Firstgiving at Maker Faire Austin

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We are excited to work with Firstgiving at Maker Faire Austin and wanted to let you know more about it before the big event! Firstgiving lets anyone raise money for any nonprofit at any time, by using person to person fundraising pages to leverage personal connections and social networks.
If you’re a nonprofit, you can set up a fundraising page for yourself and everyone who stops by the Firstgiving booth at Maker Faire will be invited to donate, if they’d like to. Having seen your work firsthand,
we expect a lot of people to be excited about helping you stay in business.
If you’d like to raise money for some other nonprofit, you can turn what you do (baking, modding bikes, distilling grain alcohol, etc.) into a fundraising “catalyst.” Then everyone who stops by the Firstgiving booth will be invited to donate to your “baking for charity” page.
For more information email alison@firstgiving.com with any questions or to get involved, and visit the Firstgiving web site here. – Link.

4 thoughts on “Firstgiving at Maker Faire Austin

  1. plainsight says:

    This sounds like a great idea, but I was sad to see the firstgiving is a for-profit org. that charges almost 8% to donations made through its service. I wonder if there’s anything similar out there with more altruistic (less expensive?) goals…

  2. AlisonFG says:

    A lot of people ask about the 7.35% that comes out of the donations, but almost everyone decides it’s totally worthwhile to give up that percentage, 1. for what it “buys” (that includes the credit card transaction fee, plus it lets us provide transaction security, vetting of the charity, unlimited support for fundraiser, charity, and donors, and all the features we’re continually developing) and 2. because Firstgiving pages typically collect two to three times as much money for charity as old-fashioned methods. I hope you’ll check out what we offer and see if 7.35% still seems too much.

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