The Great Give – Fundraising Day for Florida Nonprofits

While researching this year’s Palm Beach and Martin counties annual “The Great Give” event, we found that many more counties across the country are hosting them as well.  

The Great Give operates like a crowdfunding campaign matching day, kind of like “GivingTuesday.” The goal of the Great Give is to raise as much money as possible for as many local nonprofits as possible in just one short, defined time period. The date is planned in advance for nonprofits and their volunteers to plan events and activities in advance to correspond with the date planned for the regional event. It is open to the public, to anyone with a credit card and access to the internet or a telephone.  

The Great Give Florida Day will be held from midnight to midnight on April 24th this year.  This will be the sixth year for Palm Beach County to host the event. The event, led by the United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day in order to bring greater awareness, publicity, and support to the great work they do. The United Way of Palm Beach County is serving as the fiscal agent on behalf of the host partners.

This year’s event is using the social media hashtag – #GreatGive424. 

All registered nonprofits in these counties that are 501(c)(3), IRS compliant, are eligible to become a part of this amazing event. The minimum donation accepted per donor is $20. This donation is compounded by an additional percentage of the bonus pool that is raised by the Palm Beach Community Foundation.

Fundraising Tools for Nonprofits

Finding funding can be difficult. However, with GrantWatch.com, a MemberPlus+ can search thousands of grants by any number of criteria, such as funding source, geographic focus, and specific interest. Over 600 new grants are added each week, to provide many new funding opportunities for nonprofits. With over 50 categories to choose from, GrantWatch.com provides your nonprofit with the fundraising resources to support your campaign. This link is for grants for Florida nonprofits that are currently available on GrantWatch.com.

Synergize Your Grants with Crowdfunding

Grants require focused time and energy and at times a grant for the program you want to implement may not be available. Another great way to fund your campaign is crowdfunding on YouHelp. On YouHelp, you can tell your story and showcase your cause. Creating a campaign is simple! Contributions will be in your account on the very next day.  YouHelp is a free crowdfunding website.

More Resources for Your Nonprofit

Make fundraising a full-time priority for your organization. Go to GrantWatch.com, and apply to the new grants posted each week. Combine your grant writing efforts by starting a crowdfunding campaign on YouHelp. This style of fundraising allows you to reach new supporters through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp, your contacts and email list.

 For more information, call our team of nonprofit experts at 888-240-1494 today!

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for YouHelp.com

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5 Proven Social Media Engagement Strategies for Crowdfunding Success

Crowdfunding is all about inspiring many people to donate relatively small amounts of capital to fund your venture – whether it be for a new business or an invention, for a nonprofit, or help for a family in need.

How do you get the word out to the people you wish to attract? Social media engagement is a must for your campaign to succeed.

To be truly engaging, you need more than to post your campaign to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, it's important to manage and plan your social media posts with the help of a calendar. 

Barry Feldman of Feldman Creative wrote an insightful article on social media engagement through an easy to remember mnemonic device – the 5 vowels – an AEIOU list

A – Ask questions

E – Invoke Expression 

I  – Provide Incentives 

O – Make Offers

U –  Deliver Utility 

These social media engagement strategies are not just for crowdfunding. They will help nonprofits and for-profits to build their businesses, increase followers and create buzz about what they're doing. Anyone and everyone can use these methods to boost sales or increase donations.6 Word Stories

One Facebook group, Nonprofits for the 31st Century, has regular engagement posts asking for people to post "6 Word Stories," in answer to their questions such as: "Tell us a 6 WORD STORY about the last place you personally volunteered your time or talents," or "Tell us the 6 word story of your crowdfunding campaign." 

Getting people to rack their brains and test their creativity by coming up with responses that make people laugh, smile, respond or just take notice, is a brilliant way to engage people who are constantly bombarded with images and content. 

Social media engagement is essential for crowdfunding campaign success. In addition to the usual suggestions of contacting everyone you know, having the three circles of contacts, sending emails to all your email contacts and posting your request to social media platforms, be clear about what, how, and when to post. 

The story you tell is important. Use pictures that evoke emotions as well as videos. Videos are the best tool to tell your story, if you're able to produce them. They don't have to be elaborate, complicated or expensive, just tell your story in front of the camera with images, or have a number of people involved in your project all speak with clips of each. 

For more information on crowdfunding strategies, our page on YouHelp that explains How it Works can assist you to start your campaign

 

 

 

 

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for YouHelp.com