Monday, 30 March 2015

Is Typing Required for Crowd Fundraising?

While we are busily doing research to quantify our plan for our next crowd fundraiser, we had a question to yesterday's blog post. Someone asked whether this process requires typing. Well there are various steps to preparing for a successful crowd fundraiser. Certainly one needs computer skills in order to browse the internet and find the information you require in order to prepare for your crowd fundraiser successfully.

However, the information that you gather can be recorded in a note book, hand written or you can begin a word document or even an excel spreadsheet. It depends on how organized and detailed you wish to me and how skilled you are in use of a computer.

When you reach the stage of preparing your crowd fundraiser pitch you will require either a short video or good photograph and text to tell your story. The text part usually requires typing. If you are able to type, you can prepare this document yourself. If you have difficulty typing or are slow at typing you may wish to ask a friend or relative to type it for you. If you have limited vision or mobility, there are software programs such as dragon dictate that will assist you by your dictating the information to the computer to then type the text. If none of those options work and you require someone to type the information for you, you can hire a freelancer to type your information and edit it ready to be uploaded as a professional looking Crowd Fundraiser campaign.

If you are in need of typing, you are welcome to be in touch to have Chessed Ve'Emet type your information for you. If you require a quality photograph to use in combination with your Crowd Fundraiser campaign, we offer professional photography service too.

I hope this answers the question as to whether typing is required and provides a little more insight into the process too.

Have a blessed day

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Crowd Fundraiser Challenge Begins

We are preparing for another crowd fundraiser and doing a bit of research in order to be more effective next time around. On the first article that I read, it states that an organization that was successful, spent 200 hours preparing their campaign before they went live. That is quite a lot of preparation. Are you up for the challenge?

We have an idea to attempt to do research, planning and any other work that comes along with an aim to reach 200 hours before we go live. Thus far we have reached our first hour.

The first tip we have learned is related to planning. As with anything in life, you need to prepare well. Are you doing a crowd fundraiser or interested in the work we are doing at Chessed Ve'Emet in developing a Torah - Healing Centre? Either way, step number one is to begin by deciding what it is that you wish to do a crowd fundraiser about. Write down all the information you have including your financial goal. 

We have a bit of research to complete our own plan. We aim to keep you our readers posted as we progress.

Join us on the journey. Let us learn together and put this 200 hour preparation to the test. We need to find a good counter, in the meantime, we have another 199 hours to go.

Anyone ready for the journey?

If you enjoy the projects and developments of Chessed Ve'Emet, sign up for our newsletter on our website and we can let you know some info that we might not post in the blog but keep for our followers.

Join us for the next post and the next hour or two of preparation. 

This blog post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Latest NEWS at Chessed Ve'Emet!

As Pesach cleaning is in the air, we have new developments at Chessed Ve'Emet.

Have you noticed our logo? Do take a look. We are very grateful for the creativity of the design and would love to hear from you.

In the meantime we have another development. Yes, the proof copy of our new book has arrived!! We're moving along and looking forward to sharing the latest development and progress. If you would like to receive up to date information of the development of this and further books, when it will be available for sale, information for book readings and more, do hurry along to our website and sign up for our newsletter. 

While you are looking at the front page of our website, you'll find a photo of the book. We still have a little work to do before it is ready for purchase, but we'd love to hear your comments. Do you like the cover? Are you interested in the book?

There is much in store and we are excited to share the news as it happens.

To view our previous post in this topic, please click here

Have a blessed day and thank you for your interest.

Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Thoughts about Crowd Fundraising

More and more we see another crowd fundraiser being shared. More and more people are turning to this tool to come up with funding to begin working towards achieving their goals. 

Following on from a few posts thus far, in this post we share what we have gained from the crowd fundraisers that we have carried out thus far.

