As a Campaign Manager, can I check a participant’s progress?
As the Campaign Manager, you have access to see everything each participant is doing. You can see how many emails and phone numbers each student has entered, whether they have uploaded their picture, how many donations have been made (and what amounts) as well as if the participant has bad emails that they need to go and fix.
Do I need to enter both an email AND a cell phone number for a potential donor? Is one better than the other?
For each potential donor, you are able to enter an email address and a cell phone number. If you enter both, the potential donor will receive both an email with a link to the donation page and a text message with a link to the donation page so they can donate via smartphone once per week for the duration of the fundraiser. Of the two, the email is much more important – most people that donate do so via the link in the email rather than the link thru the text. That being said, entering both an email and a phone number for a potential donor dramatically increases the likelihood of a donation. The reason is that people get so many emails that they ignore a large portion of them, but most people WILL look at a text even if they don’t recognize the number.
What determines the success of this fundraiser?
Your participation rate: if only 50% of your kids participate, you are leaving money on the table. There really is no excuse for not participating: your kids don’t even have to sell anything – the software does the asking on their behalf! All they have to do is do some data input.
The number of “Quality Emails” per person entered. The more quality emails go out, the more donations (and larger donations) your group will receive.
What is a “Quality Email"?
A "Quality Email" is an email that actually has donation potential. Teenage friends and other peers in school are NOT "Quality Emails" as they have almost no likelihood of donating to your cause. Family, adult friends, family friends, godparents, neighbors, and friends of parents all have good donation potential. You can use our “Email Lifeline” feature to allow a participant’s parents, grandparents, or guardian to ask them to help enter all aunts, uncles, and cousins on the participant’s behalf. It is very surprising how many people are out there who would be willing to donate if asked.
What is the “Email Lifeline” feature?
The “Email Lifeline” feature allows your participant to invite their parent, grandparent, or guardian to enter their contacts on their behalf. This is important because frequently the athlete or student does not know the email or phone number of potential donors (their aunts, uncles, etc), but their parents do! The Email Lifeline allows the parent, grandparent, or guardian to quickly enter the contacts directly, essentially cutting out the middle man.
How many emails are required per participant?
There is no set amount of emails each participant must enter. However, the number of Quality Emails by the participant is the main factor in determining how much will be donated. It is a numbers game - the more emails that are sent out, the more emails will be opened, and thus the more donations will be made. We suggest 20 "Quality Emails" per participant. Emails can be sent to friends and family all over the world, not just the same people you have to ask time and time again in your workplace or on your street.
Do you accept checks?
Yes. On average, the best potential donors are typically older and less likely to want to pay by credit card. If you are doing a donation campaign that does not accept checks, you are needlessly lowering the amount and size of donations from your best potential donors!
On the participant’s donation page, there is a link that says “if you would like to pay by check, click here.” It will take you to a page that you can print that includes the group, the participant, the mailing address, who to make the check out to etc. You simply mail in this sheet with the check so we are able to apply the check to the correct fundraiser/participant.
How long does the fundraiser last?
The fundraiser runs for 20-30 days. We strongly suggest you run it for the full 30 days so your group can take advantage of all the email blasts. We send out an email blast every 7 days so with a 20 day fundraiser you will receive 2 email blasts verses 4 email blasts with the 30 day fundraiser.
Is this a tax write off for the donor?
This depends on the status of the organization. We suggest that is a question the donor should ask a qualified tax consultant.
How do I join a campaign?
Your coach or program leader will need to provide you the campaign number and campaign ID. Once you have that go, to Easyraisefundraiser.com & select “Join Campaign” and follow the instructions.
I forgot my password!
Simply go to Easyraisefundraiser.com, select “sign in,” select “forgot password,” and then put in your email address that you used to create your account. Your password will be emailed to you.
How quickly can I get started?
Just click on the “Let’s Get Started” and one of our fundraiser specialists will reach out to you and get you started ASAP, or simply call the Easy Raise (and Community Discount Card) office at 800-974-6275.
How do we receive our funds?
We will distribute your funds within five business days of the end of your campaign. We typically use an echeck, but we can use an old fashioned check if you wish. We also have the ability to issue a check halfway thru the fundraiser if you need it sooner.