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The Connect Center Fund

Empowerment Through Unity: The Crowdfunding Campaign

Join us in the movement to uplift and empower the LGBTQIA+ community across The Northshore

The Connect Center is envisioned as a hub for the LGBTQIA+ community, offering a wide array of services aimed at fostering health, wellness, and a sense of belonging. Once operational, the center plans to offer:

  • Mental Health and Counseling: The center will provide private counseling with licensed professionals, host support groups for peer interaction, and offer crisis intervention services for urgent needs.
  • Health and Wellness Programs: It will feature services like HIV counseling and testing, sexual wellness education, and support for substance use challenges.
  • Advocacy and Legal Assistance: Legal aid focused on civil rights issues and advocacy programs will be available to promote equality and combat discrimination.
  • Educational Workshops and Resources: The center aims to have spaces for educational sessions and community meetings, offering skill-building workshops and a resource library on LGBTQIA+ history and issues.
  • Community and Cultural Engagement: Plans include hosting cultural events, providing common areas for socializing, and running programs tailored to youth and seniors.

The Connect Center is committed to creating a holistic, inclusive environment that adapts to the evolving needs of the community. It stands as a beacon of hope, emphasizing the importance of safe spaces, connections, and the right to health and happiness for everyone.

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Campaign Goal:

Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of the year to establish The Connect Center as a sanctuary for those who need it most.

How to Get Involved:

  • Lead a crowdfunding team.
  • Join an existing team.
  • Contribute to a team's efforts.


Create Your Team

Step 1: Create Your Account

Start Here: Ready to make a difference? Click here to begin creating your account. It's quick and easy!

Step 2: Verify Your Account

Check Your Inbox: After signing up, you'll receive a verification email. Click the link in the email to confirm and activate your account.

Step 3: Access Your Account

Log In: Once verified, log in here. You'll be taken to your dashboard, where you can manage everything related to your crowdfunding campaign.

Step 4: Create Your Team

Make It Official:

  • Go to the 'Causes' section and find 'The Connect Center.'
  • Click 'Details' and select 'Create a Team' to get started.

Step 5: Fill in Your Team Details

Your Team, Your Way:

  • Name your team. Feel free to be creative!
  • Set a fundraising goal, or leave it blank to accept the default goal.
  • Write a motto and description, or use the pre-filled ones. These help tell your team's story.
  • For the event date, you can leave this blank too.

Step 6: Customize Your Team Page

Add Your Flair:

  • Select a theme color.
  • Upload a profile picture to represent your team.
  • Optionally, include a video explaining why you're raising funds for the Connect Center. This can really resonate with potential supporters!

Step 7: Spread the Word

Share Your Cause:

  • Promote your team page through social media, email, and direct messaging.
  • Encourage others to join or support your cause.
  • PRO TIP: Copy and paste your fundraising page link into TinyURL to get a short, easy-to-use URL for sharing. This makes it even simpler for people to find and support your team!

Welcome to the Heart of Team Building: Recruiting friends and allies for your crowdfunding team isn't just about increasing numbers; it's about bringing together a community of passionate individuals who believe in your cause. Each team member brings unique strengths, networks, and perspectives that can significantly amplify the impact of your campaign. By enlisting friends, you're creating a powerful collective force that can drive your fundraising efforts to new heights, spreading awareness and fostering a supportive environment for the Connect Center Fund. Let's dive into how you can build a strong, committed team that can make a real difference!

Building Your Team

Identify Potential Team Members:

  • Start with your personal network - friends, family, and colleagues who might share your passion for the cause.
  • Reach out to community groups, local LGBTQ+ organizations, and allies who may be interested in joining.

Making the Ask

Personal Invitation:

  • Use a personalized approach. Share your reasons for involvement and why their participation is valuable.
  • Provide clear information about the team's goals and how they can contribute.

Example Invitation:"Hi [Name], I'm leading a team for the Connect Northshore crowdfunding campaign. Your support would be invaluable. Would you like to join us in this important effort?"

Utilize Social Media

Announcement Posts:

  • Announce the creation of your team on social media to attract potential members.
  • Use engaging content like videos or graphics to explain the campaign goals and the role of team members.

Example Social Media Post:"Exciting news! I've started a team for #ConnectCenterLaunch. We're on a mission to create a supportive space for our LGBTQ+ community. Join us!"

Pro Tips for Effective Recruitment

  • Host a Kickoff Meeting: Organize a virtual or in-person meeting to discuss goals, strategies, and build excitement.
  • Leverage Existing Events: Use any relevant events to promote your team and recruit members.
  • Recognition and Incentives: Acknowledge your team members' efforts and consider incentives for milestones achieved.


The strength of your team lies in its diversity and the collective commitment of its members. Your enthusiasm and clear vision will be key in attracting and retaining a motivated team.

Social Fundraising Guide

Craft Compelling Posts

Personal Connection: Share your story and why the cause matters to you. Personal connections resonate more.

