- Funded Justice harnesses the power of crowdfunding and social media to help raise funds for legal issues.
- Crowdfunding is a way of getting financial support for a project by raising small amounts of money from large numbers of people. Funded Justice provides an easy way to create an online fundraising campaign so you can reach out to people anywhere and everywhere, who believe in what you’re trying to accomplish in regards to your legal issue. When other types of funding are not available (credit cards, legal aid organizations, pro-bono attorneys, etc.), crowdfunding is a great option.You may be able to raise hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars for your legal cause. But success isn’t guaranteed. Effective crowdfunding requires a great deal of effort and enthusiasm. Funded Justice will show you how to use your effort and enthusiasm to build and run a great campaign so you’ll have the best chance to raise money for your cause. See the “Project Tips and Tutorials” section of this website for important information and suggestions.
- The ideal Funded Justice crowdfunder is someone who is outgoing, has a large network of contacts, and is willing to work hard. If you have a Facebook account, use Twitter or simply email, you can have a successful campaign. It depends on you, and how much time and effort you are willing to put into your campaign.
- Justice matters. If you have the courage to ask for support in pursuing a legal cause that you think is meaningful and just, there will be plenty of people (especially family, friends, and friends of friends) who will step up to provide that support. There may also be community organizations that would be willing to help. When you tell a heartfelt story about why you need the money and the legal help, and how it will allow you to make a significant change in your life, the people you reach out to will not only want to support you, but they will also share your cause. And people feel great when they do good things for others.
- It doesn’t cost anything to build a campaign page or run a fundraising campaign on Funded Justice. Funds are transferred to you as soon as possible and you do NOT have to wait for the campaign to end.The fee for all campaigns is a flat 9% plus any credit card processing charges, currently our credit card payment processor are WePay and PayPal and they charge 2.9% + .30 per transaction.If you are a Not For Profit or if you expect your campaign to raise more than $25,000 please contact us directly for a pricing schedule. Each organization is different but the fees are generally lower than for individual campaigns.
- When you create your campaign, one of the steps is for you to create an account at WePay.com. We primarily use WePay to send money electronically to your banking account, but we can also use PayPal if for some reason you can not set up a WePay account. The money is sent electronically to you as soon as we can process the credit card payments. You can read more about WePay here.
- Anyone, 18 years of age or older, with a need to raise funds for a legal or social justice issue, can create a campaign page and run a fundraising campaign. Funded Justice does reserve the right to deny certain campaigns, and we do this on a case-by-case basis.
Starting a Campaign
- Submit your campaign information using the “Start Now” button. Simply fill in the data fields following the instructions on-screen.
- Funded Justice reviews every campaign before approval. We will check to see that your campaign has all of the key pieces to a successful legal fundraising campaign: a video (where appropriate), a clearly written campaign story/description, a supportive network, and a realistic funding goal. If everything is in order, we’ll give you the green light to start fundraising. If not, we’ll work with you to help you strengthen your campaign until it looks ready to shine.
- Once Funded Justice has approved your campaign, you will receive an email stating that it is ready for launch. You can click the launch button from your campaign page as soon as you are ready to go live. We want you to hit the ground running on the first day and make a great first impression with your supporters. Be sure to line up some early supporters to donate on Day 1. This step is critical to the success of your campaign. Campaigns that start with some funding immediately have a much higher chance of reaching their goals. YOU should make the first donation and ask family and friends to donate early.
- Use sharing tools, which you can find on the campaign page. Share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter or by email. Go to the “Project Tips and Tutorials” section of this website for specific suggestions. These sharing tools are, of course, just to get you started. Let your imagination run wild. Spread the word to potential supporters on your blog or your personal website. Try traditional methods like newspapers and community events. Talk to local organizations, legal aid foundations, local government officials…everyone you know. The bigger your reach, the better chance you have to succeed.
- We care about the success of your fundraising campaign and legal project. We review campaign pages carefully and provide guidance before and during fundraising campaigns. See the “Marketing Toolkit” section of this website. We also promote campaigns on our homepage, through social media, and through other venues when appropriate and available. We want your campaign to have the best outcome possible. There are no guarantees that you’ll reach your funding goal, but we want to give you the best chance of success.It is important to realize that the most important factor in any campaign’s success is you. Are you committed to get the word out, use your social media contacts, and use the resources here at Funded Justice?
Contributing to a Campaign
- It’s easy to contribute. Here’s how:1. Click the blue“Contribute” button. You will be directed to a page where you can enter the dollar amount of your contribution. Complete the process by securely providing payment information using a credit card, debit card or bank account. Once your donation is recorded, you will receive an email confirmation.2. Send in payment by mail using the following address:Funded Justice140 S. Dearborn7th FloorChicago, IL. 60603Please include the campaign owners name and the campaign’s name.There is a $5 processing fee for all checks.
- We use WePay and PayPal to power the transactions on our site. WePay is one of the biggest payment processors on the internet, and accepts all credit cards. Simply enter your card information and WePay will process the donation.
- Share the link to any campaign with your friends and family on Facebook/Twitter, etc. or by email. An endorsement from you on social media can really boost a campaign that you support. Tell people why you are sharing a campaign and let them know that you have made a donation. Encourage them to do the same. This kind of message can really magnify your impact.
- Absolutely. We use WePay as our payment processor, which means your account information is never shared with Funded Justice. WePay uses the highest-level security measures in the industry to ensure that all payment information is encrypted and safe. Visit WePay’s security page to learn more about how they keep your money safe.
- Yes!Currently all campaigns on the Funded Justice website use WePay as the credit card processor and we are able to accept payments worldwide.