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Macy’s 12th Annual “Shop For A Cause” Program, a Nationwide Charity Shopping Event that Benefits Local and National Organizations, Kicks Off the Summer with a New Charity Challenge 

27 Jun

New partnership with CrowdRise allows organizations to raise funds by rallying their networks, with multiple prizes given away to top-performing groups

By Robert Hoskins, Crowdfunding PR

New York City, New YorkMacy’s 12th annual Shop For A Cause program, a nationwide charity shopping event that benefits local and national organizations, kicks off this summer with a new Charity Challenge hosted by CrowdRise, which recently merged with GoFundMe, the #1 crowdfunding platform in the world, offers people and organizations the best fundraising tools in the crowdfunding industry to raise money and donations for any cause they care passionately about.

To participate in this fundraising challenge, charities can sign up now through July 18 and will have the opportunity to win up to $300,000 in cash prizes, along with funds raised through the Challenge itself.

 

 

 


How It Works:

  • 501(c)3 charities and accredited schools in the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico can complete their application to participate through Tuesday, July 18.
  • Beginning Tuesday, July 11, participating charities can use their individual fundraising page on CrowdRise to rally and raise money online; prizes will be awarded to the top five charities.*
  • As a “thank you” for donating, each donor will receive an exclusive savings pass to shop at Macy’s during the annual Shop For A Cause event, Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13.

As in previous years, Macy’s has designated the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization in support of pregnancy and baby health, as the exclusive national beneficiary for Macy’s Shop For A Cause event. From Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, customers who give $5 to the March of Dimes at any Macy’s store or online at macys.com will receive the Shop For A Cause savings pass.

“Since 2006, we’ve helped raise tens of millions of dollars for accredited schools and nonprofits nationwide through Macy’s Shop For A Cause,” said Lauren Anania, Macy’s Director of Cause Marketing. “By adding this new online challenge through CrowdRise, we aim to make it even easier for charities to get involved and raise funds for their ongoing efforts.”

*Charity Challenge prizes include $100,000 for the charity that raises the most online, $50,000 for second place, $25,000 for third place, $15,000 for fourth place and $10,000 for fifth place. There also will be weekly Bonus Challenges for organizations to win an additional $100,000 in total.

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com.

Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

Used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world, CrowdRise enables people to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.

Before merging with GoFundMe.com, the CrowdRise’s donation crowdfunding site was founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, which powered donation-based crowdfunding campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for special causes.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.
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Facebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding Platform for Education, Medical, Pets, Crisis Relief, Personal Loss, Sports and Community Needs

24 May

However, with a crowdfunding platform commission fee of  6.9% + 30 cents per credit card transaction fee Facebook’s Fundraiser Service will be considerably more expensive than competitors such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo and Kickstarter

By Robert Hoskins

Menlo Park, California – Facebook is a place where people come together to connect with their communities and support one another in meaningful ways. Today, we are giving people another way to mobilize around causes they care about by expanding personal fundraisers to everyone over 18 in the US and by adding two new categories – community and sports.

Facebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding Platform and Fundraiser Service for Education, Medical, Pets, Crisis Relief, Personal Loss, Sports and Community Needs

Facebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding Platform and Fundraiser Service for Education, Medical, Pets, Crisis Relief, Personal Loss, Sports and Community Needs

Facebook began testing personal fundraisers, a new product that allows people to raise money for a friend, themselves or a sick pet directly on Facebook, in March. Since then, they’ve been inspired by the response to create them and the support felt by those they benefit.

