Getting donations from the crowd

Life isn’t always easy. We sometimes face challenges that we cannot overcome without the generous help of others. This is particularly true with regards to financial challenges. This is not something to be embarrassed about.

You must reach out to those around you who are in the position to help. If you have close friends or relatives that have the means to help you out single-handedly, then great. Approach them to discuss if they are willing to do so.

Or, you can choose to crowd fund money for your personal cause by using platforms like Crowdrise, GoFundMe and YouCaring

Are you skeptical about your ability to raise money in this way? Well, these three platforms have facilitated donations well over a billion dollars.

So how does it work?

It is simple to get started. In fact, Crowdrise has made the bold claim that if you are a decent typist, it only takes 42 seconds to do so.

  • Set up your cause on your chosen platform. Give a heartfelt description of why you need the money and how much you need. You can then upload pictures and videos to give your cause more context and validity.
  • Share your cause with family and friends and others in your social network
  • Receive money from donors

You are able to track donations coming in and to thank each contributor for their donations.

What else do you need to know?

Do not abuse crowd donations platforms. Only use them to raise money for things like:

  • Medical expenses - surgery, rehabilitation or cancer treatments.
  • Unique dreams – Achieving a great feat or if you have a terminal disease fulfilling dreams on your bucket list.
  • Adoption – Cover adoption agency costs, program fees or surrogacy costs.
  • Personal tragedies – Rebuilding a home that has burnt down or getting help after the death of a spouse.
  • Memorials – Funeral costs or campaigns to honour the legacy of a loved one.
  • Volunteer work - Funding your expenses while you do pro-bono volunteer work.

Whatever you do, do not set up a dishonest or fake cause.

This is totally not cool. If suspected of potential fraud the platforms might request that you submit supporting documents. You may also be removed from the platform. Just don’t do it. 

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