Sometimes an organization needs to get creative with its fundraising efforts if it wants to reach its goals. Fundraising has been a challenge for organizations over the last few years, but there have been positive changes as well. Causera reports that total charitable giving from donors has not rebounded from the recession; however, online donations increased by 10.9 percent in 2012. This change has occurred because of changes in fundraising. Oftentimes, the best fundraising ideas come from putting your hobbies to work. Here are a few creative ways to do just that:

Fundraising Putting Your Hobbies to Good Use

Inked for a Cause

A thoroughly modern form of fundraising comes in the form of sponsored tattoo events. Tattoos are no longer a fringe passion—a 2014 Fox News poll found that 20 percent of voters have at least one tattoo, up from 13 percent in 2007. By connecting with several tattoo artists, your non-profit can offer discounted tattoos for a cause.

Although many tattoo shops are more akin to upscale salons, they still battle against negative public perceptions. For this reason, many are [click to continue...]

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Sometimes the people who are in most need of help don’t know who to ask or can’t even bring themselves to reach out for support.

That’s where good friends come in. They are a constant support and are there for you whenever you need. This is the case of Zoeann Piasecki, who’s friend suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Her MCS was caused by chemical exposure when a former employer installed new carpet and workers were exposed to long term breathing of fumes.

Zoeann decided she needed to do something to help her friend and she knew she needed others to get involved to raise enough money, naturally she turned to crowdfunding. So far, she has gathered more than 90 friends to raise almost $4000. We spoke with Zoeann about why she believes crowdfunding is a life saving effort, and to find out how a small group of friends have been able to raise a much larger sum than any one of them could do individually.

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Can you tell us a little bit about your friends condition and what you’re raising money for?

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a life changing injury that [click to continue...]

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In the coming of age film Two Secrets, Janey faces a day that holds the kind of rejection that could break her spirit and her heart. But it doesn’t. This short film is the story of the beginning of her transformation and is based on a true story about the life of, 27 year old, Ali Dolan. In February 1987, infant Ali was left amidst a trash strewn alley in the Bronx and subsequently adopted by loving parents. Ali is now a sponsored triathlete and motivational speaker, and has been in the national spotlight sharing her story.

Two Secrets is film by writer/director Charles Dye and features an incredible cast and crew. Their FundRazr campaign features a range of rewards, from a set visit during filming to executive producer credits.
We spoke with producer Jay Riggs about their project and crowdfunding to pay for the full budget of the film.

Why did you decide to start crowdfunding?

“It was the simplest way to raise a smaller amount of money on an artistic project [click to continue...]

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In May 2014 the lives of Laura Gennuso and her family were shattered when her 21 month old son Luca suffered a near drowning. Found and pulled out of the water within minutes was given CPR but had no vital signs. Luca was rushed to the local hospital where a team of doctors and nurses worked on his lifeless body and revived him after 27 minutes.

Luca has experienced major improvements since his time at Emily’s House, a centre that is for children that are at the end of their life. This incredible family has not stopped fighting for Luca since going home and are now seeking extensive therapies to get the most out of Luca’s recovery that are not covered by insurance.

Our FundRazr team was incredibly touched by Luca’s story and the generosity of so many, towards him and his family. We reached out to Laura to find out how they raised their goal of $50,000 within 48 hours and established an online community of support of almost 1000 people.

raise money for Baby Luca on FundRazr

Why did you decide to turn to crowdfunding?

We turned to crowdfunding because [click to continue...]

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What does it take to get over 3000 people involved in a charity event and raise almost $400,000 in the process? Aprons for Gloves.

Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association is a non-profit organization focused on providing community outreach through the sport of boxing. This Vancouver based organization has provided programs for at-risk women and youth that offer free mentorship and boxing training with the hopes of teaching discipline, respect, and hard work.

In the last 3 years hundreds of individuals have raised money to participate in the Restaurant Rumble, Aprons charity boxing event that requires members of the local service industry to trade in their apron for a pair of boxing gloves to raise money.

We met with Chuck McIntosh to discuss highlights from their crowdfunding experience, how to build an online community and advice for people who want to raise money with the help of a large team.
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Building an online community of thousands:

“Originally we just needed to raise funds for our cause, it ended up becoming much more than that [click to continue...]

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If you see a lot of pink around, you know October has come along with the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign designed to increase awareness of the disease. Pink clothing. Pink jewelry. Pink sport inventory. Pink food. It seems like everyone cares about the disease so many women struggle with, the problem their families face. But what is beneath the T-shirts, pink ribbons and cookies?

Do we think that it’s enough just to wear a pink ribbon or clothing to show our support for the fight against breast cancer? Sure enough, awareness is a necessary first step towards action when we start paying attention to the problem. But we seem to have forgotten about the second step where we actually do something.

We got distracted by a variety of pink ribbon promotion campaigns that encourage us to buy merchandise to spread awareness and support the cure. The questions we should be asking are, who is really benefiting from these sales, where the pink ribbon money goes to and whether we are able to evaluate the promises made in product advertising.

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The truth can be ugly. More and more corporations wait for October [click to continue...]

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5 Simple Steps to Spot Crowdfunding Scams

by Tatyana Kapkan 4 October 2014

Crowdfunding is popular these days, and for the most part, it’s a good thing, but there will always be scammers who want to take advantage of it. But if you expect crowdfunding to be full of fraudulent campaigns, postings, accounts and donations, you would be mistaken. Crowdfunding platforms have developed a sophisticated system of monitoring […]

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Case Study: How Dachshund Rescue South Florida Saves Lives

by Tatyana Kapkan 3 October 2014

How can non-profits get people engaged with their causes? Which strategy can be effective to show contributors that they are making a difference? We’ve interviewed the founder of one of the incredible animal rescues, Dachshund Rescue South Florida, who shared their experience with FundRazr and revealed some of the best practices on how to sustain […]

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Crowdfunding Inner Wisdom

by Hoda Toloui-Wallace 2 October 2014

Colleen McGunnigle has been creating imagery that sings to the soul since 1989. As owner and creative director of Design by Muse, Colleen co-creates with coaches, healers and soul-centered entrepreneurs, by designing logos and web sites to help them shine their light. Crowdfunding helped Colleen exceed her funding goal for her current creative project, Inner […]

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How Technology is Changing Philanthropy [Infographic]

by Tatyana Kapkan 1 October 2014

With high-speed Internet and a variety of crowdfunding platforms and mobile apps, technology is changing the world of philanthropy. Charities have started taking advantage of digital media to generate online engagement, spread a word about their causes, maintain a dialogue and build long-term relationships with their supporters. Using most popular social networking sites such as […]

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