How Crowdfunding Is One Of The Most Effective Ways To Volunteer

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For some of us, the want to help or volunteer secures a permanent place in the corner of our minds. It’s always coexisting with other thoughts like, ‘Will I get too much traffic on the road at this time?’, ‘I hope my boss likes the presentation I created’, ‘I have to talk to my finance guy to sort my taxes’, ‘I’ve been wanting to go for these cleanliness drives since ages, let me set a reminder!’. If you’ve had thoughts similar to the last one but have been not been able to do so, there’s something that can help you turn these thoughts into actions – crowdfunding!

Let us tell you a few stories that will help you understand how crowdfunding has become one of the most effective ways of volunteering:

Volunteer By Contributing:

We believe that every contribution has a beautiful story of humanity. Let us paint a picture for you – you don’t just read someone’s story but also feel for it and reach your card to make a contribution, that means from a completely different place you just went out of your way to send your well wishes in the form of the contribution, so the person can get close to what he/she wants. What you just did in a matter of 3 minutes is an unadulterated, selfless and kind act.

To give you an example, Make Love Not Scars started a fundraiser on Ketto to help an acid attack victim from Zimbabwe after a cup of fuming liquid was splashed on her face. She had 42% critical burn injuries but she also had bright chances of regaining vision in one of her eyes – so to save her from going blind, a total of 366 people supported her fundraiser by raising Rs. 6,54,766. Now, that’s something! Who would have thought that this woman from Zimbabwe would get help during the most difficult part of her life from a bunch of people in India along with her loved ones?

Not just in time of need, people have also volunteered for causes that they believe in and want to be a part of by contributing to their fundraisers on Ketto. For the recent railway beautification projects in Mumbai during DaanUtsav – Lilavatibai Podar High School- ISC started a fundraiser to beautify the Andheri station and managed to raise Rs. 6,99,912 by support from 2070 people, primarily students – an activity taken up by masses and powered by them!

It’s brilliant how crowdfunding powered by technology is enabling you to volunteer and make a difference to causes without physically being there!

Volunteer By Starting A Fundraiser:

You may have too many good thoughts in a day and to turn these thoughts and ideas into reality, you need funds – that is the reality we all have to face. If you feel like helping someone with their financial needs, instead of giving a small or a generous amount yourself, start a fundraiser and give others a chance to contribute as well – you’d be surprised to see how many people are willing to help, just like you. You won’t just be giving others a chance to help, you’ll also be creating a greater impact because of other people’s involvement.

Recently we put up a tragic story of siblings with a rare condition that made their skin like that of a snake. When we were trying to get help for these children, one of our ex-campaigners came forward and started a fundraiser for him on Ketto. Along with raising Rs. 1,85,902 so far, his initiative was also covered in The Times Of India. So not only did he raise a huge amount with support from 124 people, he also shared their story with a lot more people.

So many beautiful things came out of this fundraiser, had he helped these siblings alone – all this wouldn’t have happened.

Volunteer By Sharing:

Our social media profiles often highlight our interests and opinions about things that matter to us. There are so many people who ask for help every day on Ketto for raising funds for various reasons – health, education, women empowerment, animal welfare, children – share any of the causes that mean the most to you to help it get more support. By simply sharing the fundraiser, you’ll be giving the cause a voice and possibly donations from potential supporters. And you’ll probably also be motivating other people to help the cause.

So the next time you feel like volunteering but struggle to find time or the commitment to physically go out to help – turn to these three impactful ways and make it happen!

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Shraddha Phulgirkar

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