LinkedIn For Good: Hurricane Irma Relief

LinkedIn: Hurricane Irma Relief

To support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, LinkedIn is encouraging our employees to donate to a charitable organization of their choice. We have featured several GoFundMe campaigns below which are eligible for a special LinkedIn For Good match, up to $10K USD per campaign (will happen automatically once you donate on GoFundMe). Please consider donating and getting an additional match by visiting go/matchinggifts.

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What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
LinkedIn For Good: Hurricane Irma Relief

 

The Direct Impact Fund

 

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

The Direct Impact Fund

 

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

What is the Direct Impact Fund?


The Direct Impact Fund is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on providing fast, effective, and transparent help to those affected by natural and manmade disasters. All donations collected by the Direct Impact Fund reach the intended beneficiary.

What is the Direct Impact Fund’s relationship to GoFundMe?


The Direct Impact Fund has partnered with GoFundMe to help identify and alleviate the needs of individuals and communities that require direct and immediate attention after emergency situations such as a natural disaster.

 

Through the technologies of crowdsourcing and social media, it is the explicit goal of this partnership to ensure that the time to impact for individuals, families, and communities gets dramatically shortened.

Are donations to the Direct Impact Fund tax deductible?


Yes. All donations to the Direct Impact Fund are tax deductible.

What is the Direct Impact Fund’s overhead?


There is no overhead with the Direct Impact Fund. That means every cent of the donations it receives goes directly to people in need or other charities that have a direct impact on the community.

What is the Direct Impact Fund’s EIN?


81-2279757

How can I see the impact of my donation to the Direct Impact Fund?


The Direct Impact Fund is committed to keeping its donors informed of their impact. As soon as possible, you will hear from some of the beneficiaries of your donations.

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Care Motion

Care Motion helps to connect people in need with best mobility and oxygen equipment that meets their needs. This includes mobility scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, lift chairs, and more. To learn more about our mission and partnership with GoFundMe read more here.

 

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What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
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Care Motion

Care Motion helps to connect people in need with best mobility and oxygen equipment that meets their needs. This includes mobility scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, lift chairs, and more. To learn more about our mission and partnership with GoFundMe read more here.

 

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What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
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Lunch Debt

Eliminate Lunch Debt

School children with unpaid lunch accounts often experience bullying or their meals are discarded and replaced with substandard food. This phenomenon is often referred to “lunch shaming.” To find out more about this, click here.

 

To solve this problem, parents, students, community leaders, and ordinary people have fundraised to help end lunch debt in their communities. To see some of the campaigns, scroll down.  Start a GoFundMe or donate to an existing GoFundMe to help children in your area.

Featured Campaigns

$621Lunch to LearnArlington, TX
$621 raised by 20 people
$588NYOS Cafeteria HelpAustin, TX
$588 raised by 14 people
$470Ava's Bake SaleArlington, WA
$470 raised by 17 people
$145Food For ThoughtsRockwall, TX
$145 raised by 6 people
$20School Supplies DriveReno, NV
$20 raised by 2 people

What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
Lunch Debt
Care Motion Power Chairs

Care Motion

Care Motion helps to connect people in need with best mobility and oxygen equipment that meets their needs. This includes mobility scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, lift chairs, and more. To learn more about our mission and partnership with GoFundMe read more here.

 

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No campaigns yet.

What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
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iFlipd

iFlipd: Affordable Textbook Rentals

GoFundMe partners with iFlipd to bring a flexible on-demand textbook marketplace into the hands of students that need it the most. iFlipd is the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental solution, breaking book costs into small weekly payments and only charging students for the weeks they use the books. The GoFundMe/iFlipd partnership empowers students to easily raise funds which are then applied directly to their iFlipd account to rent or buy textbooks. To learn more about the partnership, click here.

Featured Campaigns

What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
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TMCF

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Thurgood Marshall College Fund is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. To see some TMCF students you can help today, scroll down.

