How it Works - How to Raise Money

Learn how to raise money to:

Help yourself

Help a friend

Help a charity or nonprofit

Fund your business or new invention



Do you have a bright idea, but don’t have the money to put your thoughts into action? Chances are you haven’t tried Crowdfunding. It’s no secret. Crowdfunding is a fundraising tool that enables forward-thinkers like you to raise money for worthy charities, new programs or products or to stage events. And lets you – in a matter of seconds -- launch your crowdfunding campaign. Here’s how.

The process is simple: Create a fundraising goal and a compelling message that speaks to the heart of most people — and launch.

Things you will need:

  • Your fundraising goal $
  • Catchy campaign title
  • Eye-catching campaign photo
  • Who will benefit from the campaign?
  • Social Media URLs of who will benefit
  • if you are raising money for a nonprofit or company
    • The EIN # and organization or company name (only )
    • Your title at the organization or company
    • Social media URLs of the company
  • The zip code of where the money will be used 
  • The ask for money - a few sentences
  • Description of why you are raising money
  • A few sentences about yourself, the campaign organizer
  • Your social media page
  • A photo of yourself, the campaign organizer
  • You can also add a video asking for funds
  • Your email address, phone number & street address (not for public view)


You Need To Do the Work

If the idea is deserving, and you share the URL of your campaign with a great many people through email, chat, text, ads, social media, news coverage, etc.  and provide daily updates through our 30 days of tips and templates, people will donate.

Who Can Crowdfund? Anyone!

Crowdfunding is new to many people. But, for entrepreneurs and artists, it is a tried and true haven. Nonprofits, businesses, and people who need help or want to help someone in need use crowdfunding to raise money.  Crowdfunding is when many people just like you see a worthy cause and donate. 

What About Applying For A Grant To Raise Money?

Grants are a competitive process where many nonprofits, businesses, and individuals apply.  They must be sure they meet all the eligibility requirements before applying.  You can find a wide range of grants to apply for on GrantWatch.

Sometimes a grant is not being offered for exactly what you want to do, or it may become available at a later date.  Or perhaps you have applied and you are waiting to hear back.  Grants have no guarantee that the funding source will choose you.

YouHelp was originally created for nonprofits to synergize their fundraising efforts with both grants and crowdfunding, giving not only a funding source the opportunity to contribute but people within the community, as well. | YouHelp | GWT | Grantwatch