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With a 7% chance of survival, baby Christian and his family were faced with the harshest of possibilities, but with a lot of courage, support of family and friends, and talented medical staff, he pulled through.

We sat down with Sean Larkin who created the Team Christian campaign to raise funds and help the Grun family pay for all the rehabilitative care that Christian will need moving forward.

What is your campaign? What are you fundraising for?

Sean: In October 2013, Frank and Riley Grun gave birth to a beautiful son named Christian. By all appearances, he was born happy

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Our customers love the CauseVox platform, so we’re going to start a series on some of their favorite features. You’ll learn quick tips and get sneak peeks at future updates, and there’s something for everyone — long-time customers, new organizations just getting started, and prospective users.

We’ll be covering a variety of topics in the coming months, but if there’s something in particular you’d like to learn more about, drop us a note in the comments, to our email at support@causevox.com or on Twitter @CauseVox.

This week, we’re starting with the CauseVox Site Editor!

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CauseVox Site Editor

You don’t …

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We pushed an update to the platform to unify currency symbols for our international users. What this means is that all parts of CauseVox now display the proper currency symbols set from within the CauseVox campaign settings.

For example, if you’re based in Canada, you’ll see the Canadian Dollar throughout the platform. If you’re based in the UK, you’ll see the British Pound throughout the platform.

Here’s what it looks like on each of the different interfaces, if you’re taking donations in GBP:

Fundraising Site

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Fundraising Page

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CauseVox Admin Backend

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CauseVox Fundraiser Backend

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Donation Form

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Have questions, comments, or …

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After the excess of Thanksgiving—the food, the travel, and perhaps the shopping—over a dozen people gave generously to Project Renewal. With more than $77,000 raised, Project Renewal will be able to feed and shelter and empower homeless men and women out of poverty.

How was this nonprofit able to break through the noise of a festive yet busy holiday season?

Their success stemmed from their reaching outside of their comfort zone when it comes to development & fundraising.

About Project Renewal

Nonprofits working in human services traditionally rely on grant writing to fund their causes; Project Renewal is no …

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Donation tiers are levels of giving that you show donors. Most of time, it’s presented as a list of donation amounts with corresponding descriptions for each amount.

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Here’s an example:

  • $25 provides one day of housing
  • $50 provides two days of housing
  • $75 provides three days of housing

There are two methods you can use to create donation tiers for your campaign. The Impact Units Method and the Reward Method.

Impact Units Method

The Impact Units Method uses a multiplicative approach to creating levels of giving. For this example, we’re going to use a 2-3-6 multiplication factor, but you can …

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This past week, I was fortunate enough to hear the founder of Charity: Water speak. As expected from a former club promoter, Scott Harrison’s life of the party personality quickly illuminated the cozy nonprofit incubator, BeeSpace.

After a rollercoaster of emotion shown through Scott’s words and a colorful and concise powerpoint, I walked away with several hints of advice.

Here are 6 things that can help your nonprofit replicate Charity: Water’s success!

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1. Know Your Why

Optimist and author Simon Sinek states that the most important factor in an individual’s success is to “know their why” or to …

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(Photo from Shubhagata Sengupta)

The Nonprofit Technology Conference is one of my favorite nonprofit conferences. It always has a wide-array of insightful sessions (that are more hits than misses) on everything from fundraising to big-data.

We’ve presented there a couple of times, including our session on the 10 Principles of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising as well as the Future of Nonprofit Storytelling. This year, we co-hosted a session on nonprofit crowdfunding.

Here are 10 curated tips from crowdfunding experts from the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

  1. Use crowdfunding when you have a specific project, not for a general fund.

  2. Studies have shown

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“Fake! Fake! Fake!” is what they’ll call you if you don’t focus on telling authentic stories when fundraising online.

You have to give your readers a memorable experience with authentic content. If not – they’re not going to donate, contribute, or support your project.

Here are a four ways you can be authentic in your online fundraising or crowdfunding campaigns.

1. Tell authentic stories

No matter how pragmatic and bullet-list-loving we are, everyone is drawn to stories. Stories connect us to each other because they convey common emotions and challenges.

You can never go wrong with storytelling – it …

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In true David and Goliath fashion, human & environmental rights organization EarthRights International takes on corporate human rights abusers in the arena of public opinion by crowdfunding a documentary film series & training curricula that will empower activists in their pursuit of justice.

“John Steinbeck was my hero,” said Katie Redford, EarthRights International’s Co-founder and Director. His works, like The Grapes of Wrath, exposed her to “the underbelly of the American dream” and inspired Katie to pursue a legal career as a means of seeking justice.

After completing her undergraduate studies and before heading to University of Virginia’s School …

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Crowdfunding bread

Before we talk shop about crowdfunding, I’d like to ponder another favorite thing of mine: food. Especially, carbs.

Like, matzoh and bread, for example: both are tasty, and are made with flour & water. But one is flat and crispy, the other round and fluffy.

What sets the two apart? Yeast and time.

Yeast is what turns a pasty mixture of flour and water into buoyant dough. It doesn’t take much to do the trick; it just needs to be activated to work its magic. Even then, yeast is still low maintenance: add warm water & sugar, and voila – …

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