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Personal Giving Campaigns

firstgivingA Firstgiving Personal Fundraising page is the easiest and one of the most effective ways to raise dollars. It only takes a few minutes to create your own online page and there are many ways to fundraise:

  • Celebrate your birthday or anniversary by asking for donations to FORCE in lieu of gifts.
  • Tell your story and ask friends and family to support the organization that supports you.
  • Find a local event (a run, walk or other activity) you want to participate in and use FirstGiving to turn it into a fundraiser by getting donations for your participation.

Need some inspiration?

FORCE member Raychel Adler, participated in the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, set up a personal page on FirstGiving.com/FORCE and raised over $8,000 in support from friends, family and co-workers.

Alison Schneiger is using her page to tell her family's story and raise money for a memorial fund for her mom.

Now it’s your turn! Go to Firstgiving, click Get Started and follow the steps to create your personal fundraising page.

Here are a few suggestions to help ensure your success:

  • Set a goal. Set a personal target and aim high. People give based on your goals so encourage larger donations with a higher goal.
  • Personalize your page. Make your page as compelling as possible by adding your own photograph and text.
  • Promote your webpage. The easiest way to do this is to add a link to your page into your email signature line. If you have a blog, Facebook page or Twitter account, you can promote there as well.
  • Write a personal appeal. Your supporters want to help YOU and will be more inclined to donate if they can relate to your personal story.
  • Start with a bang. Make sure the first person on your website gives you a large donation as this sets the level for everyone else. This could be you or a close family member.

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