Grants are a great way to fund nonprofits, the arts, education, and other great causes.
Synergize Your Efforts
What do we mean by synergizing grants and crowdfunding? This means to potentiate your efforts at acquiring funds through a grant by creating a crowdfunding campaign. A grant application may or may not be accepted by a foundation, corporation, or government, so try to combine your efforts by taking your cause to the people. Or, do so while you wait on hearing back from a funding source.
To get direct information on how to maximize your crowdfunding efforts, check out this book titled Step by Step Crowdfunding: Everything You Need to Raise Money From the Crowd. This book addresses some of the following points:
- How to put a crowdfunding idea together
- How to set fundraising goals
- How to spread the word
- How to build community
At Uhelpfund, you can start a crowdfunding project after choosing from the 100 categories available. Up to 6 categories can apply to the same crowdfunding project. You will be asked about yourself or your organization as well as the goal or interest of the project. This would be a good place to use some of the text from a grant proposal. We also highly suggest loading pictures to portray your cause. Remember, since you already have the grant proposal written, use some of the same language for your crowdfunding campaign!
Once you create your project, prospective donors can view your campaign and make contributions. Strong language and pictures help donors see where their contributions are going and have reassurance. Your project may appeal to individual philanthropists, small businesses, or organizations looking to make donations. We also suggest socializing your campaign through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google+.
Socializing Your Campaign
If you already have a personal or business Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ or any other popular social networking accounts – you are in great shape! If not, start opening them now. They are all free! Make friends, join circles, follow related groups and causes and gather those likes and shares.
Go to your UHelp campaign page and click each social media button. It will ask you to log in to your social media account and share your project. Ask your friends or team members to do the same. Keep the viewers engaged and wanting more. Post often and respond to questions. Good luck!