Razoo, a crowdfunding platform for causes, is powering the efforts of marathon runners, as they raise funds for a variety of charities, ranging from the Boys and Girls Club to the Melanoma Foundation and more. Having already helped raise over $147 million for US nonprofits, Razoo continues to make online fundraising easy and fun, and is proud to support the efforts of fundraisers – one dream and one donation at a time.
“I’m glad to be part of this growing trend of ‘raising for racing’—it keeps me focused on my training and reminds me that I am running for something greater than myself”
Marathon season has just begun and Razoo has seen a rapid increase in the number of fundraisers around races. 28% of the fundraisers started on Razoo in the last 30 days are race-related, with that number expected to increase as the season wears on. Also on the rise are team fundraisers, in which groups of individuals join together for a single cause.
The Razoo platform is particularly well suited to team fundraising. With leaderboards, fundraising thermometers, social connectivity and elements of gamification available free of charge, Razoo encourages friendly competition among teams, increasing engagement for fundraisers and donors alike.
“It’s a fact that individuals who come together to raise money as a team will raise more than if they did alone – actually, about six times more. Plus, it’s fun,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo.
Whether marathon runners, cyclists, or walk-a-thon participants, Razoo’s simple and unique platform enables anyone to combine their fitness and philanthropic goals. With over 1 million registered nonprofits already on the site, Razoo offers a wide range of causes and charities for would-be fundraisers to choose from.
Case in Point: Self(less) Improvement – Running for More than Record Times
A few years ago, Angeli Kakade watched thousands of runners cross the finish line of the New York Marathon, promising herself that she would be one of them the following year. She has now participated in four World Marathons, and the upcoming marathon in Boston will be her fifth. In each marathon city, Angeli finds a local organization that focuses on health and wellness in children. In Boston, she is running for Dream Big! – a local organization that provides girls from low-income families the necessary items and tools to enable them to participate in sports and lead a healthy, active life.
“I’m glad to be part of this growing trend of ‘raising for racing’—it keeps me focused on my training and reminds me that I am running for something greater than myself,” Angeli Kakade said. “On those cold New York mornings when I don’t want to get out of bed and train, I remember that my team and my organization are counting on me, and that I matter to them.”