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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.

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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

tweet example hashtag @ how to user twitter

  • 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!

Why Work With HelpHOPELive?

Why should you trust HelpHOPELive to support your medical fundraising efforts? This infographic explains why you can count on us.

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If you have questions or feedback regarding this infographic, reach out to us on Twitter or on Facebook.

 

Crowdfunding Your Medical Expenses: 5 Myths

As The New York Times reported in January, many patients are turning to crowdfunding to raise money for major or unforeseen medical expenses. Crowdfunding sites are jumping on the bandwagon in droves, rapidly adding medical fundraising options to their existing rosters of services.

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At HelpHOPELive, we’ve been helping patients fundraise since 1983. As new digital fundraising options emerge, it’s important for all potential fundraisers to understand exactly how crowdfunding works. While crowdfunding looks like an easy way to raise money quickly, make sure you consider these factors before you dive in.


 

Myth 1: Donations to my cause will be protected.

Many modern crowdfunding platforms do not include a way for donors to verify that the money they donate will be spent on a patient’s medical costs. In fact, as Charity Navigator warns, some people routinely exploit crowdfunding sites and manipulate donors in order to misuse donations for their own purposes.

HelpHOPELive tracks and verifies all donations, but if you work with a crowdfunding platform, donors that you contact may feel justifiably uncertain about donating to a cause without any sort of guarantee that their contributions will be collected and utilized to cover legitimate expenses.

Myth 2: I can keep my Medicaid coverage.

Donations you receive through HelpHOPELive fundraising will never endanger your Medicaid coverage. If you work with a crowdfunding platform, however, you may risk losing your benefits.

When Medicaid eligibility is determined, donations you receive through a crowdfunding platform will be counted as assets. The limit for “countable assets” to qualify for Medicaid is only $2,000. In other words, if you net more than $2,000 in donations through a crowdfunding platform, you may lose your access to Medicaid and incur sky-high additional expenses for your treatment.

Myth 3: Donors will naturally donate additional funds over time.

You may believe that your only obligation is to set up a crowdfunding site and wait for the donations to roll in. In reality, as the New York Times reported, most donors will not give to the same cause multiple times unless they clearly understand the link between their donation and a particular outcome for a patient.

Successful fundraising is a long-term process, not a short-term frenzy. While crowdfunding sites may generate initial buzz, you will likely need to raise money for medical costs throughout your lifetime. Donors tend to be reluctant to donate multiple times to the same cause, but HelpHOPELive can help you to fundraise creatively to increase the chances of repeat donations.

Myth 4: Strangers will donate to my cause.

Crowdfunding platforms may make it seem like virtual strangers will readily donate to your cause once you sign on. In most cases, the vast majority of donations to your cause are going to come from people you already know.

You can spread the word by leveraging your existing social circles, including extended family members, community organizations, places of worship and other potential donation sources.

Myth 5: Crowdfunding is free.

No fundraising effort is entirely cost free. HelpHOPELive charges 5% for operational costs with a 2.65% credit card fee* as applicable and no additional per-transaction fees. Medical fundraising fees will differ by provider, and as The New York Observer reported in 2014, some fundraisers have been unpleasantly surprised by the operating costs and donation fees deducted by crowdfunding platforms. Be sure you understand the associated costs before you choose a network to rely on for fundraising.

GoFundMe: 7.9% charge + $0.30 transaction fee (in the U.S.)

GiveForward: 7.9% charge + $0.50 transaction fee

Fundly: 4.9% charge + 3% credit card fees

Indiegogo: 9% fee + third party processing fees of 3-5% (platform fee decreases to 4% only if you meet your fundraising goal)

Medical crowdfunding and HelpHOPELive

So what can I do to raise money? Fundraising through HelpHOPELive is the most secure and supported method for raising money to cover your medical expenses. You receive the full benefit of over three decades of fundraising expertise, and your donors can rest easy knowing that every dollar they donate will be tracked and allocated responsibly. To learn more about fundraising with HelpHOPELive, click here.

What do you think about crowdfunding for medical expenses? Join the conversation on Facebook or on Twitter.

 

* Effective October 1, 2016.