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Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan: Support the Relief Efforts

Posted by Lena Jansen on Apr 20, 2016 11:44:15 AM

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Deadly 7,0 to 7,8 magnitude earthquakes struck Japan and Ecuador, leaving thousands homeless and in dire need of support. In response, some of our member international aid agencies have launched disaster responses on the ground, providing life-saving emergency relief. Here's how you can support the supporters.

1. Give

You can make a donation to the humanitarian appeals below:
 
 
 
 
 

2. Set up your own fundraiser

Many individuals, communities and companies have already started fundraising for Ecuador or Japan, here is an example.

On ammado.com, everyone can set up a fundraiser in a couple of minutes for the aid organization of their choice. It's easy and free of charge. Set up your own fundraiser to support relief efforts in Ecuador or Japan.

Click here for a list of non-profit organizations accepting donations in Ecuador.

 

3. Get your company involved

In the past few days, we have helped many companies set up dedicated fundraisers to support tax-efficient donations from employees around the globe.

If your company is looking to facilitate employee donations, we can help you set up a dedicated online fundraiser. Companies can also facilitate donations on their website, blog or intranet.

We are happy to help you set up a company fundraiser in aid of the people in Ecuador or Kumamoto Japan - just contact us.

It's also possible for companies to set up fundraisers themselves. This blog post shows how to set up a tax-efficient fundraiser step-by-step.

 

Music of David Bowie Concert Fundraising on Ammado in Support of Children's Charities

Posted by Lena Jansen on Mar 31, 2016 3:23:54 PM

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On April 1st, Blondie and the Pixies take to the stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York City alongside Mumford and Sons and other leading performers in tribute to the legendary David Bowie, who passed away in January.

Fans from across the globe can access the live stream of this sold-out concert by making a minimum donation online through global donation platform Ammado.


The sold-out celebration event features up to 18 influential artists with a set-list devoted to classic Bowie songs. Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long-time producer/collaborator, has signed on to lead the house band.

The Music of David Bowie is the 12th event in Michael Dorf’s “music of” series, which raises funds for music education programs serving underprivileged kids. The concert will be streamed live with the help of the Melodic Caring Project, a non-profit organization that streams live concert events to children in their hospital rooms. Skype will support as global promotion partner.

“Due to unprecedented interest in the David Bowie memorial concert in Radio City, we have teamed up with Skype and ammado to stream the concert around the world, in return for a small donation to our charity partners,” the show’s organizers announced, along with a list of its music-education beneficiaries. “We suggest a minimum donation equivalent to $20 or £15.” Read more about the David Bowie tribute shows in this article from The New York Times.

Fans all over the world can now share in this unparalleled global event combining music and charity in the memory of David Bowie.

In a world first, fans from across the globe can access the live stream of this sold-out concert by making a minimum donation online. Donations will be will be accepted in 86 currencies, 12 languages, and all major payment methods and divided across nine benefitting charities, all of which work with children through music.

The ammado team is honoured to support this unique event. In the first hours after announcing the live-stream of the David Bowie tribute show, ammado has processed donations in 17 different currencies from fans in more than 20 countries across the globe.


The stream will begin at 8PM EST, 1AM GMT Friday April 1st 2016. To access the live stream of the sold-out concert, make your donation at www.musicofdavidbowie.com.


Topics: fundraising, fundraising event, fundraising campaign, online fundraising, online donations, charity event

Launch your Marathon Fundraiser in 90 seconds

Posted by Lena Jansen on Sep 1, 2015 7:17:49 PM

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The best reasons to launch your own marathon fundraiser are the impact it will have on your favourite cause, the extra motivation it might give you and all the fun you’ll have while making a difference. With ammado, you can start fundraising in like 90 seconds if you follow the simple steps explained below. I challenge you to set a timer and try it today. Are you ready?


10 seconds Go to micoach.adidas.com. Click on the “Start Your Fundraiser” button.

20 seconds Find the nonprofit you want to support and select it to be the beneficiary of your marathon fundraiser.

40 seconds Fill in some details: your name, email, country. Choose a name for your fundraiser and select the display currency. If you want to set a target amount, you can do it here.

10 seconds You can add an automated thank you-message to your donors. That’s it, you have created your own marathon fundraiser - in just 80 seconds! So in the remaining

10 seconds, please accept the invitation to moderate your fundraising page by following the link in the email we'll send you. This is optional if you want to make edits to your fundraiser and review the status.

Getting the most from your Marathon Fundraising Page

All done! Did you manage to set it all up in 90 seconds? Great!

If it took you a little bit longer, maybe you tried to start a fundraiser for a nonprofit but you couldn’t find the one you were looking for? Then it is likely that the nonprofit you are interested in has not registered yet on ammado for donations. ammado has over 1.5 million nonprofits available for fundraising efforts and more are joining each day. To invite a nonprofit to ammado, simply send it an email with the text and links here.

Editing and updating your marathon fundraiser

You can edit and update your fundraising page on ammado. It contains lots of ways to share the stories of your adventure and get people excited about donating. 

1_Fundraiser_in_90_seconds_-_log_inContent is easy to add and edit using the “Add”, “Edit” and “Change Picture” links beside pictures, videos, articles and texts.

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Keeping track of donations

When someone makes a donation to your fundraiser, they will be sent an automatic email confirming the details of their donation. These details will all be summarized in your online fundraising statement. Your fundraising statement is located under the Fundraising tab. You can also access it by clicking “Statement” under the Fundraising heading in the Profile page.

