Teacher gifts, coach gifts, holiday gifts, thank-you gifts, end-of-year gifts, shower gifts, and so on and so on — the group gift list is endless, and organizing one typically lines up with the busiest times of the year. Learn how to collect money for a group gift with minimal time and minimal effort . It won’t feel like one more thing to do because Cheddar Up practically does it for you!
How to collect for a group gift in 5 minutes (or less)
Estimated time: 15 seconds
Estimated time: 2 minutes
On your dashboard, click “Create a Collection.” Give your collection a name, image, and description
Could you skip this to shave your time? Everything except the name and folder, which are required, yes — but we don’t recommend it. The image and description not only help legitimize your collection, they also help provide details, and transparency can encourage more giving.
Don’t overthink it! The key things to include in your description are:
• What group is collecting money
• Who is receiving the gift
• What gift you are considering
• When money is due
Pro tip: Our data shows that groups that include the term “suggested amount” in their descriptions (followed, of course, with a specified dollar amount) receive an average of $56.90 per giver!
As for banner images, we’re here to help with that too! Grab one of these free downloads — or check out our tips for making your own.
Using a phone? Tap and hold on the banner image and select “download”. On a computer? Right click on your mouse, and select “save image as…”.
Estimated time: 1 minute
Add an item (or two)
Name your item “Gift for [recipient’s name]”. (We recommend that even if you’re collecting for only one person — it adds more clarity.) Choose “Any Amount” so payers can decide what amount works for them.
Pro tip: We’ve found that open donations on Cheddar Up have raised 45% more than fixed donations!
Estimated time: 1 minute, 45 seconds
Share your Cheddar Up collection page with your group!
You can create a custom URL, website button, QR code, or email right there on your collection dashboard. Copy the link and pass along to your people. If you’d like some writing pointers, give this template a try. Simply replace the bolded words with your own:
I’m collecting money to buy Mr. Clark a holiday gift from the entire class. I’d love to give him at least $200 in gift cards, which comes out to about $10 per student, but any amount is appreciated! To make a contribution, simply click the link below by December 1. We will present the gift at the classroom holiday party.
(Insert collection link)
Bonus: If you email directly from the Cheddar Up message center, we’ll automatically tack on a link to view the collection. (This is currently a BETA feature.)
The occasional momentary glance
Sit back and watch the donations and notifications roll in.
We’ll track everything for you, so you can see, at a quick glance, your total and how many people have paid. When you’re ready to purchase the gift, click “Withdraw” on the “Manage” tab to transfer funds into the bank account of choice. You can withdraw as many times as you’d like, for free.
In short, before you go
It takes 5 minutes to set up a Cheddar Up group gift collection and rally the team, class, or group — simply create an account, edit your custom web page, and share! it takes even less time (and requires no account) to give. Plus, Cheddar Up automatically categorizes and counts what you receive. You can see, at a glance, how much you’ve raised without manually tallying a thing!
Now it’s your turn to follow these five easy steps. Pick your gift, plan your collection, and pass it on.