I’m sure everyone who knows me already has seen the fundraiser that I’ve made just short of few months ago and have been reinforcing on and off. The truth is that it’s not as easy – technically and mentally – as it looks. So, why?
Making a fundraiser comes with some stigma of “the person is not capable of getting things done by themselves” and “poor thing“. Which is not always the case. Of course, fundraisers for charities and events are less likely to be thought of that way. But the moment you put your face on something, it’s now entirely associated with you.
I’m literally asking for other people’s money. Can that ever feel great? No, it surely doesn’t. I completely realise that it’s logical to ask for help when you’re in a pickle, but it is actually distinctly tough, especially when it’s such a direct and raw agenda. What is everyone going to think of me? Am I going to look desperate? Bottom line. It’s not a great feeling, but you have to ask if it has come to that.
Making the introduction/explanation video took a lot of time, dexterity and effort. What if I had no knowledge of video making? How would I even reach people? I wouldn’t. After reviewing actual statistics from the three sites I posted on (youtube, facebook, instagram) and evaluating things like reach, audience retention and growth – most engagement is via watching the video. So this tells me that storytelling and entertainment resonates with people more than just floating text, like a blog post. Sounds like complicated marketing rubbish.
But, in the end my fundraiser is for a personal item to enhance my life. Is that selfish? Will people think of me as a privileged individual just because I’m not raising money for the poor and hungry? Is my personal need – me being greedy? But I just want to live and participate in the society better. What is the right answer?
The truth about making a (successful) online fundraiser is that it’s practically almost impossible on your own if you’re not at least a bit fluent in the way social media works. Let’s be honest – no one would see it if I had not kept posting and messaging friends and family, acquaintances. Practically, random people make up 5% of the people that looked into it. People whom you (the fund raiser) know and friends of friends make up the 95%. Which is the hard part… knowing that people you know and meet – support you financially. Facing everyone after this fact is hard. Asking for help always takes away a little bit of your pride. And what happens if I can’t reach that goal? Am I going to look foolish?
As the fundraiser has generally been summed up, I learned quite a bit about myself and people. How busy everyone is. How precious it seems when you see someone you know has taken their time to show support. Even a retweet and such has been heartwarming. In the end, I don’t feel foolish, even if the end goal was not 100% met, I got a great boost start that I’m in process to put to work. It’s actually been pretty amazing to see support for something that you try and work hard for, though wish it didn’t depend on others.
In the end, this is not even about a singular me. Okay, at the moment this might be about me, but the bottom line is that randomly asking for help is not anything anyone would do just cause they feel like it. If a kid needs a new ramp or a gramma’ needs a finger transplant – they actually need it and an online fundraiser might be their last resort. We can’t help everyone, but if you see anyone in your community that asks for help, offer it, if it’s within your reach. Don’t be one of those who shrug it off and assume someone else will help.
Right now someone dear to my friends and my whole country is in dire need for medical support, so here’s a link to help Valters pay for extremely costly treatments and cover medical expenses.
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