Let's say, hypothetically, that I wanted to run as a progressive in a political race that is normally uncontested in favor of the Republican (R) candidate. How do I go about getting funding for this? From locals, as well as national bodies? [more inside]
I'm working on a fundraiser for an old Soviet dissident. I'm writing the fundraiser text, and I need suggestions for some human rights heroes I can compare him to, to put his achievements in a context that modern people can understand. [more inside]
My group wants to do a fundraiser to help an anti-Putin cause. We want to do our fundraiser in Russian. I'm almost positive it's not worth using any of the crowdfunding sites that are actually located in Russia, because our cause is so controversial in Russia it will just be shut down. What crowdfunding sites in the rest of the world are compatible with the Russian language? (I don't speak Russian myself, someone else in our group does and will run the fundraiser.)
I just found out my beloved program, Community HealthCorps, is de-funded. What can I and the rest of my cohort do to organize to get this program reinstated? [more inside]
I would like to convert a custom-built paid membership website to Wordpress. What is the best paid membership plugin? [more inside]
I have a project with a modest ($1K) one-time fundraising goal and a long time (six months) to meet that goal. I'd like to find a website/service for people to contribute as easily as possible in a variety of methods and I'd love people's experiences of simple ways to do this. [more inside]
I was horrified to read an article today on Buzzfeed about a 'heroic' Australian victim who raised several thousand dollars for a home for child victims of sexual abuse in Kenya. So far, so good. Except that the article included photographs of many of the young girls themselves. Those pictures are now on the internet forever. [more inside]
I'm writing a piece of fiction and have a character who works in fundraising for a big nonprofit. Is there anything I can read to find out what this sort of work is like? [more inside]
What are some new creative fundraising strategies that a large national non-profit should be considering? [more inside]
Which personal fundraising sites work best? [more inside]
What is currently state of the art/best practice/best tool for a tip jar type mechanism for a blog? [more inside]
How would one best go about using PayPal for donations to a union local that is currently on strike in Canada? This workflow would be set up by a group that are not members of the local, but other workers at the same site. I see in the "service requiring pre-approval" section of their AUP that collecting donations as a nonprofit requires one to go through compliance, but it doesn't say anything about collecting donations for a nonprofit. This doesn't really fall into the PayPal political fundraising realm either. Can someone who has experience in PayPal fundraising shed some light on dos and don'ts, as we don't want funds to get frozen? Big thanks in advance.
I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
Let's say I really care about some charity. I'd like to do an online fundraising drive---with premiums that I send to donors. I'm not affiliated with the charity, or I am but this drive is an independent, personal initiative. Either way, the charity isn't involved except for the happy day when they get a check. Is there some online service that makes all this easy for me? [more inside]
Tell me about fundraising for charity walk/run-type events. [more inside]
I am looking for some current articles (blog posts are fine) that discuss the 'science' of fundraising emails. Most people are aware of the Business Week article about the science behind the Obama campaign fundraising emails -- I'm basically looking for more material that is in the same vein -- not just someone's opinion, but rather "Our organization tested A, B, and C and here are the results."
A dear friend of mine has had a super lousy couple of years, suffering assault and an abusive partner, multiple major physical health issues, and some family trauma. Additionally, she is suffering from a major depressive episode, and her formerly good job has become toxic. She has asked me and another friend to help her figure out how to take a life sabbatical to focus on getting out of the toxic job and back on her feet in terms of mental health. I, in turn, turn to your collective wisdom, because, wow, am I out of my area of expertise. [more inside]
I was moved to tears by recent news reportage of the Ebola virus. (The story about the child dying on the floor and being dumped with chlorine just haunts me.) I've given money, but want to do more. The problem is I've just moved to a new place, and the only people I know are also young mothers. [more inside]
I work for a non-profit, and a donor asked about donating a used car to us. How does that work? [more inside]
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]
I have two months to raise $6000 for an educational animal facility in southern Ontario. I need tips on how I can possibly achieve this goal on a crowdsourcing site. I've succeeded at raising $1000 in the past, but that's the limit of my experience with fundraising. My nonprofit is new and we don't yet have an established presence or an established donor base. Should I look for corporate sponsors? If so, what would that meeting look like and who might be sympathetic to my cause? How do I even make the initial approach? [more inside]
Nonprofit cultural organization having a summer event next week with half-hour auditorium time (on screen and live program) then move to restaurant/bar for cocktails...with the friendly "ask" to 50+ people. We have the one-page backgrounder all set. Need help with super-short text for a small-format giving reminder to have on tables and hand out. Perhaps a 4"x6" picture postcard with brief information on the other side? What's the most effective way to state the request/reminder in an appealing way? Just the contact information or is that too brusque? Examples?
