set up a facebook fundraiser and support children with IBD

Create a Facebook fundraiser today and support children with inflammatory bowel disease. Your fundraiser can increase awareness of the impact of diseases like Crohn's and colitis on children, young people and their families, and help achieve our vision of a childhood unlimited by IBD.

Facebook makes raising funds easy, exciting and secure. With no charges, every penny raised will help children and their families.

You can set donation goals, track progress towards your goal, and donors can enter their information securely and easily. With Facebook fundraisers, you can celebrate your birthday, anniversary, or simply boost CICRA's research and support in only a few clicks!

To get started, follow the steps below, or click to set up a Facebook fundraiser today

how to set up a facebook fundraiser for CICRA

- click on Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed

- click Raise Money in the top right hand corner

- select Get Started to create your page

- type in CICRA in the ‘Who are you raising money for section’ and select us from the drop down menu

- fill in the ‘How much money do you want to raise’ with your target amount and when you want your fundraiser to end. If you are uncertain when your fundraiser will end you can pick a date far in the future

- fill in the details in the boxes and let everyone know the title of your fundraiser and why you want to raise money, then click Next

- select a cover photo for your page that people will see when they visit your page and then click Create. Your page will now be created and you can invite and share it with your friends

set up a fundraiser now

tips for success

tell your story
If you have a personal reason for supporting CICRA, tell everyone about it. By sharing your story, your friends, family and supporters will be more likely to donate generously to your fundraiser. Put your story in the description, or update people in the comments on why you’re supporting children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

ask friends and family first
Once your page is set up, ask a generous friend or family member to make the first donation. Studies have shown that people tend to match existing donations on the page.

tell people why they should care (and so donate)
Why should they care? We think these statistics say it all. Share these in your fundraiser’s description or post on your fundraiser and keep your supporters updated.

  • at least 8000 children and young people in the UK have Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • many others may get referred into adult services, even though they are under 18 and their condition can affect their adolescence
  • the number of young people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the UK has doubled over the past 20 years
  • average age of diagnosis for children is now around 13 as more young children than ever are being diagnosed before the age of 10
  • it won't be long before every school will have at least one pupil with IBD. This may already be the case given how long it can take to be diagnosed

thank people publicly
Make sure you say thank you to your generous friends and family publicly on your timeline, and make sure you tag your friends into the post. That way all your friends see it, as well as theirs, which could inspire and remind others to donate too!

share posts on your fundraiser – especially videos
Videos are a great way of grabbing people’s attention, getting across lots of information and making people feel connected to the cause. Here’s some of our videos you can share on your fundraiser:

All you need to do is copy the link and paste it into a comment in your fundraiser.

regular reminders
Keep your contacts updated with how you’re doing. If you’re closer to your target, your birthday is in a few days, or if you’ve just completed an amazing trial run for the marathon or whatever incredible thing you have done – tell them about it! Combine these updates with a link to your fundraiser and a reminder to donate.