If youâ€™ve got a big idea that is short on money, crowdfunding is an attractive option for putting your plans into motion. Managing a successful crowdfunding campaign isnâ€™t rocket science. The key to successful crowdfunding is to expand on these simple tips for raising money that other campaigns have employed to create strategies that are simple, yet, unique to your cause.
Define a goal
Now that youâ€™ve chosen crowdfunding to raise money, the first step is to define a fundraising goal. In other words, a clear and concise statement that expresses why donors should be compelled to contribute to your cause.
Set a deadline
Deadlines enable you and donors to chart the progress of a fundraising campaign and ensure that you will follow through on promised objectives. Establishing a set time to reach a certain amount of money also creates a sense of urgency for donors to give now, rather than later.
Identify a crowdfunding platform
Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, YouHelp.com is free. The popular website pushes ideas into motion by offering the best in crowdfunding capabilities to individuals and forward-thinking organizations that want to connect their campaigns to the public.
With a couple of keystrokes and a click of the mouse, anyone who chooses to launch a free crowdfunding campaign on YouHelp can connect to We-Pay, a payment processing platform, and receive donations instantly. This way, YouHelp customers can direct their energies to where they belong â€“ promoting their crowdfunding campaigns.
Whatâ€™s Your Story? Tell It
Storytelling inspires donors to give. Your message should speak directly to the passions and values of the audience you have targeted to illustrate what you hope to achieve. You can tell your story in text and video, on YouHelp.
Spread the Word
Start with family, friends and colleagues from work. Once a campaign begins to generate some backing, unrelated contributors will step forward to support causes they believe in.
Social media is an effective tool for expanding your donor base. Twitter and Facebook are among the social media channels that should already be firmly established before launching a campaign. Once your campaign has begun on YouHelp.com, organizers should share donations and comments from contributors to inspire potential donors to commit.
Passing your campaign along to local business and media is always a good method for gaining cost-effective recognition or consider holding an event to promote your cause and generate contributions.
Donations to your cause are just the beginning of a relationship. Show your appreciation and strengthen new connections by sending a personalized thank-you message to your donors.
YouHelp.com is a free crowdfunding website that enables individuals, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses to increase their opportunities for success by safely showcasing their projects, ventures and ideas to a pool of potential investors and donors throughout the world. The process is simple: create a profile, a fundraising goal, and compelling message that prospects will find worthwhile — and launch. If the idea is deserving, people will pledge their support.
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About the Author: Staff Writer for YouHelp.com