Featured Campaigns

$780Kendall MillsWashington, DC
$780 raised by 7 people
$0Astra ArmstrongWashington, DC
$0 raised by 0 people
$0Ta’Myiah ReedWashington, DC
$0 raised by 0 people
$0Brenton SanfordWashington, DC
$0 raised by 0 people

What is GoFundMe?

GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with more than $4 billion raised so far.
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Beauty Pageant Costs: Guide to Miss America, Miss USA, United States National

 

By Lyndsi

 

Though beauty pageants might be perceived in a certain way due to Toddlers & Tiaras, we all know that pageants are so much more than what’s portrayed on reality TV. Beauty pageants inspire women of all ages to increase their confidence, professionalism, and most of all, their self worth.
 
“I have personally seen the difference pageants can make in a young woman’s self-confidence and her ability to present herself in interviews and in front of large audiences,” said Sabrina Nooruddin in USA Today. “Even my own mother, the ultimate pageant skeptic, is a true believer in the confidence and character that pageantry builds.”

Even with all of the positives, competing in pageants can be an expensive hobby. From the plane flights, hotels, evening gowns, bathing suits, and even down to your spray tan, many women find themselves stopping before they even start. If you’ve ever considered competing in a pageant but were deterred because of the costs, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found ways to cut pageant costs so you can focus on the most important thing: the competition itself.

 

 

How do I know which pageant is right for me?

 

To start, there are three major US pageants: Miss AmericaMiss USA (as part of Miss Universe), and the United States National Pageant, Miss United States. There are also an array of smaller, lesser- known pageants, like America’s Elite Miss and Miss Scuba International, just to name a few! Each pageant has different admission fees (if any), competition requirements, age requirements, and even marital requirements, so it’s important to figure out which pageant is right for you before competing!

 

Miss America:

 

  • As the first United States beauty pageant, The Miss America organization prides itself on offering millions of dollars in scholarships to young women each year. With no competition fees for local pageants, Miss America is an incredible opportunity for women aged 17-24 to actively work at paying their college tuition, admission fees, or their staggering amounts of student debt while learning valuable personal and professional skills. “In my time competing with the Miss America Organization, I earned over $20,000 in scholarships which allowed me to graduate from San Diego State University debt free!” said Marina Inserra, Miss California 2014.

Miss USA:

 

  • As part of the Miss Universe organization, Miss USA is a great pageant for women aged 18-28 to compete if they’re looking to compete at an international level. With the words, “Confidently Beautiful” all over their website, Miss USA “…. empowers women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best. A confident woman has the power to make real change, starting in her local community with the potential to reach a global audience.”  
  • Miss USA contestants do not need to compete at a local level to compete at the state level, as anyone can apply to compete as long as they pay the application and competition fees. To save money, however, women can compete at the local level to receive sponsorships to compete at the state pageant. Additionally, Miss USA does not include a talent portion of the competition.

United States National Pageant:

 

  • As a newer beauty pageant organization, the Miss United States National Pageant inspires women to create positive change in their communities. With no talent competition and a much larger age bracket, Miss United States gives women of all ages and professions the opportunity to compete for the crown. It’s also one of the few pageants that allow married women to compete, so many pay the pageant participation fees for this reason.

 

Beauty Pageants Are Expensive: Evening gowns, bathing suits, fake eyelashes; oh my!

 

With the average cost of competing in a pageant ranging between $810-$2,900 (sans admission fees) according to NPR, it’s important to create a budget and cut costs wherever possible. If you’re within the age limit of Miss America, I strongly suggest competing in many local pageants, both to avoid competition fees, and to gain experience. Additionally, here are some of our top money saving tips for pageant contestants:

 

Do your pre-pageant prep online

 

  • Deciding to compete in a pageant is a very exciting moment, but the preparation that comes with it can seem overwhelming! Considering contestants will be looked at on stage from every angle, many work with personal trainers and nutritionists before stepping on stage. With personal trainers ranging from $60 to $300 per session, contestants should consider cheaper online alternatives before taking out another loan. There are plenty of Instagram accounts that offer nutrition and exercise plans at a fraction of the cost of one personal training session. Instagram fitness influencer, Kayla Itsines, offers a 12-week Bikini Body Guide (BBG) that her 7.1 million followers swear by. 

