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Revolutionary Fee-Free Donation Tool Gives More to Good Causes

donationtoolgraphicGot a big heart? You’ll love this. Ready, set, raise more money. With our fee-free online donation tool, you can maximize money for good causes, projects and organizations with no service fee taken from Brown Paper Tickets. Zero. Zilch. Nada. No contract. No deadlines. No limitations. No charge from us.

$667,047 has been raised to date by more than 1,000 community centers, non-profits and individuals using our fee-free tool for online fundraising. Donor money goes to a heart-felt cause instead of a ticketing company, donation tool or crowd-funding platform.

Prepare for Giving Tuesday. Use our tutorial.

1. Collect Donations without Selling Tickets

Add your own credit card processor. (Due to an agreement with our bank, the Brown Paper Tickets processor cannot accept charitable donations). Create an event and add donation pricing. Then promote the page and watch the goodwill grow.

-Support a friend, family member or community through a hard time
-Raise funds for indie bands, art and theater projects or to save a local venue
-Schools can use it to fund new programs, equipment or uniforms
-Find charity event ideas

$44,000 was the record raised from one single Brown Paper Tickets donation-only event page using the fee-free donation tool to buy clothes, food, blankets and other items for Brooklyn shelters after Hurricane Sandy. A current fundraising page is for Feather Note Music Project, a philanthropic program to prevent suicide in Native American youth by teaching and giving them tools to record music, stories and languages of their culture.

rusted-root-commoncare2. Collect Donations and Sell Tickets

You can also organize a charity event, fundraiser, or benefit and allow event attendees to contribute donations when they purchase tickets.

Ticket buyers will still be charged $0.99 plus 3.5% of the face value, but when you use your own processor Brown Paper Tickets will only take $0.99 + 1%, leaving you with 2.5% to help offset your processing fee. No fee is added to donation levels, only to tickets. Official 501©(3) organizations that qualify for a lower credit card processing rate with PayPal or their credit card merchant find that Brown Paper Tickets’ gift of an additional 2.5 percent of the face value of every ticket often covers 100 percent of their PayPal or credit card merchant fees.

-Host a black-tie fundraising dinner or wine tasting
-Organize golf tournaments, roller derby charity bouts and other sporting events
-Ask your favorite local band to play a benefit show
-Find fundraiser event ideas

A benefit music concert featuring band Rusted Root worked well for Heather Rangel, San Francisco Bay Area event organizer of a $100,000 fundraiser benefiting CancerCommons. Supporters bought tickets, donated funds or both in the same transaction. “I couldn’t believe that Brown Paper Tickets would do this for us for no fees; it felt like there must be a catch, but there never was one,” Rangel said.

Rangel’s fundraising event was held in tribute to a friend who lost her battle with cancer in fall 2014. CancerCommons, a nonprofit that educates patients and doctors about cutting-edge treatments and research, received all funds directly. Rangel was so pleased with her event success, she just created a new $1 million fundraising campaign.

Brown Paper Tickets offers a lower fee for ticket buyers than competing ticketing companies offer to 501©(3) nonprofits. Low ticket fees and zero donation fees is a social ROI example of our Not-Just-For-Profit business philosophy. “We are the first to offer free tools and service for anyone to forge a direct connection between donors and the causes they care about without taking a cut,” said Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets. “Fundraising is a selfless act. We honor fundraisers by putting the financial rewards of their labor directly in their hands, where it belongs.”

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L.A. Comic Richard Bain Crowdfunds to Aid Sister, Who Lost Home and Son

bainLos Angeles-based stand-up comedian Richard Bain is crowdfunding money for his sister Ashley, who lost her home and one-year-old son in a North Carolina tornado the evening of Friday, April 25. Additional information and donation links are available at

“My sister’s house was destroyed by a tornado Friday night,” Bain reported on Sunday. “The roof collapsed on her and her one year old son, Gavin. He was in a medically induced coma, but passed this morning.”

Originally from Edenton, North Carolina, Bain moved to Portland before relocating to North Hollywood in 2011. His credits include The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival and L.A.’s Riot Comedy Festival.

The scattered tornadoes hit North Carolina last Friday, destroying or 730a515a-31f0-47c1-b5fd-4429db3c9c4dheavily damaging around 200 homes and businesses. As you can see by the photograph, Bain’s sister’s home was completely destroyed.

While the money raised will never replace her infant son, it can, at least help her rebuild her home so that she can focus on her grieving. Our hearts go out to Richard, his sister and the Bain family. It’s hard to imagine what they’re going through right now.

If you can, please donate generously and help this family in need. The Fundly campaign ends on May 31st so donate now.

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Approximately 33% of all online donations made during the year are made in the month of December, according to the Network for Good. With the holidays just around the corner, consider how crowdfunding could help to make your events really count. New to crowdfunding? Read through some of the basics outlined below.

Crowdfunding Defined
Crowdfunding is a method of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. It is a form of fundraising that uses your network of friends, family and colleagues but often a wider circle than those to financially support a cause or business. In the simplest of terms, crowdfunding connects the “crowds” to individuals or organizations needing funding. With your audience as investors, crowdfunding makes ticket buyers a part of your event well before it begins.

Crowdfunding Broken Down 
A main reason why crowdfunding is so successful is because it makes donors feel like they are part of a project that inspires them. Services likeKickstarter and IndieGoGo are the most popular crowdfunding platforms, though not the only ones available. Others includeCrowdfunderRockethubCrowdrise and more. Research what best aligns with your needs and select the option that works for you. Each of these products essentially offers the same thing: an online platform that accepts donations, often with some level of reward for the investor. When a customer decides to donate to your cause, you can outline what they receive in return (for example, a limited-edition poster, t-shirt, bracelet, or VIP experience). The cooler the perk, the more likely someone will donate.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to set your base donation price low. $1 might seem small, but the key to crowdfunding is getting a large amount of people to donate small amounts of money. People may be more willing to give $1 than $100.

Crowdfunding with Events
A great way to enhance a crowdfunding campaign is to use events as part of the reward for donating. Examples of events that can help build buzz around your campaign would be a kick off party, mini-celebrations for meeting fundraising milestones, events that allow donors to be the first to sample and experience your project, and events to celebrate reaching your fundraising goal.

Crowdfunding with Video
The best way to get individuals to invest in your campaign or cause is to help them first invest emotionally, by showing them what makes it special. People engage with real individuals, aunthentic stories, and compelling visuals. A creative campaign video is the best way to communicate why your story is special. The average success rate of a campaign is about 50% with a video, dropping to 35% without (according to Envato Notes). Be unique and take the time to integrate video into your crowdfunding campaign. Crowdsourcing.Org walks you through how to make a great video for crowdfunding here.

Crowdfunding Timelines
When it comes to Crowdfunding, short campaigns are proven to work better. On average, a 20 to 30 day project has a 60% success rate. The success rate percentage begins to drop after 30 days. Shorter campaigns are also beneficial since you’ll get access to the funding quicker and you won’t need to spend months planning and tracking a campaign.

Crowdfunding with Friends
Promoting a crowdfunding campaign is basically the same as promoting an event. Build a small network of friends and family to help get the ball rolling on your campaign. Word of mouth is a powerful online marketing tool, and social media buzz is even more effective, especially when you invite your donors to tell their networks of friends. Your friends can be your best community advocates.

These are just the basics of Crowdfunding. If you’d like to talk about how to implement any of these ideas, discuss using our own fee-free donation tool, or simply need help with other event promotion ideas, give us a call at (800) 838-3006 (Option 5) or email

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