Sitting for Society Embraces Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

On November 22 Shambhala hosts their annual Sit-A-Thon entitled Sitting for Society, a fundraiser to provide deep support for Northern California Shambhala Centers. Participants will sit from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in an effort to raise $100,000. Sponsors are asked to make donations in support of the participant’s day of sitting meditation.

community-group1“Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life.”

The Shambhala crowdfunding software is a complete registration and donation management system. Their sit-a-thon fundraising event engages individual meditators and teams in collecting and tracking donations. They multiply their fundraising dollars raised as each of their event participants taps into their group of constituents to raise funds for their cause.

Each Sitting for Society participant can easily customize their fundraising page with up to four pictures or videos, personal goal thermometer, a fundraising statement, and comments from donors. Individuals can join a team if they chose; the Berkeley Shamhala team has raised $4666 thus far.

As a community, Shambhala embraces a variety of contemplative arts and practices. These disciplines are inspired by Nalanda, an eleventh-century Indian university that welcomed teachings from many different traditions. Contemplative arts and practices bring beauty, vividness and wisdom to our lives and environment. A contemplative approach can be brought into any of the arts, including design, music, dance, and poetry. Many Shambhala Centers offer arts programs or host special interest groups who meet regularly to explore contemplative approaches to education, business and health care.

A number of great articles, tips and helpful guidelines to help in managing all the details for a walk-a-thon fundraiser are available free online. Many people find it valuable to download the walk-a-thon guide which walks through each step of the planning process in preparation for executing a successful fundraising event. There are also a number of free fundraising templates to download and use for an event including: walk-a-thon pledge forms, participant waivers & instructions, flyer templates, and more.

Accomplish Your Goals Through Nonprofit Crowdfunding

Raising funds, expanding your donor base, and building meaningful relationships with people is on the top of every non-profit’s To Do list. But what’s the best way to reach those goals? There are many different methods, but in recent years nonprofit crowdfunding has become a popular way to accomplish all 3 at once – and much more.

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What Is Nonprofit Crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding, as the name suggests, is the act of raising funds for an initiative through a multitude of people. (also refered to as “peer-to-peer fundraising”) This is usually done via the internet, specifically through crowdfunding websites.  Some of these sites, such as Kickstarter, cater to anyone – individuals or groups raising funds for a personal project or goal. For nonprofits, this means utilizing your network of contacts to assist in raising funds on behalf of your organization. This can include: event participants, employees, board members, previous donors, volunteers, etc. There are some crowdfunding websites that cater specifically to non-profits and other charitable causes, like Crowdrise and DoJiggy’s Crowdfunding Software.

While it is a relatively new concept, crowdfunding has been wildly successful for a variety of ventures. It also represents a lucrative opportunity for nonprofit organizations and charities to not only raise funds by reaching more people, but to have more eyes on your message and expand your donor base.

The Benefits of Crowdfunding for Nonprofit Organizations
When nonprofit crowdfunding is used strategically, it can provide a number of benefits for your organization. Raising funds is one of the more obvious benefits, but just a few of the many others can be any of the following:

  • Raise awareness about your organization and your mission
  • Expand your current donor base
  • Increase your engagement and get people talking about your cause
  • Get people excited about the impact they can make with their donation
  • More effective communication via vast more outlets
  • Reach people that your organization may not normally reach

These are just a few of the positive impacts of using crowdfunding in conjunction with your nonprofit fundraising campaign.

Nonprofit Crowdfunding: How to Get Started
Now that we can see all the benefits that crowdfunding can bring, what’s the easiest and most effective way of getting started? The first step is selecting the right platform. Crowdfunding websites are just platforms, so it’s important to research and select the one that works the very best for you and your goals.  Each platform has different pros and cons, and offer different features. However, here are 5 questions to ask yourself when you are selecting a platform:

  1. How does this platform look and feel, and will it be appealing to my donors?
  2. How easy is it to set up and manage the page and campaign?
  3. Will this platform accept donations securely, and will it be easy and simple for people to donate?
  4. Is this platform well-known, and are other non-profits and charities using it successfully?
  5. How much does it cost, are there setup or other fees?will it be easy and simple for people to donate?

These questions will help give you an idea if the platform is right for you. Find a nonprofit crowdfunding solution that works well for your goals and within your budget, and enjoy the many positive rewards that come from crowdfunding for nonprofits!

You may also want to check out our recent infographic on the Value of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for Nonprofits!

Chance to Win $1000 for Your Cause

We are continually inspired by the important work that nonprofit organizations and charities do to make the world a better place. As part of our commitment to helping making your dreams possible, DoJiggy “gives-back” through donating a percentage of our annual profits to further promote this work. While we do not have a particular area of focus, we grant awards where we see the greatest need, as well as the greatest desire to spread the word and gain support for their cause.

This year, we will award a total of $5000 to five deserving nonprofits. Each award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash grant towards their cause.  Perhaps your organization will be one of them!  Learn more about DoJiggy Giving Program

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How to Nominate Your Organization for a $1000 Award?

  1. Enter Our Contest on Facebook
  2. Post a Photo, Video or Text Entry & Tell Us Why You Should Win.
  3. Spread the Word through your social channels and ask People to VOTE!

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Wishing You the Best of Luck!


