Is your birthday or another special occasion coming up? Celebrate your next milestone, or honor a loved one with a personal Facebook fundraiser.

Facebook fundraisers are easy ways to raise funds for bold, innovative marine science research that will advance ocean conservation and sustainability.

There are many benefits to creating a Facebook fundraiser. You can encourage donations to Mote and its research programs in your honor while increasing visibility for Mote’s work and mission. Invite your friends to support your fundraiser, learn more about your cause, and donate. Facebook makes raising funds easy, exciting, and secure. Fundraiser creators can set donation goals and track their progress toward those goals, and donors can enter their payment information securely and easily through Facebook. With Facebook fundraisers, supporting research to make an impact has never been easier.

Are you ready to fundraise for Mote? Here’s how to get started.

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1. Create your Fundraiser

Log in to your Facebook account and select “Fundraisers” from the main menu.

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2. Click "Raise Money"

3. Choose who to support and set your fundraising goal

Select “Nonprofit” and search or select Mote Marine Laboratory. Enter your fundraising goal.

4. Set up your Fundraiser

Determine your personal fundraising goal and an end date for your fundraiser. For example, you could create a fundraiser that runs through your entire birthday month or through the week of your birthday.

Click the “Create” button.

5. Share your Fundraiser

Use the search tool to search for the names of friends you think will support your cause. Inviting all of your friends to participate will maximize your outreach — and so will talking about your fundraiser! Post about your fundraiser on your Facebook and add a personalized note about why Mote is important to you. Increase visibility by emailing your contacts to notify them about your Facebook fundraiser, sharing the link to your fundraiser’s page, and asking them to contribute in your honor. You can also reach out to friends over Facebook messenger.

6. Keep the momentum going

Sharing your fundraiser will encourage people to join your cause. Tell your friends how your fundraiser is going by posting about milestones along the way (Thank you! We have met 50% of our goal!”). You will receive a notification when donations and posts are made. Be sure to respond to any posts or comments and like and comment on people’s donation posts to thank them for their support.

If you need to edit anything, click “More” and then click “Edit Fundraiser.”

Important notes about privacy and security

  • Fundraisers can only be created by Facebook users who are 18 years of age or older.
  • When you donate to a fundraiser, the charitable organization to which you are donating and the creator of the fundraiser will be able to see your donation. However, the amount you donate will never be shared on Facebook.
  • Donations made through Facebook to Mote are tax deductible.
  • After you make a donation, a confirmation email from Facebook will be sent to the primary email address listed for your Facebook account. This confirmation shows that you’ve made this donation as a charitable contribution and that you are not receiving any goods or services in return.

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