Creating a t-shirt fundraiser for the nonprofits you care about just got a lot easier! While it was always possible to fundraise for any cause on Bonfire, it was difficult to fundraise for a nonprofit. Sellers had to make the donation themselves after getting the payout, and funnel everything through their personal finance accounts.
Now, with Community-Driven Fundraising, you can send the funds from your Campaign directly to the specified nonprofit, without ever having to set up donations outside of the Bonfire platform. We handle the entire process for you.
How it Works
Create Your Campaign
Select an Organization
Next, use the search bar to find and select the organization that you’re raising money for. As long as the nonprofit can be found on Charity Navigator, you will be able to find it in our search tool. You can search using the Nonprofit’s name, or the EIN associated with the organization.
Show Your Community Who You’re Raising Money For
After you’ve selected your nonprofit and you’ve launched your campaign, your page will prominently display who you’re fundraising for so your community can learn more about the cause and the organization itself.
These additions to the campaign pages make your campaign more trustworthy to potential buyers. If they want to know more about the organization you’re donating your funds to, they can click on the green heart next to the name of the nonprofit to see the location, EID, and Verification status of the organization.
Using Community-Driven Fundraising as a Nonprofit
As a verified nonprofit with Bonfire, your organization can promote Bonfire fundraising campaigns as a way for your supporters to fundraise on your behalf. Traditionally referred to as peer to peer fundraising, you can amplify your reach and fundraising capabilities by having your supporters raise money for you within their own communities.
When a member of your community creates a Bonfire Campaign on behalf of your organization, you will be sent an email notifying you there are funds available for you to collect. Proceeds become available to your nonprofit after each batch (batches are between 2-21 days) of the campaign ships. These payouts can be sent to your nonprofit via PayPal, Check, or ACH.
This is also a great way to have talented designers within your community create t-shirt designs for you, without having to design a shirt yourself. Let your donors know about this new feature, and watch the payouts flow into your account.
If you have questions about this new feature, be sure to check out our Help Center articles to get a more in-depth look at everything we covered here.