Tips for effective fundraising

May 25, 2010

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Need help getting your MPower fundraiser off the ground? Here are some tips to help you maximize your fundraising potential.

  • Personalize your page. Your page started like every other, with a generic page title, personal message and photo — but those fields are for you to personalize. Tell your friends why you care about this cause! A fundraising goal and a suggested giving amount are also motivating to potential donors.
  • Spread the word. Click the email, Facebook and Twitter logos on your fundraising page to share the news with your networks.
  • Manage your comments. Click the "Fundraising results" tab to manage the comments people make on your page. You can delete any comment at any time, or choose not to display gift amounts.
  • Hold an offline event Bake sales, benefit concerts, ice-cream socials...all these have successfully raised money for Mercy Corps. We can help promote your public event online, and you can add to your total any money you've raised offline by filling in the "Additional Amount" field on your page. (Be sure to click "save" before leaving the edit tab.)

Please note: Offline donations should be mailed promptly to Mercy Corps, Attn: Minda Seibert, 45 SW Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97204. Make sure we can tell whose fundraising page to attribute them to. Mercy Corps will mail receipts to donors for whom we have name and addresses. If you need ideas or support for your offline event, check out our community fundraising page.

More questions? Check out the MPower Projects FAQ and Personal Fundraising FAQ pages. If you can't find the answer there, please email

Thanks again for all you're doing. Keep up the good work!