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Online fundraising can be a great way to move your organization into the 21st century. It's low-cost, easy to maintain and accessible by your donors at any time. But there are a few things to remember when considering this option.

When planning to start fundraising online, you need to take your time and plan everything in advance. Also, don't think you will start raising money from day one. On the contrary - you will need up to two to three weeks in order to get everything organized before you can expect any funds to start to rolling in.

One of the biggest downfalls when it comes to online fundraising is the fact that it lacks the "human" element. For example, you will not be able talk to your potential donors personally, making it difficult to empathize and connect with your target audience. Nevertheless, the world we are living in has changed dramatically and people have come to expect some form of online contact for most things. People want to be able to get everything they want right away - and this is the main reason why the online fundraising has become preferable to conventional door-to-door methods because you can get in touch with all the potential donors at the time that best suits them. Online fundraising also provides you with infinite potential to reach multiple audiences.

You will need a long term plan because the online fundraising cannot provide you with significant amounts of money from your first year. In takes time to develop an effective online presence, but your hard work will be paid off at exponential rates once your name is out there.

So how exactly does online fundraising work? The online fundraising business is based on online agreements with service clubs, charities, schools and a wide range of organizations – by having an online presence, the fundraising efforts can be streamlined and become even more productive than ever. There are plenty of benefits related to the online fundraising. For instance, you will be provided with a genuine opportunity to reach out millions of people worldwide. You can accomplish this by sending emails and newsletters, announcing news about your charity or details for an upcoming fundraising event. Make sure you include a reason for why a particular amount of money is being raised, so your potential donors can be clear about the destination of their money. Also don't forget to include all the details on how people can donate.

You also need to have a well-designed website for your organization. If done properly, it can work miracles for your fundraising success because you can embed the website address into each mail you are planning to send and get the URL featured on other websites you might be in partnership with. Once the newsletter/email is in the potential donor’s inbox, this potential donor can pass this email to the people on his address book. Think about it - through this method, you have the potential to reach thousands of people just using a single email. In addition to this, an online fundraising business can provide you with significant cost savings in running your campaign, such as office space, paper printing costs and transport costs.

Building an online fundraising activity is quite convenient for every individual who is involved in the process. Even the actual paperwork would be handled thanks to the internal ordering system that you can set up for your website. For example, you can organize an online auction to take care of itself – donors can go online and bid for an item at their own convenience. Another option is to use eBayto have your organization listed as a direct benefactor. Just visit eBay and start looking for a "Giving Works" program. You can take your donations directly through PayPal, which is easy to set up.

These are just some ideas for you to use in order to create an online fundraising presence as a part of your campaign. For more tips, take a look at our article "Online Fundraising Ideas - New Ways To Fundraise Using The Internet".



 
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