GoEnnounce is where it's cool to talk about school! We give you a place to share all of your school-related updates with relatives and friends and fundraise for expenses to make your educational dreams come true. By ennouncing your updates, whether that's posting your stellar SAT scores, or fundraising for a study abroad trip, you can receive encouragement, rewards, and even financial donations for your fundraising Missions. Trust us, your relatives and friends want to acknowledge your hard work and help you acheive your goals; they just need to know what's going on.
Friends and relatives who want to follow and support you on GoEnnounce never have to make an account. They just need to hit FOLLOW on your Student Page and enter their email address to subscribe to your updates. Then they get an email instantly informing them every time you ennounce an update or create a new fundraising Mission. We make it easy for you to share your ennouncements with the ones you love to help get the support you need to succeed.
We can't wait to see what you have to ennounce through school!
A GoEnnounce Mission is a way to fundraise online for the educational expenses, goals and dreams that you could use some financial assistance with. We allow you to create a Mission to fundraise for anything you may need in school through your social network. That could mean raising money for new soccer uniforms, traveling for an alternative Spring Break trip, your first student film, a specific textbook or computer program, or an organization you want to start on campus. We know the expenses you have as a student, aside from tuition and the possibilites you could fundraise for are endless!
The cool thing about a GoEnnounce Mission is that it connects with your Student Page and gives potential donaters the chance to learn so much more about you as a student. The more donaters know about you as a student and how important this fundraising goal is to you, the more inclined they will be to donate and share your Mission with others to help you achieve your goal.
Even better, GoEnnounce keeps track of everyone who donates to your Mission and provides thank you's to send. You can then use your Student Page to easily update all of your donaters on how the Mission funds were used and continue to share other school updates as well. And guess what - if you need to fundraise again, you will already have supporters in place who have an interest in you and who have been following your education!
Nope, it’s free to create a Mission. However, you are charged a 3.5% processing fee for any funds you raise. This deduction is taken from each individual donation as it comes in. For example, if a Follower donates $20 to your Mission you will see a deduction of 3.5%($.70) and $19.30 will be deposited into your account.
GoEnnounce specializes in crowdfunding for students and knows every $ is important! We charge one of the lowest crowdfunding fees out there, deducting only this 3.5%. Other crowdfunding sites charge between 4.5% - 9% and some even penalize you if you don't reach your goal, by charging more or not allowing you to keep any donations. At GoEnnounce, you have instant access to every donation as it comes in. While we encouarge you to promote your Mission and want you to raise your whole goal, we know some financial assistance is better than none so you don't have to take out additional loans and go into debt to achieve your dreams.
We also encourage you to build our 3.5% fee into what you are trying to raise if you need an exact monetary amount. For example, let’s say you have a dream to attend the state Mathcounts Competition and the cost for you to travel and compete is $450. If you need the entire $450 and GoEnnounce is going to deduct 3.5%, add 3.5% of $450 onto the total amount you are looking to raise. 3.5% of $450 is $15.75. Add $15.75 to $450 and create your Mission to raise $465.75. Then you will be sure to get the entire amount you need to achieve your goal!
Anything and everything related to school and your extracurriculars! Aside from tuition costs, you have expenses associated with school trips, traveling sports teams, athletic fees, textbooks, computer programs, going abroad, graduation expenses, club dues, and even fundraising for all the organizations and philanthropy you participate in … Phew—that all adds up! Read our blog post for some more examples of fundraising Missions and what we have found students need help with.
First, download the GoEnnounce Fundraising Guide to see all of our important tips!
Most importantly, engage potential donors with your Mission description. Describe in detail how you plan to use the funds and why this goal is important to you. The more potential donators know about your Mission and understand how valuable it is, the more likely they will be to donate and/or share it with others.
Then, don't forget to SHARE, often. Share your Mission with everyone you know and encourage them to share it with others as well. We offer tools that allow you to share your Mission through email, Facebook and Twitter. On your tracking dashboard, you can keep track of who's visited and send new updates on your progress. People are forgetful and need reminders, so we encourage you to engage new donors by sharing Mission updates daily on your social networks. Make it a fun, daily countdown and thank the donors who have helped. Don't just beg for cash, but pull at their heartstrings to remind them to get involved.
