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Setting up your own fundraiser
We also recommend creating a Crowd Funding donation page. If you can help raise some of your own funds for travel and miscellaneous needs, it will help us stretch every penny just that much further. Here are some sites that offer personal funding options to attend the Resurgence.
A witty, short video or carefully crafted letter with a link to a paypal account also works.
There are plenty of crowdsourcing resource pages to learn from. Some folks have sold small art pieces, cleaned houses, traded or bartered, some designed t-shirts and sold them from an online platform, others held bake sales to fund travel and expenses to conferences. Get creative and have fun with this.
Consider the following tips, to create a successful donation page:
First figure out how much money you’ll need. Make a budget for yourself.
Use a bright main image, or make a video! This is your shot at a powerful first impression and we’ve found that adding the right images is key to your fundraiser's success. Avoid blurry or low-quality images. Since this is a Forest and Climate Convergence, take the photos/video of you in your favorite wilderness location, forest, or nature spot.
We also recommend using images of the people involved (you and your community), since images of people get stronger reactions than a graphic or text.
Write a great and descriptive fundraiser title that’s fitting to your fundraiser. Make sure it’s action-driven, and includes the name of the person or organization the funds are for.
Think about what you’ll bring home of value to your community; either in knowledge, expanding your network or skills.
You can offer low cost postcards of your visit as rewards to donors (Photos from your experience at the Resurgence printed for cheap at a local photo shop signed and mailed to donors.)
Update your audience frequently on your progress on your financial goals.
Share with family, friends and your social media followers.
We are using these hashtags if you want to share in your posts: #ShawneeConvergence #ThisIsWhyImGoing #TimeIsNow #TimeIsUp #CountMeIn #MeetMeInTheShawnee #WhereTwoRiversFlow
Remember to figure in the fees that these sites take a percentage for using their platform.
If you have any questions or need another persyn to read your draft script, we are happy to assist you. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Help with crowd funding” in the subject matter line.