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Helping someone by raising funds can be life-changing. Let’s look at how you can fundraise for someone you care about.
Seeing a loved one struggle is very tough; there are so many things in life that you may not be able to help your loved one with which can lead to feeling helpless, but when there is a financial aspect to your loved one’s problem, personal fundraising can make a world of a difference.
There are many reasons why a loved one may need help to raise money, from medical expenses, legal costs, problems with debt or needing a new place to live, to funeral expenses for a family member, needing help to start a business or follow a dream, or even for someone who has gone through a lot and is deserving of a holiday to really relax after hard times. There are so many things that require financing and when you don’t have access to that money, it can make a tough situation so much worse.
Not only will your decision to start a fundraiser have a direct positive effect, but there’s more chance that others will then pitch in to offer their help. This study found that, “Empathic concern positively affects the donation decision”, showing that empathy makes people more likely to donate. There’s a lot that’s negative with the world, so when you see someone else doing something so inherently caring and positive, it’s easy to feel that you want to jump on board and contribute to making the world a better place for someone.
When you’re getting started with the concept of helping a loved one, it’s important to consider whether they would welcome this help. There are two ways that you can approach fundraising for someone else. You could choose to keep it a secret until you have raised the money, there are many reasons you might choose to do this. Not telling them until you have the money there to hand over can mean you aren’t getting their hopes up until you are sure you can really help.
Sometimes people who are in need may feel like a burden and won’t want others to go to any trouble on their behalf; to combat this you could raise the money without their knowledge to save them any further distress. This is a thoughtful and kind way to do things, but what is vital here is to ensure you know the person well enough to be certain that they would welcome your help. If you’re not sure, it’s best to ask!
Another way that you could approach fundraising for a loved one is to involve the person you are trying to help. This has the benefit of being sure that they will welcome your help and allows them to get involved. Rather than feeling like a burden they are able to be active in helping themselves; it allows them to see the money being raised, to have something positive to look forward to and even to get proactive with it like arranging fundraising activities, helping you to help them, so that they really feel part of the process.
Both ways have their value; it’s about figuring out what works for the situation and the individual that you are trying to help.
Often people who are in desperate situations may not be in the right place mentally to raise funds themselves; when you are facing so much stress and worry, it can be overwhelming. Often offering a hand of hope can be a lifeline for someone who may not otherwise have had the energy or time to try and raise the funds themselves.
Be sure that if you don’t know the person well, you do get their permission beforehand, and that you respect someone’s wishes if they aren’t comfortable with you fundraising for them.
If you’ve never done anything like this before, it might seem overwhelming, but it really is easy to get started on our site.
There are four easy steps you can take to start your campaign right now:
It’s as easy as that, and your campaign is up and running!
Sometimes when people see that you are fundraising for someone else, they may feel a bit worried about security, perhaps naturally a little concerned about where their money is going. There are ways that you can reduce these worries and ensure that people know that all the money you raise is going to go to the person you are trying to help.
When a loved one is in a tough situation there are plenty of ways that you can help them. Whether these tips for helping are used alongside fundraising or on their own, they can really have a really positive impact on someone’s life.
There are many ways that you can be there for someone in need, and fundraising is one of the most powerful. Helping someone to get back on their feet and change their life for the better is a truly amazing act of kindness, and it’s really easy to get started raising funds today!
Journal of Business Research, Volume 64, Issue 12, Pages 1288-1295, Griet A.Verhaert, Dirk Van den Poel, (2011), “Empathy as added value in predicting donation behavior”
Elizabeth M. Gerber, Julie S. Hui, Pei-Yi Kuo, “Crowdfunding: Why People Are Motivated to Post and Fund Projects on Crowdfunding Platforms”
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