**Disclaimer – I was compensated for making my readers aware of MoveYour Mountain.org. All views expressed are my own. **
So, if fundraising were a sport, I’d probably be picked to be on the AllStar team. With four kids active in sports, at church, and a Girl Scout (I’m your cookie mom!), we fundraise year round.
Add to that the fact that I’m on staff at a church and on the board of the local Rec Club and….
Yes. We fundraise.
And I strongly dislike it.
Actually, I’m not sure who loves it. I’m not sure who hasn’t thought, how can we give something in return for something and the profits go toward our benefit? And the biggest question, is it worth our time?
Of course, I don’t mind selling Girl Scout cookies, because they sell themselves… (no, we don’t start selling until January 1st), and I don’t mind working the Christmas Tree lot for the Rec Club (if you’re local come see us starting 11.29) but the rest of the, well… crap?
And the pushy-ness? I hate it.
I just said to my mother, as she sat with a plethora of fundraising catalogs spread out around her, “Mom, if there’s nothing in there you really WANT, the profit margin is 50%… they’d gladly take cash.”
And that’s what she did.
And it’s what we do. I’m tired of peddling things to my friends. I’m tired of coming up with the next best thing when people are being bombarded all the time with requests to buy this or buy that.
Let’s just ask for money.
Hi, my name is Heather and I’m raising money to help send my church kids to camp. I can only thank you with the words thank you and a picture of their smiles as they have a blast…
Please don’t buy one more roll of overpriced wrapping paper!
Online fundraising and social funding are growing in popularity because you can do just that…. make people aware of your cause and not push things they don’t need. We’ve all seen the campaigns going around and these are things I like.
I don’t have lots of money, but I’m able to help here and there… because believe it or not, $5 donations add up when you can get your cause in front of more people. I’ve helped Joe Stanley of Upcycled Gifts fund a new van for his business ventures. I’ve helped a family facing eviction raise money to move into a new home. But if it weren’t for the internet, I’d have no idea these opportunities existed.
Move Your Mountain is another online fundraising platform that launched just a year ago. With Move Your Mountain, you can raise money for anything including (but not limited to) yourself, groups, teams, politicians, start ups, non-profits and more. You can use it to raise money for medical bills, memorials services, team trips, therapy dogs… and really anything. (You could even attempt to fund your family vacation, although I’m not sure I’d contribute $5 to that…
I know of a couple who used online fundraising to help with the cost of their first child and in return for a donation, the backers were able to be the first to find out the gender of their baby. (The rest of us will have to wait!)
Online fundraising is on the rise and if you’re ready to get in on the action of social funding, this fundraising site might be an option for you.
If nothing else, take a look at the stories already posted and be inspired.