How do I get people to help donate to my cause?
I want to know how I can get my supporters from social media to help donate $1 to my cause. I want to make jewelry for cancer patients to help them feel good. If I had help/donations from my supporters, it will be easier for me to purchase the materials to make the jewelry.
Get them to see it as their cause.
There also seems to be a bit of a mixed message there though. Are they giving to support kids with cancer? Or giving to support your need for raw materials?
I'd suggest start with friends and family, do as much work as you can (documenting your results along the way), then start showing those results and the positive impact to your social media following and letting them know that with their donations you can have an even bigger impact and get even more of these same great results.
Also, make sure your followers care about your cause. If they followed you because of their concern for cancer patients, don't talk to them about your costs and expenses. If they followed you for something other than their care for cancer patients you'll have to build the argument and get them invested. Story telling, case studies, personal stories... these kinds of things.
Does that help?
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Pull at people heart strings. Get some of your cancer receipiants to agree to say how much it means to them that people care enough to help with this unique program on video.
Don't get overwhelmed you can film these folks with their permission using your cell phone.
Upload the video to you tube and then post it all over social media-Facebook, Pinterest, Redditt, Tumbler, LinkedIn and see if you can't get other like minded and caring people to repost your video so their friends can see it too. Call the local radio and T.V. stations and see if they will pick up the story.
Always end with a call to action- You can help us. Go to this link (include link they can buy/donate to)
(Most people do not even get that far - i.e. they over-analyze things instead of actually getting things started or done.) What's the worst thing which could happen-they say "no?"
First off, that's a really nice thing you are planning to do here.
When asking for donations, I would suggest that telling a story of one specif person will tug more at peoples heart strings, as opposed to making a broad pitch about supporting a whole group of individuals who are going through a crisis.
(or asking for money to support your needs for material).
Example: "I want to make jewelry for cancer patients to help them feel good".
This sounds very kind, but it's not very personal, and many folks may not care simply because they are trying to start/run their own venture, and also need support for expenses.
Better example: Reyna is a 4 year old little girl who already talks about wanting to change the world and making it a better place. Reyna suffers from (rare form of cancer) and spends her days undergoing stressful treatments in order to stay alive. No child should be spending their days like this, and no parent should have to worry about whether they will see their child's next birthday. Won't you help put a smile on little Reyna's face by letting her know that you care? A small $10 donation will send a bracelet to help lift the spirits of a child just like Reyna.
Short version. Find a (true) story, and share "that" as your pitch.
It sounds as if you want to ask for money to just support your materials. ($1?)
Instead, ask for (more) money to support the value of making a little sick girl smile.
Ask for more money as it will also cover your time and other expenses. ($10+, etc)
+ It will get you much further in your cause.
You will also need a way to accept funding. Setup a Paypal account perhaps?
Also look into Crowd Funding websites. Don't rely solely on Facebook friends. Facebook friends can "suck" sometimes when it comes to supporting a cause. Posts only get seen by a small fraction of your friends list anyways, unless they are purposely following you.
You will find that doing this kind of thing will become a challenge if you do not have enough funds to support your own expenses beyond making the product.
As I said, you are doing a nice thing, but don't focus your pitch on helping "you" get stuff you need.
Let people see the end result of the cause. I.E. photos of cancer patients wearing your jewelry with a big smile on their face.
Hope this helps.
The fact that you're doing jewelry for cancer patients is really great. I'm a big supporter of anything that would go towards a good cause.
One thing you want to focus on as well is why you think cancer patients would want jewelry.
Not everyone is into jewelry and so you're going to run into that problem both for people who might donate and for those patients you might want to give it to.
Echoing some of the answers that have already been given, a personal story is a good way to get people interested. What about your own personal story?
Were you or someone you know personally affected by cancer? Why cancer? What is it that makes you want to do this for cancer patients?
That's another way to go about it.
I am working with www.carii.com on a communication tool with fundraising in mind. Here is an example of charity with a donate button built into the community https://www.carii.com/#/NationalFoundationforCancerResearch/about
I suggest you use videos since it has the most number of traffic on the web. Your target are most likely busy persons. They won't have enough time to read text-based content. Busy people has the money you need but they don't have the time to attend to other things as well. By getting all the ideas you have above, it'll be easier for you to shrink them into a moving picture with voice over.
I know of a website called Fund Me. Also, you can get fundraiser ideas -check web- sent to you. Apply for a grant, are you a non profit? If not, get the status. Hope it helps, I'm not a pro .........