• Welcome to the DREAM BIG Fundraising Campaign
    Step by Step Instructions for setting up a Facebook Fundraiser

    Campaign information for school parents

    Click the icon to the right to download a sign up form and info sheet

    How to create a fundraiser from your desktop computer

    Click the icon to the right to download a how-to document

    Facebook Link to Get Started

    Click the icon to the right to be directed to the Facebook Fundraising Page
    What you need to know about raising funds for HCCS on Facebook
    How do I start my own Facebook fundraiser for HCCS?

    You must have a Facebook account in order to create a fundraiser for HCCS on Facebook.
    There are many ways to establish a fundraiser for HCCS on Facebook. The easiest way to get started is to visit https://www.facebook.com/fund/HCCSofDefiance/

    To start a fundraiser using the Facebook App on a mobile device follow these steps:

    1. On the Facebook app, tap the image with three lines.
    2. Scroll down and tap Fundraisers (if you don’t see Fundraisers, tap “show more”).
    3. Tap Raise Money.
    4. Select Nonprofit/Charity.
    5. Search for a charitable organization and fill in details for your fundraiser.
    6. Tap Create.

    To invite people to donate to a fundraiser:
    1. From the fundraiser, click Invite.
    2. Click Invite next to the friends you want to invite to contribute to the fundraiser.

    Tips for fundraising success

    1. Personalize your fundraiser with a photo of the child(ren) attending HCCS that you are raising money in honor of.

    2. Give your fundraiser a name that honors the students you are raising the money in honor of. For example: “Michael and Katie Black’s fundraiser for Holy Cross Catholic School”

    3. Set a goal. Student families raising funds for HCCS receive awards for being a part of the Dream Big fundraiser. These rewards begin when a family has raised $100 on Facebook so we suggest a $100 minimum. You can always edit your goal.

    4. Set an end date for your fundraiser. For student families raising money for the school Dream Big fundraiser, the cut-off for earning prizes is December 31st, 2019.

    5. Invite as many people as you feel comfortable asking to be a part of the Dream Big fundraiser. The more you invite, the more donations you will receive. Facebook recommends inviting 100 people.

    6. Thank your donors with Facebook posts.

    7. Make a post on your fundraising progress and share the fundraiser on your timeline weekly.

    Fundraiser Prizes for HCCS Families

    – The first 35 students to have a Facebook Fundraiser established in their honor will receive a Fingerling toy!

    – One student name will be drawn on Tuesday Nov. 19, 25 & Dec. 2. If that student is participating in the fundraiser, they will win a $25 gift certificate to the upcoming book fair.

    – Students that have an HCCS Facebook Fundraiser in their honor raise $100 by the end of December 2019 will receive a free HCCS t-shirt that they can wear every Tuesday through the end of January 2020.

    – Students that have an HCCS Facebook Fundraiser in their honor raise $200 will by the end of December 2019 will receive one full week (excluding Wednesday) of non-uniform in the month of January.

    – If the entire school raises $25,000 by the end of December, there will be a special day off school to celebrate reaching the $25,000 goal!.

    How do I invite people to donate to a fundraiser on Facebook?

    To invite people to donate to a fundraiser:

    1. From the fundraiser on your account, click Invite.
    2. Click Invite next to the friends you want to invite to contribute to the fundraiser.

    Will my donation on Facebook be seen by my friends?

    Your donation to a charitable organization on Facebook will only be seen by your friends if you choose to share it. Keep in mind that the amount of your donation won’t be shared.
    When you donate to a fundraiser, the charitable organization and creator of the fundraiser will be able to see your donation even if you don’t share it.

    Is giving/raising money on Facebook safe?

    Facebook works with Network for Good to allow Facebook users to fundraise for over 1 million nonprofits. Contributions to nonprofits that have not signed up directly for Facebook’s fundraising tools are made through Network for Good’s donor-advised fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. You can learn more about Network for Good at networkforgood.org. For nonprofits that have signed up directly with Facebook’s fundraising tools (like Holy Cross Catholic School), Facebook uses many factors to evaluate the organization, including but not limited to the following:

    -US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the IRS
    -Has a bank account registered with a licensed financial services institution
    -Has accepted Facebook’s terms of service
    -Has a Facebook page that complies with Facebook’s community standards posted at facebook.com/communitystandards

    These factors are reviewed on an ongoing basis. If a nonprofit is found to be in poor standing against one or more of these requirements, Facebook may choose to disable the tools. Moreover, Facebook has a proactive review process designed to identify and remove potentially fraudulent fundraisers. Fundraisers must comply with both their fundraising policy terms and category policies. Any fundraiser that is reported to Facebook will be investigated by their charitable giving team.

    Facebook Payments Inc. is licensed as a money service business in the U.S. jurisdiction of Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Financial Institutions. For more information om Facebook Payments visit https://www.facebook.com/payments_terms/licenses.

    Facebook takes appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access and unauthorized changes, sharing, or destruction of your Personal Information. These security measures include internal reviews of their data collection, storage and processing practices, and security measures, as well as physical and technical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where they store personal data. Facebook Payments uses industry-leading encryption standards for your Personal Information. For example, your credit card number will always be stored in an encrypted form. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/payments_terms/privacy and https://www.facebook.com/payer_protection/.

    How do I know an HCCS fundraiser is legitimate?

    Parents and other supporters of the school have created fundraisers for HCCS through their Facebook page. Facebook also encourages its’ members to raise funds for a charity on their birthday.

    If you receive an invitation to donate to a fundraiser for HCCS on Facebook:
    – make sure it is from someone you know
    – the invitation will indicate that the invitee is supporting Holy Cross Catholic School of Defiance. Charities under any other name are NOT for HCCS.
    – once a fundraiser has raised $50, the fundraiser will appear on Holy Cross Catholic School’s Facebook page, @HCCSofDefiance. All fundraisers listed on HCCS’ Facebook page are monitored by HCCS staff.
    – when you make a gift online through a Facebook Fundraiser, you will receive a confirmation email from Facebook Payments. If you do not receive this confirmation, you should follow up immediately with HCCS.

    I have heard there have been fundraising scams on Facebook.

    In November of 2019 there were reports of scams on Facebook encouraging users to apply for Grants. This was not related to Facebook’s fundraising platform.
    You can find information about this recent scam at https://www.bbb.org/article/scams/2012-bbb-scam-alert-imposters-using-facebook-for-grant-scams.

    Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau you should always keep in mind on Facebook:
    – Be careful with friend requests from strangers. Try to keep your social networking friends to people you know outside of the social media platform. If it appears the request is from a business contact or friend of a friend, send a message after accepting to test the legitimacy. If he or she doesn’t seem real or connected to your life, un-friend the person.
    – Don’t assume an offer in a message from a Facebook friend is legitimate. Call or talk to them in person to verify if they contacted you.
    – Remember, government agencies do not communicate through social media avenues like Facebook. So, be wary of unsolicited messages.
    – Don’t pay for a “free” grant. It’s not free, if you have to pay to claim it. And, do not send money via wire or prepaid gift cards.
    – Educate yourself on the terms of a grant. To receive a grant, you must first apply for it and go through an extensive process.
    – In the US, visit www.grants.gov for a list of nearly all grants available to the public. In Canada, visit the Grants and Funding page on Canada.ca.

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