FEATURES:

Our platform comes stocked with every tool you need to take action for a cause you care about.

Pick and choose which features to include with your custom campaign page:

ONLINE DONATIONS

Keep the money you raise, regardless of whether you reach your fundraising goal. Optional donation levels personalize the giving experience.

EVENT TICKETING

With unlimited ticket types for each campaign, PDF tickets that are emailed instantly and a downloadable guest list, it's the simplest way to run your event.

MERCHANDISE SALES

Specify custom features, price levels, "on sale" dates and quantity available. The optional shipping charge allows for merchandise sales to out-of-town supporters.

TEAM MEMBER PAGES

Take action as a team! Allow members to create their own unique fundraising or awareness page on behalf of your campaign.

SPONSOR RECOGNITION

Easily display sponsor details and logos on your campaign page to give your sponsors the recognition they deserve.

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

Identify specific tasks you need help with and allow people to sign up to volunteer via your campaign page.

COMMUNITY CAMPAIGNS

Community Campaigns make it easy for you to team up with friends or classmates and change the world together!

FLEXIBLE PAYOUT OPTIONS

Funds can be sent directly to you (via check or venmo) or directly to your foundation or non-profit organization.

DETAILED REPORTING

Easily keep track of donations, ticket and merchandise sales and download real-time reports.

CREATING & EDITING YOUR CAMPAIGN:

How do I choose a campaign title?

Your campaign name is the first thing supporters will read about your cause, so it’s important to choose a name that is descriptive and succinct. If possible, try to summarize your campaign in 5 words or less. If you can include a call to action, even better!

How do I determine a fundraising goal?

What is your aim for impact? Does this impact include a fundraising component as well? Be honest about the time and energy you have to dedicate to your campaign – this will help you set a reasonable target. Think about:

  • The minimum amount that will let you accomplish a significant change with your cause/issue. And keep in mind a “significant change” can be large or small.
  • You can always exceed your idea for impact, so set a plan that is doable – whether it is to involve 30 people in a graffiti paint-out campaign or a plan to raise $500 for sports equipment for a youth center.
  • If fundraising is a part of your impact target, keep in mind that The Philanthropy Project applies a 5% fee to the total funds raised. In addition, credit card processing fees amount to approximately 3% of funds raised. This means that you keep approximately 92% of the funds raised during your campaign.

What are campaign Start & End dates?

The campaign START date is the date on which your campaign page will be published on the Greeks4Good platform so you can begin accepting donations and selling tickets/merchandise. START dates can be set to the current date or a future date of your choosing. The campaign END date is the date on which your campaign will end, meaning you will no longer be able to accept donations and sell tickets/merchandise. If you set your campaign end date to March 16, 2018, your campaign will end at 11:59pm on the 16th.

Can I add videos and other media to my campaign page?

Yes, you can! There are opportunities for you to add a featured image and video to your campaign page, as well as embed any other media you would like:

Can I add customized, pre-set donation levels to my campaign?

Yes! If you’d like to add customized, pre-set donation levels to your campaign page, simply enter an amount for each donation level – adding descriptions for each amount you set up is optional. Even with campaigns using preset donation levels, supporters still have the option to enter a custom donation amount.

Custom donation levels are also a great way to set up sponsorship tiers to make it easy for sponsors to support your cause. Just enter the donation level required for each sponsorship and use the description field to enter details about the sponsorship level.

How do I create an event and sell tickets through my campaign page?

If you’d like to sell tickets or collect registration fees for an event, simply add an event and an “Attend Our Event” button will be visible on your campaign page. You can enter the name of the event, a description of the event and a featured image for the event. This image will also appear on your event tickets. Then you’ll choose the event start date and time, as well as the end date and time. You can also enter details about your event venue, as well as details about the event organizer. All of the details are optional so include them if you would like!