Borrow, or purchase a used dress (Or, Saying “yes” to the dress)

 

  • With the evening gown portion often being a quarter of your score, many contestants shell out thousands of dollars to not only find the perfect dress, but to be sure it’s tailored specifically for them. Many dresses are dripping with Swarovski crystals to sparkle on stage, so you know that the price tag is not cheap. Though not advertised, many contestants share that they’ve borrowed their evening gowns from friends, purchased used prom dresses, or even picked up a wedding dress from a resale website. The price of the dress is obviously not revealed to the judges, so the most important factor is how amazing it makes you feel.

Do your own makeup, eyelashes, spray tan, etc.

 

  • After spending months to prepare, it’s important that you feel like the best version of yourself stepping onto that stage! Many contestants invest in spray tans, fake eyelashes, makeup lessons, hair styling lessons, and talent and posing coaches to prepare for the pageant. While these costs might be large initially, these acquired skills will benefit you for years to come. Miss California 2014, Marina Inserra, competed in pageants for 8 years, and did her own hair and makeup for each one. Considering the average price for wedding makeup is $80 per session, you can imagine how much Marina saved by learning to do it herself! 

You never know until you ask! (Getting financial support from your community)

 

  •  Competing for a local, state, or national title is truly an accomplishment, and you know how proud your friends, family, and community would be to call you their titleholder! With pageants offering so many benefits to the community, it’s natural to ask your community for help in return. With crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe helping collect support from your community and even sponsorships from local businesses, raising money for pageant costs has never been easier!

 

 Respect the Hustle

 

  • Since 91% of global consumers are willing to switch to a brand that’s associated with a good cause, business sponsorships should be something that pageant participants take very seriously. Finding local businesses to sponsor your participation is a great way to gain valuable business experience, while also offering a unique advertising opportunity to showcase the brand to a very specific and captivated audience. While approaching a business initially can be scary, just remember that the opportunity you’re offering can have a significantly positive impact on their business!  After all, you can feature them, and thank them, both on your GoFundMe and in appearances related to your participation.

 

 Lean on your Community

 

  • Let’s take a look at how these pageant participants leveraged their community by creating crowdfunding campaigns.

 

Miss California 2014 isn’t done yet!

 

 

After winning Miss California in 2014, Marina thought her pageant days were over… until she saw the Miss Scuba International competition! The opportunity to represent the US while being a voice for women in diving and ocean conservation was too exciting for the SeaWorld employee to pass up. With only 10 days before her flight to Malaysia, Marina turned to her community to ask for help for a variety of items that she needed for her pageant. By clearly listing each item on her GoFundMe, Marina was able to raise enough money (with $40 to spare) just in time for her flight to Malaysia!

 

 

Rachel leans on her hometown to receive support to compete in Miss Texas USA

 

 

Thrilled to be crowned Miss Colleyville 2017, Rachel has the honor to compete in the Miss Texas USA 2018 pageant in Houston, and couldn’t be more thrilled! “Little girls with big dreams become women with vision, and I can honestly say that my dreams from childhood have and continue to become my reality,” Rachel says in her GoFundMe. Similarly to other pageant contestants, Rachel relies heavily on the emotional support of her loved ones. Creating her GoFundMe is an easy way for them to support her financially through donations, emotionally through comments, and spread awareness throughout the community by sharing her GoFundMe!

 

Summer is thrilled to represent her small town at a National Level

 

 

After becoming a semi-finalist at Colorado Teen USA to then become the state “Colorado Teen 2017,” Summer was ecstatic at the opportunity to compete in the Princess America National Pageant in Orlando. Being from a small town of roughly 9,000 people, Summer was determined to make both the city of Trinidad and the state of Colorado proud! Surpassing her GoFundMe goal by $1,280, she was able to donate the remaining funds to the Princess America platform of, “Give Kids the World.”

 

Ready to step onto that stage?

