Crowdfunding to Carry Water for Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Capital Building Campaign

Organizers are overflowing with optimism that a multimillion dollar expansion to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah, will help spawn the next generation of scientists.

Their enthusiasm for generating a greater interest among kids in science comes with a cost: an estimated $25 million for the new 80,000-square foot Science Learning Center, $1 million of which has already been provided by the Loveland Foundation to fund initial planning. The new facility will include space for classrooms, summer-camp programs and labs where an additional 80,000 students per year — from kindergarten through college — can learn.

With the help of a crowdfunding campaign, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium hopes to begin construction of the new facility in the fall. By the time the expansion is completed in 2020, the Science Learning Center will feature as its centerpiece a 165-foot-tall, 190-ton stage component that the rock band U2 used on tour between 2009 and 2011. Considered the largest stage in music history, the “Claw” will rise to four times the height of the aquarium and serve as an attention-grabbing architectural element that officials hope will attract more visitors to the expanded offerings of the campus.

Rather than raise the price of admission to cover the cost of the ambitious expansion, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which relies on donations and grants for funding, launched the crowdfunding campaign to help pay for Phase 2 of the 9-acre Science Learning Center.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of the free crowdfunding platform YouHelp.com, said crowdfunding is a great way for nonprofits to centralize fundraising efforts toward a specific project in a large capital building campaign. By raising small amounts of money from a larger donor pool, crowdfunding can garner support for capital building projects that might consist of land acquisition, construction, or the purchasing of supplies.

Plus, crowdfunding campaigns don’t cost much to operate. Hikind said that unlike some crowdfunding operations that charge a fee ranging from about 3 to 8 percent of each donation, YouHelp is free. Donors do have the option of adding a “tip” to their donation to help keep the platform running.

In the process of gaining new contributors, crowdfunding campaigns can also serve as a stage – not unlike the “Claw” — to foster a sense of community and, in this case, to support the promotion of science, technology, engineering and math subjects, often referred to as STEM, not only in Utah, but throughout the United States.

Home to more than 4,000 animals representing 625 species living and thriving within five unique habitats in the landlocked state of Utah, the aquarium educated some 830,000 visitors, in 2017, about biodiversity and conservation of ocean ecosystems.

Aquarium officials believe that building the Science Learning Campus will encourage even more guests to learn about the natural world and understand the need for conservation of the living planet. To strengthen those experiences, the new campus will include a five-story Asian Cloud Forest Habitat & Endangered Species Conservation Center, interactive science stations, new indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, and high-tech laboratories and classrooms.

YouHelp.com, a free fundraising website, offers the best in crowdfunding capabilities to forward-thinking nonprofits, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals seeking to generate revenue and awareness for capital building campaigns. The YouHelp process is simple: create a profile, a fundraising goal, add high resolution images and a compelling message that prospects will find worthwhile — and launch. If the idea is deserving, and the campaign is promoted properly, contributors will pledge their support.

About the Author: Staff Writer for YouHelp

Feel Good! Be Happy! When YouHelp on #GivingDay to Crowdfunding Campaigns

Do you want to feel good? Perhaps, raise your endorphins without a bite of chocolate or the sweat of exercise? Then YouHelp has the key to HAPPINESS for you today — April 25th — #Giving Day (and every day).

"Give a Little, Get a Lot."

When you make a difference in the life of another, you feel happy. For a few dollars, you can add bounce to your step and smile from cheek to cheek. Help the homeless. Support treatment for a child with cancer. Fund transportation for the elderly – and so many more happiness opportunities are available to you, when you donate to one of many individual campaigns on YouHelp.com

But Wait!!!  Don’t take our word. Look at the article below, “Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier,” (which appeared in TIME Magazine written by Amanda Macmillan, published on July 14, 2017).

Find an appeal that matches your interests — and pledge your support today – #Giving Day, or give a little, get a  lot on any other day you want to feel happier.

It doesn’t take a neuroscientist to know that doing nice things for people feels good. But now, researchers say they’ve discovered that even thinking about doing something generous has real mood-boosting benefits in the brain.

In a new study published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland told 50 people they’d be receiving about $100 over a few weeks. Half of the people were asked to commit to spending that money on themselves, and half were asked to spend it on someone they knew.

