This is the first post in our new series on how to fundraise successfully for your school and set up EdCo. Be sure to check back periodically to catch new posts!
Set Up EdCo | Your Page
Welcome to our series on how to setup your best EdCo campaign possible! We will be sharing our tips and tricks on how to make your fundraiser a success. Examples of posts to come are: how to best setup your fundraising page, how to setup some creative fundraising goals, how to create a fun & engaging updates for your donors, and how to best use Social Media to get the word out on your fundraiser.
If you have not signed up and created your page, let’s start there!
Existing account? Let’s work on getting your page setup and make it engaging.
Step 1: Name Your Fundraiser
One of the first things you need to do is name your fundraiser. The title is the first thing that people will read, so make sure it’s clear what you’re fundraising for! You also have the option to upload an image. Have fun with it! Show off your team members, the project you are working on, etc. Just make it about you! Showing off your team at work is more personal than an inanimate object.
Step 2: Define Your Need
What are you raising funds for? This could be anything from new uniforms, entry fees, travel expenses, equipment, camps, etc. You have 600 characters to tell people what you are trying to accomplish. Donors want to feel good about giving. They want to know where their money is going and who it impacts. Make sure you are descriptive and creative, but watch your word count!
Step 3: Set Your Financial Goal
Set a sizable but realistic goal that people can get behind. We recommend setting your goal 10% above what is actually needed. This helps cover any unforeseen expenses and the small 4.9% fee to EdCo for the platform. Here is a quick checklist when setting your financial goal. Your goal is:
- For the benefit of my team or club
- Ambitious but realistic
- Specific enough for supporters
- Large enough to be meaningful
Step 4: Add Your Team Members
Fundraising is not — we repeat is NOT — a solo effort. Get your team involved! Make sure to add each student’s email by separating with commas; this will make sure your students get invited properly. You can also choose to just send them your URL (the link to your page) if you prefer to use your own method. If there are other adult mentors, teachers or helpers, make sure to get them signed up as well.
So there you go! Four—± simple ways to start your fundraiser off well. In our next post, we’ll talk about how to come up with some fun giving levels, including ways to give back to your donors (like thank you cards, or tickets to see your musical or play).
Until next time!