You've probably heard the saying “every penny counts”. Well that’s exactly what crowdfunding is, a bunch of people giving a little that, Lord willing, eventually turns into a lot!
But, when you give to a campaign on GiveSendGo it's more than just a monetary donation. There’s a deeper impact and meaning to your donation no matter how much you give.
The odds that a campaign owner will meet everyone they get a donation from is very unlikely. All they know is that a random stranger wants to be a part of their journey and cares enough about their cause to give. Maybe their story rang true for them, or maybe they had great empathy for the person that they were compelled to give something to help.
Knowing that even random strangers have your back is something so powerful and inspiring for a lot of our campaign owners. On GiveSendGo, you can create a campaign for anything. Unfortunately, the world is broken, so oftentimes many of the campaigns we see are people who feel hopeless in their situation and have turned to crowdfunding as their last resort. So, yes, your $5.00 donation counts. It’s telling the campaign owner they’re not alone in whatever situation they’re going through… not if YOU can help it.
Being a part of the Givers Army doesn’t necessarily mean you have a lot to give. God loves a cheerful giver. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul encourages others to give BUT not beyond their means. Does that mean giving is a sacrifice. Oftentimes, yes, but it doesn’t always have to be.
Whether you’re making a one time donation to a GiveSendGo campaign, or you want to be a frequent giver on the Givers Army, don’t pledge to give a ridiculously high number that you can’t afford just because you want to be the most generous, or because you feel that a donation of a lesser amount won’t make a difference. Paul says don’t give "reluctantly or under compulsion." That’s our vision for the Givers Army, giving people rising up together to make a difference in the world - one small or large donation at a time.
The amount you donate doesn't matter, it's the heart behind it. God sees your heart behind donating.
Another benefit of giving, no matter what the amount, is the joy you will feel when helping someone in need. That alone is worth it to a lot of our givers!
And, if you’re someone who wants to make a habit out of making a difference in people's lives then the Givers Army might be the choice for you!
A year ago today, GiveSendGo saw a campaign for a man named Mr. James from Memphis, Tennessee. He’s in his late 70’s and was in need of a new trailer to collect scrap metal, which he does to support his loving wife and great grandchildren they’re raising together. His friend, Dywana, thought the trailer didn’t look safe, so she decided to raise money with us on GiveSendGo in order to purchase a new tailer for Mr. James! Talk about a good friend!
The co-founders of GiveSendGo felt led to help Mr. James and Dywana out, so they purchased a new trailer for him and told Dywana any money she’d already raised for Mr. James can now just go directly to him!
They traveled to Tennessee to meet Dywana and surprise Mr. James with the new trailer! The morning of the surprise, Dywana received a call from Mr. James, who told her he was on his way to meet her…business as usual...except, he mentioned, as of that morning, his trailer was no longer usable. Can you believe it?! On the SAME MORNING Dwyana and the GiveSendGo team had arranged to meet Mr. James and give him this new trailer, his old one breaks down!
Some people may call it a coincidence, but we know there’s no such thing! He was overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness for his friend Dywana, for the new trailer, and to everyone in his community who came that morning to show their support! I think we all can agree we need a friend like Dywana.
Hospital visits, surgeries, ambulance rides, physical therapy, and other health related treatments or resources can all be costly medical expenses. People worldwide live with the burden of paying off these bills all while trying to help their bodies heal. Both are stressful and can take a toll on any individual or family. Some people go without getting medical help at all, even though they might desperately need it, simply because they can’t afford it.
GiveSendGo serves as a resource for anyone who’s looking to raise money to pay off their medical bills or help a loved one with their medical expenses. Money shouldn’t be the determining factor as to whether you receive medical help or not, so here are some fundraising tips to help pay off these expenses easier.
1. GiveSendGo Campaign
You never know when a medical emergency, surgery, or illness may happen. With the right treatments and medicines you can work on getting better, but it typically costs a pretty penny to get medical care of any kind. Even planned medical treatments or care can cost a lot of money. This is why GiveSendGo has several families and individuals using our platform to create fundraising campaigns to raise money for their medical expenses, unexpected or not. If you or anyone you know is looking to raise funds for their medical bills, whether immediate or in the future, we encourage you to use our platform as a resource to help you raise that money more effectively!
Just like with any other campaign, it’s important to tell your story and explain your situation on your GiveSendGo campaign page. With this specifically, you want to communicate the details of what you’ll be needing the money for. Explain what the money you’ll be raising will be going towards such as medications, treatments, therapy, wheelchairs, etc. You don’t have to share every detail, especially sensitive details you want to keep private, but it’s important to explain the important things to your potential backers. Additionally, include any details on donating and other ways people can support you, your loved ones, or your family throughout this situation. You should also include specific amounts people can give, so they don’t have to guess what you need, such as $50, $100, $150 - you get the picture!
Once you’ve shared your story, share your campaign as much as you can with your family, friends, social media community, church family, co-workers, and your local community. Share it on your social media sites, send the campaign url through email to relatives and co-workers, and text the campaign url to your closest friends and family. The best way to raise funds to help pay for those costly medical expenses is to spread awareness and get as many people involved as you can, so don’t be shy with that share button!
2. Virtual or In-Person Walkathon or 5K
Virtual 5K’s and walkathons are becoming more and more popular in today’s day and age! With this fundraising method, you can get in some healthy exercise, while raising the money you need, all at the same time!
Now, if you’re in the hospital or have been advised not to walk, run, or take part in any exercise of this kind then this method probably isn’t for you to also be participating in. However, if you are able to move around in this capacity, or you’re a loved one fundraising one someone else’s behalf, then start inviting friends, family, co-workers, church family, and even your community to walk or run with you in a virtual or in-person 5K or walkathon! Due to the flexibility of this fundraising method, even if you aren’t able to be there in person due to your health, this event allows people to run or walk on your behalf.