The researchers wanted to see whether simply pledging to being generous was enough to make people happier. So before doling out any money, they brought everyone into the lab and asked them to think about a friend they’d like to give a gift to and how much they would hypothetically spend. They then performed functional MRI scans to measure activity in three regions of the brain associated with social behavior, generosity, happiness and decision-making.

Their choices—and their brain activity—seemed to depend on how they had pledged to spend the money earlier. Those who had agreed to spend money on other people tended to make more generous decisions throughout the experiment, compared to those who had agreed to spend on themselves. They also had more interaction between the parts of the brain associated with altruism and happiness, and they reported higher levels of happiness after the experiment was over.

Another piece of good news was that it didn’t seem to matter how generous people were. Planning to give away just a little bit of money had the same effects on happiness as giving away a lot. “At least in our study, the amount spent did not matter,” said lead author Philippe Tobler, associate professor of neuroeconomics and social neuroscience, in an email. “It is worth keeping in mind that even little things have a beneficial effect—like bringing coffee to one’s office mates in the morning.”

It’s not yet clear how long these warm and fuzzy feelings last after being generous. But other research suggests that making generosity a regular habit may influence long-term wellbeing and happiness, the study authors say.

Studies have shown that older people who are generous tend to have better health, says Tobler, and other research has indicated that spending money on others can be as effective at lowering blood pressure as medication or exercise. “Moreover, there is a positive association between helping others and life expectancy,” he adds, “perhaps because helping others reduces stress.”

The researchers wonder, however, whether the feel-good effect of generosity could be dampened by deliberate attempts to take advantage of it—in other words, by expecting personal gains from performing selfless acts.

Still, the new study suggests that making a pledge to do generous things could be a useful way to reinforce altruistic behavior and even make people happier, says Tobler.

“It is known that actually helping others and being generous to them increases happiness,” he says. “I would still consider that the primary route to boost happiness; however, making a commitment to help others is a first step to follow through.”

Next time you think that the best way to make yourself feel better is to buy yourself a treat, consider that the opposite is likely true. “It is worth giving it a shot, even if you think it would not work,” Tobler says. “In order to reap health benefits, repeated practice is probably needed so that giving becomes second nature.”

 

About the Author: Staff Writer for YouHelp and http://time.com/4857777/generosity-happiness-brain/ “Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier,” (which appeared in TIME Magazine written by Amanda Macmillan, published on July 14, 2017).

April 25th:Giving Day to Capitalize on Crowdfunding to Energize Donors and Spread the Word

April 25th, 2018, this Wednesday, Giving Day is like #GivingTuesday – the annual global day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving – because both are fueled by the power of social media and collaboration to achieve a simple goal: raise as much money as possible in a single day. 

All hands on deck! That’s the rallying cry heard on “Giving Day,” for one-day fundraising campaigns that are mobilized to generate buzz and revenue for causes through a series of coordinated events.

Take advantage of this upcoming Giving Day to either be a "Giver" or to launch a fundraising campaign of your own on YouHelp.com, the free crowdfunding website (with the lowest payment processing rate available to nonprofits), or spread the word to potential donors about existing crowdfunding initiatives.

YouHelp the Free Crowdfunding WebsiteLibby Hikind, founder and CEO of YouHelp.com says, "You won’t be alone, on April 25, 2018. YouHelp's staff is ready and willing to assist your campaign. Set up your campaign today on YouHelp, and you may continue raising money for your nonprofit even when the day is over." Libby goes on to say, "Successful campaigns are campaigns where the immediate crowd of people closest to the nonprofit are energized and they in turn go on to each energize their own personal and work crowd. Yeah Team!"

 

 

Consider these campaigns already planned.

  • Community Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 for high-quality early childhood education initiatives in Monroe County, Indiana;
  • ACT for Alexandria is seeking to raise thousands of dollars for the benefit of the Alexandria, Va., community – from providing scholarships to summer camp to building baseball fields to pro-bono legal services to serving meals to low-income families;
  • Donations made during the 24-hour period to a crowdfunding campaign at Yeshiva University will help fund undergraduate, graduate, and high school communities, as well as scholarships and student life;
  • Purdue University Northwest hopes to inspire alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends and students during this once-a-year event to support student scholarships, academic programs and athletics.