Now you’re ready to set up your event tickets (tickets can also be used to collect registration fees for your event). You can enter a name and price for your ticket and enter a description. You can even specify the time period during which you’d like the ticket to be available through your campaign page by setting up “on sale” dates. You can also indicate the number of tickets available for sale if you would like. You can add an unlimited number of tickets to your event.

How can I sell merchandise through my campaign page?

If you’d like to sell merchandise, simply add Merchandise and a “Buy Merchandise” button will be visible on your campaign page.

Simply enter a product name, description and image. You can then set up prices for the various options. Enter a size or style, along with a price and quantity available if desired. Examples of size or style options include SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE, or RED, YELLOW and BLUE. You can set up as many size and style options as you would like.

You can specify the time period during which you’d like the merchandise to be available through your campaign page by setting up “on sale” dates. You can also indicate the number of items available for sale if you would like.

You can add an unlimited number of merchandise items to your campaign page.

How do I enable team participation and/or fundraising for my campaign?

If you want to allow others to participate in or fundraise on behalf of your campaign, turn on the option for Team Member Participation & Fundraising pages. This activates a “Partcipate in or fundraise for this campaign” button on your campaign page, which allows each team member to set up a unique campaign page in 30 seconds or less.

Team members are given the option about whether to inherit or override the components from your main campaign such as the featured image, description of your cause, video, etc.

I don't want to enable team fundraising but I still want to track participation and fundraising statistics for my campaign. How can I do this?

If you’d prefer to stick with a unified campaign page, you can still track fundraising totals for friends or classmates helping out with your campaign. Instead of Team Member Participation and/or Fundraising pages, you’ll want to turn on the option to “Track Member Participation & Fundraising Totals” which will prompt you to paste a list of your member names. These member names will be available as a dropdown for guests to choose from during checkout and allows you to keep track of the donations, tickets and merchandise sales (if applicable) each member is responsible for.

How can I recognize sponsors on my campaign page?

If you’d like to recognize any sponsors, you can add this component and a sponsor recognition section will be visible on your campaign page. Simply upload a sponsor logo and enter the sponsor’s website URL. You can add unlimited sponsors here.

How can I recruit volunteers through my campaign page?

You can recruit volunteers through your campaign page. If you add this component to your campaign, A “Volunteer” button will be visible on your campaign page and volunteers can sign up for the tasks you pre-set, as well as send you a message. Volunteer sign ups will be emailed to you directly.

Direct to You

If you choose this option when creating your campaign:

  • Funds raised through your campaign page (through donations, event ticket sales and merchandise sales) will be routed directly to The Philanthropy Project. Once your campaign ends, we’ll write you a check or send payment via Venmo within 72 hours.
  • Funds paid out directly to you are NOT considered tax-deductible for donors.

Direct to NonProfit

Payment Directly To a Registered 501(c)3 Organization Funds raised through your campaign page (through donations, event ticket sales and merchandise sales) will be routed directly to the 501(c)3 organization and they will be deposited immediately after each successful transaction. Funds going directly to a registered 501(c)3 organization ARE considered tax-deductible and your donors will be emailed tax receipts automatically.

Payment Directly To an Unregistered 501(c)3 Organization Funds raised through your campaign page (through donations, event ticket sales and merchandise sales) will be routed directly to The Philanthropy Project and then paid directly to the 501(c)3 organization via check within 72 hours after your campaign closes. In this scenario, donations are NOT considered tax-deductible. However, you can invite this nonprofit to accept direct payments for future campaigns so that your donations can be considered tax deductible. To invite your nonprofit, simply ask the non profit to register here: https://poweringphilanthropy.com/non-profit-registration/

Can I save a draft of my campaign while I'm working on it?

Yes! Simply click “Save & Preview” at any point during the campaign creation process to ensure that a draft of your campaign is saved. This way, you can easily come back and finish up your campaign page at a later time.

Previewing Your Campaign

While creating your campaign, you can preview your campaign page by clicking “Save & Preview”. You can then continue editing your campaign, or proceed with launching your campaign.

