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FAQs FOR STARTING A CAMPAIGN

Are there any time limits?

Nope. With GivingForChange there are no deadlines or time limits. Your campaign will remain live until you choose to stop donations or remove the campaign altogether. Most users leave their campaigns live indefinitely as a lasting memory of all the wonderful comments and support they received. Note: If you would like to set a deadline, simply choose our 'All-or-Nothing' campaign option during Sign-Up.

Can donors donate from their phones?

Yes , GivingForChange provides the convenience of donating from your phone or other handheld device through our mobile website.

Can donors give privately?

Of course. Donors can simply check a box to keep their donations hidden from public view. However, the Campaign Organizer will always know who the donor is.

Can donors in other countries support my campaign?

Initially, only the United States of America ($USD) and Canada ($CAD) will be supported. We have plans to include the United Kingdom (£GBP), Australia ($AUD), and some European Union countries that use the Euro as their official currency (€EUR) in the near future.

Can I keep my campaign private?

While you can choose to hide your campaign from appearing in GivingForChange Public Search Directory, anyone who has your GivingForChange campaign link will be able to access your campaign. There's no way to keep your campaign 100% private.

Can people give on a monthly basis?

Absolutely. The option to give on a monthly basis is available for all US-based campaigns. Monthly donations are also available for those donating to GivingForChange membership campaigns.

Does it cost anything?

At GivingForChange, we charge No fee on our platform. You only pay a nominal fee that goes towards the safe and secure processing of credit cards.

The transaction fee for credit and debit card processing is 2.9% plus $0.30. There are No platform fees charged to individual and nonprofit fundraising campaigns created in the following currencies: US & Canadian dollars, British pounds, and some European countries.

As a Public Benefits Corporation (PBC), GivingForChange relies on the generous support of our patrons. Donors to fundraising campaigns may voluntarily choose to show their support to GivingForChange by providing a tip during the donation process.

Do I use my Facebook account?

Although optional, connecting your account to Facebook is highly recommended and makes sharing your campaign with others incredibly easy. A valid Facebook account is required for all campaigns that wish to appear within GivingForChange's Public Search Directory. Don't worry, we'll never post anything to your Facebook account unless you say so.

Do I use my real name?

Yes. GivingForChange is a site that rewards authenticity and transparency. However, you may choose to hide your campaign from being listed on GivingForChange during the Sign-Up process.

Do my donors get charged?

No, never. Other sites might charge your donors without you knowing it, but we would never do that. Donors are charged only the amount they choose to donate to you and that's it.

How can I create a Fundraising Campaign?

GivingForChange makes it very easy to raise money for your fundraising campaign. In only a few minutes, you'll be able to personalize your fundraising campaign and share it with the people in your life and the world. In fact, many worthy causes have benefited from funding through the GivingForChange crowdfunding platform. To create a campaign, start by clicking the Star Campaign button at the top of the Home Page. Simply fill in all of the required fields and submit the details.

How can I promote my campaign?

We have incorporated sharing tools, which you can find on the campaign page: share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or by email. This is, of course, just to get you started; let your imagination run wild! Spread the word on your blog or your personal website; talk to friends at parties, to your neighbors, to people at your local supermarket... everybody you know. Refer to our Resources page for more ideas on promoting your campaign.

How does it work?

GivingForChange makes it incredibly easy to raise money online for your fundraising campaign. In just a few minutes, you'll be able to personalize your fundraising campaign and share it with your community and the people in your life. In fact, many fundraising efforts have have benefited from funding through GivingForChange campaigns. With GivingForChange, the majority of the money you raise goes directly to you. There are no deadlines or limits - each donation you receive is yours to keep. Raising money for worthy causes has never been easier. Plus, we're here to help. GivingForChange will respond to your emails within hours during the day.

How do I get my money?

Once your fundraising campaign begins receiving online donations, you can easily request a withdrawal at any time. Don't worry, withdrawing money does not affect the progress meter that's displayed on your GivingForChange campaign. Simply click the 'Withdraw' button inside your GivingForChange account and follow the on-screen instructions. You can withdraw your balance directly to your bank account. US users may also request a check.

