Monthly Archives: October 2013

Need Help Paying Bills

Get Help Paying Bills

In times of crises, many families struggle with paying bills. Sometimes medical illness, natural disaster or legal fees can leave a family in need of help.

Help Paying Medical Bills

It is estimated that 60% of bankruptcy cases filed in the U.S. are the result of medical debts.  Unexpected or even routine medical care can cause thousands of dollars in medical bills. While, national and local programs exist, it may be hard to qualify and could take months to receive bill assistance.

Consider starting a 1Dollar1Home  fundraiser for a friend or family member who needs help paying medical bills. Help Granny with Back Surgery Team raised over $6,200 to help their family pay for medical bills family faced.

Help Paying Bills after a Disaster

Large and national disasters gain attention from organizations and find millions of dollars in donations.  Smaller, personal disasters such as home fires or flooding, however, can leave a family stranded with many bills and few options to pay them.

Assistance with Legal Bills

Legal expenses can happen for a variety of reasons and are many times Carlene and daughtervery costly.  Carlene (pictured left) used a 1Dollar1Home fundraising page to raise money to defray the costs of legal bills of a family law case.

 

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 If you or someone you know needs help paying bills, start a 1Dollar1Home fundraising page today.

How to Raise Money Online

Fundraising with 1Dollar1Home

It’s easy, free, secure, and can impact a

+loved one’s world in so many ways.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

Step 1: Create a Page

Our goal is for you to have a successful fundraiser. The best tip we can give, is to tell a compelling story. No need to write a novel, but you’ll definitely want to include specific details and have a strong cause for why your loved one needs support. The more insight you can provide about the beneficiary, the better.

Another tip is to be as transparent as possible. Let people know exactly what their money is being raised for and how their donation will make a difference to the beneficiary.

One way to really bring your page to life is to add photos and videos. You can also keep supporters up-to-date and interested by posting on your fundraiser’s blog. For more ideas on how to be successful when fundraising online, check out our fundraising tips section.

Step 2: Spread the word to friends, family, and the world.

We know it’s tough. Asking for donations is one of the hardest things you can do. But by sharing your story, people will be inspired to help, and share your story with others. We’ve seen many many people coming together time and time again, to accomplish amazing things. And with a little work, you can see the same results!

The best way to start, is by sharing your fundraiser with close friends and family. These are the people who are likely to be early supporters. Once you’ve gathered early momentum, promote your page via email, Facebook and other social media outlets. Supporters can donate online using a credit card, debit card, or if the fundraiser has been activated, using PayPal. With each donation, you can watch as your fundraiser becomes more and more successful—getting the beneficiary that much closer to their goal! Fact: if you’re able to get 30% funding from friends and family, then you’re almost going to get your cause funded. 

Step 3: Collect Support & Donations

Once your fundraiser reaches its end date, 1Dollar1Home will process and send the funds via personal check or PayPal transfer (minus a small processing fee of 3.0%). Then, feel free to do a happy dance, give and receive high-fives or celebrate however you like—knowing you just did something extraordinary for someone you care about!

Words of encouragement and emotional support will stay on the fundraising page forever. You can also continue to post to your fundraising page for as long as you like, and keep people updated.

Payment Security

There’s no need to worry when creating or donating to a fundraiser. 1Dollar1Home uses the latest encryption technology to ensure every donation is secure and private. We never give out your contact information, unless you decide you want to share it with the beneficiary. Additionally, we never sell information about our donors, so you don’t have to worry about future soliciting.

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 If you have any questions please contact us or comment below.

How to Fundraise Online for a Friend or Family in Need

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Sometimes stages in life can become so difficult especially when we see our friends and families need a little extra help.  Medical issues and natural disasters like fires, floods, and tornados can be devastating to families and sometimes even families with insurance are unprepared to handle this kind of unexpected expense on their own. Most at times, an amazing gesture when you see a family or friend in need is to start a fundraiser on their behalf.  You can help jumpstart recovery and help your loved ones in need by creating a 1Dollar1Home page for for a fundraiser.

Our website has seen many people raise funds on behalf of friends and family and these campaigns and stories often raise more money than those that are started by the individual or family themselves.

Why?

Although we don’t know for sure, we suspect that it’s because of the excitement around raising money for someone who is unaware of what’s being done behind the scenes to help. It’s all happened to us one way or the other; the surprise and the release factor! When a friend or family member realize that the financial burden that they thought they had no longer exists, it brings a whole level of uplifting! Sometimes families and friends in need have such severe stories that they themselves don’t even think of raising money at that stage but that’s where you come in!

The question is, so how do you fundraise or start a fundraiser for a family or friend in need?

Thankfully, our website makes it quick and easy. Here’s how:

  1. Click this link to start creating your story.
  2. Fill in the required information – this usually takes less than 10 minutes. No tech skills needed.
  3. Share your fundraising link with friends and family. You’ll receive any donations immediately and will be able to track visitors, donors details and more.

How Can 1Dollar1Home Help?

  • Easy to Use: In less than 10 minutes you can share the story and set up a 1Dollar1Home page and start collecting funds from friends and family around the country.
  • Hope: More than just a way to contribute financially to loved ones in need, 1Dollar1Home pages allow friends and family to leave words of encouragement and build a community of emotional support.
  • Empowerment: 1Dollar1Home empowers friends and family by giving them an answer to the question “What can I do to help?