People can create a fundraiser to quickly raise money on Facebook and easily reach their friends in a few taps, without leaving Facebook, and can share fundraisers to help build momentum. People can learn about the person who created the fundraiser and the person benefiting from the fundraiser, as well as see which friends have donated. Now people can raise money for any of the following categories:

  • Education: such as tuition, books or classroom supplies
  • Medical: such as medical procedures, treatments or injuries
  • Pet Medical: such as veterinary procedures, treatments or injuries
  • Crisis Relief: such as public crises or natural disasters
  • Personal Emergency: such as a house fire, theft or car accident
  • Funeral and Loss: such as burial expenses or living costs after losing a loved one
  • Sports: such as equipment, competitions or team fees
  • Community: such as neighborhood services, community improvements or environmental improvements

Nonprofit fundraisers continue to be available for people on Facebook to raise funds and awareness for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

It’s easy to get started:

  1. On mobile, tap the menu icon and select Fundraisers, or on desktop, go to facebook.com/fundraisers
  2. Choose to raise money for a Friend, Yourself or Someone or Something Not on Facebook
  3. Give your fundraiser a title and compelling story, and start raising money

All fundraisers are reviewed within 24 hours. Personal fundraisers are available on all devices, and have a 6.9% Facebook commission fee + $0.30 fee that goes to payment processing, fundraiser vetting, and security and fraud protection. Facebook’s goal is to create a platform for good that’s sustainable over the long-term, and not to make a profit from our charitable giving tools.

We’re constantly inspired by the good people on Facebook do, and we’re excited to learn more about how people use this new product so we can continue improving the experience.

Find out more about Facebook fundraisers at facebook.com/fundraisers.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

YouCaring.com Acquires GiveForward.com to Create World’s Largest Portal for Crowdfunding Critical Personal, Medical Expenses and Charitable Causes

1 Apr

Combined the two leading donation-based crowdfunding sites have raised over $750 million and have created the world’s largest free donation crowdfunding site

By Robert Hoskins

San Francisco, California  – YouCaring announced that it has acquired GiveForward. GiveForward has been a pioneer in crowdfunding medical expenses for individuals and has helped people raise nearly $200 million. Combined with YouCaring, which has helped people around the world raise over $550 million for critical personal, medical, and charitable causes, this acquisition will expand YouCaring’s fundraising and donor reach.

Combined the two leading donation-based Crowdfunding Sites have raised over over $750 Million and are now the world's largest free crowdfunding site

Combined the two leading donation-based Crowdfunding Sites have raised over $750 Million and have created the world’s largest free donation crowdfunding site

For the GiveForward community, YouCaring offers an optimized on-site experience, robust marketing tools for fundraisers, real-time customer support, and the ability to reach a donor pool of six million. GiveForward users can expect increased campaign performance and an expanded customer support system to meet their fundraising goals.

Unlike other crowdfunding sites, YouCaring does not charge fundraisers a fee to raise money on the platform and relies on voluntary donations from donors to fund their operations. As a Certified B Corporation®, YouCaring is committed to advancing social good and adheres to strict standards for consumer advocacy.

“We’re excited to welcome GiveForward users to the YouCaring community. GiveForward has been a leader in medical crowdfunding for nearly a decade,” said Dan Saper, YouCaring’s CEO. “With health care costs continuing to rise for consumers, building a platform that can help relieve that stress is critically important to us. The GiveForward brand and what it stands for couldn’t be more aligned with who we are and what we do here at YouCaring.”

Desiree Vargas Wrigley, a co-founder of GiveForward, added, “We started GiveForward to help change the way people care about each other. We’re happy to see that vision expanded to the tremendous global community of supporters YouCaring has built.”

YouCaring focuses on Compassionate Crowdfunding™ and believes that no one should have to face hardship alone. Their community of worldwide donors is more than six million strong, and to date, have raised over $550 million. The company does not charge platform fees to fundraise, and like its fundraisers, relies on donations from generous supporters to finance its operation.

GiveForward has been a leader in medical crowdfunding. Since inception in 2008, GiveForward has raised nearly $200 million for people in need, and has empowered 270,000 people to raise money for their causes.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

Students Launch $25 Million Crowdfunding Campaign to Offer Everyone on Earth a Digital Ride via Spacecraft to Mars for Only 99-Cents

23 Jun

Future space travelers are encouraged to join the Time Capsule to Mars Mission, which allows anyone to upload a digital photo for only $0.99 cents that will be uploaded to a spacecraft and sent to Mars

Largest Crowdfunding Campaign Ever Plans to Offer Everyone in the World to Make the Journey to Mars for Only 99 Cents Each

Students Launch $25 Million Crowdfunding Campaign to Offer Everyone in the World a Digital Chance to Make the Journey to Mars for Only $0.99-Cents Each

By Robert Hoskins

Washington, DC – Today, the Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M), a project of Explore Mars, plans to make history by connecting humanity’s shared history with a shared destiny by allowing anyone to upload a digital photo for only $0.99 cents that will be sent to Mars via the world’s 1st Ion-ElectroSpray Propulsion Cube Satellite (CubeSat).