How long does the withdrawal take?

Most withdrawals take between 5 and 7 business days. You can choose between an electronic bank transfer or paper check delivery during the withdrawal process.

How will I know if someone donates?

You'll receive an email notification each time a donation is made to your GivingForChange campaign.

Is it safe?

Your GivingForChange campaign features the very best in secure payment encryption technology. Not only are your donors' online payments safe, your money is stored securely until you're ready to request a withdrawal via electronic bank transfer.

Is my country supported?

Initially, only the United States of America ($USD) and Canada ($CAD) will be supported. We have plans to include the United Kingdom (£GBP), Australia ($AUD), and some European Union countries that use the Euro as their official currency (€EUR) in the near future.

Is there a specific format to deliver the information about my campaign?

In addition to a short written description, you can upload 2-3 cover images and a video. Videos tend to be very compelling as they establish a more immediate and emotional connection with the audience.

My project reached its deadline for fundraising, what happens now?

There are only two choices upon deadline: A. The financing goal was reached (or exceeded) – In this case, all donors contributions will be transferred to your WePay account. Note that if rewards are part of you fundraising effort, it is your responsibility to ensure that rewards are fully delivered to each of your donors. B. The time limit on your campaign has been reached. In which case, the funds generated from the campaign will be available to you.

What about taxes and stuff?

Unfortunately, we're unable to provide specific tax advice since everyone's situation is different. While this is by no means a guarantee, most donations on GivingForChange are simply considered to be 'personal gifts' which are not taxed as income in the US. Additionally, only donations made to a legally registered non-profit or charity may be considered eligible for donors to claim as a tax deduction. Again, every situation is different so please consult with a tax professional in your area.

What can I raise money for?

Most people use GivingForChange to raise money for their specific cause. This includes things like pet rescue efforts, cancer treatment programs, environmental cleanup, educational programs, disaster relief efforts, community support, and so much more....That said, we're always amazed at all of the unique ways people use GivingForChange to raise money online. The possibilities are endless!

What does a campaign page look like?

We will demo this for you, but the campaign looks just like a fundraising campaign you would see on GoFundMe or KickStarter. At the top, there's a banner consisting of your cover images and/or video. Underneath, you'll find your campaign description, while a right-hand sidebar will show your fundraising goal and progress as well as your rewards (if you're offering any). A button at the bottom of the sidebar will allow donors to submit their questions directly to you.

What happens once my project is created?

Once the project has been created, we do a quick approval process to see if your project has all the details it needs for supporters to know. This process normally take one (1) business day to complete.

What if I don't reach my goal?

No problem. With GivingForChange, you keep each and every donation you receive. Reaching your goal is not required.

What if I’m not comfortable sharing this with friends and family?

Sharing your campaign with friends and family is a part of what makes GivingForChange work so well. Not only will the people in your life support your campaign, but they will also help spread the word to their friends as well. GivingForChange users should not expect to receive support from strangers.

What is required to set up a campaign?

Setting up a campaign is quick and easy and takes less than 10 minutes. You can sign up either by creating a unique user name and password or by using your existing Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. You will need a brief (1-2 paragraph) description of your organization and the campaign(s) you are raising funding for. This should be informative and compelling, linking the funding effort to beneficial effects for the community.

What types of projects are accepted on this platform?

Most people use GivingForChange to raise money for their specific cause. This includes things like pet rescue efforts, cancer treatment programs, environmental cleanup, educational programs, disaster relief efforts, community support, and so much more....That said, we're always amazed at all of the unique ways people use GivingForChange to raise money online. The possibilities are endless!

Who will donate to my campaign?

Your campaign will be supported by the people in your life and your community. This includes friends, family members, loved ones, coworkers, classmates and people in the community who believe in your cause. Only after your campaign receives the support of the people you personally know can it begin to attract the support of others.

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