**TOP TIP** Did you know you can use Shareagift to Group Fund across the social web, not just within your own circle of friends?!
People have used Shareagift to raise hundreds of dollars to thousands of pounds for everything from charity fundraising online, collecting funds online from communities even raising money online for medical treatment and starting group funds for friends in need.
So here are our 3 Top Tips on how to make your Group Fund work most effectively:
1. Use Social Sharing
Shareagift has a new social sharing bar on the Gift Page that makes it super easy for you and your friends to spread the word if you want your fundraising to be public. Encourage all your invitees to spread the word by Tweeting, posting to their Facebook Wall, pinning to Pinterest and sharing on Google +
2. Tell the Story
People love helping other people. Tell the story of what your group fund is for – if it’s a charity fund tell them what the money will be used for, if it’s to help someone tell them a little bit about them. It’s amazing how much people are willing to get involved when they understand the cause.
The Baird Family are trying to raise a £580,000 to fund a new medicine to help save their 2 year old son Jack and other children suffering from Sanfilippo disease.
Read the rest of Jack’s story on their page www.shareagift.com/jack
3. Update your Contributors
Letting people know how your fundraising is going both shows contributors how their donations are helping the overall progress towards your goal, and encourages those yet to contribute to get involved. The Comments Wall on your Gift Page can be used by both the organiser and contributors to leave update messages and comments of encouragement and help you keep building momentum. The group can also use the Comments Wall to discuss the gift, what to do with the funds or any other detail in a group discussion.
CALLING ALL PARENTS: We’re about to change your lives!
Since we launched Shareagift last year we’ve had the most amazing response from parents using the site. They have really opened our eyes to the sorts of things we can help parents with, to save a load of time and make life a little easier. Some of our favourites have included:
- Raising funds for your child’s school
- Organising class thank you gifts for teachers
- Funding childrens parties
- Buying baby shower gifts for new parents
- Asking for 1 Group Gift for your child rather than 10 unwanted plastic toys!
Here’s our 3 Top Tips for Parents and some stories of the Gift Pages we particularly like:
1. YOU CAN RAISE ANY AMOUNT YOU LIKE!
From hundreds of dollars… Like Ali and Dave’s friends who collected $600 towards a bumper supply of diapers when they were expecting their first baby….
To just a few pounds… Like Jacksons parents who created a Gift Page for him collecting £14 to get the Lego truck he wanted for his 4th birthday!
2. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIFIC GIFT IN MIND!
Reeta created a Gift Page for her son’s birthday. They didn’t have a gift in mind, they just sent the Gift Page to their family and friends from all over to let them contribute any amount if they wanted to. She ended up collecting £321 to buy a lovely gift and pay for the childrens party games!
3. YOU CAN FUND-RAISE FOR YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL OR THANK THE TEACHERS
Make collecting for fund-raising events super easy by inviting people to contribute online (they only need a credit or debit card). Or use the site to organise class gifts – Kirsten collected $794 to buy a cool print as a class gift for the Actives teachers.
It’s FREE, so please try it out and get started on your own Gift Page today!
When we started researching the business case for Shareagift.com we were struck by just how little statistical data there is on group gifting trends. I guess this should come as little surprise as group gifting itself is a relatively new trend, albeit rapidly increasing in popularity.
For this reason we’ve been intensely curious to see what our own user analysis would indicate. As we’re nearing the 6-month mark since our launch back in September last year we thought it would be an interesting juncture to share some of our findings. So here’s a bit of a Shareagift stat attack for your interest:
Most popular gift: iPad or laptop computer, 32% combined
Most popular occasion: Birthday, 40%
Most used currency: US Dollar, 67% (UK Sterling, 30%; Euro, 3%)
Average number of contributors per group gift: 8
Most amount raised by one single page: £4,677 for a ‘Holiday of a lifetime’
Most amount raised by a US $ Gift Page: $807.80 for a Funeral
Weirdest gift bought so far (in our opinion): Lemur Feeding Experience
And finally, we put together a little a pie chart to give an indication of the range of other gifts bought using Shareagift.com – cause everyone loves a pie chart… enjoy!