Time to Mars Capsule Ion ElectroSpray Propulsion CubeSat Mars Mission

Students Plan to Raise $25 Million to Send Time Capsule to Mars by Launching the 1st Ion-ElectroSpray Propulsion Cube Satellite

The TC2M payload will carry digital messages from tens of millions of people from all corners of Earth in the form of text, images, audio and video clips.  The state-of-the-art “time capsule” will carry a crucible of today’s human race – to be rediscovered by future colonists of the Red Planet. Time Capsule to Mars™ intends to :

  • Enable tens of millions of people from every country on Earth to upload their pictures, short movies, text messages and other digital media to the time capsule.
  • Click here now to upload your digital payload to be sent to Mars.
  • Inspire and educate K-12-aged kids worldwide by enabling them to upload their content, track their spacecraft and lander, and participate via personalized Mission Control portals on the Internet.
  • Be the first private mission to Mars, the first student-led interplanetary mission, the first use of CubeSats for interplanetary travel, and the first trial of many advanced new technologies.
  • Unite Humanity under one mission, so we can travel together to Mars as one race, in the spirit of global cooperation and peace.

Mars Mission Technology Payload

Our technical teams are focused on designing, launching, and sending a CubeSat-based spacecraft to Mars — and landing on the surface a time capsule encoded with Humanity’s memories. Spacecraft will:

  • Consist of multiple CubeSat Class (0.3m x 0.4m x 0.1m) segments
  • Be propelled by revolutionary ion Electrospray propulsion, pioneered by MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab.
  • Deploy new technologies like inflatable antennae, deep space Internet communications, and novel interplanetary radiation sensors.
  • Be designed and constructed by technical teams from the world’s leading universities and student groups — and mentored by the space industries’ best engineering talent.

Mars Mission Crowdfunding Budget

The estimated cost of this mission is $25 million, which will cover all costs from design, to launch, to flight communications and vehicle control, to landing on Mars.

  • We need your help to make this the largest crowdfunded effort in history!
  • Uploads in the Developed World will cost $0.99; uploads in the Developing World will be free of charge for basic uploads, thanks to generous sponsorships that will be announced soon. We want everyone on Earth to have an equal chance to participate in this grand planet-wide mission.
  • The size, scope, and length of this project will require a continuous and stable flow of funds for which we will also rely on corporate donations.
  • Click here to sponsor the first package delivered to Mars.

Seeking Mars Mission Partners

This mission will aggressively partner with news, industry, and educational outlets to maximize our reach and enable us to tap into a truly global audience.

  • We want to involve all people of Earth — of all ages, backgrounds, and interests — encompassing the entire scope of Humanity and documenting Humankind in the process.
  • A focus market for educational engagement will include K-12-aged kids from all over the world.
  • We will virtually bring them along on the journey — from uploading their picture, tracing its progression through our Solar System, and right up to their landing on Mars.
  • Click here to see the Time Capsule to Mars Mission Management Team.

Time Capsule to Mars Press Conference

The project’s management team, which includes members from Duke University, MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab, Explore Mars, and retired NASA astronauts held a press conference tomorrow at 1:30 pm Eastern time in at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This following is the recorded version.

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Need a Tax Deduction? Commit an Act of Random Crowdfunding to Promote Social Good on CrowdItForward.com

15 Aug

Crowd It Forward creates “Random Acts of Crowdfunding” for those in need, those who deserve it, and those who perform random acts of kindness to others

By Robert Hoskins

Crowd It Forward, a crowdfunding website owned and operated by the ClickStartMe Foundation, Inc., launched today. Crowd It Forward is a 501(c)(3) organization that accepts tax deductible donations and creates “Random Acts of Crowdfunding” for those in need, those who deserve it, and those who perform random acts of kindness to others.

