I am putting together a donation webpage, trying to raise tuition for a young woman in Nepal, and am looking for suggestions on the best way to go about it.
Hi there, I am working to raise funds for a young woman in Kathmandu so that she can continue with her schooling instead of having to enter an arranged marriage once she turns 18 (which is in about six months).
(Previous question about the student...
I have a few questions on the best way to do this, and they break down to these:
How (where) best to set up the page? I've heard good things about SquareSpace
, and it seems like it would be easy to get a nice, professional-looking page pretty quickly.
I could of course also go the Tumblr route, which might give it more of a “regularly updated” feel—although other than when I call to check-in with her, the updates might just being something like a (kind of unrelated*) photo I have taken in Nepal along with a comment like
“Big thanks for the most recent contributions from Jean in Falls Church, Alex in Seattle, and Molly in Portland!
(and of course, I could do these updates on the SquareSpace page as well)
You’ve helped Barsha move up to x% of her goal!”
I figure that the page will mostly just be text (with an explanation of the situation and the goal), with perhaps a few snippets of photos interspersed in to add color and a sense of the student and her surroundings. (you can see a mockup here
[*For privacy’s sake—especially now with the proliferation of Facebook in Nepal
—I don’t want to post any full photos of the student herself.]
At the top and/or bottom, I figured I’d also include links such as “About Me”, FAQs, and an “Ask Me Anything” (to answer any questions a possible contributor might have beforehand).
It sounds like PayPal would be the easiest way to go (for contributors), although I’m open to other suggestions if you have any. Once collected, any funds received would be transferred to a separate bank account from which the money would be transferred directly to the school in Kathmandu (or a small portion to the student if it were needed for some non-school-billable incidental items).
My only real question in this area is about any taxes that would presumably be due on the funds raised (I am hoping to eventually raise up to $6,000 for her studies). Can the tax-hit be lessened in some way—like if I have the funds go directly from PayPal to the school in Kathmandu (that is, my "hands" never touching it)?
The name of the site:
I’ve jotted down a bunch of words that might find their way into the name
school, education, project, help, sponsor, send, future (holds), hope, bohini (which means “little sister” in Nepali), little sister, girl, young woman, 17, teenage, teenager, marriage, childhood, wife
And here are a couple URLs I’ve thought of:
thefutureshehopesfor aneducationforbohini whatthefutureholds littlesisterdecides projectbohini
Finally, there is
Spreading the word:
Here are some ideas I’ve come up with for how to get the word out.
• Posting about it on my Facebook account so my contacts learn about it.
• I’ve had a couple of shows in the past of photos that I have taken during my times in Nepal. I thought I might drop the people who had attended an FYI kind of email.
• Probably in the next couple of months I'll have a showing of new Nepal photos and I figured I could include information as part of my Artist's Statement.
• Maybe put a notice on Reddit(?)
What would YOU
most like to see (or find most interesting) on a page such as this? What might make you return to the page to check back (even if you couldn't afford a donation)? Stories about the recipient? Snippets of interesting Nepal history? Photos taken in the area? Slice-of-life snippets? I could also post any questions submitted along with my answer (people asking about their donation, or anything else). I figure updates could be any of these, and then finishing each entry with a small donation link for the student... but what are your
Okay, I think that's all of the questions I had.
Thank you very much in advance for any and all suggestions!