Fundraise

Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser FAQs

Why become a fundraiser?

You can magnify your own enthusiasm and effectiveness many times by fundraising to help with Ohio Citizen Action’s mission to transition our region away from dependence on coal and toward energy efficiency and renewable energy. One of OCA’s founding principles is the power of a strength-in-numbers strategy – together we can accomplish great things.

How does this work? Peer to peer fundraising basics

Peer to peer fundraising is a way to leverage the power of social networks to help causes you care about. If you’ve ever given to someone doing a walk/run for charity or a Kickstarter or GoFundMe campaign, you’ve probably already participated in one.

People set up personal and/or team fundraising pages through an online platform that provides secure giving options, tracks progress, sends automatic thank you messages and social media updates and generally takes care of all the logistics, so you can focus on asking for support. If you’ve set up a Facebook page or a Twitter account, you can easily set up a personal fundraising page.

The platform Ohio Citizen Action uses is called CrowdRise and they make asking very easy. It’s simple to set up your page with your own photos and motivational story, then send email or post to Facebook or Twitter. We can help with talking points and lots of expert fundraising advice to reach your goal. Many non-profit groups have raised millions of dollars and found valuable new supporters this way.

What’s involved?

Decide how much you’d like to raise (most people choose either $250 or $500) and when your deadline is (some people start 3-4 weeks before their birthday or Earth Day). Then contact us at menglish@ohiocitizen.org for our fundraiser kit, which includes campaign talking points, info about the organization and helpful photos and links. Finally, set up your fundraising page at https://www.crowdrise.com/ohio-citizen-action-education-fund.

You’ve got this

Even if you’ve never fundraised before, you can do this. People you know have many reasons to support you: because they care about clean energy; because you’re giving them an easy way to address a tough problem; and because it’s YOU asking them. You can be a real hero, raising undesignated dollars that we can plug into the latest challenge or opportunity we face.

Think about it and let us know.