Crowd It Forward creates “Random Acts of Crowdfunding” for those in need, those who deserve it, and those who perform random acts of kindness to others

Crowd It Forward creates “Random Acts of Crowdfunding” for those in need, those who deserve it, and those who perform random acts of kindness to others

“We are excited to extend the ClickStartMe brand with Crowd It Forward,” founder and crowdfunding expert Kendall Almerico said. “With our Random Acts of Crowdfunding, we can find people who need or deserve something good to happen to them, and we can make it happen through crowd funding.”

Crowd It Forward launched with two crowdfunding projects. The first involves raising funds for U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Myles Kerr, whose recent viral story touched the hearts of millions as he helped a nine year-old boy find his lost companions while running a 5K race. Crowd It Forward is raising funds for LCpl Kerr to send him and a companion to another 5K race of his choice, and to purchase the Marine a new pair of running shoes. Tax deductible donations for this project may be made here at Crowd It Forward.

The second Random Act of Crowdfunding involves Chelesa Fearce, an inspiring young woman who graduated as her high school’s valedictorian despite being homeless. Crowd It Forward is raising funds to help Chelesa with her ongoing educational expenses. Tax-deductible donations for this crowdfunding project may be made here at Crowd It Forward.

“Launching Crowd It Forward by helping LCpl Kerr and Chelesa Fearce truly illustrates what we are all about,” founder and crowd funding expert Kendall Almerico said. “We want to spread the word about positive news stories, and also to reward those who deserve to be rewarded, but would never ask for it themselves.”

CrowdItForward.com is a crowdfunding website owned and operated by the ClickStartMe Foundation, Inc. Crowd It Forward is a 501(c)(3) organization that accepts tax deductible donations and creates “Random Acts of Crowdfunding” for those in need, those who deserve it, and those who perform random acts of kindness to others. All donations to crowdfunding projects on Crowd it Forward are tax deductible.

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FunderHut.com Partners with Non-Profit Chicago to Promote Crowdfunding Campaigns

26 Jun

Chicagoland’s Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce Partners with FunderHut for community-crowdfunding platform

By Robert Hoskins

The FunderHut team is very excited to announce our new partnership with Chicago Non-Profit, Chicagoland’s Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce! FunderHut is a community-crowdfunding platform, and although we’re national, what better way to start than with our own Chicago community? We’re extremely excited to be working together to make a positive impact in the community.

FunderHut's team believes the community plays an essential role in our everyday lives. Whether it's your family, your neighborhood, your social clubs, or the worldwide community, these are the people and the environment that construct who we are, so why not make it better? Our motto is Finding Unity By Funding Community.

FunderHut’s team believes the community plays an essential role in our everyday lives. Whether it’s your family, your neighborhood, your social clubs, or the worldwide community, these are the people and the environment that construct who we are, so why not make it better? Our motto is Finding Unity By Funding Community.

From networking events to educational events to fundraising events, Chicago Non-Profit is the number one resource for Chicagoland’s non-profits, using their extensive knowledge and resources to help their members achieve their goals. As fundraising continues to be a primary concern for these organizations, the idea of crowdfunding only seemed natural, and FunderHut welcomed the opportunity to help Chicago’s non-profits raise money and build awareness, as well as the added benefit of an increased donor base. The vision and vast network of Chicago Non-Profit, with non-profit categories ranging from Arts Awareness to Community Works to Medical Research, helps create a partnership with a shared mission in mind, improving our community.

What’s our goal? To provide non-profits with the resources they need to launch an online fundraising campaign, while receiving full support from the collaboration between Chicago Non-Profit and FunderHut.

As an exclusive benefit to Chicago Non-Profit members, we’re also returning 20% of the contribution fees. What this means is that not only is it absolutely free to sign up and create your campaign, but 20% will be given back to member organizations that launch their campaign on FunderHut.

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