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How to Fundraise on Facebook on #GivingTuesday: FAQs

We’ve got big news! For one day only on #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, you will be able to use Facebook to start a Fundraiser for your Help Hope Live campaign. To take advantage of this limited fundraising opportunity, you must contact us for key instructions. Failure to notify Help Hope Live will exclude you from this offer. Here’s what you need to know…


What are the benefits of using Facebook Fundraisers this November 28?


  1. Facebook is waiving all fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday.
  2. Starting at 8 a.m. EST (5 a.m. PST) on #GivingTuesday, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching donations to U.S. nonprofits made through Facebook while funds last (up to $1,000 per Fundraiser, $50,000 per nonprofit, and $2 million in total).

Do I have to participate?


Creating a Facebook Fundraiser on November 28 is completely optional. Questions to consider:

  • Are you comfortable using Facebook?
  • Do you have an engaged list of Facebook friends who will help support and share your Fundraiser for Help Hope Live?
  • Are you aware that funds raised through Facebook may not reach your Help Hope Live campaign for 90 days? Read below:How soon will the funds be available?”

If you choose not to participate, you can still enjoy our #tealdeal: we waive the credit card fee for all donations at helphopelive.org in your honor on November 28.


How can I get started?

1. Contact us to talk about your plans to participate

2. Spread the word about #GivingTuesday on Facebook

3. On November 28, at any point in the day, create a Facebook Fundraiser and select Help Hope Live as the beneficiary.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser by tapping Raise Money

 

Tap Get Started

 

Tap Nonprofit

 

Find and select Help Hope Live

4. Add to the Fundraiser page “in honor of [your full name]”

5. Add to the Fundraiser page the name of your regionally restricted fund (for example, a part of the Mid-Atlantic Liver Transplant Fund). You can find this information on your Help Hope Live Campaign Page)

 

Be sure to include your name and the regionally restricted fund name

 

5. Share the Facebook Fundraiser with as many people as possible!

6. At the end of the day, take a screenshot of your Facebook Fundraising dashboard showing the total amount raised through your November 28 Facebook Fundraiser.

 

Take a screenshot that shows the total amount raised on November 28

 

7. Email the screenshot to [email protected] with the subject line: Facebook Fundraiser

8. When the funds raised are made available to Help Hope Live, you will see a new entry on the List of Contributors via your Campaign Dashboard.

There are a few important guidelines you must follow to be eligible for this opportunity: You must contact us to express interest in this opportunity.

  • You must be actively fundraising with Help Hope Live (at least one donation has been made in your honor)
  • You must mention your name and your Help Hope Live regionally restricted fund on the Facebook Fundraiser page

 

Find your regionally restricted fund name at the top of your campaign page

 

  • You must email a screenshot of the total funds raised to [email protected] within 72 hours of November 28
  • If you do not send us your screenshot on November 28, we may ask you to verify individual donation amounts to ensure all donations were made on November 28

What happens if I do not follow these guidelines for Facebook Fundraising?


If you do not adhere to these guidelines, we cannot guarantee that funds raised through Facebook Fundraising will be available to help with your medical and related costs. Funds raised outside of our guidelines through Facebook Fundraising will still come to Help Hope Live, but those funds will benefit our General Operating Fund to help support our work and mission.


How can I find out if I am eligible for matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?


Help Hope Live is not given any information about specific Facebook Fundraisers. All donations we receive through Facebook come to us as one lump sum. You will need to use Facebook’s reporting tools or contact the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation directly to for information about matching funds.


Will I be able to continue fundraising on Facebook after November 28?


You will not be able to continue fundraising on Facebook after #GivingTuesday. Funds raised through a Facebook Fundraiser for Help Hope Live after midnight EST on November 28 will be given to the Help Hope Live General Operating Fund and will not come to Help Hope Live in your honor.

Unfortunately, Facebook currently does not provide an avenue for fundraising that is fully compatible with our Help Hope Live administrative process. We will make this option available in the future when we can.


