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How To Use GoFundMe To Fund A Business In 8 Steps

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Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers is a writer and cereal chef from San Diego. He graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001. He's been writing about website builders, crowdfunding sites, online lenders, and credit cards for Merchant Maverick since 2015. Additionally, Jason can't eat raisins.
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    lisa

    Hi – can anyone help us figure out where you can post incentives/rewards? We’re blind but can’t seem to find them. Any tips, tricks, hacks?

    Thanks!

      Jason Vissers

      Hi Lisa! Unfortunately, since this article was written, GoFundMe removed the reward levels feature from the Dashboard as part of an effort to comply with the GDPR regulations put out by the EU. The company’s full explanation for this policy change is here.

      This means that if you want to reach out to donors to thank or reward them, you’ll have to do so manually. This article from GoFundMe details how you can do this.

      Thanks for writing, and sorry for the inconvenience!

        Tori

        Very useful article, excellent that you wrote point by point. I want to apply this to my business. Thanks for sharing!

          Rickles McPickles

          I can’t figure out why this assertion is being made: “If neither a) nor b) applies to you and your business, you’d be better off seeking funding from one of the other crowdfunding outfits I’ve mentioned. If at least one of the two does apply to your efforts, you stand a decent shot at making GoFundMe work for your business.”
          The reason I think that may not be true is that the platform shouldn’t matter that much, it’s the campaign that matters. People don’t very often say “hey, I’m going to search gofundme today and see if there’s anyone I can help”, right? People more often see the appeal (or “the pitch”) by way of some campaign, right? So, I have a hard time envisioning people saying “oh, that isn’t the right kind of thing for gofundme”, and for that reason rejecting or dismissing the appeal. See what I’m saying? In other words, just because MOST gofundme appeals may be type a) or b), why would that determine the success of the campaign? What am I missing? Are you saying people expect a certain kind of thing from gofundme, so they won’t tend to “go” for something that doesn’t meet that expectation?

          Here’s what I think: GoFundMe is a trusted name. If you craft and implement a great campaign with a convincing appeal, you should do just as well as with any of the other platforms. Platforms don’t matter very much if at all, the campaign is the determining factor by far. Of course, I could be wrong, maybe there’s something I’m not understanding.

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            Ryan Reeves

            Not really a review but I did put my email on here for a couple people or anybody to give me any kind of knowledge possible I’m in a situation right now where are there is a piece of property that used to be an old folks home and is huge the property still in great shape and I’m looking to figure out how I can raise money to buy the property to keep the bills running on this humongous piece of property that has a building on it so that way I could offer shelter or even full-time homes to homeless veterans or homeless people or anything to try to help out and I don’t know how to start this or even to go about this so my emails on here if anybody could give me any kind of direction or any ideas on what I can do to raise money grants donations anyting so I can maybe get this piece of property and start helping the homeless and homeless veterans and people that can’t afford to live on their own thank you so much for your time my email is oddguysllc@gmail.com

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              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi Ryan,

              First of all, you’re doing a wonderful thing! Thank you!

              Unfortunately this is outside of our expertise, so we wouldn’t want to make any recommendations we aren’t too certain about. Perhaps some of our readers can help you out- they are a pretty knowledgeable group! Best of luck to you!!

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                Sean

                Hi Ryan, I’m curious where the property is located at, I like your idea

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                  teke c.

                  good article- well done

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