How do I edit my campaign?

Simply login to your account – from there, click “Profile” to edit your profile information easily, or click “Your Campaigns” and then “edit campaign” to change any of your campaign details.

Any of your campaign details, including your fundraising goal, can be edited at any time during your campaign. The one exception to this is the campaign title – campaign titles can not be edited once a campaign is live, because campaign titles are used to create the URL for your personalized campaign page. If you need to edit your campaign title once your campaign has gone live, please contact us. However, please realize that any change to your campaign title will affect the URL of your campaign page, so you’ll have to communicate the updated URL to your supporters.

Can I edit my campaign at any time?

Of course! Campaign creators have ownership of their individual campaign(s) and profile page, and can edit any of the information associated with their campaigns and profiles at any time. Simply login to your account – from there, click “Profile” to edit your profile information easily, or click “Your Campaigns” and then “edit campaign” to change any of your campaign details.

Any of your campaign details, including your fundraising goal, can be edited at any time during your campaign. The one exception to this is the campaign title – campaign titles can not be edited once a campaign is live, because campaign titles are used to create the URL for your personalized campaign page. If you need to edit your campaign title once your campaign has gone live, please contact us. However, please realize that any change to your campaign title will affect the URL of your campaign page, so you’ll have to communicate the updated URL to your supporters.

I just launched my campaign. Now what?

As soon as you click “Launch Campaign”, you’ll get an instantaneous email confirmation providing you with the URL to your published campaign page. Now you are ready to start spreading the word and raising money!

Can I edit my campaign after I launch it?

Of course! Campaign creators have ownership of their individual campaign(s) and profile page, and can edit any of the information associated with their campaigns and profiles at any time. Simply login to your account and navigate to the right-hand menu. Click “Profile” to edit your profile information easily, or click “Your Campaigns” and then “edit campaign” to change any of your campaign details.

Any of your campaign details, including your fundraising goal, can be edited at any time during your campaign. The one exception to this is the campaign title – campaign titles can not be edited once a campaign is live, because campaign titles are used to create the URL for your personalized campaign page. If you need to edit your campaign title once your campaign has gone live, please contact us. However, please realize that any change to your campaign title will affect the URL of your campaign page, so you’ll have to communicate the updated URL to your supporters.

PAYOUT OPTIONS:

Direct to You

If you choose this option when creating your campaign:

  • Funds raised through your campaign page (through donations, event ticket sales and merchandise sales) will be routed directly to The Philanthropy Project. Once your campaign ends, we’ll write you a check or send payment via Venmo within 72 hours.
  • Funds paid out directly to you are NOT considered tax-deductible for donors.

Direct to NonProfit

Payment Directly To a Registered 501(c)3 Organization Funds raised through your campaign page (through donations, event ticket sales and merchandise sales) will be routed directly to the 501(c)3 organization and they will be deposited immediately after each successful transaction. Funds going directly to a registered 501(c)3 organization ARE considered tax-deductible and your donors will be emailed tax receipts automatically.

Payment Directly To an Unregistered 501(c)3 Organization Funds raised through your campaign page (through donations, event ticket sales and merchandise sales) will be routed directly to The Philanthropy Project and then paid directly to the 501(c)3 organization via check within 72 hours after your campaign closes. In this scenario, donations are NOT considered tax-deductible. However, you can invite this nonprofit to accept direct payments for future campaigns so that your donations can be considered tax deductible. To invite your nonprofit, simply ask the non profit to register here: https://poweringphilanthropy.com/non-profit-registration/

REPORTING & DONOR INFO:

Where can I find my campaign reports?

Reports are available in your campaign dashboard. Simply login to your Philanthropy Project account and navigate to “Your Reports” using the right-hand menu.

Are my campaign reports real-time?

Yes! When someone donates, purchases tickets or purchases merchandise via your campaign page, your campaign reports will automatically update to reflect the most recent transactions.

