What is Raise It?

Raise It is a fundraising platform that helps connect local people and organizations with local businesses to harness the power of social media and raise money for worthy causes.

How does this work?

Once a person or nonprofit sets up an account with the site, they can create a fundraising campaign and choose a from a variety of registered businesses in their area that offer incentives to donators (such as exclusive discounts or free items). The business can either accept, decline, or change the dates of the campaign depending on their availability. Once a campaign request is accepted by the business, the donation page goes live, and the person or nonprofit can start raising money right away. Anyone who donates during the campaign will immediately receive an email with a voucher for the exclusive incentive offered by the business.

How do I set up an account?

In the upper right corner of the sight, click on the "Log In" button; enter a few personal details, like your name and email, and in a few clicks, you'll be registered. It's that easy!

Are your services free?

It's free to set up an account on the site, and there are no out-of-pocket fees for either the business or the fundraiser. However, Raise It reserves 10% of the donations from each campaign to pay for things like credit card service fees and site maintenance. The remaining funds are deposited directly into your WePay account without our having access to those funds.

How do I create an event?

After you've set up a free account with Raise It, log in to the site. It will take you to your profile page, and from there you click the button "Create Fundraiser Campaign." A series of prompts will guide you through the process, which takes about 10 to 20 minutes, including the time it takes to set up your WePay account to receive payments.

How do I find a local business partner?

When you are creating a fundraising campaign, you will be asked to supply your zip code. When you do, a list of local businesses will appear, and you can choose from the list. More businesses in your community are signing up daily to help your effort!

How quickly can I get a campaign set up and running?

A campaign could go live the same day it is created if the business and fundraiser recipient respond quickly to requests.

Can I edit a campaign after I create it?

Yes; you can edit the content describing the fundraiser and your fundraising goal, but you are not able to change business partners or dates.

Can I have multiple business partners for a campaign?

It's more effective and less confusing to have a single business partner per campaign. However, you may run multiple campaigns with different business partners, though we suggest running those at different times so they don't overlap and cause confusion—and to honor the business helping you succeed.

How long does a campaign run?

There is no time limit to running the campaign. However, there will be a date range/limit for the voucher offered by the business based on how long your campaign runs. We suggest 2 to 4 weeks as an average length for a campaign.

How many campaigns can I run?

You can run as many campaigns as you'd like, though we suggest doing them at different times to avoid confusion—especially if they are for the same cause or organization.

Can I run separate campaigns for different causes or organizations?

Yes; since each campaign must be created individually—and since you have to specify the individual, cause, or organization for whom you are raising money—you may run separate campaigns for a variety of causes or organizations.

Can I use a business partner that's not listed on your website?

If you have a business partner in mind that is not registered with the site, you can encourage them to create a free account and profile with us. When they are registered, you can choose them to run a campaign with. If they choose not to register with us, we are not able to facilitate the campaign.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount of money I need to raise?

There is no minimum or maximum you need to raise. The goal is completely at your discretion. If you don't have a specific amount you need to raise, we suggest choosing a goal that is both motivational and attainable.

Do I have to be a nonprofit to run a fundraiser with you?

No; we encourage individuals to run campaigns for any needs they might have or on behalf of any causes they want to support. For instance, you may need to raise money for overwhelming medical expenses not covered by health insurance. Or maybe you are passionate about rescuing animals and want to raise money on behalf of a local rescue organization. Both of these are great reasons to run a campaign with Raise It!

How are donations collected?

All donations are made and processed through WePay, a trusted, certified, and secured third-party payment processing platform used by many fundraising sites. Before your campaign begins, you will need to set up a free WePay account to collect the donations. They will keep track of the accounting details for your campaign.

How do I set up a WePay account?

When you create a campaign for the first time with us, there will be a prompt for you to set up a WePay account. You will receive an email with a link to do so. Click the link and follow the prompts; it is a very simple process that takes about 10-20 minutes. It is very important that you set up your WePay account through the link in the email as it will automatically connect your WePay account to the campaign you are running on our raiseitfast.com website.

How do I become a Business Partner?

In the upper right corner of the sight, click on the "Log In" button to create a free account. Then, on your account profile page, click the "Create Business Listing" button. Enter a few details about your business—like your name, address, and logo—and in a few clicks, your business will be registered. It's that easy!

Do I get any say in who I partner with or how long a certain event will last?

Yes; when you get a request to be a partner for a potential campaign, you may accept it or decline it. If you accept it, you then specify the benefit you're willing to give donors, whether you offer something for free or just a discount. You are also able to dictate the dates for the voucher/incentive you offer, but you cannot change the dates of the fundraising campaign.

Can I register more than one business or location?

Yes; once you've created an account, you can add multiple businesses or locations via the "My Businesses" button on your account profile page.

Do I have to give something away for free?

You do not have to give something away for free; you can simply offer a straight-up discount. However, we've found that the most successful campaigns—and the biggest business traffic booms—comes when your incentive is a free item, no strings attached. It motivates the person making the donation to donate and get their foot in your door.

What are the benefits of being a Business Partner?

When you become a Raise It Business Partner who runs fundraising events through us, you will see increased foot traffic and customer loyalty, a boost to your bottom line, and free publicity for your business by creating a positive experience for your community. In addition, you don't need to worry about coordinating or managing the details of any fundraising event you choose to run. And you don't need to worry about getting money to any organization or doing any of the other behind-the-scenes details. We take care of all of that.

Do I have to report anything or fill out any paperwork for tax purposes?

No; since you are not giving money away and strictly offering an incentive, whether a discount or a free item, you do not need to fill out any additional tax paperwork. However, if you are an organization approved as a 501(c)(3), you can offer tax deductible receipts for the donations in line with your current practices.

How do I donate?

Click the "Donate Now" button on the campaign page you wish to donate to. Follow the prompts to enter the amount you want to donate, along with your name and payment information. When you're done, click the "Donate" button to submit your donation.

Do I have to have an account with Raise It to donate?

No; you can donate without creating an account with us.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

If you are donating to a 501 (C)3 organization or a qualified church or religious organization, your donation can qualify as tax-deductible. If the organization or individual does not have a tax-exempt status, your donation would not be tax-deductible.

How do I get my voucher?

When you enter your payment information, you will be asked to enter your email address. After your donation is submitted and approved, you will immediately receive an email with your incentive voucher.