Crowdfunding for a non-profit works well. However, many non-profit organizations seem to struggle with making their goals when using crowdfunding. I wanted to share a few tips that could help any Non-profit organization reach their goals.
Have a specific thing that will happen when you reach the financial goals. Many groups have a vague and hazy goal tied to their mission statement. When a person outside of the organization looks at it, they do not have a clear understanding of how the money will be used. It feels like the money is going into some general vacume. This situation doesn’t feel good, and it does not motivate anyone to give.
People will give in an emergency situation like a family whose house has burned down because they know, they family needs housing, clothes, food and maybe even medical care. They need these things immediately. When someone gives, they know this family will eat, have a place to sleep, and some clothes to wear. That’s what they imagine will happen when they give the money.
A vague goal is:
Support the zoo! A specific goal is: build a new monkey habitat with state of the art equipment in our zoo. Now everyone who loves monkeys will be interested in seeing that happen and giving. Now the organization and focus telling people who love monkies about the project. I would be funded quicker.
Right now, there is a fundraiser for Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry. They are helping people pay their co-pays while getting treatment. Because many individuals with health insurance are not working when they get their cancer treatment, they run out of cash. That means they have to make a choice between food and medicine. They have insurance, but the extra fees for the co-pays and premiums take up a significant portion of their budgets when they are not working. Rhonda Santifer from Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry gets calls all the time asking help. She is answering the call, and you can help! Plus Rhonda got some cool friends to give you a gift when you do give. Give $2.50 a day for 30 days to make sure these families STAY on the road to wellness and check it out here: http://CelebrateLifeFundraiser.com
Many people feel that crowdfunding for medical care is questionable.
I got calls and emails about this all the time. Many believe that crowdfunding is being used instead of insurance. For example, instead of having life insurance to pay for funeral and expenses that are created around someone’s death, the people go and crowdfund.
Instead of having health insurance, people crowdfunding for medical care. I want to bring attention to the individuals who have health insurance and still need help. I am talking about individuals who are no longer working because of their health and need help paying the doctor visit co-pay. I am talking about people who are not working and have trouble paying health insurance premiums. There are people whose medications cost hundreds of dollars. They can get well. However, if they do not have enough in their budget, they may eat a lot less. Poor nutrition is the enemy of healing. To get healthy, you need your medicine and good, healthy meals.
I am working with Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry to provide for a few families in Los Angeles facing these exact problems. Rhonda Santifer who founded Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry has identified people in need.
“I get calls every week,” says Santifer. “They ask for help and resources to just get to the doctor for their follow ups or treatments.”
Going to the emergency room is not an option for regular cancer treatment. The emergency room is for sudden illness. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry is raising money to help people get healthy again by making sure they can get to their doctor’s visits. You can help by giving $2.50 a day for 30 days.
We’ve also got some great goodies for those who give!
Grab a book and know you are helping someone live.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry
A diagnosis of cancer is the ultimate “shock and awe” event in a person’s life. In the blink of an eye, your personal war to reclaim the life you were living just one day ago explodes and sets every aspect of your life on fire. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry exists to promote and sustain the quality of your life after a cancer diagnosis.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry is a non-profit, 501c3, multi-cultural faith-based nonprofit health ministry for all cancer types. Pastor Rhonda Holbert Santifer, M.Min. began Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry in December 2002 as a result of surviving breast cancer. Pastor Rhonda’s cancer experience started on September 11, 2001. Yes, the same day America and the world turned upside down, her life erupted into the turmoil a cancer diagnosis creates.
Pastor Rhonda learned the critical value of the loving encouragement and support that nourishes cancer patients along their journey, to “fight the best fight of their life.” Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry delivers spiritual encouragement, education, and financial resources to the cancer fighter, survivor, and their families – whether it be man, woman or child.
While it takes a village to raise a child, It takes a community to conquer cancer. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry helps to create that loving circle of care by partnering with the Southern California Patient Navigation and Wellness Center to provide services. When a diagnosis is given, the family needs a place to learn how to support their loved one through the cancer journey. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry provides support to the entire family and support team.
At the successful conclusion of Pastor Rhonda’s cancer journey, she threw a party for all the people who touched and encouraged her during her mental, physical, and spiritual sojourn. Their collective expression became the action plan and program of Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry.
Regular Activities include Support Group Meetings to allow cancer fighters and survivors to share a concern about their care or side effects of treatments and receive support from professionals and their peers. Fun and Fellowship Support Socials are designed to allow cancer fighters, survivors and those who love them enjoy an evening out. Line dancing is one of the many movements that contributes to maintaining a healthy body. Also, exercising activities include yoga and exercise.
Wellness Center Activities and Communities / Partnership Activities. These include, “Patient Navigators” who are trained, culturally sensitive individuals that provide support and guidance throughout the cancer care continuum. Services are designed to support timely delivery of quality standard cancer care and ensure that patients, survivors, and families are satisfied with their encounters with the cancer care system.
One of the most exciting developments on the very near horizon, “Shepherd’s Manor,” a temporary non-medical healing haven for cancer fighters currently in treatment for cancer. Part of Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry’s mission is to establish “Shepherd’s Manor,” a home away from home, for cancer patients. Designed to support not only the patient but their families by relieving the stress associated with every cancer journey. This project will be funded through fundraising efforts, special events, and corporate partners.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry’s website details the touching inspiration for “Shepherd’s Manor.”
“The inspiration for Shepherd’s Manor was the result of a young woman who had medical insurance but no sick time on her job. Getting treatment was not the problem, however, if she stayed home from work, she would not be able to afford her rent. Her family lived on the east coast, and she was on the west coast going through treatment. She decided to get he funds together so she could afford to be home and receive treatment. The tumor continued to grow. By the time she started treatment, it was too late. Unfortunately, she lost her battle. No one should ever have to make a decision like this.”
On July 9, Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry will take brand-new items to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Miller’s Children Hospital, to continue their annual “Touch of Love: Gifts to Children with Cancer.” Addressing one of the lessons learned through this ministry, “if a child is in the hospital… they are not in school.” The age of the children ranges from days old to 18. While it is easy to get items (toys) for the little people, it is a challenge to receive items for high school students.
The campaign assists in obtaining educational electronic items and other items suitable for high school students. On a floor of at least 30 children, the goal is to make it feel like Christmas in the summer time. Truthfully, some of them may spend it in the hospital or not see Christmas at all.
Pastor Rhonda Holbert Santifer has expressed her eternal gratitude to the entire care and support team that make Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry possible. Through their tireless actions, the love of God continues to shine comforting, encouraging and warming everyone’s heart. Browse through the website, http://celebratelifecm.org/and get involved is a donor, volunteer or a possible Board of Directors member. Get involved today.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry has been selected by Wright Place TV Show as their charity partner. This year, part of the proceeds will go to Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry, and the show will be promoting events for them.