Example: "I joined the Connect Center campaign because I believe in creating a safe space for our LGBTQ+ youth. Here's my story..."

Focus on Impact: Explain how the Connect Center will make a difference. Use specific examples or anticipated outcomes.

Example: "Every $50 we raise helps provide a week of counseling for someone in need. Let's make a difference together!"

Visual Appeal: Include images or videos to capture the essence of the cause. Visuals can be powerful motivators.

Example: Post a photo of the Connect Center with a caption, "This is where change begins. Help us grow!"

Clear Call to Action: Always have a clear call to action. What do you want your audience to do? Make it easy for them to participate.

Example: "Click the link to donate now and be a part of this incredible journey!"

Regular Updates

Progress Reports: Share how much has been raised and what that means for the project. Celebrate every milestone!

Example: "We’ve reached 50% of our goal! That’s halfway to providing a year's worth of community workshops. Thank you!"

Gratitude Posts: Regularly thank your supporters. Acknowledgment goes a long way in maintaining momentum.

Example: "A huge thanks to everyone who's contributed so far. Your support means the world to us!"

Storytelling: Share stories of individuals or communities who will benefit from the center. This keeps the cause relatable and urgent.

Example: "Meet Alex, who found support and friendship at the Connect Center. Your donations help more stories like Alex's happen."

Direct Messaging

Personal Appeal: A direct message can be more personal and effective. Tailor your message to the individual.

Example: "Hi [Name], I’m reaching out personally to ask for your support for a cause close to my heart - the Connect Center."

Keep It Brief: Be concise but heartfelt. Explain why you're reaching out and how their support can make a difference.

Example: "Please consider donating to our campaign. Even a small amount can make a big difference. Here’s the link: [ShortURL]"

Include a Short Link: Always include a short link for easy access to the donation page.

Example: Use TinyURL or a similar service to create a short link that’s easy to share and click.

Advanced Social Media Tactics

Matching Challenges: Encourage donations by setting up matching challenges with willing donors.

Example: "Exciting news! Every dollar donated this week will be matched by our sponsor. Double the impact of your donation now!"

Interactive Content: Use polls, quizzes, or live Q&A sessions on social media to engage your audience and encourage donations.

Example: Host a live Q&A on Instagram about the Connect Center, encouraging viewers to donate during the session.

Collaborations: Partner with local influencers or businesses to expand your reach. They can share your campaign with their followers.

Example: Partner with a local business that agrees to donate a portion of their sales for a day to the campaign.


Authenticity and regular engagement are key to successful social fundraising. Your passion for the cause is your greatest asset in mobilizing support.

FAQ for Crowdfunding Team Leaders

Campaign Details

  • Q: What is the goal of the Connect Northshore crowdfunding campaign?
  • A: To raise $25,000 by year-end, with an immediate milestone of $3,750 to secure the lease for our first-ever LGBTQ+ Center in Slidell, Louisiana.
  • Q: What is the deadline for the crowdfunding campaign?
  • A: The campaign runs until December 31, 2023.
  • Q: How can I track the progress of the campaign?
  • A: Track progress on the main campaign page and receive regular updates via email.

About the Planned Center

  • Q: What services will The Connect Center provide?
  • A: A range of services including health resources, advocacy, education, co-working & meeting spaces, and community engagement activities.

Social Fundraising

  • Q: How can I effectively use social media for fundraising?
  • A: Share compelling stories and updates, use engaging visuals, and make direct appeals. Regularly update your followers and encourage them to share your posts.

Team Motivation

  • Q: How can I motivate my team and keep them engaged?
  • A: Regular communication, celebrating milestones, and recognizing individual contributions. Consider setting up friendly competitions or incentives for reaching goals.

Posting Frequency and Channel Recommendations

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)

  • Initial Phase: Post 2-3 times a week to keep your audience engaged.
  • Mid-Campaign: Increase to 3-4 times a week as momentum builds.
  • Final Push: Post daily in the last week or days to create urgency.

Email Updates

  • Regular Updates: Send every 1-2 weeks to keep your list informed.
  • Milestone Announcements: Special emails for major milestones.

Direct Messaging (SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger)

  • Initial Message: At the start of your campaign.
  • Mid-Campaign Check-In: Update on progress and reiterate the call to action.
  • Final Reminder: A few days before the campaign ends to encourage last-minute support.

Channels to Use

  • Facebook & Instagram: For regular updates, stories, and live videos.
  • Twitter: For quick updates and engaging with followers.
  • LinkedIn: For professional networks and impact highlights.
  • Email: For detailed updates and personal stories.
  • Direct Messaging: For personal, one-on-one appeals.
  • YouTube or TikTok (if applicable): For engaging video content.

Remember: Consistency and variety are key. Regular updates keep the momentum going, and tailoring your message to each platform maximizes its impact.

Plug-and-Play Social Media Campaign Template


This section provides you with ready-to-use social media posts. You can customize these posts with your personal touch and share them with your network. These templates are designed to make it easy for you to spread the word about the Connect Center Fund campaign.

