Thursday, August 29, 2013

Using Technology to Fundraise and Monitor Your Walk Efforts!


We’re always looking for inventive ways to help you with your fundraising efforts and to stay on top of the latest news about NAMIWalks. We recently introduced two new tools to help you along your Walk journey – the NAMIWalks Smartphone App and the Facebook Friendship Powered Fundraising (FPF) App. These new technologies allow you to connect with potential donors, process donations, register walkers and keep track of your Walk efforts.

The NAMIWalks Smartphone App can be downloaded from the app store on an iPhone or Android. The app allows Team Captains to register a walker and all Walk participants to take a donation in the palm of their hands. So, if a Walk participant is telling a friend at a party or at the office that he/she is walking in the NAMIWalk and the friend decides that he/she want to support the person or join the person's Walk Team, the Walk participant can take the donation or register the person right at that moment by using his/her phone. It’s a fast and easy way to process a donation and/or to register a walker. Since the App is hosted by the same company that hosts the NAMIWalks website, donors don’t have to worry about the safety of using the device; it’s just as safe as making an online donation!

In addition to processing donations and registering walkers, the Smartphone App also allows participants to monitor how much they have personally raised and/or how much their Team has raised. Participants can also access Walk news and fundraising tips through the App. It’s amazing how much can be done by using this tool!

Our other new App, Facebook FPF App, runs entirely inside Facebook. Using the FPF App, walkers don’t have to leave the familiarity and comfort of Facebook to contact friends about the Walk and to ask for/accept donations. Event participants and their friends can drop in, track progress, share with more friends and donate with one click when it's top of mind and the moment's right. Because the App is fully integrated on multiple channels, it works perfectly on mobile, tablet and desktop devices!

We are excited about these Apps and hope you will use them in your fundraising efforts! Contact your local Walk Manager if you have any questions or want additional information on these tools.

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