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DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Online Fundraising by sylvng

Sometimes a cause touches your heart so much that you just want to help in any way you can. And often the best way to help is to fundraise, because what cause couldn’t use more money? With microphilanthropy online, fundraising for your favourite cause is a cinch.  Already lots of organizations let you fundraise with online pledge forms when you participate in events like Ride for Heart or the CN Tower Climb for WWF (and in my opinion online pledge forms have really boosted donated dollars). But even without those events there are many easy ways for to you do your own fundraising:

  • If you have your own website or blog where you already sell your cause, use ChipIn or TipJoy to start raising money! ChipIn is more for any website (including most social media sites), while TipJoy is for Twitter, but both let you create your own fundraising campaign widgets to add to your site. You set the monetary goal, and the widget will give you a goal thermometer to display, with % achieved and number of contributors. Both ChipIn and TipJoy use PayPal so make sure you have an account first. Then write some heartfelt words about why people should donate to your cause, do some outreach, and watch as the money flows in!
  • If you don’t have a site yet, use Yourcause.com to create one. YourCause has over 1,000 charities for you to choose to support, and has all the tools for you to create a fundraising site. Not only does the site have a goal tracker, but you can add blogs, photos, and resources. Then you can go to the community with your page to gain supporters, and possibly even win an award from YourCause for your good work.
  • If you’re lacking ideas for some creative methods for fundraising, check out Do-It-Yourself Fundraising Ideas. Although the ideas are not necessarily for online use, many of them can be adapted. For example, instead of creating a physical cookbook to sell for fundraising, why not create a digital cookbook? Or hold a beauty contest online, where contestants send in photos. Be creative!

Some examples of the TipJoy and ChipIn widgets are below. If you’d like to see the real ChipIn widget in action go to www.designerheart.com. A friend of mine is expecting and unfortunately found out that his baby girl has a congenital heart defect. He created Designer Heart after realizing that parents in similar situations could use some mutual support. If you have a few spare dollars, Chip In!

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