It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The holidays are a time for joy and generosity. Spreading the holiday spirit is all about expressing appreciation for family, friends and even strangers. Spending time with them, listening to their stories and not just telling them but showing them you care. But what about when the holidays don’t feel like the happiest time of year?

There are some families that have a more difficult time getting into the holiday spirit. They have unexpected health issues, are struggling financially or recovering from an accident or loss of a loved one. If you know a family in need, you can help them raise money for what matters to them. We’ll help you each step of they way. Consider bringing joy to these 6 families this Christmas, share their stories and give the gift that keeps on giving.

1) Help Savannah Pay for Chemotherapy

After many diagnostic tests and chest biopsy, 8 year old Savannah Bowen has been diagnosed with Stage III B Cell Lymphoma Cancer (a cancer that affects the immune system). She recently underwent a spinal tap with initial chemotherapy to prevent brain damage, a bone marrow biopsy to rule out leukemia, another biopsy of the cancer tissue that covers the entire right chest wall, and a temporary port was installed in her chest for future chemotherapy. Savannah was unable to walk for a short period and required 3 doses of morphine due to severe pain. As of December 10th she is still in the hospital but improving from the surgeries. Her family is now raising money to pay for chemotherapy and other extensive treatments in order to save her young life. Send them some Christmas love this year, no amount is too small.

2) Help Pay for Dianna’s Medical and Home Costs

Dianna Lynne Kirby, was painting a ceiling on a 6 foot ladder when she fell off and hit the concrete floor. She suffered a concussion and a fractured left sacrum. Her Doctor instructed her to stay in bed and out of work for at least the next month. If not, she risks doing further damage to her sacrum and perhaps breaking it, which would mean needing screws inserted into her pelvis. This would for sure end her career instead of just putting it on hold for a month. Dianna’s friend Maureen knows that her bills are a major worry for her right now and is raising money to relieve her of some stress this holiday season.

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” – Buddy the Elf

Buddy’s motto rings true to the many charities and nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to support people, communities, projects and animals that need it most. Not only are you giving generously when you contribute to a campaign, but you are also singing loud for all your friends to hear echoes of support for your chosen cause via social media! Ah the power of crowdfunding!

FundRazr has the unique opportunity to be a platform for countless organizations to pool together money from generous donors with the purpose of giving to those in need. Whether it’s a center for youth with developmental disabilities to be creative, transporting 150 small rescue/shelter dogs to new homes for the holidays or assisting a young poet to stay in school. We’re excited by the range of charities telling their stories, and to witness the number of people giving to them as gifts.

To celebrate the spirit of giving, we are highlighting 8 nonprofit organizations that are inspiring the community and giving back this holiday season. Join us in celebrating Christmas in a charitable way: read their stories, contribute to their cause and share it with your friends. After all tis’ the season for giving!


1) The Christmas Pyjama Drive


In 2010, in an attempt to teach their son compassion, Reese Shelly’s parents had a conversation about some families in their community that go without gifts at Christmas. Reese’s answer was “not even pyjamas” – a family tradition. And with this…The Christmas Pyjama Drive was born! Ever since then, Reese has been on a mission to provide new pyjamas for deserving kids and donate them to various Christmas Hampers & Community Outreach Programs. Over the last 4 years, through the support of donors he has collected over 7000 pairs!! Reese’s goal for 2014 is to collect 4000 pairs and needs your help!

2) Soul Source Foundation

Join Soul Source Foundation to help women, girls and their families in rural Kenyan villages through women’s empowerment and access to education. They aim to provide training for women’s groups in Western Kenya in villages around Lake Victoria, groups in Busia and around Nairobi. The program works to empower young girls to stay in school through their secondary education and potentially impact the poverty cycle that is part of their community history.

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The Holiday Season has arrived, and while most are looking forward to spending some quality time with family it’s also a time for generous giving, which usually turns into last minute shopping in search for the perfect gift. There is no doubt that giving makes us feel good, and what better way to make others feel good than to give to a charity or nonprofit organization that works for the greater good of our local and global communities. Go ahead, and be generous this holiday season. If you do so with both your head and your heart, your giving will warm you and others for a long time to come.

Are you still contemplating what to ask for and where to spend your money? Look no further, below are 4 ways to celebrate the season of giving in the most meaningful way.

1) Raise money for a charity of your choice


Ask your friends and family to donate to your chosen cause or charity in lieu of Christmas gifts. Create a campaign where you can pool together your friends contributions and donate it directly to your chosen charity. This introduces more and more like-minded people to a cause you care about, and helps the charity fulfill their worthy mission and associated programs. If you gave earlier in the year to an organization helping in a disaster, then go back to that organization and give more. Much of the need from any disaster comes later, in the recovery period. Your continued support will mean so much to that nonprofit and the people it helps.

2) Raise money for your friend in need


Do you have a friend or family member in need of support, battling health issues, recovering from an accident or need assistance with living expenses? This person might be too shy to voice their needs and you could be the perfect advocate for them. Creating a campaign is the most thoughtful gift you could give someone you love, it brings friends and family together to contribute to a worthy cause. This is exactly what the holiday spirit is about and would be much appreciated by your chosen recipient.

3) Donate to your friends’ favorite charity


Give a gift to a friend that shows you care about what matters to them by having them choose a charity or cause that they find meaningful. Search for a charity, cause or project that they are passionate about and make a generous contribution in lieu of a gift. Making a donation in the name of your colleague for ‘Secret Santa’, friends or family is a thoughtful way to share the holiday spirit and make your generosity go further.