Choosing a Crowd Fundraising Forum to work with:

The biggest draw card for me in using a certain crowd fundraising website over others has been their prompt, friendly, polite service. Always addressing one by name, always ending off an email with their name and a sentence to say they are happy to help if the need arises. This great support service is found in 

Not all the crowd fundraising websites offer such great support. For me, the attitude of the support team is a definite draw card.

Ideas and benefits:

Although we have not mastered reaching our financial goal, we have received some great ideas and excellent benefits. From one of the crowd fundraisers to begin our Torah lending library, we received a number of excellent Seforim donated towards this cause. Some of the Seforim to come in were even in brand new condition.

We are very grateful to these donors. 

Another incredible benefit has been the design of our logo by a friend on our FaceBook. Thank you so much to Miriam Gerlitz for a stunning logo design. For anyone interested, our logo can be seen on our main website

Lessons Learned:

One of the greatest lessons we have learned is that a successful crowd fundraiser requires developing the right crowd first. We are busily learning how to put the right crowd together for our next campaign. If you have gained any tips that you are willing to share, please comment on the comments section below.

Thank you for your interest in our Crowd Fundraising experience.

With this amazing opportunity, may we all master setting achievable goals and coming up with the necessary funding to achieve them.

Have a blessed week

Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Teaching Children to Care for Animals

Hillel, the great sage, taught, "All that is hateful unto you, do not do unto others" (Gemara Shabbat 31a). This teaching certainly applies to people, but Torah teaches the importance of showing kindness to animals too. 

Torah teaches another important concept and that is that everything that happens, happens for a reason. So it is that when we began to observe many situations in which children (and sometimes adults) are displaying disrespectful or unkind behaviour to animals in the area, we put our minds to what we could do about it.

Involved in Torah outreach, Chessed Ve'Emet thought of whether we could begin some workshop or other forum to educate the children as to the Torah's teaching that causing harm to an animal or to nature is forbidden. We began by posing a question in a few social networking groups in order to feel out the response of others.

While some parents got upset, saying one cannot try to educate children that are not your own, a fellow occupational therapist had another insight. Children mostly interact in nature according to what they are taught or what they observe. If there is cruelty to animals taking place then this is a sign of an underlying problem. 

Can children mistakenly chase or scare an animal? Yes! There is a powerful story about a certain rabbi who punished his child for scaring chickens. He very strongly insisted that causing harm or pain to animals is forbidden and he did not wish to see such behaviour from his child.

On the lookout for the appropriate intervention, a friend began to take interest in some photographs we had taken of nature. Through some discussion we decided to write a book or perhaps a series of books that will show children how special nature and animals are. We have already completed our first book and are awaiting the proof copy to arrive. 

We are receiving favorable comments from the Beta Readers who have reviewed the manuscript so far. We have decided to alter the cover design which is why the cover is not shown in this post. 

In the meantime, we are busily preparing for appropriate promotion. We would like this book and the books that follow to reach as many children as possible so that they too, can learn the importance of showing kindness to others and to animals in particular.

We invite you to take part in this important project. We offer you the following ways that you can take part:
  1. You can make a contribution to assist with costs of promoting the books. Contributors can be listed in a list of sponsors in the book. The quantity of space to be given to a sponsor will depend on the size of the donation. 
  2. If you are interested in a book of this nature for your child or school, please send us your email address and we will let you know as soon as the book is available for purchase.
  3. If you work in a library, school library or bookstore in Israel, preferably in or near Jerusalem, please be in touch to schedule a book reading or book signing.
  4. If you have a blog that is related to pets, kindness to animals or educating children and are prepared to host a guest post about our book, with a link as to where to purchase it, please be in touch. We are seeking appropriate blogs to set up a virtual book tour.
  5. We are considering doing a more structured crowd fundraiser for this. If you are prepared to share the link or willing to receive an email with information of our campaign, please let us know.
We look forward to updating you on the latest developments of this and further books to be published by Chessed Ve'Emet

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Crowd Fundraising 4

Yesterday, I posted about our experience with, today we move on. We did not try crowd fundraising for quite a while after our disappointment with that fundraiser, but then we began to notice many websites going up for crowd fundraising. We needed to expand and develop the work we are doing and this co-incided with moving. So we decided to give it another try. This time we tried GoFundMe.

