Hello! My name's Katelyn and I'm the Communication Director here at Love Global Foundation. That means I get to help missionaries and champions raise funds and awareness for their great causes. So if you have any questions, or just want to chat, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bit more about why I love missions:
At the age of 3½ I started collecting coins for my Aunt & Uncle who were missionary evangelists to Argentina. Over the years I spent a lot of time with them and got to see some very cool things! I've been blessed to meet and work with many other great missionaries and catch a glimpse into the life-giving work they're committed to. This led me to complete a degree in International Development at Trinity Western University. Now, at Love Global Foundation, I have the privilege of working with many more great missionaries serving and loving people all around the globe.
So, a big thank you to all of the missionaries on the field and the supporters cheering them on from home!
I recently read this great article on successful fundraising and thought it was worth sharing. Here's the 5 tips in a nutshell:
1. After setting up your champion page, 1) make a donation to yourself to start the momentum, 2) personalize your page with text, photos, and video, 3) send individual emails to your 5 closest contacts, asking for donations.
2. Ask your close friends & family for support first and then progressively work out to distant contacts. Your close contacts are more likely to give and will help you build momentum; studies show that the more progress you make towards your goal, the more likely people are to donate.
3. When writing to your friends & family, the main things to remember are to be yourself, be personal, and be sure to include a direct ask for donations and a link to your champion page.
4. Start fundraising through facebook and twitter after you've sent out your initial batch of emails. Tag and thank donors in your posts and update followers on your progress.
5. Lastly, the 3 things it takes to be a successful fundraiser: 1) a belief in the cause, 2) a commitment to following through, and 3) a dose of individual creativity.
Read the full article for detailed tips on how to write potential donors, use social media, and more!
Good news! The Love Global Foundation Champion Contest has been extended to March 31st. This means you have two extra months to come up with creative ideas and rally your friends and family to support your missionary. Remember, the three ways to win are by 1) raising the most funds, 2) raising the most awareness (likes and shares on your page), and 3) coming up with the most creative fundraising idea.
Here's some inspiration:
"Super Mom" Joyce Van Ravenstein came up with a great list of tangible giving ideas and even got featured on Peer Giving's blog
Rachel Lynch is gathering pledges for the Polar Bear Plunge -- yes, jumping into freezing cold water!
Joanna & Simon came up with a fun video asking their wedding guests to donate to their missionary
The possibilities are endless. Thank you for all you're doing to support missions around the world. We really appreciate our champions!
A great way to promote your fundraising campaign is through Facebook and Twitter. Love Global's even added a new option so you can link every post directly to Facebook. Since so many people use social media to help spread the word, we thought we'd share a few tips from our friends over at Stay Classy.
1. The "Direct Ask" Problem - The problem with relying only on direct asks only has to do with what psychologists call the "bystander effect." Basically, people often ignore these requests because they assume one of your other 500 Facebook friends will help you out.
2. Tag and Thank - As donations come in you can take the time to tag each new donor on your Facebook page. This method is great because it creates momentum and presents your campaign in a positive way.
3. What's the News? - Another great approach is to post regular fundraising progress updates. This way, people begin to follow your campaign and feel more connected to the project.
4. The Gift Grab Bag - Everyone likes gifts, so why not offer personal gifts to help inspire donations. For example, if you're into baking, offer homemade cookies to your next donor. There's lots of creative ways to help motivate your Facebook community!
For more tips on social fundraising and examples of great campaigns, read the full article here.
Penguins Putt for Love
A few weeks back, Team Penguin came together to raise funds and awareness at Love Global's First Annual Mini Golf Tournament. Their goal? To have fun and support a meaningful cause while doing so. In the video above you can see just how much fun they had! They also held a costume contest to raise more dollars for their missionaries. This is a great example of a creative and fun fundraising campaign. Here's a few takeaways:
1) Make fundraising fun - when people see how much fun you're having, they want to join in and be a part of it too
2) Fundraise with a team - whether it be your coworkers, family members, or bible study group, fundraising with others helps get the creative juices flowing
3) Just go for it - like this toilet bowl champion, don't be afraid to put yourself out there
4) Use media - videos are a great way to promote your campaign and get people excited about what you're doing
Any other tips? Comment below and let me know! And don't forget, the 'Win A Trip To Meet Your Missionary' Contest launches in one month. If you haven't already registered, go to www.missionscontest.com.
So, what is a Champion? This is a question we hear all the time at Love Global so I thought I'd take a moment to explain. A quick Google search of "champion" yielded the above images... but don't worry! You don't have to be a superhero or grow a ridiculous beard to be a Champion at Love Global!
A Champion's simply someone who believes in a missionary and decides to step up and cheer them on. Champions are just everyday people who choose to use their voice (including their skills, time, and networks) to amplify the voice of a missionary. Some Champions have thrown fun parties to raise funds for their missionary, some have given up their birthdays, and others have gone months without beer or coffee. There's lots of creative ways to get the word out and support your missionary.
Champions can also use their Love Global page to post pictures and videos, post prayer requests, or re-post cool stories from their missionary's page. The idea's to support and encourage your missionary as you help them raise funds and awareness for their great causes.
Still have questions about what championing is all about? Comment here or send me a line at email@example.com.
Mona & Enoch 10 years ago
Mona and Ezra Kwizera run an orphanage and transition house for vulnerable boys in Rwanda. After 10 years of ministry, they have some remarkable stories of transformation. We thought this little story about Enoch was awesome and thought you might like to read it too.
"This is Mona and Enoch back in 2002!!!! 10 years ago!!! Enoch is much taller now and works for us at the Transition House as the big brother and mentor! He was always a leader even at the Orphanage where we met him 10 years ago. After he was too old to live at the orphanage he moved into our transition house and then wanted to stay working with us so we hired him! He is so wonderful to have in our ministry and we love him and pray for God to use him and bless him!"
To read more about the amazing work Mona and Ezra are doing in Rwanda check out their page here.
Win a free trip to spend time with your missionary!
Are you a Champion? Do you want to be? Check out this awesome opportunity to raise support and win a FREE trip to visit your missionary!
There are three ways to win...
1) Most Funds RaisedPretty straightforward. Whoever raises the highest amount of money for their missionary.
2) Most People InvolvedThe Champion / Team page that gets the most likes, subscribers and hits.
3) Most Creative CampaignOur panel of judges will decide on the most creative fundraising idea that arises from the contest.
So start raising funds, awareness, and getting involved! If you have any questions about what to do or how to get started, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let the contest begin!!!
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