Can I export my reports?

Yes! You can export your reports at any point during, or after, your campaign.

COMMUNITY CAMPAIGNS:

Community Campaigns make it easy for you to team up with friends or classmates and change the world together!

What is a Community Campaign?

Community Campaigns are an easy way to take action by collaborating with other young changemakers on a campaign that is already underway.

How do Community Campaigns work?

Community Campaigns are all about collaboration. Once you find a Community Campaign you’re passionate about getting involved with, simply click the “Participate In or Fundraise For this campaign” button and create your personalized fundraising or awareness page on behalf of the Community Campaign.

How do I join a Community Campaign?

You can find Community Campaigns to join here.

FEES:

Simple pricing, no surprises.

What fees are deducted from the funds raised during my campaign?

The following fees are deducted from the money raised during your campaign:

  1. A 5% platform fee
  2. Standard credit card processing fees of 2.9% + $0.30 per donation.

Does it cost anything to set up my campaign?

Nope! There are no upfront costs to create a campaign on The Philanthropy Project.

Why does The Philanthropy Project charge a 5% platform fee?

The 5% platform fee covers our costs to run, maintain and improve The Philanthropy Project platform.  Investing in our platform and our team enables us to provide the support you need to succeed in raising more for your cause.

Are there any fees charged to donors?

Donors are given the option to cover fees for each transaction. If a donor does choose to cover fees, 100% of their donation goes towards your cause. However, if a donor opts out of covering fees for a transaction, there are no additional costs charged to donors beyond the amount they have elected to donate to your campaign.

Are donations to campaigns tax-deductible?

It depends!

If you have chosen to have the funds raised through your campaign distributed to you once your campaign finishes, donations to your campaign are NOT considered tax-deductible.

If you have chosen to have the funds raised through your campaign distributed directly to a nonprofit organization, donations to your campaign ARE considered tax-deductible and tax receipts are emailed automatically to donors.

As a donor, you can determine whether your donation to a campaign is tax-deductible or not by reading the “About Our Cause” section of a campaign page. A note indicating the tax-deductible status of a campaign is shown at the bottom of this section.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS:

Take advantage of our tried and true strategies to help make your online campaign a smashing success!

Plan a Successful Launch

Here are some ways you can get your campaign started on the right foot:

  • Achieve early momentum by “soft launching” your campaign:
    • Line up 5 initial supporters (parents, siblings and close friends are usually a good bet) for the day you go live – this helps get your campaign off to a great start and builds momentum that will inspire others to support you.
    • Before it goes live, ask everyone you know to contribute or participate in the first few days of the campaign.
    • Make a list of the people who committed to helping out, and ask them to make their contributions within the first 1-3 days of your launch.
  • Pre-prepare all the emails, social media posts and letters and press releases that you’ll be distributing throughout your campaign before it goes live. Consider the different groups you’ll be sending these to and the different points throughout the campaign that you’ll need to prepare for (things like your campaign launch, the halfway point, two weeks left in your campaign, and a final reminder a day or two before your campaign completion date).

Spread the Word

Ready, set, go! All of the preparation and planning is complete and you’re ready to share your campaign with the world! Here are some ways you can get the word out: Email

  • Send an email to friends and family asking them to support or participate in your campaign and explain why the cause is so important to you personally. Don’t forget to include a call to action! It can also help to break down your contact list into smaller groups and tailor your message to each audience. Give a short description of your project and highlight how their support or participation will make an impact. Be concise — and don’t forget to include the link to your campaign page!
  • A personal message is the most effective way to let someone know about your project. After you’ve sent out your group emails and posted your project to social media, you can follow up with people individually. Try highlighting very specific things about the project you think each individual might like.
  • Ask family and friends to share your campaign with their network, helping spread the word to more people than you could reach alone!
  • Add your campaign link to your email signature along with a brief explanation about why the cause is so important to you personally. Don’t forget to include a call to action!
  • Make a big push for support or participation as you near the end of your campaign, including sending a final email to your friends and family.

