How to create an online fundraising page in 3 steps
Cheddar Up can be used for so many different things—events, group gifts, sales, registrations—and classic fundraising (and crowdfunding) is certainly among them.
You can create an online fundraising page at zero cost to your organization in minutes. You’ll be able to share one link with your community that allows people to donate with zero friction. They’ll be able to simply click the link in your website, email or other communications, choose a donation amount and pay, without having to download an app or create an account.
Give your fundraiser a banner, name and description
After creating a Cheddar Up account, from your dashboard, click “Create a Collection”. Once in the collection builder, within the “Details” step, you can give your page a name and optional description and banner.
A description is a great place to describe your cause and how donations will make a difference. This is where you inspire your community to give! And don’t forget the banner—the perfect place to insert a logo or photo that will also spark compassion for your cause and online fundraising.
For fundraising-related pages, you definitely want to include an “any amount” type of item. This allows people to give the amount they desire when contributing to your online fundraising.
You might also consider adding some fixed amount items at different giving levels that donors can easily select. Giving levels of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, for example, are something we see often.
In addition, we strongly recommend adding a recurring item to your online fundraising page. Allowing donors to automatically give monthly or annually can be a gamechanger for ongoing and repeat giving. Go here to learn more about recurring payments. Check out this example online fundraising page, which uses all of the item types mentioned above.
Turn on important fundraising settings
Cheddar Up has built features that were designed specifically for online fundraising. Within your collection settings—the last step when building your collection page—be sure to check out:
Add a fundraising goal
This is a new feature that allows organizers to set an online fundraising goal and lets your community see the progress in reaching it. This simple visual can be a huge driver of additional donations.
Echeck payment method
You’re hoping for some LARGE donations, right? If so, make sure you turn on the secondary “echeck” payment method. This will allow the lowest of transaction fees (a flat $0.59 on the Team plan, versus a percentage), which large donors often appreciate.
Flexible fee options
Custom email receipt
Every time someone makes a payment on Cheddar Up, they automatically receive a detailed email receipt. For online fundraising efforts, many organizers love to use our “custom receipt” feature, which allows them to include an extra note of gratitude or the organizational tax ID for donors’ records.
PRO TIP: Customize your online fundraising page URL
And, you’re done!
After you’ve created your online fundraising page and shared it with your group, the payments will roll in. Learn all about how to view and track payments from your Manage view.