How to Crowdfund

If you have found a treatment that you would like to purchase, we highly recommend you contact your insurance provider to see if they will reimburse all or part of the costs. If not, and you are not in a position to cover the cost yourself, there are other options to finance your treatment. Here are our suggested steps for crowdfunding:

  1. Get an overview of the expected costs including treatment, consultant and doctor fees, travel, loss of income and other expenses that are not covered by your insurer
  2. Get family and friends involved. Perhaps they can help with the financial burden or know somebody who can. Either way, they will likely be happy to help and support you in however they can.
  3. Consider crowdfunding online. Crowdfunding is a means of raising funds by pooling together small donations from friends, family, and strangers towards your monetary goal. Crowdfunding campaigns are shared primarily online but fundraising events are often held offline too.

Three popular crowdfunding platforms


Who can use this?

  • Anyone that uses it for personal causes.
  • Anyone that uses it for family causes.

What are the fees?

  • Page fee of 5%
  • Fees for payment processing: 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction.

Go to Giveforward

Who can use this?

  • Anyone that uses it for personal causes.
  • Anyone that uses it for family causes.

What are the fees?

  • Pages are free of charge.
  • Fees for payment processing: 3% + 30 cents per transaction.

Go to Indiegogo Life

Who can use this?

  • Anyone that uses it for personal causes.
  • Anyone that uses it for charitable causes.

What are the fees?

  • Pages are free of charge.
  • Fees for payment partners apply: WePay, Paypal or Stripe.

Go to YouCaring



Some Tips

Recruit volunteers

You might not have the energy to do all the fundraising while also attending doctors appointments, receiving treatments and fighting your disease. Why not enlist family and friend members (the internet-savvier the better) to launch your crowdfunding campaign?

Try a personal website

Build, or ask someone to build, a website that allows you tell a little more about you, your story and your recovery and link your crowdfunding page to it. WordPress.com or Tumblr are great free options for beginners.

Use social media

Use tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Instagram to expand your reach exponentially. Think outside the box; make videos with your smartphone for YouTube, take pictures for your Instagram and Facebook feeds, write about the best/worst part of your day for Twitter. Though maintaining an up-to-date social media presence can be time-consuming, the rewards can be quite significant. Ask a social savvy friend for help.

Contact the media

Speak to your local or national newspaper, radio station or TV broadcaster and ask them to feature, mention or support you. Their local relevance can make a big impact on your crowdfunding goals.

Crowdfunding

After launching your crowdfunding campaign, social media channels, and media endeavours, it's time to start interacting with your donors and would-be donors. Consider offline events too like fundraising parties or auctions; you'll meet new people, gain attention, and have something new to tell for your online audience.

Extra tips

Check some of the sites below for extra tips on how you can raise more funds for your treatment.

peoplepledge.org
hope4life.nl
siepomega.pl



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