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Fundraising Events – What to Do with the Money?

You started a fundraising page – created the perfect look – spread the word online and offline – and got loads of donations?

Awesome! Congratulations!

Looks pretty good, eh? There, all the way on the top, right under the name you gave your fundraising event it says how much money you have collected and how many people joined you for a good cause. It’s allowed to be a little bit proud of yourself! So what’s next?

Let’s say you collected about 300 Euros with your fundraising event – but the project you want to support hasn’t seen any money yet?

Don’t forget to forward the collected money to the project you chose. forward money to preojects

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This is your job as a fundraiser. The money collected in a fundraising event will never be transferred to your personal bank account, it will remain on betterplace.org. From there you as a fundraiser have to forward the money to your favorite project – or to many projects. You can choose the specific need that you want to benefit from your fundraising. Remember: A need has to be completed by 100% before the money will be transferred to the organisation.

Done? Great!

The news show up in a blog post on your fundraising page. All donors will be notified with an E-mail, if they agreed to that. Spread the good news and the success of your fundraising event and take the opportunity to thank all your donors. Maybe you might even win a few supporters more – once they see who many people chipped in and how much you can achieve if everybody is working together.

Now that you don’t have to stress about collecting funds anymore, you sure have time to give us some feedback, right?

How did it go with your fundraising? What went well, what needs to be improved? Did you use our tools to spread your fundraising event? How did people react? We wanna know it all! Leave your comment below or send us an E-Mail to change@betterplace.org.

Are you already planning your next fundraising event? Start here!

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 16.12.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

betterplace.org – Fundraising Events Go Offline!

No, just kidding. We just wanted to give you some tipps what possibilities you have to pread your fundraising event offline. Lately we told yu how to create some buzz about your fundraising event online – but there are more potential donors out there!

So you have chosen a project and have already created a fundraising event, but do not know how best to publicize it and maximize your efficiency? Well here are some good ways in which you can go about spreading your fundraising event offline.

The most fundamental way to ask for participation in your fundraising event is to personally address your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues, and ask them to contribute. It is also important that you request them to further spread the word of the fundraising event

Print cards asking for participation in your fundraising event and be sure to include other relevant information, such as your goal, motivation and your contact information, and distribute these by either handing them out personally or dropping them in mailboxes.

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Another smart idea about raising awareness of your fundraising event is to contact the local media. By getting in touch through these local organizations such as the local newspaper or the radio station, you will be able to target a larger mass of audience and will in effect dramatically increase awareness of your fundraising event.

Ask local companies to help support your fundraising event by sponsoring you for example publication materials. Whether they are flyers, ribbons, buttons, etc., anything that helps raise awareness of your fundraising event will automatically result in an increase of donations. The more people you reach out to, the more potential donations you will receive.

Have a talent? Do you happen to be a singer or a musician? Put them to display as you take to the streets to raise awareness for your event. By gathering a crowd or even simply addressing passersby of your fundraising event and asking for a donation, you will significantly improve your chances that your fundraising event will be huge success. Your engagement will furthermore strike the audience as encouraging and builds trust with your potential donors. This already worked for Fabian and his fundraising event “Singing for Change” in Berlin – check out the video.

You have another great idea how to spread your fundraising event without using the power of the internet? Well, then let us know and leave a comment!

You don’t even have your own fundraising page yet? – get started here!

P.S.: Special thanks to Tim!

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 10.12.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

Our story: 3 years of betterplace.org! Your story: we’re looking for three more funny stories to share!

Each day, we see examples through project updates of how betterplace.org has helped to make the world a little bit better. But has your involvement with betterplace.org ever brought you into an interesting or funny situation? We can only hope so.

Facebook | betterplace.org_s Photos - Profile PicturesFor our three-year birthday on November 9th, 2010, we’re looking for three funny anecdotes from the betterplace.org community. Quickly send us a short – and of course, completely true – experience that you’ve had that you still laugh about today. Send it to us over email at change@betterplace.org.

Here are two examples for inspiration:

A large German NGO told us that they had received an infuriated phone call from an elderly donor who complained that instead of receiving letters, he was now getting all of “these emails from the Internet”. This was especially an outrage, it turns out, because the gentleman collects stamps.

