Bike-a-thon Crowdfunding Success – Ride for a Reason

The 7TH annual Ride for a Reason bike-a-thon from Oakland to the Capital to support education and raise essential funds for Oakland schools is happening on March 15. Last year, 250 students, teachers, parents and community members pedaled to Sacramento to draw attention to the crisis in funding for education.

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“We once had the best schools in the nation. Working together, we can proudly restore public education in California!”

Every rider creates an individual fundraising page and seeks pledges for their 109-mile ride. A 45-mile ride is in place for novice riders, families, and kids. The organizers provide SAG-wagon support, rest stops, a great lunch, transportation to the starting point for the 45-mile ride, and home from Sacramento. Every bike-a-thon participant and volunteer will gather on the Capitol steps for the call to action and rally for education.

Thus far the top fundraising participant has raised $1700. Julia’s personal fundraising page  includes a comment section from her supporters — “Besides the donation, sending a million blessings!”….. Literacy lives! Love, Mom”. Julia’s fundraising goal shown on the the top of her page is $1800, which looks like she may surpass. She has included some touching photos of the kids she teaches and their artwork which speaks loudly of her mission. Share buttons to social medial platforms and her personal web link make it easy for her supporters to help in spreading the word to support education during this momentous bike-a-thon.

Personalized fundraising merchandise is sold on their bike-a-thon website which not only generates more funds for their cause, but adds excitement and empowerment towards Ride for a Reason. A beautiful and unique custom cycling jersey was designed just for the participants by Bay Area designer, Rob Brown. DeFeet Aireator cycling socks with the R4R logo around the ankle are available for purchase. Transportation to each starting point are sold as products which goes toward the cost of their event logistics. And there is a registration fee for each rider in further covering these costs.

“After years of dis-investment, we must demonstrate to Sacramento that Prop 30 is only the beginning, and make clear that more funding, resources and support is required. Prop 30 will help, but it won’t dig us out of the very deep hole we’re in.”

A great way to obtain a lot of pledges for your bike-a-thon event is through crowdfunding software. Participants can send out an email donation request which includes a link to the online pledge page, making it very easy for potential donors to contribute. Nonprofit organizations may add a link to their online donation page of their organization’s website, and encourage participants to post links on social networking sites. It’s always fun to encourage healthy competition in motivating participants to raise more pledges by providing incentives and prizes for the best performers. For example, partner with a local bike shop to see if they would donate a brand new bike for the participant who collects the most pledges.

San Jose Sharks Wine Tasting Event

On March 5 Sampling with the Sharks will be hosted by the San Jose Sharks Foundation, a wine tasting fundraiser. To entice donor prospects they have chosen a venue few can resist, tasting the finest wines of Northern California. Attendees of this exclusive event will be mingling with The San Jose Sharks players, coaches and broadcasters.

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“The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.”

Building strong relationships with their top donors is at the heart of this appealing event. The staff will be working to create an emotional connection with them by sharing stories of the game and their personal experiences. Their shared passion and excitement for the game which they love will connect them, yet finding out what is important to each donor is equally as important. They’ll be engaging donors in the problems faced by the organization, and offering them an opportunity to be a part of the solution.

Annually, more than 300 guests attend this fundraiser which includes both silent and live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and autographed memorabilia, unique automobile displays, and delicious appetizers. The Sampling with the Sharks charity auction website manages the registration for each participant, as well as managing the bidding process for the silent auction.

The Sharks Foundation is proud to announce that partial proceeds from Sampling with the Sharks presented by Citrix wine tasting fundraiser will benefit San Jose Rotary’s partnership with Rotaplast International. Rotaplast International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization, was founded in 1992 as a world community service project in an effort to provide free reconstructive operations and treatment for children in need.

You’ll find a great collection of free online fundraising resources including: creative fundraising ideas, fundraising software to help you manage your fundraiser, numerous fundraising templates for you to download and customize, helpful fundraising tips and guidelines, along with numerous planning tools for your next fundraiser. Whether your organization is hosting a walk-a-thon, charity golf tournament, online charity auction, school fundraising campaign, church fundraiser, and any other kind of fundraising event or donation appeal, these resources will help you achieving success.

Valentine’s Day Fundraising Auction

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and many people are scrambling to buy their loved ones Valentine’s presents. Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for buying presents for others, it isn’t one that is planned months in advance (like Christmas). And, since it falls just 6 short weeks after the biggest “gifting event” – people may be fresh out of ideas.

valentines_day A Valentine’s Charity Auction could be the perfect way to Give to Loved Ones…while also Giving Back. 

This type of fundraiser is perfect for any organization – whether a nonprofit, school or church. The best time to host a Valentine’s auction is likely 2-3 weeks in advance of the Holiday. If you host it too far in advance, it’s not “fresh” in people’s minds.

