Creating a Fundraiser
Managing Your Fundraiser
Donating to a Fundraiser
CauseWish is a personal fundraising website that focuses on medical and related causes.
Let’s say Tom's best friend, Jake, has tragically been diagnosed with cancer and the treatment costs far outweigh what insurance will cover. Tom knows that friends and family will do all they can to help Jake pull through this difficult time.
He visits CauseWish and creates a fundraiser. He gets it off to a great start by emailing those that are closest to Jake. Once he's got the momentum going, he shares the page on Facebook and Twitter and he receives hundreds of donations from others that care.
Not only does the money raised help pay for critical treatment, but the comments of love and support create a new feeling of optimism for Jake and his family.
We are an international website and support 23 currencies. Here's the full list:
• Canadian Dollar
• British Pound
• U.S. Dollar
• Japanese Yen
• Australian Dollar
• New Zealand Dollar
• Swiss Franc
• Hong Kong Dollar
• Singapore Dollar
• Swedish Krona
• Danish Krone
• Polish Zloty
• Norwegian Krone
• Hungarian Forint
• Czech Koruna
• Israeli New Shekel
• Mexican Peso
• Malaysian Ringgit
• Philippine Peso
• New Taiwan Dollar
• Thai Baht
• Turkish Lira
We’re glad you asked! Our site has a number of advantages over other fundraising sites out there:
• You receive funds raised instantly - no waiting for checks to arrive in the post.
• We charge just 4% on the money you raise whereas our competitors charge an average of 5-9%.
• Our keep-it-all funding method means you keep everything you raise - some sites return money to donors if you don't hit your target.
For more information on what makes us different, see the 'Why Us?' page.
Creating a Fundraiser
Anyone, anywhere that needs to raise money online. You just need to have a PayPal account so that you can receive the money you raise.
You have the option to create either a timed or an ongoing fundraiser. You should always create a timed fundraiser if money is needed before a certain date. Ongoing fundraisers are suited to those needing to collect money on a regular basis.
Before you start your fundraiser, you'll need a PayPal account. If you don't already have one, you can sign up for free here. Your PayPal account also needs to be 'verified' by PayPal. Learn more on getting verified here.
Once that's done, simply click the start a fundraiser link.
PayPal is required for you to accept payments on your fundraiser by credit and debit cards in addition to through PayPal accounts. Your PayPal account needs to meet the following five criteria:
1. Your PayPal account needs to be verified (bank account added)
2. Your email address must be confirmed (email address confirmed)
3. Your account must be a Business or Premier account
4. Your account must be capable of accepting the currency you've chosen.
5. Your Payment Receiving Preferences must be set to allow "Send Money" payments
For more details on setting up PayPal and enabling the above, please see our PayPal setup page.
Fundraisers should explain:
• Who and what you're raising money for
• How the funds will be used
• Information about you or if applicable, those organizing the campaign
It's free to start your fundraiser. Our only charge is a competitive 4% fee on funds raised. This fee is automatically deducted and sent to us when you receive a donation - you don't have to do anything and you will never receive any annoying bills from us. We know that the features we provide will help attract more donations that will easily cover this fee.
Other sites may say they are '100% Free' but then they sneakily charge donors. Not cool.
Yes, PayPal do charge a fee for receiving money - the average is 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. For more info, please see the PayPal fees page.
No. Rewards are optional and are something that you can enable if you want to offer donors something in return for donations.
You can reward backers depending on how much is donated towards your campaign.
Rewards include special tokens of appreciation and could be anything from a thank you on your website to a home-cooked meal.
Managing Your Fundraiser
To help you reach your fundraising target, ensure that you've create a worthy fundraiser. You should have a thorough description that and if appropriate try to include a personal video on your page.
Once you’re sure that your fundraising page conveys the message effectively, you need to share and promote your campaign.
Here are our tips on promoting your page. Your goal should be to build through these stages and become an advanced fundraiser!
• Send a personal message to your close friends and family telling them about your fundraiser so that they can be first to donate and get the momentum going. Ask them to spread the message within their social networks.
• Tell people about your fundraiser through your own social networks. Don’t bombard people with messages but send out at least three of four notices throughout the duration of your fundraiser.
• If you have a website or blog, get more exposure through those mediums. Similarly, if you have a Facebook page or other way of contacting relevant circles of people, spread the message.
• Contact relevant online communities that may be interested in your fundraiser. You could engage with like-minded people on a relevant forum or website. Contact blogs that are related to your fundraiser and see if they’re interested in writing about the campaign.
• Take your fundraiser offline and meet up with people. You can host events, phone people you know and others that can help, distribute flyers and essentially create real connections with people.
• By contacting the press you have the ability to get exposure to a huge number of people, many of who could turn into your backers. Therefore, contact your local newspaper, TV and radio stations to tell them about your fundraiser and why it’s worth their attention. The media love covering fundraising campaigns that are based on personal stories.
• Create viral and share-worthy material. Consider creating a weird, wonderful or wacky video that could go viral. Consider guerilla-marketing tactics that will draw loads of attention at little cost. Be creative and think out of the box.
Fundraisers need to raise at least $100 (or the equivalent in another currency) before they are shown publicly on our site (unless you have set your fundraiser to private). This is to ensure that only active campaigns are displayed.
If a fundraising page reaches its funding goal before the time expires and you have not allowed overfunding, your page will not be able to receive further donations and it will be shown as successful.
If you have allowed overfunding, you will be able to receive additional donations until your fundraiser expires.
With ongoing fundraisers, you can receive donations indefinitely.
You can edit your fundraiser once it is live by logging into our site and go to your dashboard. You will see your fundraiser with a 'edit' link besides it.
Donating to a Fundraiser
Simply visit the fundraising page and click on the green ‘Donate Now’ button. You’ll then need to enter your donation about and you’ll be taken to PayPal to make payment.
You don’t even need a PayPal account to use PayPal. If you’d rather pay by debit / credit card, simply select 'buy as a guest' when on PayPal.
Payment is handled by trusted global payment provider, PayPal.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.