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Accessing comments

Comments made by your donors will be visible in “Latest Updates” on your main fundraising profile page for the most recent donations made. They are found in your downloadable donation statement with the rest of the details of your donations.

Email notifications of donations

You can choose to receive an email notification of all donations made to your fundraiser. These and other notification options can be managed under your Settings. To access settings, roll over your name in the top right corner of the site as shown below and choose “Settings” and then “Notifications”.

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Creating your own marathon fundraiser is only the first chapter of your marathon fundraising success story. Letting the world know why you do what you do is key, so next week we’ll be back with some tips on how to tell your story and promote your marathon fundraiser with useful and free ammado tools. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, let us know. Need help with ammado’s fundraisers? Please email support@ammado.com.


Topics: fundraising, P2P fundraising, fundraising campaign, peer-to-peer fundraising, online fundraising, online donations, fundraising events

Top Reasons to Launch your own Marathon Fundraiser

Posted by Lena Jansen on Aug 21, 2015 3:29:00 PM

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With the New York City, Chicago and Berlin Marathon just weeks away, athletes all over the world are preparing for 26.2 miles. Are you one of them? Have you thought about dedicating your race to a cause close to your heart? Here are our top reasons why you should launch your own marathon fundraiser today.


Reason #1: Impact

This year alone, Boston marathon runners have raised USD 28.3 million for 200 nonprofits. London marathon participants have broken the world record for one-day fundraising every year since 2007, supporting charities with over 50 million GBP in this year’s race alone for hundreds of causes. All those millions have been collected by peer-to-peer fundraising, which means people like you have asked people like your friends and family to donate to charities.

Sure, people give because they believe in the cause or are affected by it. They contribute because they are compassionate for those in need or like to give back to their community. But did you know that more often than any of the above, people say they donate because a friend asks them? Launching your own marathon fundraiser is an easy and engaging way to encourage your friends and family to give and make a difference. Individual online donations are EUR 107 on average, while fundraisers often collect more than EUR 1000 within a few months or even weeks.

By launching a marathon fundraiser, you can multiply your impact by asking for support from those around you.

Reason #2: Fun

Starting your own fundraiser is a fantastic way to use your talents and imagination. From dressing up like Queen Elizabeth to wearing nothing but a mankini, charity runners have raised money and awareness with their costumes. The most famous fundraiser running a marathon in costume is without a doubt Lloyd Scott. The former footballer had suffered from leukaemia in his late 20s completed the marathons in London, New York and Edinburgh wearing a 130lb deep-sea diving outfit in 2002 and 2003. In 2006, he ran London marathon wearing a full suit of armour and the 2008 event dressed as a 9ft robot.

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Photo: Nils Jorgensen via The Guardian

Be creative – for some inspiration, have a look at these ideas and subscribe to our blog for marathon fundraiser tips in the next few weeks. Just enter your email in the field at the right hand side to subscribe.

Reason #3: Motivation

Launching a fundraiser for a challenge like running a marathon gives you a motivational boost – not just on the day of the event, but also during race preparation: “It gives you a great fillip as to why you’re going to do it. It’s not just about you running 26.2 miles. There’s all this money resting on you finishing,“ says Hugh Brasher, race director of the London marathon. Not to mention that changing your mind about participating is not an option anymore once you have enlisted supporters for your challenge and your cause.

Whether you are running 26.2 miles in Berlin, Chicago or New York City or participating in another athletic challenge: Knowing that your friends, family and co-workers all support you and your favourite cause might just give you that extra motivation when you need it.

Ready to launch your own marathon fundraiser? Do it today. We are happy to help.

Photo: Robert van der Wolk

Topics: fundraising, P2P fundraising, fundraising event, peer-to-peer fundraising

Nepal Earthquake: How to Help

Posted by Lena Jansen on Apr 29, 2015 2:48:00 PM

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It's estimated by United Nations that 2,000,000 people in the Himalaya region and beyond are affected by the most devastating earthquake Nepal has seen in almost a decade.

Already, over 4,500 people are known to have died, with thousands more lives at risk and the fate of people in rural areas not yet known. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake is the worst to hit Nepal in 81 years. Aftershocks are continuous and getting stronger. 

In response, many of our member international aid agencies have launched disaster responses on the ground in Nepal, providing life-saving emergency relief. These include the Red CrossCARE InternationalSave the Children and Oxfam amongst others.

How to help

1. Give

You can make a donation to the humanitrian appeals below

  • £50 can provide emergency food for 15 days.
  • £74 can provide clean drinking water for 12 families.
  • £100 can help build toilet and washing facilities for families made homeless.
  • £145 can provide emergency shelter to a family.

2. Set up an individual or a company fundraiser

You can also set up your own fundraiser to support relief efforts in Nepal.

https://www.ammado.com/startfundraising

 

Get your company involved

In the past few days we have helped many companies set up dedicated fundraisers to support tax-efficient donations from employees around the globe.

If your company is looking to facilitate employee donations we can help you set up a dedicated online fundraiser

What it looks like:

A sample fundraising page is shown here: https://www.ammadodemo.com/community/1591

Companies can also facilitate donations on their website, blog or intranet as shown here: http://go.ammado.com/democompany

How to set up:

We are happy to help you set up a dedicated company fundraiser - just contact us.

It's also possible for companies to set up fundraisers themselves. This blog post shows how to set up a tax-efficient fundraiser step-by-step.