Do you frequent Facebook? Have you noticed that some people will choose an organization to support on their birthday? Have you ever wondered how that works? It’s easy.
Birthday donations from Facebook are sent to nonprofits in a monthly payment at the beginning of the month. Donations are distributed based on how the nonprofit is set up to receive donations. Nonprofits like PAA connected to Meta Pay receive the donation via electronic transfer from Facebook.
Facebook birthday fundraisers have done a world of good for charities. They don’t charge fees to donors or nonprofits and have robust security measures to keep account details safe. They also zap a receipt to your inbox after each donation to use for a tax deduction. Over $1 billion dollars has been raised from Facebook fundraisers.
To create a Facebook birthday fundraiser, you must have an active Facebook account two weeks before your birthday. Look below to let us coach you through what you need to know to create your own birthday fundraiser on Facebook.
On your computer, tablet or phone, login to Facebook.
In the promotion in your Feed, type in Parkinson Association of Alabama to select the non-profit you wish to raise money for.
Under “Let’s start with the basics,” enter:
The name of the nonprofit you’re raising money for (Parkinson Association of Alabama)
- How much you want to raise
- The currency you want donations to be in
- The date you want the fundraiser to end
Under “Pick a cover photo,” choose one of the suggested photos.
A message will pop up that congratulates you on creating your fundraiser. From there, you can invite your friends to donate, share your fundraiser in your Feed, or donate to the fundraiser yourself.
Facebook will automatically donate a $1 to any fundraiser collected.
Facebook doesn’t share donor data with you or your chosen nonprofit unless a giver opts in to do so, which few do. Unfortunately, you won't always know who donates. But those who do, are getting their tax receipts through Facebook, rather than through normal PAA processes for tax filing purposes.
This is just one of many ways you can encourage your friends to help the PAA fight PD. If you have any questions about setting up your own Facebook birthday fundraiser, consider this resource: https://www.facebook.com/help/1910205189301966