General funds are useful if you want to let donors support your efforts without necessarily having to choose a specific event member’s fundraiser for which to donate. For example, if your organization is hosting a bike race, but some of your regular supporters may want to support the organization and its event, but might not know any of the individual fundraisers on the leaderboard. Giving them the option to donate to the General Fund includes them in the bike race.
Adding a General Fund to Your Event Page
To add a general fund to your event, go to your event page by following these steps:
- Login at ColoradoGives.org/login and
- Hover over your name in the top right-hand corner.
- Click on “Fundraising" and go to "My Campaigns" tab on your user account.
- Then, scroll down to the event page you are interested in.
Once you’re on your event page, simply click “Settings” on the left-hand sidebar of your event’s page and select the "General Fund" tab. By default, your event’s General Fund is automatically turned off. Just toggle the switch to “On”:
General Fund for ‘One Cause’ Events
If your event is fundraising for one certified charity on ColoradoGives.org, General Fund donations will automatically be directed to that organization. Once you turn the toggle to “On,” you’re set!
General Fund for ‘Multi-Cause’ Events
If your event is fundraising for multiple causes, you’ll need to designate one charitable organization to receive funds from your General Fund.
When you visit “Settings” on the left-hand sidebar and turn your General Fund tab to “On,” you’ll be prompted to select an Organization to receive your funds (Please note, only registered 501c3 charitable organizations can receive funds from a General Fund):
Then, choose to customize the donation levels (or leave them as they are!) and you’re set to go!
Donating to a General Fund
When donors visit your event page, they can now donate directly on the event page. By clicking “Donate now” they’ll be given a search to choose from any fundraiser on the leaderboard or to the General Fund.
To donate to the General Fund, the donor can just select “ Donate to the event General Fund” as their designation:
Then, just continue through the donation process as you would with any other fundraiser on How to Join an Event on ColoradoGives.org.
Note: Donations to the General Fund are added to your event’s total on the display counter, but are not added to any individual fundraiser’s total on the leaderboard.
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