How soon will the funds be available?


Funds raised through Facebook are collected by the nonprofit Network For Good and then sent to Help Hope Live in a lump sum. Help Hope Live cannot control how long it takes for funds to arrive from Network For Good. Expect to wait up to 90 days for Help Hope Live to receive the funds you raise on November 28…

Help Hope Live has no control over matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We cannot guarantee that any contributions made on Facebook will be matched, nor can we provide an exact timeline for when eligible matching donations will become available to Help Hope Live for medical and related expenses.


Will I be able to see who donated?


You will be able to see donor names and donation amounts through Facebook only. Once we have received and processed donations from your Fundraiser (which, again, may take up to 90 days), the funds will appear on your Help Hope Live List of Contributors as a single entry: Facebook Fundraiser. Make sure you carefully record the information you get on Facebook for sending out thank-you notes or other gift acknowledgements.


Does Facebook take a fee?


Facebook has agreed to waive their administrative fee for all donations made to charities on November 28. Other fees may apply, such as a Network for Good payment processing fee, depending on the donor’s payment method and other factors. Help Hope Live does not receive information regarding fees that occur through Facebook Fundraiser donations.


Does Help Hope Live take a fee?


Help Hope Live’s low 5% administrative fee will be applied to funds raised through Facebook.


Who should I contact if I have additional questions?


Email [email protected] if you have any questions about this opportunity.


We look forward to seeing your Facebook Fundraisers in action on November 28! Best of luck!

The 15 Best Medical Fundraising Tips Of 2015

Feel like you’re in a fundraising slump? Here are 15 tips from our fundraising experts that will help you start 2016 on the right foot. Find additional fundraising tips from HelpHOPELive on Facebook and on Twitter every #TipTuesday!


1. Add a picture when you share your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page on social media! On Facebook, posts with pictures cause users to take action 87% of the time! A link posted without a picture only receives engagement 4% of the time.

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2. Fundraising doesn’t have to end once you reach a certain milestone or receive specific care. Continue fundraising to help offset a lifetime of uninsured medical and related expenses.


3. Ask your friends and family members what they are best at. That way, you can request their help with fundraising projects that involve their skills or interests. Your best friend may be far better at approaching local businesses than designing homemade thank-you cards.


4. Thank the friends and volunteers who made your fundraiser successful with personalized Exceptional Service Awards from HelpHOPELive! Everyone appreciates acknowledgement and a sincere thank-you.

HelpHOPELive Exceptional Service Award


5. When you’re reaching out to potential donors, help them crunch the numbers. Tell them how much a particular item or procedure will cost so they can see the tangible impact of their donations. You can find a list of average expenses on your HelpHOPELive Campaign Dashboard.

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6. Make a support video for someone you love who is struggling with a medical condition. Feature encouraging messages from friends, family members or co-workers. This small gesture can have a huge impact. Check out this example video for ideas.

HelpHOPELive support video


7. Start contacting local news outlets as soon as you have a date for your fundraiser. Plan to follow up two weeks before the event. Ask your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator if you need help creating a press release.


8. Create a bumper sticker or car magnet so you can draw attention to your HelpHOPELive campaign wherever you go! We can help you design a memorable logo and create a shortened link to include on your materials.

HelpHOPELive sample bumper sticker


9. Personalize your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page with pictures of you, your family, your pets, your passions and your recent fundraisers! Show supporters how donations and participation have impacted your life.

HelpHOPELive Campaign Page albums


10. When you’re helping a friend or family member to fundraise, give what you can, whether it’s your time, your dollars or your networking skills. Remember that emotional support can be as important as financial support.


11. Fundraising events should fit your community. From dogsled rides to special concerts and tournaments, we can help you figure out which fundraisers will work best in your region.

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12. Think beyond your city and state. You can enlist friends and family members who live anywhere in the country. Encourage anyone who may be willing to help you with fundraising to reach out to HelpHOPELive for support. No experience necessary!