I am currently working my dream job in the Advancement/Development office of my alma mater. I've only been there four months, but I love it and they are already talking about promoting me! Yay! The only problem is that I need to earn Masters degree if I want to travel the career trajectory my boss plans for me. I have applied and been accepted at a relatively good Higher Education Administration graduate program with a concentration in fundraising management, and am due to start a summer class in just a few weeks, but I am feeling unsure. [more inside]
My dear friend is entering the hospital tomorrow and joining the heart transplant list. We need to open a bank account so we can start accepting Paypal donations from friends and family who live too far away to help make meals, etc. What questions should I be asking a bank? Ideas on how to get started? [more inside]
I think I'd like to transition from the corporate world into fundraising, but I am not sure of the best way to do so. Any tips? [more inside]
I work with an organisation which traditionally gives cash prizes to winners in charitable events they hold like duck races and pub quizzes. I am looking for best practice resources or studies (rather than anecdata) to show them that this is terrible development practice, if indeed it is. [more inside]
Small not-for-profit health care-focused agency in Ontario, Canada wants to increase their outreach program by creating a mobile service. The problem is that funds are limited and we're confused about what our next best step could be - since none of us has done this before! Apologies in advance for the wall of text that's about to hit you, but I don't want to leave out anything important. [more inside]
In the USA, are we required by the IRS to distribute funds raised for a non-profit's group trip equally among all participants? [more inside]
I want to transition out of the world of marketing into a career in development/nonprofit fundraising. I have dusted off my resume and have started applying for annual fund jobs, and I've scored a phone interview early this upcoming week. Please give me a crash course into the world of development/nonprofit fundraising and help me not screw this up! [more inside]
We'd prefer little hassle, few fees, and a way to know who they are so we can thank them. We expect 0 to 50 people to actually gift us money this way. What are our best options? [more inside]
A friend is taking part in an overseas house-building charity project starting in the middle of February. Participants are responsible for raising all their own travel and expenses costs. He has already completed a sponsored abseil, is holding a pub quiz this weekend, and has a Just Giving page which he is promoting on facebook. However he had a sporting accident 2 months ago and is only off crutches since the start of this week, which has left him behind schedule in his fundraising. He now needs to raise several hundred pounds in the next four weeks. We've been frantically brainstorming ideas and I thought I'd turn to the hivemind for help. [more inside]
So at the last minute (today) I got "volunteered" to be the parent rep. for my daughter's classroom at a parent's association brainstorming session tomorrow for fundraising. I am a little out of my depth here, and I would like to show up with at least one idea, but I can't think of anything that hasn't already been done at her school. Help? [more inside]
How does an athlete go about getting a sponsorship as an adult competitor (mid 20s) in an expensive but not popular (relative to something like basketball, ie signed/contract athlete) sport? [more inside]
I'm raising funds for a non-profit, and I have a quota to meet. They have an online donation form, but I need donations attributed to me. And there's no way for me to look over the list. How can I accept online donations? [more inside]
I'm federally incorporating a nonprofit in the next few months. I've heard that most nonprofits fail within the first couple of years. How can we plan for success? We are Canada-based and our focus is on wildlife, but any general nonprofit advice would be welcome. [more inside]
Is there any point to filling out surveys from non-profits? [more inside]
Have you ever attended a really high-ticket (as in hundreds of dollars per person) fund-raising banquet? What's it like? [more inside]
I'm coordinating fundraising house parties for one of my friends, who is running for state representative in our district. We are up against a machine candidate who is prepared to outspend us by a considerable margin, so these parties are crucial for the campaign. Our per-party goal is $300, but of course I am hoping they will be able to do much better than that. How do I help our gracious hosts throw a terrific event and raise maximum donations at these parties? [more inside]
I remember running across a fundraiser on a site (ala GoFundMe or Indiegogo) where they gave the donors the option to add the processing fee to their donation, or take the processing fee out of their donation amount. Which site is this?