All this method takes, whether it’s in person or virtual, is for people to pledge certain amounts of money based on how far they run or walk. That walking or running course can either be preplanned by you or a loved one in-person, or if it’s a virtual event, it can be a course mapped out by the runner or walker in their area. Whatever each person decides to pledge, based on the distance they ran or walked, they can donate directly to your GiveSendGo campaign page!
3. Used Book Sale
A used book sale is a wonderful way to get your community involved in your fundraising! Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church family, and community to donate any books they’re wanting to get rid of to your cause. You can also reach out to your local library and see if there’s any books they’re wanting to discard or are selling for a low price. They may even just donate them to you! It’s also worthwhile to stop by any local thrift stores to pick up cheap books they’re selling for a low price. (Many places like this will sell you a bundle of books for only a couple of dollars).
Once you’ve spent some time collecting as many books as possible, you can set up a book sale (much like a garage sale) and invite everyone you know (as well as those in your community) to come buy books at your book sale! You’ll be surprised how many books you can sell, especially at a fraction of the cost most book stores would sell them for. Whatever money you raise can then go directly towards your medical expenses!
4. Writing Letters
Writing fundraising letters is a great way to let people know what your situation is and ask for support. It’s such a popular method, it’s used to raise money for all sorts of causes.
Start by collecting the addresses of family, friends, church members, co-workers, and more. Then, write a letter explaining your, or your loved one’s, medical situation and your fundraising needs. If you or your loved one needs money for surgery expenses, ambulance rides, crutches, a wheelchair, rehab, etc. communicate that in the letter. People are more apt to help if they know what they’re helping with, so be sure to include all the details they’ll need to know. Also share specific amounts people can donate such as $50, $100, $200, etc. People don’t like guessing how much they should donate, so adding those specific amounts (as well as mentioning what your end monetary goal is) will be helpful to them.
You can also include the link to your GiveSendGo campaign, so they can give directly to you online! We live in a time where people are more prone to giving online rather than through cash or check, so this is a great way to include another donation option.
Lastly, if you want to go the extra mile, include another stamped envelope with the already sealed letter, so it’s easy for them to put their money in the new envelope and send it off as quickly as possible. The more convenient you make it for people, the more donations you’re likely to receive!
5. Potluck Dinner
Who doesn’t love a good potluck? Churches especially will find any excuse to hold a potluck, so why not ask your local church if they’d be willing to host a potluck dinner as a fundraiser for you? Members of the church will already be invited, as well as any of your friends and family. You now have an opportunity to personally explain your situation and ask for donations. (This is also a great time to implement some of the other, smaller, fundraising methods mentioned throughout this article). Church families love to swoop in and support those they know, so this method is a great way to make your needs known and enjoy a meal with people you care about!
6. Collect Change
If you’re like me, you have change lying around your house, your car, probably in your dryer, and somewhere in your purse or wallet. Most of the time this change just floats around and gets lost, so why not ask your friends, family, community, and church family to collect all their loose change and donate it towards your medical expenses?
Better yet, if you know people who want to donate their extra change, give them a container they can collect their money in. As an added personal touch, add a custom title or hashtag representing your situation on the container. Then, let everyone know what their deadline is (the day you’ll be collecting their change) and allow people to save up their money until that date. Pocket change may not seem like a lot, but once you add it all together you’ll be surprised by just how much money you can raise to cover medical expenses with this method! And, it’s so easy due to its minimal planning or resources!
7. Host a Game Night
Game nights, similar to trivia nights, are highly effective! Invite your family, friends, community, co-workers, and church family to your event. Be sure to communicate to those thinking of attending that your event is a fundraiser to pay for you, or a loved one’s, medical expenses. Then, charge a set amount per table or per person. This allows people to come as a group or for people to attend and play games at any table. Whatever works best with your game night event!
All you really need for this event are a variety of board games and maybe some snacks and drinks for people to enjoy while they play (which you can also charge money for). Games like chess, UNO, Clue, checkers, Monopoly, Sorry, dominoes, LIFE, and Phase 10 are all great games to include at your event, but you can really bring whatever games you think those in attendance will enjoy playing!
Also, make sure to secure your event space ahead of time. If you’re a member of a local church, ask if you can use one of their buildings to host your event. You may even get to use it for free!
8. Envelope Fundraiser
This fundraising method can be easily implemented into any fundraising event you may be hosting or you can do it completely on its own! It’s also affordable and incredibly low maintenance. Buy a pack of envelopes at your local store, label them 1-100 or 1-150 (you get the idea) and hang them up on a cardboard presentation board or on a corkboard.
Then, let your backers choose an envelope and insert the cash corresponding to that number directly in the envelope. Now cross out that envelope’s number to show the remaining amounts left to donate to. You can also simply keep the envelopes in a box and carry it around with you. With this method you can easily raise more than you spend, so have fun with it!
If you love reading or know people who do, this fundraising method may be for you! Encourage your friends, family, co-workers, community, and church family to read as much as they can in one month, or to pledge money for the amount of books or pages each participant reads. Whatever part people play in this challenge, they’ll be helping to support you! You can set goals such as pledging $50 for five books read, or $100 for 3,000 pages read.
This method can be pretty flexible as you get to choose the goals and amounts people can donate. Then, ask people to donate their amounts straight to your GiveSendGo campaign page when those reading goals are met. This not only gets people’s minds active, but encourages participation from children and families! You can even offer the person who reads the most books or pages a prize at the end of the challenge!