Crowdfunding through social media has become a popular venue to spearhead the community at large to get involved in a fundraising initiative. Real-time, in-the-moment themes promoted on a Giving Day can serve as prime opportunities to launch a crowdfunding campaign on YouHelp and inspire donors to give specifically to your cause.

YouHelp.com, a free fundraising website, offers the best in crowdfunding capabilities to forward-thinking nonprofits, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals seeking to generate awareness and revenue for their causes. The YouHelp process is simple: create a profile, a fundraising goal, add high resolution images and a compelling message that prospects will find worthwhile — and launch. If the idea is deserving, and the campaign is promoted properly, contributors will pledge their support.

About the Author: Staff Writer at YouHelp.com

Crowdfunding for Cancer Treatment: Fundraising Campaign Helps Family Go Extra Mile for Cure

She is an adventurous big sister who had her training wheels removed from her bicycle by age 4. She is sweet, sassy and pretty-much does what every father wants his kid to do. Except for the time eight-year-old Morgan had problems with her vision last summer, that’s when her father, Kenny Allen, said a visit to her pediatrician ended in the emergency room with a difficult-to-fathom diagnosis,

Morgan had brain stem cancer, a type called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – and doctors weren’t optimistic. After exhausting all mainstream treatment options, Morgan’s parents learned of a form of immunotherapy in Mexico, but each treatment would cost $11,000 plus $2,000 for airfare from their home in Florida. The family went anyway, every three weeks to Monterrey and, after five treatments, Morgan’s tumor got smaller.

Now, the Allen family is preparing for Morgan’s next level of immunotherapy, also in Mexico, but much more expensive. To raise the money, her parents have turned to crowdfunding.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of the free crowdfunding site YouHelp.com, said online platforms to solicit donations that help defray the cost of treatments can be a life-saver for many cancer patients. Crowdfunding for cancer treatment on YouHelp is not only a way to raise much-needed funds, she said, but campaigns can also serve as a stage to foster a sense of community and support during a difficult time.

You can read more about Morgan and contribute  @morgansjourney.org and view additional cancer treatment campaigns on YouHelp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike other crowdfunding platforms that charge a fee ranging from about 3 to 8 percent of each donation, YouHelp is free. How does YouHelp sustain itself? Donors have the option of adding a “tip”  for YouHelp, to their donation to defray the cost of maintaining this unique fundraising platform. Hikind said a YouHelp crowdfunding campaign for cancer treatment is easy to establish and the outreach to potential contributors is efficient, secure and direct.

Crowdfunding does not distract from the larger fundraising organizations, said Ben Kaplan, senior director of digital products at the American Cancer Society, He said ACS works with platforms, and some individual sites may contain an option to donate to the society as well.

Hikind said crowdfunding appeals to an innate desire to help.  As campaigns gain momentum, more donors want to get on board to contribute.

Ryan Callahan, a forward for the Tampa Bay Lighting NHL hockey team, and his family established a nonprofit organization to make memorable experiences a reality for kids who are battling, or who have survived cancer.

After a game this year at Amalie Arena, the National Hockey League star, like he does so often with other children with cancer, met Morgan Allen. Struck by her plight, Callahan, a father of three, offered to match up to $5,000 to her crowdfunding campaign.

The Ryan Callahan Foundation has also offered Morgan and her family one of the monthly make-a-wish trips, perhaps, to Disney World or to the beach where she can create memories with her five-year-old brother.

But, radiation treatments have decreased mobility in Morgan’s right arm and leg. For now, she gets around in a wheelchair. Her parents said, despite the treatments, she still laughs and giggles or does almost everything a father wants their kids to do.

YouHelp.com, a free fundraising website, offers the best in crowdfunding capabilities to forward-thinking nonprofits, small businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and families in crisis.. The YouHelp process is simple: create a profile, a fundraising goal, add high resolution images and a compelling message that prospects will find worthwhile — and launch. If the idea is deserving, and the campaign is promoted properly, contributors will pledge their support.

About the Author: Staff Writer for YouHelp.com

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