 

To be eligible to receive a DoJiggy Giving Award, your organization must show:

  1. Proof of 501(c)3 non-profit status in the US or equivalent in Canada
  2. Documentation of Operating Budget (less than $1 million USD)
  3. Demonstrated need for financial support
  4. Contest entry must be made by Friday, November 21, 2014

 

Innovative Ways to Successfully Fundraise at Work

Fundraising at work can be an easy and effective way to raise money and awareness for your charity. You’re around your coworkers every day, which gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about and educate people about your mission. It can also allow you to offer easy ways for coworkers to contribute either in person or through online donations.

Here are 3 innovative ways to successfully fundraise at work

Business group showing teamwork1. Fundraising Showcase

Ask your supervisors for just 5 minutes during a weekly staff meeting to make a presentation about your cause.  During the presentation, show your fundraising website and share photos and videos about your mission.  Be sure to explain the impact that it has and how contributions to your cause can help make the world a better place. This is a great opportunity to educate and inspire your coworkers in regards to your mission.

Perhaps your business will want to get behind the cause and offer to “match” donations of employees. Remember businesses get tax write-offs for donating to charity and their giving back also reflects positively on how their employees and customers view them.

Following your presentation, send an email to co-workers with a link to your fundraising website. Here they can easily see your fundraising goals and how much money you’ve already raised. They can also forward the link to others, and easily make an online donation towards your cause.

2. Luncheon Fundraising Event

boxedlunchA fun way to engage coworkers with your cause is to host a luncheon event. This could be hosted at a restaurant or other venue, or it could even be hosted on-site with a boxed-lunch fundraiser.

Sell tickets to the event where the proceeds go towards your mission, or charge a nominal fee for people to attend (since ultimately lunch is provided and they also get value out of the event). You may even find a local caterer that will donate the food for a worthy cause!

Provide games and contests to generate some fun competition across departments. Hold a raffle with prizes, where the proceeds from the tickets go directly to funding your cause, and employees have a chance to win great items. You may even want to make this a monthly event.

3. Auction Fundraising

An online charity auction is a great way to raise money for your cause while creating a fun way to generate some competition amongst your co-workers! A display table featuring the auction items in your office conference room or reception area could showcase the items that coworkers would be bidding on.

If you use charity auction software, it can be very easy to setup and manage the auction. You can allow people to make online donations or select “buy now” for items they must have.  This is a fun way to generate awareness and funds for your cause, and you could even open up the bidding to friends, family, and business contacts of your coworkers. It’s also extremely convenient for event planners as they can easily track all items people have bid on, and quickly generate invoices and collect payments.

In summary: If you’re interested in fundraising at work, take a look at our online fundraising software. With our software, you can simply and easily create, setup, and manage many fundraising campaigns: from silent auctions to charity golf tournaments to an online pledge drive, our affordable solutions can help you easily plan and manage all aspects of your event!

Profitable Fundraising Ideas for Schools

Whether you have a child in pre-school, elementary school, high school or college, you’ll know that school fundraising activities play a huge part in meeting the financial needs of educational establishments.

Coming up with new fundraising ideas isn’t always easy – but doing so is important, because fresh ideas grab the interest of participants and donors alike.

Here are some enjoyable school fundraising ideas that are easy to implement and profitable too!

Preschool and Elementary Level

preschool-fundraising-ideasFace-painting
This is one idea that’s always a winner! A good set of face-paints, a face-painting book and a couple of creative volunteers are all that’s needed to set up a booth, which should then appear at every school event throughout the year!

You can also ask at local malls, carnivals and sporting events if you might be allowed to set up a booth there, too. Consider selling face-painting kits at your booth to bring in additional income.

Cash for Lego Pieces
Have everyone bring in their unwanted Lego pieces, which can sell for around $10/lb. It’s such a simple idea, yet one from which everyone benefits… including parents who are more than happy to declutter their homes.

Middle and High School Level

Fluffy dog in safari outfit.Dog Pageant
Everyone is proud of their pooch – so arrange a ‘doggy pageant’ (you can even ask for the dogs to be in costume). Offer prizes for first, second and third places, charge an entry fee and open the pageant to all students, their families and friends.

Make extra money by holding a bake sale to coincide with the pageant, and why not run a simple raffle too?

Flamingo Flocking
This idea really appeals to the kids’ sense of fun! Purchase around 12 weatherproof plastic pink flamingos (the brighter in color the better!). Pick a ‘victim’, such as a local business, and place the flamingos in front of their premises.

Attach your school’s contact details to the flamingos and when someone calls, offer them a choice. You will remove the flamingos for a few dollars… or they can pay a few dollars more and pick the next ‘victim’ for themselves!  Whenever you place your flamingos, make sure you have a visible ‘contact’ board so that interested spectators can pay to have a yard of their choice visited by your flamingos too!

NOTE: Should anyone NOT be amused by the flamingos you should, of course, remove them immediately, without charge. Usually, though, people are happy to take part once they know it’s for a good cause… and it’s a great way to get attention!

College Level

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Held in conjunction with a raffle and bake sale, an arts and crafts fair is a great way to bring in extra funds.

Invite artists from the local community to participate, and arrange contests (for 100% recycled art, for example, or a photography contest). Close the event by holding a silent auction to sell off the best pieces.

Music Festival
It may be an ambitious idea, but a musical festival can be very profitable (not to mention memorable). Invite local bands to participate (some may be happy to do so simply for the exposure, no fee required).  Have artistic students create a range of souvenirs to sell during your event (T-shirts, hats etc) and sell food and drinks throughout the festival.

 

Guest Post provided by Christine from All Unique Fundraising Ideas: For more ideas to raise money for schools and other non-profit organizations, visit All Unique Fundraising Ideas where we’re always thinking ‘Outside the Donation Box’!