As a charity that's all about changing the world through storytelling, asking our supporters to set up a fundraising page for us is a great chance to spread that world-changing power around.

The crucial part of successful crowdfunding is a great story. And our podcast series makes it pretty clear - dyslexics tells great stories.

What we're not great at though, is writing those stories down. Thankfully, the popular crowdfunding sites pretty much all let you tell your story with video and sound. Get creative, share your story, raise some money.

Choosing a crowdfunding site

There are dozens of crowdfunding sites to choose from, but how do you figure out which one's right for you?

Here's some things to look for:

  • simple set up - have a go at setting up a sample one and see what you think to make sure it's right for you
  • a great mobile app - download this and test it out first
  • 24/7 customer support - because when you get stuck, it's going to matter!
  • a blog with lots of great tips - do some more research. A dealbreaker for you might be, does it offer audio of the text?

Come up with a brilliant title

We recommend lots of testing it out and workshopping it with your friends. Think about how it works written down as well as spoken - people are going to quickly read or hear your fundraiser title, make it shine.

Tell your story

It's normal to want to get going and get your fundraiser started. But, getting your story right can take time. Again, this is one to call on help from friends and family to really make it work. Keep it short and compelling.

Every crowdfunding platform is going to ask you to write a fundraiser description. This should be about 400 words and answer a few basic questions:

  • Who is getting the donations? Be as honest and thorough as you can. Explain why the Dear Dyslexic Foundation deserves people's support. If you're passionate about what Dear Dyslexic has made possible for you, make that part of your story.
  • What is the problem that means fundraising has to happen? Is there a big project or expansion that's needed?
  • What's the deadline? Tell people when you need the money by as part of your story about the problem.
  • Why does the Dear Dyslexic Foundation need help? Tell your donors what their why is - you can talk about what Dear Dyslexic has done for you and how many more people like you need support.
  • What's the target? Help your donors to understand what impact what they can give will make to your goal for fundraising.

More than words

As a dyslexic, you know how important sound and images are when you need to understand. Help people to support you by telling a story that's rich in sound and imagery.

Be realistic with your goal

It's a good idea to start with a smaller goal - you can increase it whenever you like if your campaign takes off.

Starting big can frighten people away and make them think it's unrealistic so they shouldn't bother.

Start with the people closest to you

If you've been workshopping your plan with friends and family, they know what you're up to. They're also the best people to approach first for support and get a few runs on the board.

Once you've had some success, then it's time to try to spread your goal more widely and share it on social media.

Be grateful

Everyone that takes the time to share what they can with you is important. That makes it important to thank them personally, when you can.

If you have time, write individual emails to your supporters and let them know how much their support means.