Ready to start a campaign on Adirondack Gives? Here’s some vital info you need to know before you get started. If you prefer to talk to a human being, call Chris at Adirondack Foundation: (518) 523-9904. He’s happy to help.
Who can start a campaign on Adirondack Gives?
- IRS-recognized public charities serving communities from the Adirondack region. If you can, send us your federal tax determination letter ahead of time to expedite the process. Email it to email@example.com.
- Schools, teachers and students can create campaigns, as long as they can submit a federal tax ID number for their school district. Be sure to talk to your superintendent or business administrator before starting a campaign. If they have questions, have them call us.
- Religious organizations may participate as long as the project benefits the community and has broad charitable intent.
- If you don’t have a federal tax ID, you can file a campaign with a fiscal sponsor, as long as the campaign benefits the public and has charitable intent. More information about fiscal sponsors here.
We won’t approve campaigns that seek to raise funds for political causes or projects that are overtly controversial in nature. Adirondack Foundation staff reserves the right to reject a campaign for any reason.
We strongly encourage projects that raise funds for tangible items – books for a classroom, food for a food pantry, stuff like that.
Adirondack Foundation will vet all Adirondack Gives projects before they are posted through our standard due diligence process.
What can a campaign raise funds for?
Campaigns can raise funds for specific items or needs, like props at an arts center or supplies for a class project, or for services, like providing food for the needy or care for the elderly.
Campaigning for tangible items makes it easy for donors to understand exactly what they’re giving to – and gives them the satisfaction of getting something done in the short-term.
Campaigns that raise money for matching funds, scholarship funds or events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
First off, two things you need to know:
- Adirondack Gives is not a pledge-based crowdfunding website. Gifts are processed automatically. You do not need to reach your stated goal to get funding.
- You do, however, need to raise a minimum of $250 to get funding. This lines up with Adirondack Foundation’s grantmaking minimum. But don’t worry: nearly all of our campaigns raise at least $250. You got this.
Your stated goal is just that: the amount you hope to raise to complete your project. If your goal is $1,000, and you raise $756, hey, that’s still pretty awesome, right? Hopefully you’ll exceed your goal.
All of that said, we’ve found, through experience, that asking for too much is a turn off to donors. If you ask for $5,000, it might look unattainable to people giving at the $10 level. So start with a more modest ask, say $2,000. If you reach that goal quickly, we can increase your goal and add more time. We’re flexible like that.
OK. How do I get started?
Step 1: There’s a link at the top of the website that says Your Account. Hover your mouse over that link, and then click Login/Register to create a username and password. Write it down somewhere safe in case you forget. If you do forget, get in touch and we can help you out.
Step 2: At the top of the site, click Start a Campaign. Then it’s easy: fill out the required fields, add your media (videos, photos, etc.), and tell people about your project. Remember to keep it simple: who you are, what you’re raising money for, and how you’ll use the funding. You can also include rewards for your donors.
Step 3: Submit your campaign. Chris and Andrea will review and get back to you with questions, and let you know when it’s live.
My campaign is live. Now what?
Tell everyone about it!
We’ll send you some tips once the campaign is live. In short, email it to friends and supporters, share it on Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media platforms. Call the local press. Shout it from the mountaintops.
Wow. My campaign was a super success. What happens next?
Adirondack Foundation will contact you via email to announce your project’s success. Adirondack Foundation staff will then consolidate your gifts into a grant that will be mailed to you in the form of a check. Please allow up to two weeks after completion of your campaign for the check to arrive.