Our second anecdote was from a small Asian aid organization who wrote to tell us that their medical clinic was finally, successfully built, after months of collecting donations over betterplace.org. Which was a relief, since one of the first patients accepted for care at the clinic was their employee, who was treated for back pains after spending weeks sitting at the computer setting up the betterplace.org profile and answering donor emails…

We look forward to hearing your story!

Sincerely,

Bertha Plehs (at least one of our email recipients has addressed us by this name…)

Categories: Platform
Written by on 29.10.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

What exactly is a Fundraising Event?

Since a while you can start your own fundraising event on betterplace.org. Many people have done so, but it seems like the difference between a fundraising event and a project is unclear.

So what exactly is a fundraising event?

First of all: A fundraising event is NOT a project.

Here the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

Who? Everybody can start a fundraising event. Here you find an overview of everybody who’s already active!

Where? You can put up your own fundraising page here. Title, text and picture you can (and should!) choose yourself. Then you choose the project on betterplace.org which you want to support. Now you have to get a move on: Activate your network to get as many people as possible to participate in your fundraising event! Do you need some advice how to spread your fundraisng event? Click here.

When? The time is up to you – you can start right now! Special occasions are also great, like your birthday, a wedding, or interantional days – for example World-Aids-Day on 1st of December!

How? The single steps are explained in this video. Note:  The more flashy the event, the more attention it will get. More attention equals more donations, right? Videos and photos always work great, as these (German) examples show: Buchmann mit Bart (Buchmann with beard), Singing for Change, Kurzfilm goes Spendenaktion (shortfilm goes funraising event). We are still lacking good examples from English-native speakers. Fell free to contact us if you start a fundraising event!

Why? A fundraising event supports a project which is already registered on betterplace.org. You can find an overview over all projects here. Of course you can bring your own project to betterplace.org – registering a project is for free!

Only the chosen projet(s) benefit from your fundraising event. betterplace.org does not transfer the donations to the fundraiser. The fundraiser can forward the money to a project and choose a specific need. As soon the need is 100% completed, the project receives the money.

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Any questions? Send a mail to change@betterplace.org

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 29.10.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

The best recipe for sustainable food security

More than 925 Million people worldwide are affected by hunger – even though food is a human right.
One Millenium Development Goal focuses on the decrease of the hungry by one halv. That this goal can be achieved until 2015 is highly doubted. The situation has improved since 1990, still it remains a serious threat. Especially African countries and Southeastasia are affected by hunger.

There are various reasons for hunger: disregard of rural areas, farming economy and women, as well as a lack of democracy and democratic decision-processes. Political and economical decisions, both in Europe and USA, also contribute to the fact that every 7th person is affected by hunger.

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October 16th is World Food Day. We have chosen several projects on betterplace.org which deal with the topic and which are trying to improve the situation. Important to us: each of this projects encourages sustainability and independence. There is no such thing as a shortage on food, it’s just that food is not spread euqally.

Be active and start sharing:

…start a chicken farm in India.

…set up a food tent to grow vegetables in South Africa.

…help people in Kenya to use rainwater for fruit and vegetable cultivation.

…secure diverse nutrition with a pack of seeds for those who need it most: HIV-infected people in Southa Africa or donate a shopping basket filled with goods.

Donate now – in just a few clicks!

Written by on 15.10.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

Fundraising Events – Spread The Word!

Today we will speak about spreading the word about fundraising events – crucial for a successful fundraising event!

The success of a fundraising event is connected to how active the fundraiser (that would be you!) is. That means it’s entirely up to you to spread the word about your fundraising event!

Who should you tell about your fundraising event?Starte-Deine-eigene-Spendenaktion
Start with the people around you: friends, family, colleagues. Even people you haven’t talked to in a while might be happy to hear from you and will support your fundraising event. Maybe you have a fiend who is currently travelling close by to the project which you are supporting?

How can I spread the word about my fundraising event?
In this blog post we focus on the possibilities to spread your fundraising event online. „Offline“ alternatives will be the subject of the next blog post.

iicon-facebookDo you have a Facebook account?
Put the link to your fundraising event in your status update, post it on your friends wall , send out messages, create a group and invite all your friends to join.  By the way: You can also post the link on the betterplace.org Facebook page!

twitterDo you have a twitter account?
Great, then you can start spreading your fundraising event straight away. Otherwise: signing up is for free and very easy. Integrate @betterplace_org in your tweet, and all our followers can see your tweet. Don’t forget the link!