 

We know how much planning it takes to compete in your first pageant, and finances should be the last thing on your mind! With a rigorous exercise regimen, your calculated meal plan, and appointments with various pageant coaches, it’s important to feel financially prepared when you decide to start competing.

 

Starting a GoFundMe for your pageant is a great way to share the exciting news with your friends, family, and community while setting your savings account up for success. Join other pageant contestants on GoFundMe by starting your campaign today.

 

 Charity Crowdfunding: Helping a Non-Profit with Fundraising 

 

By Rosa

 

We all have a cause that we’re passionate about–breast cancer, AIDS research, animal rights, refugee assistance, education assistance–the list can go on and on. There’s no shortage of causes and there’s an endless need to help, but this constant stream of causes and charities can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How can you truly make a difference? Or, can you even make a difference? There’s a slew of questions that anyone hoping to help may face.  But don’t get discouraged! There’s always a way you can help, and there’s an easy way to get started.

 

 

How To Pick The Right Charity To Help

 

First, you’ll want to find the right organization to support. Here are just a few ways to find the right charity:

 

  • Find your passion: Picking the right charity can be challenging, but the best way to find the right charity (or charities) to ask yourself: what are you most passionate about? Start with helping out a charity that is close to your heart. For example, many people with a family member impacted by breast cancer will choose to help a charity or organization that funds research for breast cancer, such as the Susan G. Komen foundation or Breast Cancer Charities of America.

You can also keep it local. Sites like Volunteer Match can help you find local nonprofits that need your support. It’s a great opportunity to see your direct impact on a local nonprofit and your local community.

 

  • Fundraise for current events: There’s no shortage of causes, and some pick up quite a bit of traction in the news and social media. If you don’t have a personal connection to a cause, you can look for inspiration in news outlets. In recent months, we’ve seen a growing number of efforts to help refugees, famine relief efforts, or even organizations focused on relief efforts in the wake of a natural disaster. News outlets are a great way to filter through a seemingly endless number of options for causes.  They’re also a great way to find where your help is most needed today. Once you find a cause that’s in the spotlight, you can look to organizations like Charity Watch to verify the legitimacy of charities supporting your cause.
  • Get the most bang for your buck: Find a charity where you can make the biggest impact. With over 1 million nonprofits registered in the US, it can be difficult and even discouraging to find the right organization for you, but there are great resources to narrow your search. Organizations like The Life You Can Save focus on finding causes and charities where people can make the biggest impact. The organization even offers a charity impact calculator that allows you to see how your donation helps the charity you’re donating to. Other organizations, such as GiveWell and Charity Navigator also offer tools and lists of charities to help you decide where your help will be most effective.

 

Ways to Help a Charity

 

Now that you’ve found your favorite charity, or charities, you’re ready to help! Helping your favorite cause can take many forms so don’t limit yourself to the standard practices.

 

If you want to help and have plenty of time, think about the following options:

 

  • Volunteer: Donating your time may be one of your best options if you prefer to support a nonprofit with something other than monetary donations. This may be even more crucial if your favorite nonprofit is local, but larger charities may also have local offices that you can coordinate with to volunteer your time.
  • Hold or attend an event: If you’re working with a charity directly, you may be able to hold a fundraising event. Holding a potluck at your home and inviting family and friends is a great way to bring people together and talk to them about your favorite cause. You may inspire them to donate or volunteer with you at the nonprofit. With the help of the organization as a whole, you may be able to get creative and hold bigger events. Say, if you work with a rescue, you can hold a pet fundraising and adoption event. Take for example The Friends of Cats organization.  Their annual Cinco de Meow event is a great way for them to fundraise and hold cat adoptions.
  • Get your company involved: Some businesses will donate a percentage of profits or hold events for nonprofits where proceeds go directly to the organization. If your company is not able to directly sponsor a nonprofit, you may be able to get your co-workers involved by inviting them to volunteer with you or simply informing people about how they can help your favorite charity. It’s easy, effective and will take very little effort from you. Some organizations, like Feeding America, have a hassle-free sign-up process for volunteers which makes it easy for you and your colleagues to volunteer time.