13. Enlist the tech-savvy teens in your life to help you promote your HelpHOPELive Campaign on social media. Teens spend about 9 hours per day with the media, including platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Put these statistics to work for you!


14. Not all fundraisers have to be galas or events. How about a community project, like building an accessible home for a family coping with a spinal cord injury? Here’s an example from our client Andy Barlow.

Andy Barlow HelpHOPELive home renovation


15. You might be able to secure a free venue for your next fundraiser. Talk to a family member who belongs to a community organization like the Knights of Columbus or a Moose Lodge. If your children attend a school with a gym or auditorium, get in touch with school administrators to ask about using the space. See if your place of worship has an auditorium or large meeting space that may suit your needs.


Looking for more medical fundraising ideas? Reach out to your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator for support and follow our Blog for additional insights.

4 Ways To Engage Your Faith Community For Fundraising

In honor of National Donor Sabbath this week, here are a few ideas for how to engage your faith community in fundraising.


Spread Awareness With National Donor Sabbath

Between November 13 and November 15, faith communities across the country will celebrate National Donor Sabbath, a time to honor individuals who have saved lives through organ donation. It’s an opportunity for discussion and education: as Donate Life California notes, “ALL major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation, and believe it to be a final act of kindness and generosity.”

National Donor Sabbath 2015

Source: donatelife.net

HelpHOPELive will be distributing free organ donor awareness materials to congregants at St. David’s Episcopal Church in our local Wayne, PA community this year. Consider asking your faith community to honor the occasion in 2016. Contact your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator to request awareness materials to help spread the word.


Showcase Ways To Make A Difference

Your place of worship may be an ideal location to bring people together to sign up to be bone marrow donors, blood donors or registered organ donors. These drives can raise awareness for a cause, inspire attendees to donate to your HelpHOPELive Campaign and create an opportunity to enlist community volunteers who may help you to promote your Campaign or plan future fundraising events.

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Hold a bone marrow drive to raise awareness and support for your Campaign.

In 2010, HelpHOPELive client Vinodkumar Challagundla desperately needed a bone marrow transplant to fight myelofibrosis. His faith community came together to hold bone marrow drives across the country at which potential donors could submit their cheek swabs for compatibility testing. The community found overwhelming support for the initiatives: more than 15,000 people joined the National Marrow Donor Program registry through the drives, including the donor that would save his life.


Hold A Fundraiser

A place of worship can be a great venue for a fundraising event, from a post-service pancake breakfast to a community yard sale. If you are already involved with a faith community, contact your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator for event ideas that will suit the venue and audience.

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Your place of worship could be a great location for a fundraising event.

If your faith community has a suitable concert area or holds a regular musical event, consider engaging faith leaders to help you plan a concert to fundraise for your Campaign. A faith-based community concert in honor of HelpHOPELive client Allen West Edgar attracted over 300 attendees and raised significant proceeds towards Allen’s kidney transplant. Allen even performed at the concert, showing attendees how much their support meant to him.


Engage A Volunteer Network

Some faith communities have a social service and outreach component built into their mission or their youth organizations. See if your place of worship would be willing to help you reach out to individuals who want to support your fundraising efforts in the name of their faith. HelpHOPELive client Ethan Kadish’s friends and family members engaged their faith community to support Ethan through two projects, a 5K event and a performance by a local youth band, that tied into service expectations for a coming-of-age religious ceremony.

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Find enthusiastic volunteers through your faith community.


Want more fundraising tips and ideas? Reach out to your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator for support and browse our Blog for additional insights.

Fundraising With HelpHOPELive: Your First Steps

Once you have decided to move forward with fundraising, it’s time to start engaging your community! Talk to your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator about your family, friends and local area so we can help you decide which fundraising approach will work best for your campaign.

