Libby Hikind and UHelp Reach Out to Victims of Orlando Shooting

YouHelp Reaches Out to Orlando

Libby Hikind, CEO and Founder of GrantWatch and UHelp, is deeply shaken and saddened by the events that took place in Orlando over this past weekend. CBS has confirmed that the mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub left at least 49 victims and the shooter dead, and 53 people injured.

According to Libby Hikind, “As a Florida citizen I feel that the most empathetic and patriotic act I can perform is to offer our crowdfunding platform, UHelp, to fellow Floridians and nonprofits to help them raise money for the victims and their families.

I feel their pain and suffering and look forward to YouHelp being used as the fundraising catalyst for expressions of love and healing to be sent to our fellow Floridians.

How YouHelp Will Help Florida’s Organizations

UHelp was designed to help organizations raise money for social causes, especially in great times of need. UHelp will provide each organization with a crowdfunding mentor to guide their campaign toward a successful outcome. Our services, which will be available for free to these organizations will include project consultations, campaign management, social media planning, and much more.

As American citizens, we have the right to individual liberty and peace, as well as the right to coexist in society without feeling threatened. When any one of our rights are jeopardized, it is our responsibility to unite in solidarity in order to defend our country’s freedom.

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UHelp is prepared to assist organizations with their crowdfunding projects and campaigns to support the American lives lost in the Orlando terrorist massacre.

To start, go to to sign up and start to the campaign today.

One of our crowdfunding mentors will call you and review your project ideas – or you may call the office directly at 888-240-1494.

UHelp is prepared to help local organizations raise money for projects and programs to aid the victims of this attack, as well as for programs and projects to prevent such acts of hate and violence from taking place in the future.

Learn More | Crowdfunding for Florida NonprofitsIn trying to make sense of it all we came across a book title that seems to be pertinent. In Gun Violence and Mental Illness, by Liza H. Gold and Robert I. Simon, seeks to understand this epidemic of mass shootings by studying the relationship between mental health and nationwide gun violence. The authors seek to go beyond the emotional rhetoric of banning gun laws by exploring the scientific, research-based arguments about gun violence in correlation with mental illness.

In Conclusion

UHelp will support the Florida communities in its crowdfunding efforts to raise support for the lives lost in this most recent terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We will assist your organization in project management and campaign strategizing in order to achieve a successful crowdfunding project for your community and your cause. You may reach our team of crowdfunding mentors immediately at 888-240-1494.

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The First Circle of Success

First Circle: Friends and Family

The first step to building a strong crowdfunding project begins with your friends and family. These personal connections are important to the initial stage of your crowdfunding project. They build confidence and trust and impress potential donors that your project is supported. Everyone loves a winner and people want to support success.

This first circle of supporters gives your project credibility and traction.  Initial supporters indirectly encourage other, unfamiliar viewers to support a project that already has backing.  No one wants to be the first, possibly the only, supporter of a project dead in the water! When beginning your crowdfunding project, look to the people who are willing to support you the most: your friends and family!

How to Lay the Foundation of Your First Circle

Because your first circle of supporters is comprised of the people that are closest to you, networking and promotion is rather easy compared to crowdfunding from total strangers. This circle is crucial to building the momentum needed to reach the outer circles of potential supporters. Let's look at some effective ways to create momentum in your first circle!

In-Person Conversations

These are some of the few people to whom it is okay to walk up and present your project without being treated like a solicitor. Treat your personal connections–with respect, of course! Ask for contributions within their means and explain your cause. If they see that you are taking your project passionately and seriously, they will be inspired to contribute and tell their friends and colleagues. The story of your project will be repeated with love and will give your project the momentum it needs to move forward.

Phone Contacts

There are friends and family that you may not see in person on a regular basis. Even though you do not see them every day, you may ask for their support without hesitation. Comb your phone contact list and leave a message to each person. Make sure you personalize each message. Be considerate. It is okay to take a few minutes to ask them how their lives are going. Give them a chance to ask how you are, and what you are doing. This is the perfect time to inform them about your crowdfunding project! Let them know how much it means to you. Your confidence and passion will inspire them to support you and tell others to support you, too.

Email Contacts

Your email contact list is a tool to enlarge your crowdfunding project past the first circle of success with great momentum. Send personalized emails to your close friends and family members to connect with them. At this stage of your networking, you are not a marketer or shameless promoter! You are building your project from the inside out. Most personal connections want to help you in some way! Remember that you are not putting them out. If they cannot financially support your cause, encourage them to tell their friends and co-workers. This is an indispensable transition to the second circle of your successful crowdfunding project.

Social Media

While many of your family members may not have social media, some will, in addition to all of your friends whom most likely have social media accounts, too. Connect with every person in your first circle via social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more. This will help you establish your online presence and credibility immediately. Not only will social media build your initial supporting base, it will provide you with a jumping-off point from which you may connect with many more people who are outside of your personal connections.

Stay tuned for the second circle….

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Crowdfund Your Project on

Learn the basics of crowdfunding with this book, Step by Step Crowdfunding: Everything You Need to Raise Money from the Crowd, by Joseph Hogue. This book discusses the importance of diligent research before beginning any crowdfunding project. Hogue emphasizes finding the "magic number" to create a practical, achievable outcome for your campaign. He explains each step carefully with concrete strategies rather than theories. The most important part of this book teaches you how to amass returning followers to your organization. Hogue will teach you how to perpetuate your crowdfunding project for future campaigns, above and beyond the many fly-by-night projects around the world.

In Conclusion

Do not underestimate the power of your friends and family to help you build your crowdfunding project into a successful campaign around the world. Think of your personal connections as your team members. Allow them to multiply your efforts in networking your project to more people in more communities. Contact our crowdfunding mentor at to learn more about crowdfunding your project, or by phone at 888-240-1494. What are you waiting for? Sign up to start a crowdfunding campaign today!

About the Author: Staff writer and crowdfunding mentor for UHelp