It’s as easy as that. Don’t wait any longer, click here to start your 1Dollar1Home page.

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Security Concerns & How to Overcome Them

paypal_secureWhen you’re raising money for someone other than yourself, potential donors that don’t know you very well might have concerns about where the money is going. For example, they might wonder if the beneficiary will actually receive all of the funds raised.

As your fundraising link can quickly spread out of your immediate network and even go viral, it’s important to alleviate these concerns so that you can raise as much money as possible. These steps will help you do that:

  1. Explain who you are and what your relationship is to the person / family that you’re raising money for.
  2. Explain when and how the money will be sent to the beneficiary.
  3. If possible, obtain the account / PayPal information from the person you’re raising money for to alleviate concerns in the first place. 

Other Ways to Help

hearthandsFundraising for a family or friend in need is an excellent way to help them when there’s financial difficulties. However, here’s a quick reminder on other ways to help:

  • Provide emotional support or get them in touch with a relevant help organization if needed.
  • Reduce everyday burdens. From buying their groceries to helping them wash-up – these little gestures can go a long way.
  •  Rally your friends and family in so that they have a network of support and aren’t just reliant on you.

Summary

Raising money for a friend or family in need can go a long way and the sooner you start, the better.

Ready to go now? Go ahead and create your fundraiser – it’s quick, easy and free to start. Need some inspiration? Discover great fundraisers.

By starting a 1Dollar1Home page, you empower your local community as well as friends and family from across the county to provide financial and emotional support at a time when your friend need it the most.

Please comment if you have any questions..

Cheers!

Take Two…Simple Acts of Kindness You’ll be Amazed!

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13. Make amends with someone you have wronged. 

Be genuine with your apology.  Even if you feel you did nothing wrong, apologize anyway.  It’s not about being “right”; it is about the other person’s perception of the situation.

14. Give a homeless person food and/or gift card to a restaurant. 

Most people don’t feel comfortable giving homeless people money due to concerns over whether the money will be spent on drugs.  Giving a gift card to a restaurant close by not only gives the person food to eat, but the dignity of choosing what they want to eat.

15. Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox. 

On a hot day, freeze a bottle of water and leave it in your box with a note.  By the time your mail is delivered, the ice will have melted into a cold, refreshing drink.

16. If you walk by an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it. 

You will save someone from walking out to a parking ticket.  You could also put a quarter in the meter before you leave, if you see someone is waiting for your spot.

17. Be an active listener. 

When someone is talking to you, instead of thinking of what you will say next, really listen to what they are saying.

18. Let someone go ahead of you in line. 

(especially if they only have a few items or it’s a mom with young kids)

19. Have good manners. 

Say “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”, and “excuse me”.  When people are treated with respect, they will respond in kind.

20. Go a week without using sarcasm. 

This is tougher than it sounds.  Although we have no ill intent when we use sarcasm, it does breed negativity.

21. Volunteer your time to a charity aka join the movement at 1Dollar1Home and make a difference in a life or home.  

Giving money is helpful, but giving your time requires taking a personal interest.

 

I know I’m missing a lot more..please feel free and add on! What do you think?

Ten Things to Look for in a Fundraising Platform

Let Us Show You Why 1Dollar1Home Stands out
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  • What do they charge?  Figuring out what you’ll actually net for your donations can be complicated. Make sure you research all the different ways you can incur charges: setup costs, monthly charges, additional transaction fees, chargeback fees, etc. We offer simple pricing: 3% on fully funded campaign; that’s it.
  • Do they issue tax-deductible receipts?  We’re working on this to make every $1 received deductible. When all set and done we will instantly emails your donors a tax-deductible receipt so that you don’t have to.
  • Do they offer in-house email AND phone support?  We offer both, because we want to hear directly from you. We don’t outsource our customer support. Our proven team provides quick responses to your needs and questions. And we consistently receive praise for how we treat charities and donors.
  • Can I collect donations directly from my own website?  We do. We offer a free donation widget that you can embed on any external website. Customize the look and feel to your liking. Collect donations from your own website safely and securely.
  • Can I set up team fundraisers?  You can with 1Dollar1Home. Fundraise collectively for special events like marathons, walkathons, and service trips. More people, more fun. No extra charges.
  • Can I track donations and download reports?  We offer both. Track offline donations for a complete picture of your fundraising. We can email you detailed reports that can be integrated with other donor management and CRM software anytime at your request.
  • Can I post updates and collect donations on Facebook and Twitter?  We integrate with Facebook , Twitter and other social media networks. You can use our status and donation widgets to motivate people to give.
  • Can donors give using their mobile phone?  They can with 1Dollar1Home. Your donors can give anywhere, anytime using our mobile-optimized site.
  • Do they accept all major credit cards?  We do. Others do not, which could result in missed donations.
  • What happens to charge-back fees on credit cards?  1Dollar1Home covers them. Others don’t. We want to protect nonprofits from the hassles and hidden costs of online fundraising.
We strive to maintain a superior level of product quality. In a head-to-head comparison we are still the best low-cost, high-value fundraising site on the Web.
Legal terms can be complicated so we’ve tried to make it simple. But if you have more questions or want to dig deeper, head over to our detailed terms of use: http://www.1dollar1home.com/legal.php

Thanks again for using 1Dollar1Home!
Sincerely,
The 1Dollar1Home Team