Here are some ideas of things you could do to inspire people to get involved:
Kiss a cow, bake cookies, shave your head (or beard!) or put up a lemonade stand
Ask friends to donate $27 for your 27th birthday
Raise money to honor the life of a loved one
Get your entire classroom, sorority, or sports team to raise funds for filters
You can run, walk, swim or ride for clean water
Celebrate your anniversary, wedding, or baby shower by raising for good
Here’s how easy it is. Simply click the START A FUNDRAISER button on our website. You’ll choose your fundraising goal, pick an end date, and write up a brief message that your donors will see on your page. Then, upload a profile picture, enter your name and email address, and BOOM – you’re fundraising! (And if you want to change your message after you’ve already started your fundraiser or edit its end date – that’s easy too. Check out the Editing Your Fundraiser section below.)
A great place to start is to reach out to those closest to you with why you started your Filter of Hope fundraiser. You can do this via text, phone or email. You’ll want to make sure you share the link to your page. And be YOU! The more personal you are, the more likely people are to get involved. You’ll also want to share your fundraiser link on social media – again, be you! And share *why* you’re doing this. Share a story of your personal experience with Filter of Hope – or share one from our blog. And don’t be shy – post early and often. People often just need to be reminded once or twice!
It’s quick and easy! To find your fundraiser’s link, simply click the Manage My Page button that’s at the bottom of the initial email you received from us when you started your fundraiser. Then, in its Share Your Fundraiser section, you’ll see share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Email. You can even copy your fundraiser’s link and share it on your own.
Yes! We’re in this with you. You’ll receive periodic emails from us with helpful tips, links and ideas. And you can always contact us if you have any questions.
Yep. You’ll receive a ‘You got a new donation’ email from us each and every time some donates. It’ll also show you how much progress you’ve made toward your goal.
While online fundraising is easy and safe, we completely understand that some people may prefer mailing in a check. We have a simple offline Donation Form that anyone can download, print, and send in with their donation. If they’re not able to print the form, just have the donor include a short note with their check that indicates they’d like their donation to go to your personal fundraiser. Once we receive and process the donation we’ll add it to your Fundraiser page for you! (Our mailing address is: Filter of Hope, 1400 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa AL 35404.)
Celebrate!!! And then keep fundraising! Even if you’ve already hit your goal, 100% of any additional funds you raise will go to clean water projects — we challenge you to keep going! You can also increase your campaign goal. See how in the Edit section below.
Our best advice for you is to think about an amount that seems both attainable *and* challenging to reach. For some, that might be $250. For others, it might be $2,500 or more. There’s no amount that’s too little or too big. Whatever you raise will provide clean water to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it! (And remember, you can always increase your goal amount as you go.)
That’s completely fine! Be encouraged knowing that every dollar you raise will help provide water filters to people in desperate need.
When you initially set up your fundraiser, you’ll choose an end date. Some fundraiser’s will run for a week or so. Some will go for much longer. It’s completely up to you, though typically, the higher your goal, the more time you’ll want to allow. That said, all fundraising links stay active even after the end date passes. We’d hate for someone wanting to give to your fundraiser to go to your link only to find it’s been deactivated.
Fundraise together! Our fundraising platform works just as great for groups as it does for individuals. Just choose one person from your group to be the one who starts your fundraiser. They’ll be the one who receives the emails and donation notifications from us so it’ll be up to that person to keep the rest of the group informed. Feel free to share the Manage My Page link with your group so everyone can track your fundraiser’s progress!
Of course! To change your goal, simply click the Manage My Page button that’s at the bottom of the initial email you received from us when you started your fundraiser. From there click Edit Fundraiser and change your goal – just make sure to click the blue UPDATE button to apply the change!
You bet. To change your fundraiser’s end date, simply click the Manage My Page button that’s at the bottom of the initial email you received from us when you started your fundraiser. From there click Edit Fundraiser and change the end date – just make sure to click the blue UPDATE button to apply the change!