Every personal crowdfunding campaign looks the same. A friend needs emergency medical treatment. A filmmaker wants to complete his documentary. A family pet needs lifesaving surgery. Each campaigner has a different need but their motivations are the same - get help.
Yet, every campaign is also different. Some are planned. Others are launched without any detailed thinking. The filmmaker can spend months planning his campaign but the dog owner and friend need immediate support. Regardless, successful campaigns require getting the word out and making a connection with potential backers.
Here are 5 actionable tips to launch a successful campaign.
Personal fundraising can be an emotional journey. It doesn't matter whether it's your first or third campaign. You should have a plan. A solid plan makes it easier to start and maintain momentum throughout the campaign. Even in a medical emergency situation, take time to create an email list of potential backers and review your social media accounts for influencers. Know how to leverage your network. It is your most valuable resource. Plan to use it.
Most successful campaigns are run by teams. Ask friends, family and coworkers to help. They can update your campaign page, make videos and share social media posts. Their support can quickly spread the word beyond family and friends. FreeFunder donates $20 to campaigns that reach 100 Facebook shares and $50 for 500 shares. Make sure your team is sharing.
Successful crowdfunding campaigns tell visual stories. They use vibrant photos and great pitch videos. If you can't create a video, use lots of photos on your page. Let them tell your story. Backers like to see who and what they are supporting.
Someone has to donate the first dollar. It will probably be your family and friends. But successful campaigns extend far beyond their donations. So, show some personality. If you're raising funds for college tuition, create a campaign page that highlights your collegiate life. Post pictures of your books. Talk about your chosen profession and why you want to work in the industry. Let people get to know you.
Always keep your backers informed. When you reach a milestone, update your campaign page. If something changes, share the news. Your backers want you to succeed so update your page frequently. Updates also help maintain campaign momentum.
When an accidental fire burned through the third floor and attic of an apartment complex, Colleen Fallon wanted to help her friends the Moore Family. After researching different crowd funding platforms, she chose FreeFunder because FreeFunder passes the entire donation on to the Campaign Creator, instead of taking 5% or more as other platforms do.
The Moores were unharmed in the fire, but many of their belongings were lost and they needed help getting resituated. Colleen set a goal amount of $1,482. Within 16 hours, the FreeFunder campaign had blown past that goal, already raising $2,370, as mentioned in this news article. By the end of the campaign, the fundraiser raised more than 300% of the goal amount, providing the Moore Family with $5,165 to help them rebuild.
"What an amazing thing to wake up to! ...In only 11 hours of this being created you all have seen the goal line and then hurdled it! ...Thank you to all who have donated and shared this link, everything little bit helps. I'll be seeing Marcus and Heather this weekend and can't wait to give them some hope for the future because of everyone who has shown compassion. Cheers to all!" - Colleen Fallon