How to Use These Templates

  • Choose Your Favorites: Feel free to select the templates that resonate most with you. There's no need to use all of them – they are here for inspiration and to get you started.
  • Customize: Add your personal touch. Sharing your story or reasons for supporting the cause will make your posts more impactful.
  • Include a Link: Always incorporate your fundraising page link in your posts for easy access to donations.
  • Use Hashtags: Employ the suggested hashtags to enhance the visibility and reach of your posts.
  • Post at Different Times: Share these posts at varying times and on different days to ensure maximum exposure.


These templates are a springboard for your creativity. You know your audience best, so tailor the messages in a way that you believe will have the greatest impact. Your unique voice and personal touch are what will truly resonate with your audience and inspire them to support the cause.

Post Templates

Post 1: The Personal Connection

"Everyone has a story. Mine taught me the importance of being true to oneself. I'm supporting The Connect Center to help others live their truth. Join me in this cause. Every donation makes a difference. [Your Fundraising Link] #BeYourself #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 2: The Power of Acceptance

"Acceptance can change lives. I'm raising funds for The Connect Center to spread that acceptance in our community. Let's build a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. Support our cause. [Your Fundraising Link] #AcceptanceMatters #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 3: The Journey Home

"Home isn't just a place; it's where we can be ourselves without fear. Help me support The Connect Center to create a home for our community where everyone is accepted. Donate now. [Your Fundraising Link] #SafeSpace #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 4: Standing Strong

"Life is full of challenges, but together, we can overcome them. I'm supporting The Connect Center to provide a helping hand to those in need. Stand with us. [Your Fundraising Link] #TogetherStrong #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 5: A Commitment to Change

"Change starts with us. I'm committed to making a difference through The Connect Center. Join me in creating a brighter future for our community. [Your Fundraising Link] #ChangeStartsWithUs #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 6: Raising Voices

"Every voice matters. As part of The Connect Center, I'm helping to amplify those voices. Let's make sure everyone is heard. Support our mission. [Your Fundraising Link] #VoicesHeard #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 7: Lighting Up Lives

"Bringing light to dark places is what I strive for. The Connect Center is about lighting up lives with hope and inclusivity. Be a part of this movement. [Your Fundraising Link] #HopeAndLight #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 8: Overcoming Together

"We all face challenges, but together, we're stronger. I'm supporting The Connect Center to extend a hand to those in need. Join me in this effort. [Your Fundraising Link] #OvercomingTogether #ConnectCenterLaunch”

Post 9: Love Unconditionally

"Unconditional love is a powerful force. Let's channel it through The Connect Center to create a welcoming space for all. Show your support. [Your Fundraising Link] #UnconditionalLove #ConnectCenterLaunch"

Post 10: The Unity of Diversity

Diversity isn't just about differences; it's about embracing and celebrating them. The Connect Center is our commitment to a world where everyone is valued. Join us in this celebration of diversity. Support here: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 11: The Strength of Solidarity

Solidarity is our superpower. With The Connect Center, we're building a fortress of support and understanding. Stand with us in solidarity. Every contribution counts: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 12: The Beacon of Hope

Hope shines brightest in unity. The Connect Center is a beacon of hope for our LGBTQIA+ community. Illuminate lives with your support. Donate now: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 13: The Vision of Inclusivity

Inclusivity isn't just a vision; it's a mission. The Connect Center is our mission in action. Help us create a space where everyone belongs. Support our vision: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 14: The Harmony of Voices

Every voice matters. The Connect Center is about harmonizing our voices for a louder impact. Raise your voice with us. Donate here: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 15: The Journey of Empowerment

Empowerment is a journey we embark on together. The Connect Center is our shared path to empowering lives. Join us on this journey. Every step counts: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 16: The Ripple of Change

Small actions create big ripples. The Connect Center is your chance to be part of a ripple of change. Start a wave of positivity. Donate today: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 17: The Heart of Community

At the heart of every community is love and support. The Connect Center is the heart of our LGBTQIA+ community. Let's strengthen this heart together. Support us here: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 18: The Bridge to Understanding

Understanding bridges gaps. The Connect Center is our bridge to greater understanding and acceptance. Help build this bridge. Your support matters: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 19: The Celebration of Authenticity

Authenticity is worth celebrating. The Connect Center is our celebration of true selves. Join the celebration. Donate to support authenticity: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Post 20: The Future of Acceptance

We're not just building a center; we're building a future of acceptance. The Connect Center is the foundation of this future. Be a part of building this future. Donate now: [Your Fundraising Link] #ConnectCenterLaunch

Ignite Progress: Get Involved!

Donate now

Fund a project, donate clothing and supplies, or be a monthly supporter.

Take action

Become a volunteer, let your time, your talents, and your attention through one of our programs.

Become a mentor

Be a person that our youth can count on. Personal relationships are one of the greatest ways to give.

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