plan. While there are plenty of success stories in nonprofit crowdfunding, there are also many failures.

What are the most common reasons for why a campaign is unable to meet its goal? Here are five: lack of preparation, lack of promotion, lack of engagement with personal networks, lack of press relationships and lack of video.

Case Study: From 0 to 584 Donors in 17 Hours — A Crowdfunding Success Story
May 5, 2014

Can you imagine starting a new campaign and bringing in 584 new donors in the first 17 hours? OK. Here’s how a crazy successful crowdfunding campaign happened.

Shana Pennington-Baird, along with her friend Amanda, put together a campaign to raise $25,000. The money would be used to fix an historic glass structure in Seattle. The structure had been damaged by some excited fans after the Seattle Seahawks had won the Super Bowl.

Notes From Engage 2014
May 1, 2014

Lisa Van Giesen from Billhighway shares 10 low-cost donor engagement strategies and five peer-to-peer fundraising tips she gleaned from the second annual Engage Conference.

5 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising 'Get Started' Tips
April 23, 2014

A roundtable discussion during the second annual Engage Conference consisted of an open share of ideas on how to get a peer-to-peer campaign off the ground. I compiled five of the best ideas that you can implement quickly without much headache (or overhead!): 1. Host an open house. 2. Leverage a computer lab. 3. Encourage "friendly co-opetition." 4. Host a fun run/walk/ride event. 5. Enlist community service groups.

Nonprofit Crowdfunding: 3 Tips for Fundraising Success
April 15, 2014

Crowdfunding is no longer reserved exclusively for small tech startups. Nonprofit organizations have started using this popular form of fundraising to extend their reach and to find new donors. Here are some tips to make your nonprofit's crowdfunding campaign a success. 1. Set a clear goal for your fundraising campaign. 2. Cultivate a community around your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign. 3. Create a great story that has potential to go viral.

4 Best Practices in Nonprofit Crowdfunding
April 4, 2014

Nonprofit crowdfunding is changing the landscape in online fundraising. As more and more donors are being exposed to crowdfunding for products and services, they’ll expect your fundraising to shift toward those approaches as well. Here are five best practices that I’ve learned along the way that you need to follow in order to crowdfund successfully for your nonprofit: 1. Start with a measurable goal. 2. Rethink rewards and donation tiers. 3. Create a sexy story. 4. Build a tribe of champions.