Creative Crowdfunding FAQs
Please contact DoodleJam to enquire about Project fees and/or if you have any further questions about Creative Community Crowdfunding.
A: A method of raising money for a project or a cause by tapping into the power of your ‘crowd’, which might be family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, social contacts, professional groups, staff, clients, etc. and – in turn – their crowd too!
A: The DoodleJam creative process has been developed and refined over the past ten years and is built on practical fundraising experience and valuable Client feedback. We use a three step process; Plan – Launch – Leverage. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
There is an initial telephone/Skype chat to answer any questions you might have and for DoodleJam to assess your project’s compatibility with our unique creative fundraising process.
A: DoodleJam was founded in 2008, and has primarily been involved with community (and corporate) events, including fundraising and team-building, since then.
A: Not at all. DoodleJam is a fun experience. As the name suggests, it is more about group communication using ‘doodles’ (drawing, sketching). No artistic talent is required; the aim to get a message across using simple, easily-recognisable signs, symbols, images, icons, etc.
A: The ideal size for a Campaign Team is somewhere between 5 and 20 members. The separate ‘Creative Launch Event’ can have much higher numbers.
A: The ideal size for the Creative Launch Event is ‘as many as possible’; the bigger the crowd the better! A guide to a minimum number would be 80 participants.
A: No, the Campaign is designed for any type of team. The Team will have access to an on-line campaign strategy document and helpful templates so that we can guide them through the fundraising campaign from start to finish.
A: No. DoodleJam Pty Ltd is privately owned and run.
A: No. DoodleJam is not required to register as a charity, as it does not raise funds ‘for itself’, but for other causes and charities.
“Any group or organisation wishing to raise funds for a cause or project via DoodleJam is solely responsible/accountable for ensuring that they meet all the legal requirements – in each State – regarding fundraising, whether or not they are a charity or Not-For-Profit organisation. DoodleJam Pty Ltd accept no liability if the relevant requirements are not met”.
A: We have a low upfront cost for our Creative Crowdfunding. We provide a Campaign Starter Kit with access to on-line project strategy documentation, helpful templates and a Launch Event pack containing all the materials required for the creative fundraising launch i.e. canvas, paints etc.
We also provide addition support services to assist you with the campaign from start to finish, educating your staff and improving campaign success. To reduce upfront costs we collect the support fees, as a percentage, on campaign completion. Our percentage will reduce the more experience your organisation has with DoodleJam Community Crowdfunding. Please Contact Us for a quote.
The only additional cost would be the use of a professional videographer for the DoodleJam Launch Event in order to create a Campaign Video.
A: The Crowdfunding Platform base percentage is 8% which includes platform administration, campaign set-up assistance and unlimited campaign telephone support. Stripe transactions fees are additional (Link to Stripe Pricing).
If it is your first DoodleJam Crowdfunding Campaign we suggest you opt for additional support service to assist with the success of your campaign and the education of your staff.
A: Crowdfunding campaigns are often oversubscribed, and this isn’t a problem! All of the funds will be donated to your designated cause, minus the DoodleJam fees, transaction costs and videographer cos.t
A: Sometimes it is difficult to find the balance between a ‘low’ target amount and a really challenging target, and occasionally the desired goal isn’t met. There are several potential remedies for this. For example, you could extend the period of the campaign and increase the marketing activity, look at other fundraising opportunities to make up any shortfall, or call upon the lead organisation to increase their co-contribution.
A: For transparency, security, accounting and administration purposes, all monies related to the ’cause’ should be channelled through the crowdfunding platform. This gives ‘live’ visibility of the overall project funding progress to your audience.
A: The status of the Campaign is shown ‘completed’ on the crowdfunding platform. DoodleJam conducts a reconciliation of the funds and pays the balance direct to the ’cause’.
A: Absolutely! There are many different approaches to this subject, so please Contact Us and we would be happy to discuss a range of options with you.
A: Pledges are an integral part of any crowdfunding campaign. People are able to simply donate funds to a given cause or charity, but offering some type of ‘reward’ in exchange for their donations proven to enhance the chances of a donation, and also increase the amount. The reward doesn’t have to equal the amount pledged; in some cases it can simply be a token gesture of appreciation. However, more meaningful rewards – with tangible value – can and do attract more substantial donations. Your organisation, a sponsor or other benefactor may be able to provide rewards which can then be offered in exchange for donations.
A: Yes, please contact DoodleJam to discuss your workshops, event, celebration or ice- breaker. Contact Us.
A: The creative community event is essential component of the DoodleJam process, and central to the success of the crowdfunding campaign, therefore, we are unable to offer a crowdfunding campaign in isolation.
A: We will advise and jointly a realistic target as part of the pre-launch planning process.
A: There any many factors, at each stage of the process, which can have an influence on the success of a campaign. We will address these factors as we guide you through the process.
A: Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, we offer a more personalised service, and our process – in particular the DoodleJam creative event – tangibly contributes to the success of the campaign. Therefore, there is a small upfront investment to cover this service.
A: It is important to engage with your donors/backers, and a compelling video speaks a thousand words.