Planning a charity auction is relatively easy and comes with low costs. Event organizers will want to start months in advance by reaching out to local businesses to request donated auction items. For a Valentine’s auction, you may want to consider gathering items that go with theme of love and indulgence. some ideas include:

  • spa treatments
  • restaurant gift certificates
  • romantic hotel package
  • Valentine’s gift baskets
  • wine and cheese tastings
  • bouquets of flowers
  • Huggable stuffed animals for children

You can also consider including a large ticket item such as an all-inclusive vacation. With no-risk auction items you can offer these expensive items which could bring in large donations with no up-front costs or risk to your organization.

auction-screenshotManaging your auction is very simple with charity auction software. Once you’ve collected all your auction items, you can easily upload information and images on your custom charity auction website. You can list a description for each item, suggested value, bid minimums, links to donor’s website, and even “buy now” options. Bidders participating in the auction easily create a unique profile to track the items they bid on and make payments. While administrators manage event details, track items to winning bidders, create invoices, process online payments and more. The event is easily promoted by sending a link to your email database, posting a fundraising widget on your organization’s website, or by spreading the word through social channels.

After all, Valentine’s is the holiday of LOVE, so why not encourage your supporters to spread their LOVE beyond their homes. By purchasing a gift from your charity auction, they not only find a unique present for their loved-ones, but are also opening their hearts by giving-back to a worthy cause.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The VALUE of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for Nonprofits

Nonprofits work hard year after year so they can spread awareness and continue to bring funds in to help support their worthy causes. But the reality is, that the way funds are raised is changing. Receiving money through grants or corporate sponsors is becoming more challenging. For this reason, nonprofits need to find fresh and new ways to raise money for their cause. One type of fundraiser that’s becoming increasingly popular is peer-to-peer fundraising. Through the action of crowdfunding individuals can help nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals…resulting in a much greater impact than an organization would have campaigning alone.

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 12.28.16 PMMany of our clients have achieved great success by hosting peer-to-peer fundraising events such as: Walka-thons, Run-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, bike-a-thons, swim-a-thons, etc. If you haven’t considered it…perhaps 2015 is your year!

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Click here to see the full infographic.

Here are some of the highlights:

Nonprofits Accomplish Three Things Simultaneously through Crowdfunding Events:

1. Drive Revenue: Nonprofits can raise MORE money through online donations received by reaching a wider pool of candidates (accessible through various participants)

2. Gain Awareness: Participants can easily spread the word via email and social media tools, so your organization creates greater awareness for your cause. (especially if it catches on and goes viral)

3. Acquire New Supporters: by constantly reaching out to the same donor pool over and over, you may be exhausting your resources. Let participants open the door to NEW supporters that can begin to build a relationship with you and then introduce you to their networks

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Make Your P2P Fundraising Event a Success with Online Tools!

  • Crowdfunding software: Create a custom fundraising website with personal fundraising pages that allows each participant to “personalize” the campaign by uploading photos, statements and sharing the link to their page with family / friends to easily collect donations
  • Fundraising Widgets: With the simple click of a button, your organization can promote your campaign with a fundraising widget, and your participants can spread the word with one-click sharing widgets!

Learn More about Crowdfunding for Nonprofits - check out our helpful tips and plenty of fundraising tools & templates to help your participants succeed.

The Crowdfunding Plunge

The Pitts-burrrrg Drowned Hogs are getting ready for the annual plunge into the Chilly Mon to raise money and awareness for Circle C Youth and Family Services’ work with at-risk kids in Pittsburgh. On January 31, 2015, brave swimmers will embrace the cool water and take pledges for their beloved nonprofit organization, and enjoy the camaraderie of this unique crowdfunding event.

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“A Drowned Hog can be anyone with an adventurous spirit and a willingness to raise funds and take a quick dip for Circle C’s programs for kids! Got cold feet? It’s OK! Support your favorite Drowned Hog’s fundraising efforts here, then cheer them on at the river!”

The Circle C crowdfunding software involves individual swimmers creating a fundraising page and multiplying their fundraising dollars as each tap into their social networks to raise funds for Circle C.  Each heroic (buurrrr) participant has included personalized pictures and videos, a personal statement, fundraising thermometer and goal. There is an online control panel for each swimmer to email friends, update their fundraising webpage, and manage incoming online donations.

Donors and sponsors are welcome attend the Pitts-burrrrgh Drowned Hogs crowdfunding event and be a part of the excitement. Their online donations are processed through a secure, PCI compliant portal. And they can track the goal achievement progress through the online fundraising thermometers for each participant.

Circle C Youth and Family Services is a private, non-profit agency that provides 24-hour residential care to children and teens in both group and foster homes. They also provide non-residential supportive services and life skills education to teens and young adults who will be aging out of the child welfare system, assisting them with their transition to adulthood.

Crowdfunding for nonprofits allows organizations to expand their reach and open up new windows of opportunity by engaging their participants directly in their fundraising campaign. They do this through peer-to-peer fundraising, where participants raise funds on behalf of the organization. Learn more about the value peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns created for nonprofit organizations by checking out our infographic below: