Start your first Hacker Fundraiser!

It's #GivingTuesday!

Hey Mentors, Volunteers, & Supporters of Hacker Fund,

I want to thank you for being with us every step of the way! Together, we have the power to change the world and today there is true strength in numbers. We have worked hard this past month to prepare for this day...and it's finally here!

It's now Global Giving Day and here is how you can help us make sure that we take advantage of the opportunity at hand!

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Let's get you set up for success!

We were successfully admitted into Facebook's nonprofit program and now anyone can start a fundraiser through Facebook to support us! The new feature is still only offered to select nonprofits -- it's pretty neat!

AND HERE'S EVEN BETTER NEWS...

In honor of #GivingTuesday, the money you raise for this fundraiser will be matched up to $1,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Facebook is waiving all fees.

I repeat: All donations today count for double!

Please invite your friends both on Facebook and offline to support the cause, and your donation can be doubled!"

Since 12AM on November 29th, 2016, I have been gathering donations and have successfully hit the $1,000 threshold for my campaign. You can see how I approached my campaign here.

With your campaign, the goal will be to raise $1,000 by December 31st, 2016 in order to pay for the onboarding cost of mentors for Hacker Fund. For the last two years, we have been inspiring students nationwide via our mentors and now we are looking to onboard more.

Hacker Fund spends $50 to onboard one mentor. If your fundraiser is successful, we can onboard 40 total mentors since The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching the donations to your campaign.

I have outlined several steps you can take to set up your fundraiser below:

Step 1: Go to you "Home" tab on Facebook and scroll to the bottom of your left-hand Menu panel.

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If you do not see the button on your left-hand Menu panel, feel free to click here to be redirected.

Step 2: Click "Raise Money" and a smaller window will open.

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Step 3: Click "Browse All" on search for "Hacker Fund" and make sure to include the space between Hacker and Fund.

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Step 4: Once you have chosen Hacker Fund, you will be able to begin inputting your text.

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Step 5: Customize your content!

We'd love for you to add personality to your text and description. Here are the details we want to make sure you include:

  • Please use this format for the Fundraising Title: Help [your first name] raise $1000 to bring on new STEM mentors for kids!

  • Click "No End Date".

  • Your goal amount is $1,000.

  • If you would like a custom photo, please message us. If you have volunteered with us in the past, we most likely have a photo of you in action. We can send you those photos for you to include!

In regards to the section titled, "Tell Your Story" feel free to use your own words to describe your experiences with Hacker Fund but here is an excerpt to include:

Hacker Fund spends $50 to bring on new mentors. The money is spent on background checks through Checkr and storage for official mentor emails on Google. Since 2014, the Hacker Fund team has served over 50 events in the United States and has inspired over 10,000 students to pursue education in STEM. With this fundraiser, my goal is to help help pay for the costs associated with bringing on new mentors. Together, we can raise enough to pay for at least 20 new mentors..and with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 40!

Step 6: Publish and share!

Once you post the the fundraiser, please invite your friends to donate! Once someone contributes to your campaign, you'll be able to view it on our Facebook page here.

To see fundraisers in action that were published by your fellow Hacker Fund supporters, feel free to click here.

You can even send mass chat messages to your Facebook friends and they'll receive it as a 1:1 message through Messenger! This tool is amazing for opening conversations with new folks and also for thanking your donors. Simply click Contact People on your fundraiser home page and then you'll see the message tab pop up!

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You're all set!

Thank you so much for being with us today as we celebrate #GivingTuesday! We can't thank you enough for the support you've given us thus far! <3

If you have any questions or issues setting up your fundraiser, do not hesitate to reach out to me.