We put some thought to what we wanted to raise funds for and how it could help us progress. We selected an image we thought would be suitable, wrote up some information, together with a wish list and began sharing it. Not much time went by than we had a response to alter our crowd fundraiser to concentrate on our Gemach that assists orphans at the time they marry. Thinking perhaps those who sent in the comments had good intention and knew something about crowd fundraising we altered the campaign.

Then it was altered again and again and finally we switched it to raise money for moving. We timed this too with doing a moving sale.

The big lesson we learned out of that campaign was, sit down and decide what YOUR goal is and stick to YOUR goal. Do your research as to an effective image and stick to that. If there is need to improve grammar or something minor, review it but do not totally alter your campaign. It becomes too confusing for those seeing the campaign and can ruin your chances of receiving donations. Remember, there will always be Nay Sayers, so just close your ears to them and focus on your campaign. 

For us, we received enough to register with certain rental companies and do some apartment hunting, but we did not meet our goal of obtaining the shelves we needed to organize our expanding stock more effectively. We did not come up with the funds needed to move and it did not assist our Gemach in anyway.

One detail that did change was we had bags and bags of second hand clothing and sat down and re-thought the goals for our Gemach and store. Being a dumping ground for clothes no longer wearable was not our goal. We tried to prepare bags for the recycle guys and received only ₪100 for over 20 bags of clothing, shoes and more. No, that was not cost effective or time efficient.

I went visiting another few Gemaching and discovered there were enough clothing Gemachs in our area. So we prepared to sell items on a neighboring Yeshuv (village / settlement).

Stay tuned for what happened with the sale on the Yeshuv and the next development in our process to learn about crowd fundraising. 

I hope you have found some information of benefit.

Have you tried crowd fundraising? Please let us know your experiences, we'd love to hear and to learn from you too.

This post has been prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Crowd Fundraising - 3

What do you think of the image above? Isn't it the perfect image to depict uniting and strengthening the world through kindness?

Following on from our previous posts on our experience with crowd fundraising. Here we bring a little of our experience using Fundable. Aside from using Kick Starter, was one of the first websites we tried for crowd fundraising. We did not yet know the term and had never tried such an endeavor.

At the time my goal was to be able to pay off my debts that had piled up from years of having a chronic illness coupled with hitting the affirmative action and struggles with Aliyah. I carefully calculated the amount required, wrote an honest blurb about my situation and posted a crowd fundraiser. I shared the link, nothing happened. I found a badge / widget to put onto my FaceBook and shared the link. I probably wrote a blog post but that part sadly I do not remember. Not much was happening and on one has to meet the goal or forfit all the pledges. So I lowered the target and posted again. I think a donation came in at this point.

I kept lowering the target and re-posting. How I wish I could have just earned enough to pay off the debt myself. Finally the D-Day came. We managed to reach our much lowered target and received a little towards paying off the debt. 

It got us started in doing crowd fundraisers but it was not so fun to lower the target.

What could we have done to reach more potential donors or to reach our goal? At the time we did not know and in the time since then we have not really mastered the art of crowd fundraising. One important fact we learned is one needs a larger network than we have in order to receive the donations required.

We did learned too that people do care and people do give and just when I thought I had paid off all my debt over time, sadly another relapse resulted in another debt.

The debts and the setbacks are not all that this is about, so stay tuned for other crowd fundraising experiences. 

Have you had a positive crowd fundraising experience? Have you been successful in reaching your goal?

Please post your comment at the end of this post. We'd love to hear your crowd fundraising experience. If you have tips to help us be more successful with future campaigns, we'd love to hear that too.

Thank you for reading and thank you to all who have participated in one or other of our campaigns.

Shoshanah Shear


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