How the Ben Carlson Basis Elevated Donations by 74%

Ben Carlson
Ben Carlson

We’re all trying to entice extra donations to affect change in our communities – So how did the Ben Carlson Basis improve donations over the previous 12 months to gasoline their Mighty trigger?

Based in 2014, the Ben Carlson Basis was created to honor the heroic legacy of Ben Carlson, a lifeguard who selflessly sacrificed his life to rescue a swimmer in Newport Seashore, California. Established in his reminiscence, the Basis supplies annual scholarships to student-athletes and works to enhance ocean security measures to guard lifeguards and most of the people domestically and internationally.


Mightycause actually did assist us with our peer-to-peer fundraising and I’ll use it time and again and once more not just for Ben Carlson Basis but additionally for another organizations.

Ben Did Go occasion

For the previous 8 years, the Ben Carlson Basis has hosted an annual paddle-out occasion, “Ben Did Go.” Ben Did Go is an unbelievable athletic occasion the place over 110 members endure a 30-mile susceptible paddle throughout the Catalina Channel from Avalon to Newport Seashore. Participant paddlers are inspired and challenged to boost a minimal of $1,500.

Kaity Van Amersfort, the CEO of C&R Management
Kaity Van Amersfort

In 2023, the Ben Carlson group introduced on board Kaity Van Amersfort, the CEO of C&R Administration, an affiliation administration agency that helps successfully handle occasion planning, membership, administration, and funds for nonprofits. Tasked with making their eighth anniversary the most effective one but, Kaity knew that increasing their peer-to-peer efforts to a devoted peer-to-peer on-line platform would drastically streamline their occasion. That’s after they discovered Mightycause.

The Ben Carlson group turned to Mightycause’s peer-to-peer fundraising pages and fundraiser templates to create a simple and simplified method for members to create and share their very own fundraising pages. Be taught how the Ben Carlson Basis was in a position to obtain a 74% improve in donations:

What was the primary problem you confronted that led you to Mightycause?

We used GoFundMe, they’re really a extremely nice platform, individuals do fabulous issues on it. Pertaining to our paddle although, there have been only a few issues that we couldn’t do, we couldn’t monitor the progress of particular person paddlers and to take part on this paddle there’s a recommended donation of $1,500 that paddlers are requested to boost. So once I got here on board with Ben Carlson Basis (BCF) nearly a 12 months in the past and we had been speaking concerning the paddle and a few of the challenges we needed to try to improve donations – we talked about fundraising and I stated “properly we might discover some peer-to-peer fundraising platforms that we might use as an alternative of GoFundMe.”

After we began going forwards and backwards with the Mightycause group, they actually helped me perceive that the platform would assist us in having the ability to see what particular person paddlers had been elevating and giving them a template to have the ability to share the knowledge. Beforehand, we might by no means bodily see how a lot cash every paddler was elevating. We get hundreds of donations. So it might be unimaginable to have anyone say “yep, right here’s all my tracked 237 donations that I obtained.”

So throughout the Mightycause platform clearly we might actually monitor {that a} bit higher. The cool factor about Mightycause is, we as a corporation, might share their pages, or different individuals on the board might share their pages. So there was far more alternative to have the ability to enhance fundraising in some capability by utilizing this platform. 

What had been the important thing elements that influenced your choice to decide on Mightycause?

The flexibility to share the pages individually and create customized templates. All of our paddlers, whereas they’re tremendous keen about this venture, didn’t all really know Ben personally. With the ability to give them the instruments to write down a narrative about why they’re doing this was key to enabling donors to extend donations. In any other case they had been taking the outdated web page and simply sharing it and saying, “Hey I’m taking part on this paddle, give me cash.”

Inside these instruments I might actually arrange some templates that shared the story about Ben that they might use that obtained far more particular on why individuals ought to donate to this trigger. Additionally simply the straightforward entry of having the ability to take a hyperlink and put it on their very own web page. The benefit of use on this was very nice. 

The backend platform from an admin perspective was additionally very nice. Tremendous straightforward instruments to make use of. I additionally obtained some good takeaways from a few of the webinars that I participated in and the help group was very aware of me. So it was good to have some on the bottom help that I don’t suppose we had with GoFundMe earlier than.

What had been your targets in your fundraising marketing campaign?

The aim was $150,000 and we clearly blew that out of the water. And it simply saved rising, and that’s a tribute and testomony to our individuals who imagine on this trigger a lot, there’s little doubt…but I additionally suppose the truth that we had a instrument that was simply a lot simpler and higher to make use of than we beforehand had helped us recover from that bump too.

