Here are some handy tips to help you maximize your online fundraising efforts:
1. Use social media
Share a link to your fundraising page so friends can contribute and post updates as you get closer to your campaign goal.
2. Email, email, email!
Carefully select a list of recipients to email, asking them to contribute to your campaign. Target emails to friends, relatives, parents' friends and classmates who typically do not see your social media activity. Change your email signature to include a link to your fundraising page.
3. Make your message heartfelt
Tell your community why you care and why the need is urgent. Share your personal story and communicate your passion. Remember: inspiration inspires.
4. Show why help is needed
Pictures can help others understand the situation and your commitment to help. In emails and on your social media profiles, share photos of the situation and people you are helping.
5. Donate to your own campaign
If you are asking other people to support your fundraising efforts, why not show them just how much you care by donating yourself? This seed money for your campaign provides legitimacy to your efforts and communicates your ambition.