Free Online Resources to Help You Raise Money for Charity

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Posted on 07/22/2010

We all have causes we’re passionate about. But helping others often requires money. And if you’ve ever tried to raise funds for charity, you know it can be a tough task. There are lots of free online resources available that will help you raise money for a cause you believe in.


Free Press Release Distribution - Getting the word out about your charity is important. Write up a press release and distribute it for free through PRLog.org. Your press release will be sent to Google News and other search engines.


Free Donation Collection - There are several websites that help nonprofits and organizations raise money. At JustGive.org, there are more than 1.5 million charities listed. When you make a donation to one, all of the money goes to the charity. Registered non-profits can also join the Independent Charities of America. Once a member, they can collect donations through the ICA’s website free of charge.


Collect Donations Through Social Media - Since millions of people around the world are using sites like Facebook and Twitter, why not collect donations through these sites? Check out donation apps on Facebook like Virgin Money Giving. Launch a Twitter fundraising campaign with the help of innovative websites like Twollars. Twitter users can give charities “Twollars” which is a made-up currency. Then companies pay cash to the charities for their Twollars and in exchange they’ll get exposure.


Send Emails - An easy way to reach people is through an email marketing campaign. With VerticalResponse, non-profits are allowed to send up to 10,000 emails a month to their supporters for free.


Search Online - Rather than head to Yahoo!, Google or Bing to conduct web searches, use sites like Freelanthropy or GoodSearch instead. It’s a free way to raise money for charities online. Simply select your charity of choice and start searching. Your charity will earn money with every search.


Create a Widget - Make online giving super easy with a free widget. Some sites to check out are PayPal and ChipIn. You’ll get code that allows you to embed your widget on your website, blog or even Facebook page so you can quickly collect donations.


By Alison Storm


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