4) Give a gift to a furry little friend


Make a huge difference this holiday season by adopting a pet or raising money for veterinary care for one of many animals rescued by nonprofit organizations. Thousands of animals are rescued every year and many people generously give to help support these initiatives. This is particularly evident at the year end, when charitable gifts need to be clocked in by December 31st in order to receive a tax deduction. Thankfully FundRazr has a range of incredible nonprofit organizations that provide animals in need with medical care, shelters and forever homes.

How are you celebrating the gift of giving this season?
Start raising money for a cause you care about in time for Christmas!

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Rob Holland’s 1st place finish at the National Championship has earned him a spot on the United States Aerobatic Team for the 2015 World Aerobatic Championships in Chateauroux, France (August 20-29). Rob’s goal is to bring home the Overall and Team Gold Medals in 2015 and win the World Freestyle Championship for the 3rd consecutive time!

The high cost to compete in the championship has pushed Rob to reach out to his fans to raise the funds. In exchange for contributions Rob is offering a great range of unique perks at different price points, including merchandise and a ride with Rob! We spoke with Rob on working towards reaching his FundRazr goal, and how he’s using Facebook to reach his established online community of support.

Watch incredible footage of Rob’s airshow below.

What are you raising money for?

I have been fortunate enough to earn a position on the US Aerobatic Team. We will be competing at the World Aerobatic Championships in 2015 in France. Each member of the team is completely self funded, meaning each competitor is responsible for the massive costs of shipping their aircraft across the world. I’m trying to raise money so I can represent my country at the World Championships.

Why did you decide to turn to crowdfunding?

A friend told me about it and it seemed like a good idea. I have a large Facebook following (over 180,000 likes) and I thought I might be able to tap into peoples generosity. [click to continue...]

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Julie Teti is a 35-year-old registered nurse with a loving husband and four young children. She was recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Metastatic Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Because treatment options for this rare cancer are limited, she needs to explore all possibilities, both in Canada and the United States. Their goal is to raise enough money to cover any expenses Julie and her family may incur during this difficult journey.

We spoke with Daniela Teti on how she was able to rally almost 100 family, friends and even strangers around her cause and help with Julie’s fight. Read our interview below to learn about the cause, how they raised almost 80% of their goal and how you can help make a difference in this family’s lives.

Why did you decide to turn to crowdfunding?

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On Thanksgiving we give thanks, on Black Friday we get deals, on Cyber Monday we get online and on #GivingTuesday we give back.
This year FundRazr has joined the global movement #GivingTuesday, celebrated on Tuesday December 2nd. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving to others. It is a day for charities, families, businesses, communities and students around the world to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Whether you’re currently running a fundraising campaign or plan to start one, #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to boost your campaign and make the most of this global event. Leverage #GivingTuesday this year by encouraging others to celebrate the spirit of giving. Ask your networks to give hope, give time, give money and give because it helps the many charities and causes to address the number global issues impacting the world.

Below are 3 vital tips on how to get noticed leading up to and on #GivingTuesday.

1) Send A Personal Email


Email your friends, family, work colleagues and networks about #GivingTuesday. Send them a personalized message and share with them about #GivingTuesday and what you are doing to give back to a cause you’re passionate about. Ask them to get involved by contributing and sharing your fundraising campaign.

2) Use #GivingTuesday On Social Media


As you can see we have extensively used the hashtag #GivingTuesday, and those who join the movement use it too. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase in their social media messages to categorize their messages and help them show more easily in a search. Clicking #GivingTuesday in any message shows you all the others marked with that hashtag. Keep sharing your campaign throughout your social networks and use #GivingTuesday. Remember to include the URL link to your fundraising campaign so people can take action right away.

3) Reach Out To Local Media


#GivingTuesday has a strong presence online right now. Take advantage of that by reaching out to your local media (newspapers, online news, blogs and radio). Write a pitch about what you’re raising money for and how it’s an opportunity for people to join the #GivingTuesday movement. Statistics suggest that campaigns that have received news coverage (both online or offline) raised 2 to 3 times more than campaigns that don’t. Click here to learn how to pitch your story to the media.

Start a fundraising campaign today to raise money for a charity or cause you love
OR donate to one of our featured not for profit organizations!

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7 Places To Give On #GivingTuesday

by Hoda Toloui-Wallace 28 November 2014

This year FundRazr has joined the #GivingTuesday movement. Unlike Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving to others. On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, charities, families, businesses, communities and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Each and every day […]

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5 Families Need Your Support This #Thanksgiving

by Hoda Toloui-Wallace 25 November 2014

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving! May your holiday be joyful and may happiness surround it, with good things on your table and those you love around it! It’s a special time of the year to spread love and give thanks to your family and friends and also support those who need it most. This Thanksgiving we highlight […]

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Should I Hire A Crowdfunding Consultant?

by Hoda Toloui-Wallace 24 November 2014

Darryl Burma is the CEO & Co-founder of CrowdMapped which is the worlds’ first ever global geo-location based crowdfunding businesses and services directory and 411 search site. You can also find Mr. Burma on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. So you’ve heard about crowdfunding and have a great product, cause, business or creative idea that you […]

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Music Education For The Future Generation

by Hoda Toloui-Wallace 20 November 2014

Since 2005, Chinua White has created music, pixel art and character design for video game projects under the pseudonym BLK MKT. He uses a Nintendo 3DS and KORG M01d to make music for games and now needs to raise funds to make a tutorial series that will teach how to compose, arrange, record and loop […]

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