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GoFundMe campaign to buy yurt for farm

 
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I have been learning the permie way for years and want to launch some awesome local food in Southeast Missouri, but need shelter to move forward.
Would any of my permie comrades be interested in helping me out- whether by donating or sharing?

https://www.gofundme.com/ecofarmer-seeking-shelter&rcid=r01-152962551059-b963d66755174a55&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m

I thank you from the bottom of my permie 💓.
 
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I redid the campaign a bit and would love feedback. If you have been successful with a Go Fund Me or kickstarter, what was the best tip or trick that really pushed it forward?
https://www.gofundme.com/supportsustainablefarms&rcid=r01-153152012931-5de27e3cb4054e0b&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w
 
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Hi Lakota, I don't have any crowdfunding experience from the sales/developer side.  Due to my limited experience, take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

I'm more tempted by a kickstarter where I'll see:
  • Something cool that the world needs
  • Some reward that is somewhat reasonable given my donation
  • An especially worthy situation that needs some help

  • I'm sure a yurt would be very cool.  But many thousands (millions?) of people could use a yurt as well.  What makes your need more worthy than theirs?  Why should my funding go to you instead of some other worthy cause?

    Making the viewer of your GoFundMe campaign clearly see why your project is more "worthy" would probably increase your funding chances.

    That's just my guess though.  Good luck!
     
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    Mike Jay wrote:
    I'm more tempted by a kickstarter where I'll see:

  • Something cool that the world needs
  • Some reward that is somewhat reasonable given my donation
  • An especially worthy situation that needs some help

  • I'm sure a yurt would be very cool.  But many thousands (millions?) of people could use a yurt as well.  What makes your need more worthy than theirs?  Why should my funding go to you instead of some other worthy cause?

    Making the viewer of your GoFundMe campaign clearly see why your project is more "worthy" would probably increase your funding chances.

    That's just my guess though.  Good luck!



    I don't know if you've visited the campaign page, but I, too have been struggling with how to get that sense of worthiness and urgency across. This was the same advice my sister gave me, who has some experience with fundraising. I just am having trouble doing that. I'm clueless. I did just post an update with images of the bad living conditions we currently deal with. I don't know if that addresses this issue.

    Another question: I don't know if this is done, but I think printing off the info onto flyers and posting locally might have a greater effect. Is this done with Go Fund Me? There are a lot of people around here who would see those. Maybe at the local health food store, juice cafe and farmer's market.
     
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    I am in a similar situation, and agree n the issues holding back on more small organic farms not popping up due to land and housing. There is tons of fertile, ariable land in my county, but the land rent is too expensive for anyone to grow anything other than wine grapes or cannabis. As a result there is 1,000's & 1,000's of acres of unused potential farmland. What I did personally was post an ad looking for both in exchange for a share of crop or profit.

    The first person I met with has some of the finest farm land in the county I live in but there was no place to live and I'm a broke single parent. I am in a situation where I can start up a farm, but not if I have to spend anything on a dwelling, so I thought about posting another ad or looking into funding for a used yurt. Luckily the ad got a few other responses that met the requirements stated in the ad. Havnt decided on anything as of now though.

    I'll say too that based on the pricing research I did, that the $6K your trying to raise is on the low end of prices for a used yurt of adequate size for you and your daughter so your obviously not just trying to work people for cash. Maybe you could ad something about the average price of a used yurt so the reader notices that your 's is a fairly modest request. I did find one for $2K but only one and I would have had to get it here from out of state. Most were $10K or more.

    There's a lot of jaded skeptical people out there that will read something like your page and round you off, or profile you as a dead beat hippy trying to get out of good old fashion work.

    So things like the pricing might help to dispelling that. I got a response like that and pointed out that cropsharing is an eons old practice.

    Anyway, maybe try to elaborate more on your goals and ambitions and experience, and how your ready and raring to go.

    Those same people reading the question "want to help out organic farms but don't know how?"
    Will answer to themselves that "if I want to support organic farms I'll buy over priced organic produce!"

    However with that said I do know what you mean and agree that that is a good point that could be a causative factor in someone contributing.

    Maybe elaborate on that point. write about the need for change, the impact on the community, health and the environment that small farms producing food locally and organically with out importing (poluting)stuff to eat or produce what you eat has, and even the impact on the local economy etc etc and how by contributing to your cause is contributing to both the local and global causes which is where people want to help but don't know how.

    I wish I were in a position to help but am in the same position, so hopefully at least these suggestions are helpful

    best of luck!

     
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    I sent you a PM Lakota
     
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