 

Crowdfund Your Favorite Charity

 

If you’re short on time, and want to go beyond just donating money, the easiest way to help and still make a great impact is by getting your whole network involved. Everyone loves helping people they care for and contributing to the causes you’re passionate about.

 

To pick out your favorite charity, you can visit GoFundMe’s charity directory first. Once you find your nonprofit, there are a few ways to really inspire your network to support your cause and the charity.

 

 

Start a GoFundMe for a charity in someone’s honor

 

As you start your campaign, you will have the option to create a “Certified Charity” fundraiser, which sends all the funds directly to the organization of your choice. A great example of this is Katie Richardson’s campaign in honor of her father who battled pancreatic cancer for over 10 years. The campaign exceeded her initial goal and all funds were sent directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

 

 

 

If you or your loved one would prefer to support a number of nonprofits, you can also start a Personal fundraiser and donate the funds you raise to several charities. For inspiration, you can take a look at the countless memorial campaigns and charity fundraisers. One great example is the campaign in honor of Aaron Myers. When a family friend learned of his passing and reached out to the family to start a GoFundMe for them, the family agreed to the campaign but requested that all donations should be distributed to charities that Aaron would have supported. You can do something similar and it doesn’t have to be limited to honoring only people.  At GoFundMe, we’ve seen successful campaigns in honor of people’s pets, where all funds go directly to the pet parent’s favorite animal charity.

 

Start A GoFundMe in honor of a big life event

 

One great way to garner people’s support for your charity of choice is by tying in a big life event to contributions. At GoFundMe we’ve seen people create campaigns to take donations rather than gifts for birthdays, babyshowers, and other big life events. It’s a great way to motivate others to donate and way for you to make a huge difference.

 

A great example of this is the campaign started by Allison and Ryan. In lieu of gifts for their wedding, the couple decided to ask for donations that would all go to three of their favorite charities. The couple raised over $9,000 for their three favorite charities. This isn’t restricted to weddings either.

 

 

Start a gofundme to support a movement

 

There are many worthy movements that could use your support. It could be anything from political movements, such as the women’s marches, cancer research, and even fighting human trafficking.

 

Even with such serious topics, you can remind yourself that inspiring others to support your favorite movement and nonprofit can involve some level of fun. Take Wendy’s campaign to fight pediatric cancers. Wendy had a deep hate for Entourage and decided to combine her hate for pediatric cancers to raise money for something good–funding research for pediatric cancer cures. She challenged her network to support CureSearch, her favorite charity, by donating to her campaign. If her supporters got her to her goal of $10,000, she would have to watch the Entourage movie. Wendy’s network responded not just by helping her reach her initial goal, but pushing past it to raise over $30,000! The end result was $30,000 for pediatric cancer research – and Wendy had to watch the Entourage movie a total of four times.

 

Start a GoFundMe to start your own nonprofit

 

Even with the an immense amount of organizations and causes, you may find yourself not quite satisfied with your choices. You may want to start your own nonprofit or use GoFundMe to fund your current organization’s path to become a nonprofit. GoFundMe has helped many organizations fund their path to become a certified charity, which can be very expensive.

 

Take a cue from Antoinette at the The Hannah Project™, a sex trafficking intervention program. When Antoinette wanted her organization to become a nonprofit, she used GoFundMe to raise funds to work towards making her organization into an official charity which would allow them to apply for grants and receive tax-deductible donations. Using GoFundMe, The Hannah Project™ was able to raise over $12,000.

 

 

 

 

Help Your Favorite Charity Fundraise Now

 

Now that you know how to find your favorite charity, it’s time to get started on helping them. Reach out to your favorite charity, or choose from some of the larger national or international organizations and ask them how you can help or start a crowdfunding campaign. Even if you’re not able to make a big donation or volunteer, you can still help by starting a fundraiser for your nonprofit. It only takes a few minutes to start a GoFundMe campaign, but the support you provide to the organization can have long-term benefits.  So what are you waiting for?  Start a fundraiser for your favorite charity today!