I've been struggling to think of how I can get people outside of my network to contribute to this campaign. Asking friends is easy enough and I'm extremely fortunate to have kind and generous friends who have all been extremely supportive of this campaign.
However, besides raising the US$25,000, a true test of my ability to crowdfund, influence people, motivate strangers is how much I can raise outside of my immediate network.
One of the ideas that I've come up with is a simple one - one that does not require any effort (except to send an email / message that I will draft for you).
All you need to do is to reach out to your own network (on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email), and offer to match dollar for dollar any funds they donate up to the amount that you were prepared to commit in the first place.
To keep things simple, what I suggest is that you email 5-10 of your closest friends, and ask them to donate $Y (where $Y = $ of your donation / # friends).
Not only will this double the amount raised, it will show the rest of the world how generous and magnanimous you are. :)
This is a simple blog to track my fundraising activities and to keep family, friends and supporters updated on my progress.