Creating a Fundraiser
Managing Your Fundraiser
Donating to a Fundraiser
Go Get Funding Basics
GoGetFunding is a social fundraising (aka crowdfunding) website that lets you raise money for anything that matters to you. From personal plans, projects, events & more.
Let’s say Jane wants to open a youth centre for less privileged children in her area but she just can’t get all the funding she needs.
She visits GoGetFunding and creates a fundraiser detailing her cause.
To motivate people to donate, she offers great rewards. Those that donate $1 to $40 get a personal thank you on the youth centre website. Those that donate $40 to $100 are invited to a VIP launch of the new youth centre. And those that donate $100 and beyond get all of the aforementioned rewards and have their name engraved on a special plaque inside the youth centre!
Jane shares her project with her Facebook friends and the donations start rolling in! To make things even better, Jane even attracts donations from people that she doesn’t even know (yet) as others want to be part of her awesome project and get the thoughtful rewards.
Jane reaches her funding target and gets all the money she needs to complete her plans. She sends her valuable backers regular updates on progress and delivers the promised rewards. Funding success!
From funding that aeronautical degree that’s been just out of your reach, to conquering Everest or crowdfunding your creative idea - GoGetFunding gives you funding freedom and lets you raise money for all the things that really matter to you.
By tapping into the power of your social networks, special things can happen!
We are an international website and support 22 currencies. Here's the full list:
• Canadian Dollar
• British Pound
• U.S. Dollar
• Japanese Yen
• Australian Dollar
• New Zealand Dollar
• Swiss Franc
• Hong Kong Dollar
• Singapore Dollar
• Swedish Krona
• Danish Krone
• Polish Zloty
• Norwegian Krone
• Hungarian Forint
• Czech Koruna
• Israeli New Shekel
• Mexican Peso
• Philippine Peso
• New Taiwan Dollar
• Thai Baht
• Turkish Lira
We’re glad you asked! Our site has a number of advantages over other crowdfunding sites out there:
• We allow all types of fundraisers on our site, not just creative or entrepreneurial projects.
• We charge just 4% on the money you raise whereas our competitors take an average of 5-9%.
• Our keep-it-all funding method means you keep everything you raise - some sites return money to backers if you don't hit your target.
• Payment to fundraisers is instant and you can choose to run a timed or ongoing fundraiser.
In addition, GoGetFunding has a number of other cool tweaks like our progress tab on each fundraising page which tracks visitors, donations and social media shares.
Send us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Creating a Fundraiser
Anyone, anywhere that needs to raise money online. You just need to have a PayPal account so that you can receive the money you raise.
You have the option to create either a timed or an ongoing fundraiser. You should always create a timed fundraiser if money is needed before a certain date. Ongoing fundraisers are suited to those needing to collect money on a regular basis and these are shown on a sub-section of our site.
Before you start your project, you'll need a PayPal account. If you don't already have one, you can sign up for free here. Your PayPal account also needs to be 'verified' by PayPal. Learn more on getting verified here.
Once that's done, simply click the start a fundraiser link.
PayPal is required for you to accept payments on your fundraiser by credit and debit cards in addition to through PayPal accounts. Your PayPal account needs to meet the following five criteria:
1. Your PayPal account needs to be verified (bank account added)
2. Your email address must be confirmed (email address confirmed)
3. Your account must be a Business or Premier account
4. Your account must be capable of accepting the currency you've chosen.
5. Your Payment Receiving Preferences must be set to allow "Send Money" payments
For more details on setting up PayPal and enabling the above, please see our PayPal setup page.
Fundraisers should explain:
• What it is you are trying to do
• How you will do it
• How the funds will be used
• Information about you or if applicable, the people in your team
The more information you share, the more you will earn your backers’ trust.
Think of what it would take for you to fund a project. Then go ahead and include all that information.
You don’t have to be a video expert to create a video – just about every smartphone can make great videos nowadays.
The key to creating a great video is to just relax, be yourself and have fun. Talk through your project and tell your story.
Ask for support and tell viewers what great rewards they will get for backing you.
Don’t worry about making it perfect, just keep it real. Fundraisers with a video are shown to raise more money than those without.
It's free to start your fundraiser. Our only charge is a competitive 4% fee on funds raised. This fee is automatically deducted and sent to us when you receive a donation - you don't have to do anything and you will never receive any annoying bills from us. We know that the features we provide will help attract more donations that will easily cover this fee.
Yes, PayPal do charge a fee for receiving money - the average is 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. For more info, please see the PayPal fees page.
Rewards are not required but if appropriate, we recommend you offer something in return for donations to thank backers and really make them feel part of your project.
Rewards can be something as simple as "I'll invite everyone that pledges to my house for dinner". Alternatively, you could go the extra mile and offer a full array of rewards for varying donation levels.
You can reward backers depending on how much is donated towards your project.
Rewards include special tokens of appreciation and could be anything from a thank you on your website to a home-cooked meal, involvement in the actual project, backstage passes to a special gig or a private dance in a pink gorilla suit! Anything (legal) goes.
Be creative and remember, the rewards should get better as the amount being donated increases. For example, at the fourth reward stage you could write something like 'You will get all of the previous rewards and a custom made t-shirt'. Be sure to offer great value at each donation level and ask yourself the question if you'd donate cash to get that reward?