Lastly, remember those manners! Don’t forget to send the thank you's provided next to each Mission donation. When your Mission is complete, keep your donors updated about how you used your funds by posting pictures or detailed updates on your Student Page. Donors will instantly get an email with each ennouncement. They will enjoy staying connected, feel good about helping, and be more inclined to donate if you need to fundraise again in the future.
You decide. You can set your Mission to public or private view. If your Mission is public then anyone who comes to GoEnnounce has the chance to find and view your Mission and give you a donation. Public Missions also have a chance to be selected for additional exposure in our featured Missions and on our Facebook page. Want more privacy? Set your Mission to private and only people with whom you directly share your private Mission link can view and donate to your Mission.
We allow you to keep any funds raised towards your goal in a GoEnnounce fundraising Mission. We believe that being a student is tough and every little bit towards a specific educational expense or dream can only help a student out! We’re also here to help if you need a lil fundraising advice. Just email our fundraising exper Lola at Lola@goennounce.com.
We think you should get recognized and rewarded for your hard work in school! School is a challenge and students thrive off of encouragement and support. Followers can comment on your e-nnouncement posts to let you know how proud they are of your achievements, or give you some advice if you are having difficulty with something in school. We added the Reward feature in case Followers want to send you a tangible congratulatory item for achieving something extra special.
Sounds awesome, right?
To receive any type of monetary gift Reward or donation to a Misson you must link your GoEnnounce account to your Stripe account. You can do this in the My Funds Info tab under Edit Profile
If you already have a Stripe account, enter your Stripe login information here and GoEnnounce will automatically link to your Stripe account. Any time someone gives you any money through GoEnnounce it will go directly into your Stripe account.
If you do not already have a Stripe account, you can quickly create one under the My Funds Info tab. Once you register for a Stripe account it is automatically linked to your GoEnnounce account. Upon registering for a Stripe account, Stripe will send you an email to verify your account. You must do this for the process to be complete.
Stripe is a super cool Level 1 PCI Compliant Service Provider (the highest level) that processes all monetary transactions for GoEnnounce. Your funds are never at risk because they are held in a protected account through Stripe in an FDIC-insured bank.
All donations and Rewards are processed through Stripe and get deposited directly into your Stripe account. It is FREE! for you to set up a Stripe account on GoEnnounce. You can link a bank account and your funds are transferred automatically! You get notified via email (from GoEnnounce and from Stripe) every time you receive a donation or a Reward. Stripe allows you to accept payments from anywhere in the world
For US citizens, Stripe charges you a flat 2.9% + 30¢, per transaction to cover their costs. This means every time you receive a donation or a Reward, Stripe deducts 2.9% + 30¢. For example, if you receive a $10 donation, Stripe will deduct 59 cents ($.29+$.30). This covers the credit card processing fee, and allows you to accept donations or Rewards quickly and easily just by having individuals enter their credit card to make payments to you. If you don't recieve any money through GoEnnounce (via a fundraising Mission donation or a Reward) you are never charged.
For international students, with citenship outside of the US, Stripe fees, per transaction, are broken down for you when you set up a Stripe account in the My Funds Info tab under Edit Profile. Stripe allows students from many countries to fundraise and recieve Rewards on GoEnnounce! To see a list of countries where Stripe allows you to have any account visit this page.
If you have questions about this, email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help and don't want this process to be confusing.
We’ll let you know! Every time a Follower donates money to your Mission or gives you a Monetary Reward you receive a notification email from GoEnnounce with details of the transaction and a notification email from Stripe letting you know the amount that was deposited into your account. The emails provide a link to view your balance under the My Funds tab on your Student Page.
Any time a someone donates to your Mission or sends you a monetary gift Reward your funds are deposited directly into your Stripe account. You can view your Stripe balance under My Funds from your Student Page. When you set up your Stripe account (under Edit Profile in My Funds Info) you must link a bank account and select a transfer schedule. Stripe will automatically transfer your money to your bank account depending on the transfer schedule you select. There are various transfer options such as daily, weekly, etc.