How about an E-Mail?
In an E-mail you can mention the fundraising event to your friends – that is a more personal approach. You find a suggestion for an E-Mail text under the category „spread your fundraising event“. For the daily mails you send out, attach a link to your fundraising event in the signature.

You are active in a forum, write a blog or you have your own homepage?
Maybe your fundraising event matches the topic in the forum? Then you will for sure find people who share the same thought and will support your fundraising event.
A blog is a great opportunity to tell about a lively fundraising event. If you are planning to collect donations with a marathon run, talk about your training progress and integrate the progress of your fundraising event as well.
If you have your own website, you can easily use our widget – which you also find under „spread your fundraising event“.

Do you have more advice how to spread your fundraising event?
Well, then let us now! Send an E-Mail to change@betterplace.org

Now go online and show your fundraising event to the world!

Next time: How to spread your fundraising event offline

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 14.10.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

Fundraising Events – spread the word!

Today we will speak about spreading the word about fundraising events – crucial for a successful fundraising event!

The success of a fundraising event is connected to how active the fundraiser (that would be you!) is. That means it’s entirely up to you to spread the word about your fundraising event!

Who should you tell about your fundraising event?
Start with the people around you: friends, family, colleagues. Even people you haven’t talked to in a while might be happy to hear from you and will support your fundraising event. Maybe you have a fiend who is currently travelling close by to the project which you are supporting?

How can I spread the word about my fundraising event?
In this blog post we focus on the possibilities to spread your fundraising event online. „Offline“ alternatives will be the subject of the next blog post.

iicon-facebookDo you have a Facebook account?
Put the link to your fundraising event in your status update, post it on your friends wall , send out messages, create a group and invite all your friends to join.  By the way: You can also post the link on the betterplace.org Facebook page!

twitterDo you have a twitter account?
Great, then you can start spreading your fundraising event straight away. Otherwise: signing up is for free and very easy. Integrate @betterplace_org in your tweet, and all our followers can see your tweet. Don’t forget the link!

How about an E-Mail?
In an E-mail you can mention the fundraising event to your friends – that is a more personal approach. You find a suggestion for an E-Mail text under the category „spread your fundraising event“. For the daily mails you send out, attach a link to your fundraising event in the signature.

You are active in a forum, write a blog or you have your own homepage?
Maybe your fundraising event matches the topic in the forum? Then you will for sure find people who share the same thought and will support your fundraising event.
A blog is a great opportunity to tell about a lively fundraising event. If you are planning to collect donations with a marathon run, talk about your training progress and integrate the progress of your fundraising event as well.
If you have your own website, you can easily use our widget – which you also find under „spread your fundraising event“.

Do you have more advice how to spread your fundraising event?
Well, then let us now! Send an E-Mail to change@betterplace.org

Now go online and show your fundraising event to the world!

Next time: How to spread your fundraising event offline

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 14.10.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

Fundraising Events – Beautiful Fundraising Pages

A good occasion, a good purpose and a good feeling – but not without a good fundraising page!

For your fundraising event to be successful it is crucial that you present it well! betterplace.org provides the page and offers a pre-generated title and a pre-generated text. But: That’s kind of boring and doesn’t say anything about your individual fundraising event!

Here is some advice that always works!

Start with an appealing title:
Choose a title which shows what the fundraising event is about!
„Anna’s fundraising event“ – nobody knows what it is about! This is better: „Anat’s Birthday Gift Drive for HomeBase” or „Singing for change

Focus a target:
Choose a distinct donation target. Studies have shown, that a realistic goal can be very motivating! Make sure it is not too high, though!
Setting a target worked really well in this example: 1.000 Euro were the target, 1.061 Euro were collected in the fundraising event “Buchmann mit Bart

A picture says more than 1000 words:
Choose a photo to personalize your fundraising event. It’s also important, that visitors of your page understand on first sight what your fundraising event is about . Your profile picture should show a picture of yourself.
A really nice picture is this one, for a birthday-fundraising “Becky’s fundraising event

Becky_s fundraising event

Win your donors with good arguments:
Describe in a few sentences what your fundraising event is all about. Explain your motivation for potential donors: Why did you start a fundraising event? For whom are you collecting donations? What motivates you? What change do you want to make with your fundraising event?
Well written is this text of the fundraising event “Rike & Jan“:

Dear friends

We are very much looking forward to partying with you on Saturday. Instead of that you bring something we would like to ask you to help us support people who are less privileged than most of us. The amount of your donation will not be visible to others but will just be added to the balance.