Help me find a website that meets the needs of the small, nonprofit fundraising event I'm organizing. [more inside]
I am running a fall marathon with a charity bib. I am about 50% of the way to my goal, but my husband is upset that I've been using social media to raise money. My partner is in a position of power at a large corporation, and some of his colleagues are personal friends of mine. He thinks that it comes off as tacky if I try to raise money as a general ask to my (more than a thousand) Facebook friends because he thinks it reflects badly on him. [more inside]
I recently completed a short film/indie Tv pilot entirely at my own expense and would like to know if I anyone thinks it would be possible to utilize crowdfunding to recoup all or part of what I have put in to it up until this point. [more inside]
I've been organizing and running a vegan bake sale in my city twice a year for the past three years. It's a pretty manageable affair; over the course of five bake sales, I've raised just over $5,000, met some wonderful people, and had a lot of fun. While I am lucky enough to have an incredible standing venue and an amazing group of regular volunteer bakers, I keep getting stuck on one thing: PRICING. I've run into problems with every approach I've tried to use so far! Can you help me figure out a solid, reasonable pricing method for homemade vegan baked goods that will be 'sold' at a fundraising event? [more inside]
The kickstarter I launched for the documentary I've been shooting over the last 18 months got funded in 15 days. We've got 20 days left to go on the campaign. It's a big project but kickstarter is only part of our fundraising plan so the goal was rather modest. I would certainly like to secure more pledges. What techniques can I use to make the most of this time? The project got funded quickly because of the efforts of the tight-knit community in which I live and the subject matter I'd like to think. How can I bring in more funds having already met the goal? Metafilter is curating the project. Almost all of our marketing has been through Facebook. Any ideas? Google searches lead to plenty of blog articles on launching but not much information specific to this situation. We're funding post-production and film festival entries.
I'm creating a database and corresponding web-app to assist a progressive "hyper-local" political action committee. The system will cover get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer tracking. I'm looking for real-world (non-technical) advice on GOTV and fundraising systems. Have you used one? What did you like/hate about it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a new charity/fundraising event that my whole mid-sized company can take part in and get excited about. Ideally it has an outdoor/physical component so that us cube dwellers see a bit of the day-star. The physical requirements should be low, and bonus points for a charity that is in some way related to technology/connectivity-for-all etc. [more inside]
So I am entering a talent show in the next few weeks to help raise money for the non-profit with which I volunteer (we mail books to prisoners, and postage isn’t free). I plan on performing with my response–less yoyo. It makes sense to perform to music, but how can I choose the right song? I know a decent number of tricks ranging from beginner to intermediate level in difficulty, but how do I put em all together and make it werk? How does one make this look good? Any tips or suggestions would be fantastic.
So fall/winter in the US is when I am barraged by schoolkids and their parents to buy chocolate or trinkets or coupon books to raise money for the school. My very specific question is is this an American thing only? Pros and cons of this are not relevant here, but i am curious if other countries turn their students into salesmen. If so, what do they sell or fundraise with outside the states?
Charity fundraising professionals: How do I compile a "cultivation plan" for a "seven figure prospect" for an academic institution?
Charity fundraising professionals: How do I compile a "cultivation plan" for a "seven figure prospect" for an academic institution? [more inside]
Preparing to do fundraising for a new theater company in Omaha. Need reference material and suggestions. [more inside]