The HandyCapable Network is rapidly raising money on UHelp. When we noticed the speed and number of their donations, we called them and asked why they think they are having the success that other campaigns are not.
After Libby Hikind, our CEO, spoke with Anne Tubaugh, Executive Director at HandyCapable Network, she summed it up in this way:
"The answer is that they are PUTTING IN THE WORK. Some people or organizations put up a crowdfunding campaign and expect the money to just roll in. That’s not how it works!"
What Did HandyCapable Network do?
The HandyCapable Network has been doing a lot of work. Anne informed us that the organization sends out emails to a database of almost 3000 people. The emails include information about why they need support and the impact of not getting contributions. They regularly post their campaign to their Facebook page with about 800 followers. Their board members share the posts on their pages, too.
So, between emails and social media, HandyCapable Network is covering lots of ground. This is probably why they’ve been so successful. If you’d like additional tips on how to promote a potential campaign of your own, check out the following article: Crowdfunding Schedule.
What is HandyCapable Network?
HandyCapable Network is a nonprofit organization in North Carolina that trains and empowers the disabled population with computer repair and technical skills. People with special needs help to refurbish donated computers. These computers are then redistributed back into the community to low-income families and individuals.
Their vision is “We excel in supporting the growth and development of individuals with special needs by providing technology to those in need.” In this way, HandyCapable Network doubly provides for the community. The HandyTechs, as they are known, volunteer their time to learn and practice skills they can apply to finding or procuring work. Many of them are unemployed, underemployed, or work in sheltered programs. At HandyCapable Network, they can reach a higher potential.
What Makes a Crowdfunding Campaign Successful?
It is integral to tell your friends/families/network about your crowdfunding efforts. Don’t just ask for money. Tell them why you are collecting contributions, where their cash will go, and how it will help. And don’t just leave it at a conversation. Send reminder emails with the link to the project so the people you talked to can actually contribute!
By contributing to HandyCapable Network campaign at UHelp, you will help them continue operations. They currently do not receive government funding and the cost of operation is approximately $50 per day per HandyTech. So, any contribution is appreciated.
About the Author: Sabeen is an MPH and currently writes for GrantWatch.com. This article was written with contributions from Anne Tubaugh, Executive Director of HandyCapable Network.