Saturday, August 27, 2011

Great Website for Fundraising ~ FirstGiving



I wanted to post this to help others that organize fundraising events for nonprofit organizations.  In my experience, most nonprofits have online donation pages you can distribute to donors and allow you or your team to get credit for the donations.  However, smaller nonprofits may not.  If you are looking for a quick and EASY way to create online forms of fundraising, FirstGiving is an excellent website to help you reach your goal!

About First Giving:

FirstGiving is dedicated to one purpose: empowering passionate nonprofit supporters to raise more money than they ever thought possible for the causes they care about.

They partner with nonprofit organizations to allow them to plan, execute, and measure successful online fundraising campaigns and charity fundraising events with their fundraising software.  For individual fundraisers, they aim to make it easy, effective, and even fun to raise money online!

Their simple, yet powerful tools, along with the fundraising tips and fundraising ideas on FirstGiving, allow nonprofits and their supporters to meet and exceed their goals of raising money for important causes, building awareness, and expanding the world of giving.

It's EASY to get started and create your own page. From the top of their website, you can search for a nonprofit, project, friend or event. You can then Create a Page that links to that nonprofit, etc. which will create a URL for you to email out to your donors.  The money goes back to the nonprofit organization, however the site does charge a fee for online donations that can be offset by the donor by choice.

Here is a sample website I created for one of our events at my company.  This view allows you to edit or email your page, share your page on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, add videos, pictures, etc.

What donors will actually see when they are donating:

Here is what the link will look like if you would like to send it in an email separately:

The site also provides receipts to donors via email for tax purposes!  My experience with this site has been great, and the feedback I have received from donors is all positive as well.  I hope you find this site as useful as I have :)

1 comment:

  1. Such a convenient site! Love the pictures of Guatemala too :)