Congratulations! You have taken a major step towards an amazing adventure. If you are like others, the thought of asking for financial support might rank up there with having a dental procedure on stage in front of thousands of people... but take heart! There are dozens of people out there that would love to support what God is doing in your life. Here are a few basics to get your personal fundraising page looking good... followed by some general advice and things to consider as you go down this path of fundraising.
This is taking the place of the old letters that people used to receive and will give you a quick place to point people who are interested in where you are going and what you will be doing. Here are a couple of quick things to make it look good:
How do I get to my page?
As soon as you are accepted on a trip, you should receive a notification that will direct you to your personalized page. However, you can also get to this page any time via your Dashboard. Log into the system and click on your upcoming trip. The personalized link should be highlighted in blue (see example image).
How can I edit my page?
Click on the Edit Personalized Content button at the top of your page to edit or add any information. There might be default text there to help get you started. Either way, you can add your own story, share why you feel this is a good time/trip for where you feel God leading, what you are hoping to do while you are there, or even what you hope to experience. Need some help on what to write? Check out the next section below.
If you have a video that helps explain this to potential supporters, you can also include that link here. Additionally, you can upload a background image (your personalized profile image is loaded on your profile). If you uploaded the wrong one by mistake, just upload the correct image and click "Save Changes".
While at first it certainly seems like fundraising is for the single purpose of raising money, it’s far more. You are beginning a journey of inviting others along with you in this experience and allowing them to participate by means of giving financially, encouraging you along the way, and praying for you. From the beginning, we have to see fundraising as an invitation for others to journey with us, not simply using people as a means to raise financial support.
This all starts by asking the right questions and placing yourself in the position of the person you are asking support. The more you can respect the heart and dignity of the other person, the greater your success in inviting them into your journey.
It’s important to remember as well that all finances are simply on loan and we are given the opportunity to steward them well. You are taking on the role of stewardship by taking in fundraising and using it for this opportunity. Your supporters are also being stewards of their resources by giving them to you for this program. But in the end, you are both stewarding your time, talent, and resources. All of us are called to steward what we have well and here we see the common journey that you share with your supporters. Just remember you are inviting them to steward what they have been given for something in your life.
Coming up with your initial list of names for who might help support your trip may seem daunting at first. We would like to suggest you start with a few suggestions and brainstorm individually or as a team to build your list. You’re not limited to these but they are a great start...
As you share your plans, be prepared for people to spontaneously ask how to help (it does happen). Be prepared with a response... and then send them to your personalized page.