Yes, we encourage you to thank Followers and even remind you to! You may send a Follower a thank you for sending a donation to your Mission or giving you a monetary Reward ANYTIME. All monetary gifts and donations are tracked for you in My Funds. Next to each transaction line there is a send thank you reminder. The reminder is removed if you have already sent a thank you to that person. When you click send thank you it allows you to send a thank you email directly to the Follower.
You get instant access to every Mission donation and Reward gift as it comes in. When you set up your Stripe account (under Edit Profile in My Funds Info) you must link a bank account and select a transfer schedule. Stripe will automatically transfer your money to your bank account depending on the transfer schedule you select. There are various transfer options such as daily, weekly, etc.
Under Edit Profile, you may set your Student Page to listed or unlisted view. If your Student Page is listed, then anyone who comes to GoEnnounce has the chance to find you, view your Student Page, and see your educational e-nnouncements. If you set your Student Page to unlisted view, then only people with whom you directly share your private Student page link with can view your Student Page and follow you.
You never have to create an account with GoEnnounce to follow and support a student. When you hit Follow, you are prompted to enter your name and email address. You are subscribing to that student's page and will get an email notification anytime the student ennounces an update. The email will provide a link to the student’s page where you can view the ennouncement. This way you don't have to keep coming back to GoEnnounce to see what's going on.
At anytime you can create an account to view all the students you are following in one place. Just make sure to register with the email you used to get the students' upates and it will remember everyone you are already following in your profile.
Yes, you can follow as many students as you would like! We hope you ask all of the students in your life to join GoEnnounce so you can encourage and support them through school!
At the bottom of every email notification from the student’s GoEnnounce account there is an unsubscribe button. If you select this, you will no longer receive updates when that student e-nnounces something on their Student Page.
We think students should be recognized and rewarded for their hard work in school. It can be challenging and students thrive off of encouragement and support. You can use the like or comment feature on a Student Page to let a student know how proud you are of his/her achievement or give the student some advice if he or she is having difficulty with something in school. We added the Reward feature in case you want to send you a tangible congratulatory item to the student for achieving something extra special.
If you would like to reward a student for a specific educational accomplishment, you can comment on his/her student page next to an individual e-nnouncement post or send him or her a monetary gift. A student must have a Stripe account to receive any money through GoEnnounce. If you click Reward and this feature is disabled for your student, it means your student has not enabled his/her account to receive monetary donations or gifts through Stripe.
School can be tough and students will appreciate your encouragement and support!
On the left side of a Student’s Page, (about halfway down) you will see “Share My Page.” Here, you can let others know about this student’s page via Facebook, Twitter, or email. If you select the Facebook icon and are logged into Facebook, you can share a link to the student’s page in a post on your own Facebook page, in a post on someone else’s page, or in a direct message to a Facebook inbox. If you select the Twitter icon and are logged into Twitter, you can tweet the student’s page link with a message. If you select the email icon, you can email the student’s page link with a message to any email address.
In the top right corner of a Mission Page, you will see “Share this Mission” Here you can share this Mission with others via Facebook, Twitter, or email. If you select the Facebook icon and are logged into Facebook, you can share a link to the Mission with a direct message to a friend or family members Facebook inbox, in a post on your own Facebook page, or in a post on someone else’s page. If you select the Twitter icon and are logged into Twitter, you can tweet about the Mission, with a link and a message. If you select the email icon, you can email the Mission link, with a message, to any email address.
Your donation is immediately placed into the student’s Stripe account. Stripe is a Level 1 PCI Compliant Service Provider (the highest level) that processes all monetary transactions for GoEnnounce. Your funds are never at risk because they are held in a protected account through Stripe in an FDIC-insured bank.
Students receive an immediate notification about your donation and have instant access to every donation as it comes in.
Yes. Any amount donated to a Mission is given to the student, regardless of whether they reach their goal or not. When it comes to students and education, GoEnnounce believes that every little bit helps. Students appreciate your assistance in making it possible to achieving their goals and dreams.
If you have any further questions that are not in our FAQ’s, please do not hesitate to contact us.