Are you raising money for an event, an organisation or an individual person? If so, the Web is a very effective fundraising tool. Let people know about your cause, reach a large audience and keep your contacts updated with a fundraising website. There are plenty of places to make free websites, but Grass Roots, Chip In, and Challenge Me Now are designed specifically for fundraising. These websites offer free page builders, widgets and communities to help you reach your goals.
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Visit GrassRoots.org and sign up from the home page. Enter your name, e-mail address and city into the sign-up box on the right of the screen. Choose the non-profit category if you are working with a registered 501c3 non-profit.
Review the non-profit guidelines, rules and terms of service before applying. Apply for site membership, and when approved, log into your account.
Click on the Nonprofit Toolbox. Choose the website builder to build the fundraising website on your own, or enlist volunteers to help you. Click on Web Design and Graphic Design to be matched up with designers ready to donate their services to your cause.
Go to ChipIn.com and click on “Sign Up” in the upper-right corner of the screen. Enter your e-mail address, and open the email to retrieve the link to your registration page.
Enter your name, organisation and password and click on “Get started”. Next enter your cause, the amount of money you wish to raise and the date you need the funds by as well as your paypal e-mail address.
Use the page builder to create your own fundraising space on Chip In. Promote your cause with Chip In’s fundraising widget. Insert the code for the widget into your MySpace profile, Facebook page or other social networks.
Go to the Challenge Me Now website, and click on “Register Your Challenge Now” in the upper navigation bar. Verify your account and log in.
Fill in your profile to create your fundraising space at Challenge Me Now. Include photos, detailed stories and as much information as possible to educate potential supporters about your cause.
Spread the word and share your Challenge Me Now link with as many people as possible. Send your website link through e-mail, and spread the link throughout your social networks.
Tips and warnings
- If you decide to use ChipIn.com, you need a PayPal account to accept donations.
- Make sure to fully review the terms of service for the fund aising website you decide to use, as some sites require official documentation for charities and non-profit organisations.
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