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Replies: 18Last Post Dec. 12, 2016 3:51am by youngjayz
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How do you get people to donate to your cause? I'm trying to teach English abroad, in Thailand, and I've got a GoFundMe going on, and I've only collected $5 so far despite me posting on Facebook, twitter, and emailing everyone I know. What am I doing wrong?

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Everyone seems to have a gofundme these days, so getting people to donate is pretty tough. A few months ago I shared a family friends gofundme to help his mother pay for medical expenses after she became paralyzed from an ATV accident. Nobody donated on my end. Thankfully they have raised a good amount but they haven't hit their goal.

Honestly what you're trying to raise for doesn't really have that "wow" factor so, it's going to be difficult. My boyfriend raced an Ironman triathlon this year and the registration fees alone were $700, plus cost of travel, housing, etc etc. it adds up so much. So instead of asking people to cover everything, he just asked for registration fee, BUT he made it so that half of everyone's donation to him would go to some nonprofit charity for child cancer, forgot what it's called. After registration fee was covered, 100% of donation would go to the charity. I think that made people more inclined to donate. My boyfriend also has almost 2k friends on facebook so I'm sure that helped.


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You might have to actually work or something.

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Quote: from El Taco at 10:36 am on Dec. 8, 2016

You might have to actually work or something.

I do "actually work or something". And do you know where that money goes? Rent, transportation, and food. I've pretty much got nothing extra.

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Try reaching out to business to support your cause.

But honestly, these types of GFMs drive me crazy and I find them super tacky. We all want more money to spend on traveling or moving or just general life updates. Why should anyone giv you their hard earned money to do what you want when they are paying to do what they want? We all have bills, we all work. If you can't afford it then you can't afford it.

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Quote: from JennyColada at 1:57 pm on Dec. 8, 2016

Try reaching out to business to support your cause.

But honestly, these types of GFMs drive me crazy and I find them super tacky. We all want more money to spend on traveling or moving or just general life updates. Why should anyone giv you their hard earned money to do what you want when they are paying to do what they want? We all have bills, we all work. If you can't afford it then you can't afford it.


I'm trying to go and do something good in the world! I'm not trying to fund a trip to Disney, or a tour of Asia, I want to TEACH! Do you know why programs such as the ones I'm trying to get into exist? Because these places need teachers, and there are people like me who just aren't comfortable just picking up and flying to a foreign country without help and support!

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I really am trying to not be rude, but you really are coming off as very entitled.

Like it said, perhaps try reaching out to individual businesses (but they may be unlikely to fund if it's not tax deductible, but it's worth a shot). Try writing them personal letters and outline how they would benefit (exposure, a good cause). Some students did this when my high school took a trip to Washington DC and they send postcards thanking them as well. One student got her trip entirely funded.

Another options may be scholarships or grants. If all else fails, maybe utilize your credit.

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what exactly do you need the money for

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Thanks, I've already thought of that and I'm doing the best I can, really. I have a friend who owns a business downtown that I'm going to ask if I can put up a sign in her shop, and I'm going to ask my siblings' school principals if I can put signs up in the offices.

Jagged -- did you not read the OP?!? I need money so I can go teach in Thailand. Just the first $400-450 or so will be just for getting my passport alone!! Then there's a deposit of about $300, and the program fee which is about $1500, and then airfare over there...and these are approximations only.

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Passports only cost $195. I'm not sure where you got $400-$500? Does the deposit go towards the program fee, or is the program $1800? For airfare, I recommend using www.skyscanner.com (that's my favorite).

I also unfortunately think that you be unlikely to get donations from strangers via a sign in an office. Are you able to pick up a part time job? Plus with Christmas coming up that's an easy gift to ask for. A big thing to consider is also in where you can cut costs in your bills. Have you made a monthly budget to see exactly what you're spending on and where you may be able to save?

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I work full time, so no, I can't pick up a part time job because I work retail so the hours are odd.

When you add up all the fees for the things I need to get a passport, it ends up being about $400 because I need everything expedited. Nothing can be slow in this process, even if I only apply to the program that has a deadline of February 3rd.

My family doesn't allow giving money for Christmas (don't ask, it's just a rule), so I can't ask for that...

The only bills I have are rent and electric, and I can't change either of those. I get food stamps so I don't have to budget for that really...they give me almost $200/month which I never use, except last month when I spent about $80 on food for Thanksgiving.


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Quote: from PollyPocket at 11:05 am on Dec. 8, 2016

Quote: from JennyColada at 1:57 pm on Dec. 8, 2016

Try reaching out to business to support your cause.  

 But honestly, these types of GFMs drive me crazy and I find them super tacky. We all want more money to spend on traveling or moving or just general life updates. Why should anyone giv you their hard earned money to do what you want when they are paying to do what they want? We all have bills, we all work. If you can't afford it then you can't afford it.


I'm trying to go and do something good in the world! I'm not trying to fund a trip to Disney, or a tour of Asia, I want to TEACH! Do you know why programs such as the ones I'm trying to get into exist? Because these places need teachers, and there are people like me who just aren't comfortable just picking up and flying to a foreign country without help and support!



... and there are people like me who just aren't comfortable just picking up and flying to a foreign country without help and support!

So, why don't you SAVE money and WHEN you have saved enough for the trip, you could go!  We ALL learn to live within our means and DO what we CAN afford!



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Quote: from Jock F at 9:22 pm on Dec. 8, 2016

Quote: from PollyPocket at 11:05 am on Dec. 8, 2016

Quote: from JennyColada at 1:57 pm on Dec. 8, 2016

Try reaching out to business to support your cause.

  But honestly, these types of GFMs drive me crazy and I find them super tacky. We all want more money to spend on traveling or moving or just general life updates. Why should anyone giv you their hard earned money to do what you want when they are paying to do what they want? We all have bills, we all work. If you can't afford it then you can't afford it.


 

 I'm trying to go and do something good in the world! I'm not trying to fund a trip to Disney, or a tour of Asia, I want to TEACH! Do you know why programs such as the ones I'm trying to get into exist? Because these places need teachers, and there are people like me who just aren't comfortable just picking up and flying to a foreign country without help and support!



... and there are people like me who just aren't comfortable just picking up and flying to a foreign country without help and support!

So, why don't you SAVE money and WHEN you have saved enough for the trip, you could go! We ALL learn to live within our means and DO what we CAN afford!

 


It wouldn't matter how much money I had, I still wouldn't just pick up and move to a foreign country! That's insane!!! I know people do it all the time, but I'm a person of planning and structure, and going through a program like this gives me all of that...everything I need from A-Z.

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There are many other programs like this. You could do a different one when you are more financially prepared for it. This certainly isn't your last chance. While it is very exciting and a great opportunity, you being such a planner would likely enjoy it more if you were more prepared for it economically. That could provide you greater resources there as well (if you want to extend your trip or pursue another trip or program after, etc).

I recently had to turn down an opportunity to volunteer at an English immersion program myself, so I definitely see the appeal in these types of programs. But the timing has to be right, and I think you'll enjoy the experience more when it is.

Post edited at 10:12 pm on Dec. 8, 2016 by JennyColada

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I've never been in a better situation. I've got absolutely nothing tying me down, I'm good mental health wise, and who knows what'll happen in the future? I may have a job I can't leave, I may not be single...

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