When we reached $150,000 our chairperson stated, “$150,00 is nice, we’re offered!” However some individuals on the board had been like, “oh let’s go to $175,000, we are able to get it”  whereas others thought “I don’t know, $175,000, we’re not gonna make it.” Then we obtained to $175,000 and other people had been like, “oh my god, we obtained to $175,000, let’s hold going, we’ll make the aim $200,000.” However others stated, “No, no, we’re good. We’ll hold it right here. We’re not gonna get to $200,000, we are able to’t elevate $200,000.” Then we obtained to $200,000. And after that, I don’t suppose anyone had any extra dialogue about it as a result of we simply went method over what we thought we had been going to get for this explicit 12 months.

May you share a little bit bit about your implementation technique of utilizing Mightycause for the primary time in your occasion?

I might say I’m considerably accustomed to some fundraising nonprofit administration softwares as a result of I do work with another shoppers. So I’ve used another platforms and they are often actually troublesome to work with, I’m simply gonna be trustworthy. They’re actually troublesome, it’s not straightforward. Another platforms are possibly not arrange particularly for these fundraising capabilities, though they do attempt promote you on that. 

However with Mightycause, it was actually the convenience of use on the backend, having the ability to create completely different templates for individuals to make use of, letting individuals create their very own in the event that they wished to. So we weren’t forcing them to make use of something. They’d an possibility of utilizing a template or they might create their very own story. 

Fundraiser Template
Fundraiser Template

The truth that you could possibly simply share it to social media channels actually helped. Now we have a ton of younger individuals who participated. So if we didn’t have that, I’m unsure we’d’ve had as broad of a attain. 

After which I might say, implementation-wise, I obtained a number of help on the backend from the help group and I watched a number of Mightycause webinars. I believe there are some actually nice movies and different assets out there via Mightycause. At no level did I ever really feel like I didn’t have the help that I wanted to ensure that paddlers had been profitable of their fundraising efforts. It was fairly seamless. I even really used Mightycause for one more group after and we type of modified what had been attempting to take action it was a little bit bit completely different. However anyway, I had such an incredible expertise with Mightycause and every little thing that went together with it.

Was there something stunning that happened from this 12 months’s marketing campaign?

Actually, I didn’t suppose we’d recover from $200,000 however throughout the final two years, the group itself has had some actually optimistic momentum in creating some extra substantial committees. And so there was a particular committee that I believe they could have met a couple of extra occasions and we possibly strategized a little bit bit extra on how we had been gonna get the phrase out for the actual occasion in hopes of extra donations. 

However the board additionally has had some technique on another subjects that we had. However over the previous two years, creating some strategic committees throughout the group has made the group higher. As a result of everyone is aware of what their job is or what their volunteer job is. All people is aware of what they need to be doing. We type of know the initiatives. And so when you’ve board members who’re able to make an affect, the factor you wanna do is give them a instrument that works. So in having the ability to use Mightycause, or different software program that makes their job simpler, I all the time wish to say “Use me as a instrument in your success. What can I do to make you extra profitable as a board member and lead us to extra donations?”

What was the response out of your board?

They had been completely satisfied. I believe that they had been excited that we had a instrument that would actually give us some extra key efficiency indicators, which means we might see what everyone was fundraising and once more having the ability to simply share a hyperlink on many alternative platforms. They might textual content it, ship it in their very own electronic mail, that type of factor. So I believe everyone was very excited on the alternative to get to be extra seen on this fundraising. So we all the time knew like, “yay we raised $125,000,” that’s nonetheless a feat and an incredible proper in itself. However the truth that we simply had extra visibility on the interior workings of that, what it appeared like and ease of use actually, I might say, fueled the rise in donations and glad the board with this explicit occasion. 

Is there the rest you wished to share about your total expertise with Mightycause?

We’re inundated with know-how instruments to make use of which might be imagined to make our lives simpler and that’s not all the time the case. However I’ll say on this regard, Mightycause actually did assist us with our peer-to-peer fundraising and I’ll use it time and again and once more not just for Ben Carlson Basis but additionally for another organizations. 

The truth that on the backend it’s straightforward to make use of for an administrative particular person like me who wants to have the ability to set issues up rapidly and make it very straightforward for others to make use of is simply so important. If it’s making my life more durable, I’m most likely not gonna put money into it. I would like instruments that my volunteers and boards can use which might be environment friendly, quick, and straightforward to make use of, and undoubtedly Mightycause it suits that mould. 

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