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This is a blog about online fundraising for non-profits. It includes DoJiggy product and company information as well as fundraising industry news and tips. We also highlight clients that are successfully using our software to help inspire others on their fundraising journey.

Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

The power of a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign lies in your participants’ fundraising abilities. As your participants tap into their social network, new people are introduced to your organization and many of them are likely to become donors, if only for this event. If your organization has decided to host a crowdfunding or peer-to-peer fundraising event, the percentage of your participants that fundraise (and fundraise well) will likely be a key metric of your success. And it’s not as easy as you might think to motivate participants, even those that are excited about your cause, to raise money for you. We often see events where participation rate, as defined by the number of participants that have raised at least one donation for the organization, is less than 20%.

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Readathon Ideas for Schools

Readathon Ideas for Schools

Readathon and reading fundraisers promote literacy and a love of reading for children, and raise money for schools in keeping their educational standards high. Cultivating the love of books is encouraged by involving children and communities in reading based fundraising. Weather the readathon or reading fundraiser evolves around reading to children in hospitals or simply at the student’s leisure, the common element involves school crowdfunding through reading.

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People Giving to People: The Case for Crowdfunding Websites

People Giving to People: The Case for Crowdfunding Websites

We have all heard the saying that people give to people, right? It applies to small businesses, big business but it especially holds true in the nonprofit community. When people are connected to one another, it creates a connection, loyalty and a greater willingness to say ‘yes’ when someone asks you to help them. When we believe in one another, we are more than happy to work with one another, especially when we are asked.

Today, in the nonprofit community the idea that ‘people give to people’ is best captured through the concept of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, as the name suggests, is the act of raising funds for an initiative through a multitude of people. It is also referred to as peer-to-peer fundraising. Crowdfunding websites allow your non-profit organization or school to tap into your supporters’ networks globally.

Peer-to-peer fundraising has all of the magical elements of an ask for support. It highlights a worthy mission, a story is told, there is passion from the person telling the story and the one-on-one connection that makes the ask to support a nonprofit even easier, coupled with a case for support that is strong and compelling.

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Bike-a-thon Success for Ride to Farm

Bike-a-thon Success for Ride to Farm

Ride to Farm is an annual bike-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school's mission is "If you have a dream to farm, we're here to help you get started." The WSBDF emphasizes business planning and pasture-based farm management.

 “Every young farmer who is successful in starting a business adds to the economic strength of their communities, the public schools, and the collective knowledge, enthusiasm and hope for the next generation on the land.”

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Ronald McDonald House Charities - Crowdfunding and Merchant Services

Ronald McDonald House Charities - Crowdfunding and Merchant Services

Ronald McDonald House Charities is holding their 11th annual fundraising event on April 18. Runnin for the House is a 5 k run - 1 mile walk with an early morning warm up with Ronald McDonald. The competitive 5K competition starts at 8:AM and the non-competitive walk at 8:10. Using DoJiggy's crowdfunding software, they have over 100 participants spreading the word to their friends and families, and taking online donations.

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How to Select the Right Fundraising Software

If your nonprofit is hosting any kind of fundraiser, chances are you're investigating various fundraising software options to help you manage your fundraising event more effectively. But how do you know what software is the right one for your fundraiser? Before selecting your software, determine the type of fundraiser you plan to host. This will impact your decision. After all, different types of events require different features.

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