Yes, you can. Simply add the quantity of that reward available when creating your project.
The fundraiser is responsible for delivering rewards that they promise. As most backers actually know fundraisers, the relationship helps ensure fundraisers follow through on their promises.
Social forces and the risk to reputation is a good motivator.
Once you reach your funding target, you can download a backers list from your personal dashboard which contains all the information that your donors provided on our site upon checkout.
Delivering all of the rewards you promised might be a daunting task but have fun with it! Keep your backers updated and continue to share your progress.
Donations cannot be cancelled and any money that is raised is sent straight to the fundraiser. If you need a refund, you will have to contact the fundraiser directly.
Fundraisers cannot cancel donations but you can provide a refund from your PayPal account.
Managing Your Fundraiser
To help you get the funding you need, first ensure that you've created a worthy fundraiser. You should have a thorough description that explains your cause, offer rewards if appropriate and try to include a video.
Once you’re sure that your on-site project content is top-notch, you need to start thinking about promoting your project.
Exceptional projects can get donations from total strangers but most projects are funded by people that are in your network and your networks’ network.
Our site has all the features you need to encourage donations, but you still need to work to get others to part with their cash. Creating a project is not a set-and-forget endeavor.
Here are our tips on promoting your project. Your goal should be to build through these stages and become an advanced fundraiser!
• Send a personal message to your close friends and family telling them about your fundraiser so that they can be first to donate and get the momentum going. Ask them to spread the message within their social networks.
• Tell people about your project through your own social networks. Don’t bombard people with messages but send out at least three of four notices throughout the duration of your fundraiser.
• If you have a website or blog, get more exposure through those mediums. Similarly, if you have a Facebook page or other way of contacting relevant circles of people, spread the message.
• Contact relevant online communities that may be interested in your fundraiser. You could engage with like-minded people on a relevant forum or website. Contact blogs that are related to your project and see if they’re interested in writing about your fundraiser.
• Take your project offline and meet up with people. You can host events, phone people you know and others that can help, distribute flyers and essentially create real connections with people.
• By contacting the press you have the ability to get exposure to a huge number of people, many of who could turn into your backers. Therefore, contact your local newspaper, TV and radio stations to tell them about your fundraiser and why it’s worth their attention. The media love covering projects that are based on personal stories.
• Create viral and share-worthy material. Consider creating a weird, wonderful or wacky video that could go viral. Consider guerilla-marketing tactics that will draw loads of attention at little cost. Be creative and think out of the box.
Fundraisers need to raise at least $100 (or the equivalent in another currency) before they are shown publicly on our site (unless you have set your fundraiser to private). This is to ensure that only active campaigns are displayed.
We have a special section on our homepage and discover projects page which lets you see featured fundraisers. If you are running a timed fundraiser, you have the opportunity to be featured.
We decide who to feature based on a number of elements. That includes how well your fundraiser is put together. For example, do you have multiple pictures, an interesting story, a video or thoughtful rewards? We also look at how many donations you've been able to drive from your personal networks. Finally, those that support Go Get Funding get the love right back! For example, if you're a blogger that's told your readers about using our platform to raise money online, you have a greater chance of getting featured and also being mentioned on our social media profiles.
We assess which fundraisers to feature on a regular basis. However, if you'd like to give us a heads-up, get in touch. Please remember that although we read all featured requests, we may not be able to reply to each one.
If a project reaches its funding goal before the time expires and you have not allowed overfunding, your project will not be able to receive further donations and it will be shown as successful.
If you have allowed overfunding, you will be able to receive additional donations until your project expires.
With ongoing fundraisers, you can receive donations indefinitely.
You can edit your fundraiser once it is live by logging into our site and go to your dashboard. You will see your fundraiser with a 'edit' link besides it.
Project updates are just what they sound like – they are updates that you can post on your project as it ticks on.
It’s great to keep followers and backers informed of your progress – this helps build an even greater personal connection, driving more interest and support. To create an update, simply login to our site and go to the 'Updates' tab of your fundraiser. Then click the 'Add Update' button.
Donating to a Fundraiser
Simply visit the project page and click on the green ‘Donate Now’ button. You’ll then be able to select your reward and you’ll be taken to PayPal to make payment.
You don’t even need a PayPal account to use PayPal. If you’d rather pay by debit / credit card, simply select that option on the PayPal payment page.
Payment is handled by trusted global payment provider, PayPal.
You aren’t charged any fees for backing a fundraiser.
Our keep-it-all funding method means that even if a project doesn't reach its target, the fundraiser still gets all the money that has been donated.
After clicking the green ‘Donate Now’ button, you will have the opportunity to select your reward.
Donations cannot be cancelled and money is sent to fundraisers immediately. If you need a refund, please contact the fundraiser directly.
This is a case of being internet-wise.
Were you referred to the project by a friend or family member?
Has the person created a video of them talking through the project?
Do they have links to their social media accounts and website which reference the project?
If in doubt, ask the fundraiser the question. The fundraiser should be doing all they can do build a personal connection with backers so they’ll be glad you asked.
The fundraiser is responsible for delivering rewards that they promise. As most backers actually get to know fundraisers, the relationship helps ensure fundraisers follow through on their promises.
Social forces and the risk to reputation is also a good motivator.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.