When someone asks you to think of unique fundraising ideas, what comes to mind? Most of us call to mind bake sales, carwashes, candy and magazine sales that we were made to take part in during our school years. To be sure, those fundraises did bring in a marginal amount of money, but the honest truth is that they were far more work for the students than the faculty cared to admit. While sometimes one lucky child with the help of perseverant parents would bring home a bicycle or a video game system as a prize the majority of students got little more than some stickers or a bracelet along with a few candy bars or a magazine subscription paid for by the parents. The schools brought in funds but in reality the parents often paid for unwanted and unneeded products and a fundraising company would make money off their products by insisting that this was the best way to raise funds for school.
New Ideas Change The Face Of Fundraising
Today it is no secret that the Internet is an integral part of our modern society. We rely on the Internet for things that are slowly becoming obsolete in the real world. We no longer go to a store to rent movies, we pay a monthly fee to stream movies online. We order our electronics, our books, our groceries and even pizza through the Internet. It was only a matter of time before the Internet was able to be a part of the streamlining of fundraising.
Fundraising using the Internet is quickly becoming more common and even more efficient than fundraising techniques of yesterday. When fundraising door to door you can perhaps canvas 50 houses in an afternoon, there is the potential for an online fundraising page to appear to 50 people online at the same instant. A fundraising page can work to raise funds for your cause even while you are busy at work or school or during the middle of the night when you are asleep. And because of the way programs like GoFundMe.com work, when one person interacts with your fundraising page, it naturally spreads and introduces your cause to people you have never met(http://gofundme.com/online-fundraising) who will be able to see your page and donate from places you have never been or even heard of.
People are surprisingly happy to donate to unique fundraising campaigns that they feel strongly about.
The best part of fundraising online is that it is straightforward. You create a page that explains your goals and share it through Facebook, Twitter of any other social media networks. There is no pretense of your donors needing to purchase a yearlong magazine subscription or a candy bar from a company they have never heard of. Whether the cause is helping a single mother, raising money for a young entrepreneur’s new business idea, or throwing a 50th wedding anniversary party for grandma and grandpa, there will be people who want to see others happy and appreciate the ease and simplicity of giving online.