Please also browse through betterplace.org. Maybe you will find additional projects that you might want to support.

Check out the projects and see you on Saturday night.

Cheers,
Rike & Jan

Well, did you listen to our advice?
Then your fundraising page is a page that the world should see! Show the page to all of your friends and spread the link via E-Mail, Facebook, twitter and Co.

Show us your fundraising page!
We are always curious about new fundraising ideas! Send us the link to your page on twitter @betterplace_org or post it to our facebook page!

Coming soon: How you can spread the word about your fundraising event!

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 29.09.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

betterplace.org – that’s how you donate now!

Together we are collecting thousands of euros month per month for those who need our help the most. Not only we know that we are making a notable difference – many media channels noticed the engagement of betterplace.org.

Therefore we are starting our German-wide campaign to spread the word about our „product“ Fundraising Events. Advertising? Sounds like a lot of costs! No! From the photographer to the outdoor advertising, from the magazine publisher to the advertising agency – all of them were working pro bono for us during the last week and will print our ads for free in the upcoming week. Once again: Thank you very much !

You want to know how what exactly a fundraising Event is? Click on the video, it explains how you can make your birthday special by making it a fundraising event. This is just one of many examples for fundraising events.

Start your fundraising event now! It’s the perfect opportunity to connect a good occasion with a good purpose and a good feeling.

Which event is right for you to call on your friends to support you in raising funds? One of many examples: For your next birthday, ask for donations instead of presents. On betterplace.org, you have more than 3.000 projects to choose from, which are just waiting for your support through a fundraising event. You can find many other ideas here, we will blog regularly about fundraising events now!

Join now and start your own fundraising event!

Coming soon: Beautiful fundraising pages!

Categories: Platform
Written by on 27.09.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.

Fundraising Events – or what is “A Good Occasion”?

By now I hope all of you have heard about our Fundraising Events and seen our brandnew posters on betterplace.org. You still don’t know which occasion is best for starting a fundraising event? No problem, we can help.

These events are perfect to connect a good occasion with a good cause and a good feeling.

Always a winner: Classics

Birthday: Your birthday is coming up soon but you don’t really know what to wish for? How about wishing for donations for your fundraising vent instead of presents? Of course any other party works too, like a wedding or an anniversary.

Marathon run: You always wanted to participate in a run, but never had the strength to do it? What if your friends would donate for your fundraising event, would you train harder then? Or are you already a passionate sportsman/-woman? Even better, then your friends could donate 1 Euro for each kilometer you run! Assuming, you make it all the way! Same goes for Triathlon or a cycling-contest.

Start your own fundraising event

Crazy ideas can suddenly turn into successful fundraising events:

Shave your head: You love your long hair, it took you ages to get to this lenght? How much do your frineds have to dnate to see you with really short hair? 100 Euro? 500 Euro? 1000 Euro? How much would they donate to see you with a short haircut? The oppsite works to – let your beard grow!

Parachute jump: You are scared of heights, even when jumping into a swimming pool? There is just one single reason for which you would jump out of a plane: somebody else benefits from it. If your friends donate a decent amount of money, you’ll do it – for a good cause! Anything else that takes a little extra-strenght works, too: jumoing into the local river or lake in winter, showing up in a clown’s costume at university or eating bugs – the limit is your own creativity!

Play music: Your guitar skills are quite good? Then make your talent into money. No, we do not offer record deals. For every 10 Euro donation you sing a song according to the donors wish – and proof your performance with a video clip!

These are just a couple of ideas – basically anything goes which is fun, drawing interest and brings in donations. Check International Days – like  Worlds Children Day – perfect to start a fundraising event for kids. Bathing in beans or take off one piece of clothes for every 50 Euro donation – the more crazy the idea, the faster people will hear about it and the faster you are getting the first donations for your fundraising event!

As you might have noticed, we don’t have that many examples for English Fundraising Events yet. Start your fundraising event now and get promoted in the next blog post! Here you can start your own fundraising event right now!

For more information check the file of the betterplace lab here.

Send us your feedback via change@betterplace.org, via twitter @betterplace_org or via facebook on our page.

Coming up next: Beautiful fundraising pages

Categories: Fundraising Events
Written by on 24.09.2010. Last updated on 15.10.2012.