How It Works

So you're wondering how this all works? Here is an explanation...

1. Create a Fundraiser

Starting a fundraiser is a big descision that takes courage. This site was created to make your entire process an easy, joyful and memorable experience. The best advice we can give is to tell a compelling story. You don't need to write a novel, but you should be specific about how the money will benefit your loved one who needs support.

After answering a few questions about the fundraiser, the person you are raising money for and yourself, you will submit your fundraiser to Celebration of Hope. If approved, your fundraiser will be active and able to begin raising money.

Things you'll need to get the best start

Using our data, research and a little creativity, we've gathered a few things that can really get your fundraiser started off on the right foot. For an in-depth list of ideas, visit our fundraising ideas page.

Team Captain refers to the person who started and is running the fundraiser. Team Members help share and also run the fundraiser.

Fundraiser Guidlines

Celebration of Hope recognizes that every situation is different. We like to focus on fundraisers that empower compassion. Celebration of Hope fundraisers work best for:

  • Medical Expenses including travel, medical equipment and service animals
  • Out-of-pocket living expenses that are associated with an illness or injury
  • "Bucket Lists" associated with a terminal illness
  • Funeral expenses or memorial funds
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2. Spread the word to friends, family and the world.

Sharing your loved one's story can make a big impact on the success of your fundraiser. We've witnessed thousands of people coming together to accomplish amazing things.

Gain early momentum by sharing your fundraiser with friends and family who are likely to be early supporters. Then promote your page via Facebook and other social media. Next, post updates to keep people informed.

The Importance of adding Team Members

  • Team Members can post updates, add photos, and share your fundraiser with their contacts.
  • Adding just one Team Member may increase page views by 150%.
  • Adding the person you are helping as a Team Member is a great idea. This way, they can play a more active role in reaching their goal amount.
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3. Collect gifts (donations) & well wishes

Your supporters can give using a credit card. Our payment process is simple, making it easy and painless to donate to your fundraiser. Even if someone can't donate to your fundraiser, they'll be able to send well wishes for your loved one.

Celebration of Hope Fees

Our fee is 5.9% + $.50 per transaction

Approximately 2.9% + $0.50 goes to our online payment service provider. We use the remaining 3% to maintain the technology and developers who work hard to make sure you have the technology and personal support you need to make your fundraiser a success.

We let donors cover these fees…and 95% of them do.

The average fundraiser on Celebration of Hope keeps 99.5% of the money it raises because of this feature.

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Ready to start your Fundraiser?

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