Social Media

  • Share your campaign link, along with a personalized call to action on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to do the same. Keep sharing your cause on social media throughout your campaign!
  • Social media is a great way to reach supporters who aren’t in your immediate network so don’t be shy about asking friends to help you spread the word on social media.

School

  • Work with your school to see if they are willing to help support your campaign in one of these ways: embed or include a link to your campaign page on the school website, send information about your campaign in a school newsletter, or allow you to make an announcement to fellow students about your campaign over the loudspeaker.
  • Recruit a few friends or classmates to help you spread the word about your cause – time spent helping you raise awareness may count towards their own service learning hours.

Community (neighbors, places of worship, businesses and community groups)

  • Create a flyer advertising your campaign page and distribute this to your community. Don’t be shy about asking for support for, or participation in, your campaign.
  • If you’re incorporating an event into your campaign, work with local businesses to see if they are willing to donate anything such as food, supplies, etc. for your event, as well as help you spread the word.
  • Ask local businesses whether they would be willing to donate a percentage of their proceeds to your cause on a specific date.

Like-Minded Organizations & Individuals

  • Reach out to the organization or individuals who will benefit from your campaign and ask them to share your campaign on their social media pages and with their networks.
  • Use http://search.twitter.com to search for people talking about your campaign’s subject, and @ reply them to tell them about your campaign.
  • Figure out who the most influential people are in your cause area, and share your campaign link with them. To find leaders in various categories on Twitter, try http://wefollow.com
  • Reach out to bloggers who care about your cause and ask them to spread the word about your campaign.

Media

  • Send a press release to local media in your area to tell them about your campaign. Learn more about Writing a Press Release.

Secure Sponsors

  • Many local businesses are looking for opportunities to market to students and, as a result, they are happy to support your cause in the form of a sponsorship… all you have to do is ask!
  • You can easily use custom donation levels on your campaign page to designate various sponsorship levels (and their corresponding benefits – i.e. free tickets to your event, logo on the back of your t-shirts, etc.) to make it easy for companies to support you as a sponsor.
  • Give sponsors the exposure they deserve by adding a sponsor recognition section to your campaign page.

Run a Contest

  • Encouraging each of your team members to spread the word, sell a certain number of tickets or t-shirts, or bring in donations is a great way to get everyone involved with and excited about your cause, while helping maximize the impact of your campaign!
  • You can enable Team Member Pages on your campaign, which allows individual members to setup unique fundraising or awareness pages on behalf of your campaign.
  • Alternatively, you can have each of your team members promote your main campaign page, but still track which which of your members is responsible for bringing in supporters.
  • Consider giving out prizes to top fundraisers… the friendly competition is any easy way to help you raise more!
  • Whichever way you decide to run your contest, you can easily download a real-time report detailing which team member is responsible for each donation, ticket or t-shirt sale via your campaign dashboard.

Maintain Momentum

  • Reach out to supporters you may not have already touched base with. Send a press release to local media to tell them about your campaign or ask the organization that will benefit from the funds you raise to share your campaign on their social media pages and with their networks.
  • Create a flyer advertising your campaign page and distribute this to your community and post it around town. Don’t be shy about asking for support for your campaign!
  • Post updates every couple of days on your campaign page. Share your personal thoughts and gratitude, highlight significant milestones, etc. Bring your participants and supporters along for the ride, increasing the likelihood that they’ll continue to share your campaign with others.

Finish Strong!

  • Make a big push for support or participation as you near the end of your campaign, including sending a final email to your friends and family.
  • Include a sense of urgency in excitement to drive action as your campaign nears the finish line.
  • Remind potential supporters about what impact your campaign will have for the organization or cause you are supporting. When possible, include a story or example of someone/something that has benefited previously.

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