We completely disregard the notion that crowdfunding is a glorified synonym for "begging". It's just not true.
A well-organized and coordinated crowdfunding campaign takes on the dimension of a well-orchestrated fundraising effort. It's run from the top-down, executively-endorsed and distinctly organized. At it's peak, the campaign ought to instill a sense of confidence and stability.
Over the past number of weeks, you might have seen drum corps kids posting links to individual GFM pages asking for help offsetting their drum corps tuition. Back in the winter time, you might have also noticed similar posts (sometimes from the same kids) asking for help with tuition for their indoor drum lines and winter guards.
While we certainly applaud any/all efforts that kids take to try to pay-their-way into an exclusive ensemble, some of these individual efforts aren't quite as fine-tuned as they could or should be:
- Use of branding, logos, images that aren't approved by the Org
- Tone projects a sense of "please help me"
Also - not to be overlooked - there are two MAJOR questions that need to answered:
- The performer MAKING the request - have they ACTUALLY received a contract to perform with the stated drum corps ensemble? If they are cut or they otherwise do not opt to march - are refunds due?
- Where are the funds going when the donation is made? In the case of GFM, the money goes to the performer, and the donor is leaving it to blind faith that the performer will, in fact, apply the money for the purposes stated on their donation page.
FansRaise can assemble a campaign at the Org level that allows members to crowdfund in a structured and protected way:
- Funds go directly to the Organization
- The Org can control WHO participates (only contracted and confirmed members)
- The Org maintains full control of the brand, the message, and the positioning of the campaign
- The Org can also direct visability into which members are engaged from an accountability standpoint