A crowdfunding campaign to make socks from coffee raised $204,601 . Another campaign to simply make potato salad raised $55,492. Who can forget the incredible story of Karen Klein? She was a bus monitor from upstate New York, who was brutally, verbally bullied on a bus by seventh graders. After seeing her story as one of the children had filmed it, a gentlemen from Toronto, ON decided to run a crowdfunding campaign for her. The goal was simple; to raise $5000 to send Karen on a much needed vacation. Well, with the power of social media, the video went viral and nearly $1 million dollars was raised for her in less than one week!
After attempting a few crowdfunding campaigns with largely recognized companies, I strongly believe that the problem for most campaigns (and ours) is that they just don’t get seen. The site where you run your campaign, takes 5% – 10% of what you raise, just for hosting plus transaction fees. . They really don’t do much to publicize your story. There are just too many, so it is also understandable. You really need a large team of family and friends to help network your story. An amazing feat when many people simply don’t have this, such as we. The internet and social media can create such a positive impact for your cause. However, it is also so large, one needs a lot of help along the way!
I’ve had some people tell me that I am coming across “too positively and not getting our situation of urgency out enough.” I have a hard time telling my “sad story” because I know I am not alone. Everyone has gone through something, tormentous to them in their own way. We have been without our home for over five years. I am devoting every waking moment to this cause. I have partnered with a business in my community to provide children who are victims of fire with emergency needs but I haven’t even helped my own child return home yet. My heart physically aches every time that Tyson often asks, “Mommy when are we going to build our house? When are we going home?” We need some help.
I am determined to get my family home. I will not give up until I achieve my goal. I’m therefore trying to think outside of the box and I am going to attempt something that I’m not sure anyone else has before. I’m going to create an affiliate program and pay the commission to people who actually help generate contributions to our campaign, rather than to a company just for hosting it. I am feeling very hopeful as I’ve had some pre-registrations already!
The affiliate program is free and is a simple copy and paste procedure. Participants register into our program and are assigned their own personal affiliate code. Media content such as stories, videos, banners, posters and text links are provided to share. They can be shared anywhere…websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter…virtually anywhere! When someone clicks on what an affiliate has shared, they will visit our website. When a contribution is made, it is tracked to that personal affiliate code and that affiliate receives the commission. I love the idea of being able to “pay it forward” to those actively helping us to succeed rather than to a company just for hosting. While this is definitely not a “get rich quick” scheme, it can be a very honest salary earned. Participants can also take pride in knowing they have helped change lives!
The concept has also led me to bigger and better ideas with the website. The website will now be an affiliated based crowdfunding platform. While they don’t have to, those running a campaign on our site will have the option of using our affiliates! Some much needed help for those with little to no social media skills.
If you’re interested in becoming an affiliate at Just Prevail please fill out our form and you’ll be notified just as soon as our program launches! http://www.justprevail.com/affiliate-program-help-change-lives/