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If you’re not sure where to begin, these ideas will get you started:

  • My aunt Mary is a teacher. Could I ask Mary about holding a fundraiser through her school?
  • My friend Joseph is an avid golfer. Could a golf tournament be our big fundraising event for this year?
  • My town holds a yearly Strawberry Festival and a 5K Race to benefit a local citizen. How can I contact my town administration to find out more about getting involved in these upcoming events to raise money for HelpHOPELive?
  • I’m active in my church or faith community. Could we have a special collection in my honor or distribute my HelpHOPELive appeal letter to members?
  • My 10-year high school reunion is coming up. How can I get in touch with some of my former classmates who are local or live out-of-state?
  • A friend of my parents sells kitchen storage containers. Would she be willing to hold a container-buying party in my honor?
  • Before I worked with HelpHOPELive, my friends helped me hold a local Dinner Dance. Since that was a big success, maybe we can hold a similar event this year?
  • My cousin, my sister and my friend Marie all asked how they could help or support me as soon as I was diagnosed. Can I reach out to these contacts first to ask for help with planning, promoting and staffing my next event?

You can find a list of fundraising event ideas online in your HelpHOPELive Dashboard. Contact your Fundraising Coordinator today if you’re ready to start planning your event!

5 Refreshing Summer Fundraising Ideas

Here are 5 great ideas for summer medical fundraising from our experts.


1. Approach a local ice cream or frozen yogurt shop.

Ask the owners if they’d be willing to designate one day this summer during which a percentage of all purchases will be donated to a HelpHOPELive Campaign.

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2. Track down yearly summer festivals.

You may be able to speak to the festival organizer so that a portion of proceeds from an upcoming festival are given to HelpHOPELive in your honor.

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3. Look for outdoor selling opportunities.

You may be able to sell chocolate bars, custom t-shirts or other items at an upcoming outdoor event like a craft festival or multi-family yard sale. You can also ask event planners if you can set up coin banks at their outdoor events.

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4. Choose a summer-friendly venue.

Cooling off is on everyone’s mind — cater to your supporters by holding your next fundraiser at a local pool or water park. Approach venues ahead of time to ask about your fundraising options.

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5. Raffle off summer chores.

No one wants to think about chores on a beautiful summer afternoon. Ask your friends if they’d be willing to donate their time for an upcoming raffle. You could raffle off:

  • An hour of weeding or gardening
  • Pool cleaning
  • Four hours of babysitting for a summer date night
  • Swimming lessons
  • And more!

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Need help planning your summer fundraiser? Reach out to us on Facebook or on Twitter. Our fundraising experts are here to help.

 

How To Share Your Campaign Page On Social Media

Over 70 percent of people who use the Internet also use social media. 28 percent use social media on their smartphones every day!

Use this guide to share your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page on Facebook and Twitter.


How to share your Campaign Page on Facebook logo

  1. Go to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.
  2. At the top right, you will see a Share My Page section with social media icons.
  3. Click on the blue Facebook icon. Facebook icon
  4. A new tab will open up [see image below].
  5. You may have to login to your Facebook account to proceed.
  6. Add information in the empty box. For example: I need a kidney transplant to survive. Can you help?
  7. Click on the Share Link button at the bottom right.

campaign page HelpHOPELive Facebook help

 


How to share your Campaign Page on Twitter logo

  1. Go to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.
  2. At the top right, you will see a Share My Page section with social media icons.
  3. Click on the light blue Twitter icon with the white bird on it. Twitter icon
  4. A new tab will open up [see image below].
  5. You may have to login to your Twitter account to proceed.
  6. You can either keep the Tweet as it is or make changes to it. Make sure you keep the URL in the Tweet! [see image]

campaign page HelpHOPELive share Twitter help tips

7. You will not be able to send out the Tweet if you exceed the character limit. You’ll see the number of remaining characters printed in gray at the bottom right of the Tweet.

If the number turns red, you’ve exceeded the character limit and will need to cut down the length of your Tweet to post it.Add hashtags or @ users if you want to.

[***see below if you’re confused about these terms.]

