Once your page is up and running you will want to think about letting your friends, family and colleagues know you are fundraising online. They are people who will know you personally and will be happy to help support you as you work towards your fundraising target.

Many people feel nervous about asking people for money, but you should remember that you are doing it for a wonderful cause that means a lot to you, so share and update should be the rule of thumb. The more you can communicate your fundraising and why you are doing it, the more supporters you will gain and the more lives you will help change.

The key is to make sure that you are letting people know that you are raising money online, that you have a fundraising page that they can quickly and securely donate money to, and why you have chosen to support the cause you have. Effectively communicating this will mean that those who care about you will care about what you are doing, and it increases the chance that they will become active supporters of your fundraising.

It is the power of people in your community that enables you to raise money, so we make it easy to Email to your contacts and to share directly to Facebook and Twitter. To do this you can just visit your page and click the Purple Email, Facebook and Twitter Icons.

Promote your fundraising page on Facebook

Facebook is an effective tool to communicate with your family, friends and your wider network and community. Your connection with your Facebook friends offers the perfect place for you to speak about your fundraising, and keep your supporters updated about how you are getting on.

Tell your friends about your online fundraising page, and why you are raising money

Our experience has shown that pages that are shared on Facebook raise considerably more than those that aren’t, so this is definitely something you should do once you have created your page. Just click on the “Share on Facebook” Purple Icon to get started.

How should you tell your network about your page?

Don’t be shy, explain why you are raising money, who you are raising money for and how you will be doing it. Tell your network why the cause you are fundraising for matters to you, be honest and open, as your Facebook friends will care about what you are doing.

Communicate how the money you are raising will help

If you explain in real terms what the money you are raising will be able to do, your supporters will be more likely to contribute. So let them know exactly what your target could achieve, how many items of food, clothing or medical, equipment, or other tangible item or event that the money you raise could pay for.

How can I find out that information?

Al Fatiha Global regularly updates information about its' appeals on our website, youtube, facebook and twitter pages, make sure you are subscribed to these, so you can remain updated.

Post updates regularly

Pages that update regularly receive more donations. You should be posting updates to your fundraising page regularly. The sharing these updates. It's good practice to

  • thank your supporters for their donations
  • let them know how your preparation is going on if you are working towards an event
  • reinforce the message about what the charity is doing to help make a difference
  • remind people of milestones reached 
  • anything else you can do that engages people with your fundraising

You could set up a Facebook page to support your fundraising.

If you do this keep the title simple and to the point so that people know what they are being asked to “like”. Something like “Adam's Aleppo Appeal” is a good example of a title you could use for a page you create. A page is a great idea for a big fundraising campaign, especially one that will be taking in multiple fundraising events. For example, if you are undertaking multiple activities in one year as part of an extended campaign, you could create a page that creates a mini-community around each of these activities.

Creating a Facebook group is also a good idea, and can be used in a similar way to the Facebook page. You can add people to the group and communicate with them directly about your progress. 

If you do create a page or a group remember to not neglect your wider Facebook community by only posting to these audiences, as some of your friends or family may not choose to be in the group or page audience, and you won’t want them to be left out.