There are many cool websites that allow you to raise funds for your organization or projects. You can raise these funds as either an individual or non-profit. For sites that focus only on fundraising you will pay anywhere between 3-9% in fees on the money you raise. The average fee is about 5% plus a merchant processor fee.
When you combine Fundraising and Events, fees increase significantly. If you want to fund raise and host an event via online methods, oftentimes you will have to sign up for 2 different services.
In response to the demand of online ticketing and donation services, many fundraising sites and event sites have teamed up together to offer both donation and event services. It may seem like an easy and convenient option. However, you are often left with using two different tools and sites that are not fully integrated. In the end you may still end up with two different sites and services to manage.
First Giving has teamed up with Eventbrite, Donate Now works with Givezooks. For services that allow both, you are limited to one type of ticketing mode and one type of donation mode. With SimpleTix service you have 9 different styles of ticketing, the ability to host your entire site on SimpleTix or have us match your site. Site matching enables you to keep all of your branding. You are not left having to settle for one generic events and donation page.
With SimpleTix you can create a fundraising page. Supporters and event attendees can shop for your event, add a donation, and pay as part of one transaction. For your enthusiastic supports, they can use social sign in to promote your event and fundraising efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and others.
By using SimpleTix for your events and donations, you will see increased saving, knowing that everything is being handled on one site.
Want to know how to create a Donations page? Create Donations page
Happy Event Planning & Fundraising!
The cost of fundraising sites with events vs. the cost of SimpleTix - We have created this infographic to demonstrate your level of savings with SimpleTix. Inquiries can be sent to Carmen@simpletix.com
Cost Per One Event Calculated: 400 tickets sold at $35 each, 120 attendees gave an average donation of $50, $14,000 earned on ticket sales and $6,000 from online donations, for a total of $20,000 raised per one event.
Cost Per Year Calculated:For one year, 6,000 tickets sold at an average price of $35 each, earning $210,000 in ticket sales and 2 major fundraising galas where 800 tickets were sold for $150 each, for a total earnings from ticket sales of $330,000. $157,000 was raised throughout the year via online donations. For a total of $487,000 raised.
For variable rates like payment gateways, an average 2.5% was used. All comparisons are based on lowest cost plans available. No additional options were chosen so competitor pricing options maybe higher.
At SimpleTix we just released our very own Windows Phone App! It’s called Ticket Scanner. It’s a Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 App.
While Ticket Scanner is designed for our upcoming Version 3 release this Spring, it also supports our current release so all existing sites can take advantage of this app. This app is completely free and does not require any additional subscriptions. You can also use it on unlimited devices.
In this first version of the Windows Mobile App no login is required. Simply update your settings to use your site’s domain. (e.g. http://yoursite.SimpleTix.com)
In our next release we will require login. This will un-lock some great features, like being able to search by participant’s name if the participant does not have their e-Tickets to scan.
SimpleTix offers an easy way to accept donations online. Fund raise for your event, organization, or both.
To set levels of giving and categories from your Administrative Panel, go to: Products > Donations
Manage the details and description of donations in the Content Manager. From the Administrative Panel, go to: Content > CMS > Donations
Here is where you get the opportunity to style your page and add content. When fundraising, presentation is always an important factor in getting donors to understand why they should support your cause. Here are some steps to take when creating your donations page.
Create a Donations Page
1. Describe how funds will be used – Give specific examples of what the money will be used for. And, how your donor contributions benefit your organization and project.
2. Tell your story – Add images and provide details about who you are, your organization, history and past projects.
3. Create an ask video – Engage your donors by creating a video, upload it to YouTube/Vimeo and embed it on your SimpleTix donations page. Everyone likes a good video. It doesn’t have to be super fancy, a basic video will go a long way in helping donors understand your cause.
4. Add Perks – Many crowd fundraising sites offer a perk in exchange for contributions. Although SimpleTix is not a crowd funding site, you can use these same principals to increase contributions. Add graphics that demonstrate levels of giving and perks you are offering, like event tickets. Most importantly deliver on those perks.
5. Know your legal responsibilities – If you are a non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status, you may already be aware of reporting responsibilities. If you are an individual do your research about any legal or tax consequences.
Additionally, if you are using PayPal as your payment gateway, check on their reporting requirements. After you’ve received a certain level of funds, they’ll want more information about those funds.
The SimpleTix donations page is easy to create and customizable. Create the content that you want and add as much detail as you need. Have events and fund raise without the extra cost.
To see this sample donations page go to: sarah.simpletix.com/donations/
Have questions or need help setting up your own SimpleTix site and donations page, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Event Planning & Fundraising!
SimpleTix now support the ability for you to recommend products per event/show. This can be useful for:
- Dinner and a show events – list & sell the dinner options
- Dance/concert events – list & sell bottles
- Certification courses - list & sell course material, like: handbooks and DVDs
- Music Programs – list & sell lunch options
Thermal tickets are printed for movies, theater performances, sporting events, festivals and museums. Want the same ticket-printing capabilities as a pro sports stadium or top movie chain? You can do this with SimpleTix.
You will need a Boca ticket printer. Boca style tickets are 2 inches by 5.5 inches. SimpleTix supports over 15 different layouts. Both vertical and horizontal style layouts. Boca ticket printers cost around $1,500, you can buy used ones for around $1,000.
You can order thermal paper in a variety of types and colors. We recommend:
- Ticket size: 2″ x 5.5″
- Trail edge perforation: 1″
- Right side perf (see the white arrow in this image)
Be sure not order a layout with a double perf, which would be like the lower ticket in this image.