8. Click on the Tweet button at the bottom right.


Anatomy of a Tweet: The Basics

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  • A hashtag (#) is used to identify the topic(s) of your Tweet. When you share your HelpHOPELive page, you could add #HelpHOPELive or #fundraising or #hope to your Tweet. Anyone who searches for either of those terms on Twitter might see your Tweet.
  • If you want to reach out to a particular user or organization in your Tweet, use the @ symbol to “tag” that user.
  • WARNING! Not all users use their real name as their account name in Twitter. For example, HelpHOPELive is on Twitter as @HelpHOPELiveorg. You can search for a person or organization in Twitter ahead of time to find out what name to add after the @ symbol in your Tweet.

If you need additional help sharing your Campaign Page on social media, reach out to us on Facebook or on Twitter!

25 Medical Fundraising Tips You Can Use Today

Need to give your campaign a boost? Here are 25 powerful fundraising tips from HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinators that you can start using right away.


Asking For Auction and Raffle Items

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1. Think about the local businesses you visit on a regular basis, like bakeries, family-owned grocery stores, restaurants, hair salons, boutiques or even your dentist’s office. Ask each for a gift certificate donation.

2. When asking for item donations from local businesses, bring your HelpHOPELive Appeal Letter and Gift In Kind Form to help explain your story and the tax advantages of donating to your HelpHOPELive campaign.

3. Ask local organizations to sponsor your next fundraising event. You get reduced-cost products or services, and local businesses get exposure!


Getting More Donations

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4. Engage former classmates for donations.

5. Update your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page regularly, and edit the About section of your Campaign Page if you reach a major medical milestone. Pictures and updates help contributors feel more connected to your cause.

6. Create a YouTube video that explains your personal journey and asks viewers for donations.


Improving Events

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7. Coordinate your fundraisers with upcoming holidays. How about a first day of summer car wash, or a Father’s Day outdoor barbeque?

8. Sell chocolate bars with a custom HelpHOPELive label at outdoor events. Set up a table at your town’s next community fair or summer festival.

9. Add bonus events! Add a bake sale to your garage sale. Add a silent auction to your spaghetti dinner.

10. Sell HelpHOPELive wristbands at your next event. Ask your Fundraising Coordinator for details.

11. Use customized HelpHOPELive materials like flyers and brochures to spread the word. Your Fundraising Coordinator can show you how.

12. Turn a fundraiser into an eating competition. Bump up your next fundraising barbeque with a burger eating challenge! Charge admission for teams or individuals and offer prizes for the winner(s).


 Uniting Your Community

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13. Create a t-shirt for your supporters that includes a shortened link to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.

14. If donors have questions about HelpHOPELive, send them a helpful infographic.

15. Share your Campaign Page with extended family members so they stay in the loop.

16. Personalize thank-you notes for people who donate to your campaign. A small gesture goes a long way.

17. Thank event attendees and sponsors in social media posts. On Twitter or Facebook, use the @ sign to “tag” businesses or friends in a post.


 Fundraising On A Tight Budget

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18. Create a donation coin bank with the HelpHOPELive logo on it. Ask local businesses to display it. You Fundraising Coordinator can give you a customized coin bank label to support your HelpHOPELive campaign.

19. Auction off time instead of items! Ask friends to donate tax preparation help, house cleaning, babysitting or even piano lessons.

20. Share event registration pages on Facebook and Twitter so your friends can easily RSVP.


 Getting Help

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21. Engage your local Moose Lodge, Elk Club, Masonic Temple or Knights of Columbus organization for volunteers to serve as event staff if you or someone you know is a member,

22. Ask National Honor Society students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to volunteer as staff members at your event.

23. Check in with your Fundraising Coordinator if you are planning an event. We can provide customized HelpHOPELive materials, press releases, creative event ideas and much more!


Thinking Big

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24. If an event is successful, make it an annual affair! Ask your Fundraising Coordinator for tips.

25. Through pictures, videos or updates, show donors exactly how they have improved your life with their contributions.


Find more campaign-boosting tips from HelpHOPELive’s expert Fundraising Coordinators on Facebook and on Twitter. Fresh tips are posted every Tuesday.