With a mission to provide a trustworthy crowdfunding platform for those who serve across the nation, Robert and his team at Fundthefirst.com have helped countless people raise millions of dollars through numerous fundraising causes.
But, the inspiration for Fundthefirst.com came from a personal place. When Robert's close friend was facing mounting medical expenses related to his daughter's rare illness, he set out to help and researched the best ways to raise money. It was then that he realized his brothers and sisters in blue were skeptical of existing crowdfunding sites, leading him to make the decision to build a better platform that all could trust.
Before founding Fundthefirst.com, Robert was a decorated Detective with the New York City Police Department, specializing in complex narcotics investigations. During his 14 years in law enforcement, he worked in various roles, including joint interagency operations with the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Well-respected in his field, he also served as an expert witness to the Office of Special Narcotics New York.
Robert's accomplishments go beyond his career in law enforcement. He is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and former Division I baseball player who attended the New York Institute of Technology. When he's not helping those in need, he can be found spending time with his three children, volunteering as a baseball coach, and serving on the board of numerous business and non-profit organizations. Robert continues to be a fixture in his local community, using his platform to make a difference.
Born and raised on Long Island, Michael developed a passion for baseball at a young age. He played on his high school team and later attended New York Institute of Technology where he was a standout player for their Division I program. After graduating, he was signed by the Detroit Tigers and played professionally for several years before deciding to retire from the sport to pursue other interests.
Since retiring from professional baseball, Michael has been focused on his career in finance. He is a licensed CPA and runs his own accounting firm where he helps businesses and individuals with their tax and financial planning needs. In addition to his work as a CPA, Michael is also the Chief Financial Officer of Fundthefirst.com, a crowdfunding platform that helps people raise money for various causes.
In his free time, Michael is devoted to attributing his expertise to various sources. He is the co-founder of Robosport Technologies, a company that uses robotics to help baseball players. He is also a father of two children and enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf in his spare time.
From the title and description to the photos and videos, conveying the unique story behind your fundraiser is integral in your success. The first aspect of your campaign, the title, should include the beneficiary and an accurate synopsis of your cause. The best way to engage viewers into potential donors is to explain your story in a way that is easy to both connect with and skim. It is important to answer basic who, what, when, where, and why questions with authenticity. When answering these questions, highlight details that are most inspiring. Ensuring cohesiveness from the top to bottom of your campaign is the best way to draw in more eyes. Bottom-line, your story has the potential to make an impact!
Now that you have created the content of your fundraiser, it is time to select a goal amount of money you want to raise. We understand goal setting for your fundraising campaign may feel daunting at first. The two best tricks you can use when strategizing the amount of money you would like to raise are keeping goals achievable and updating them as needed.
Goals help to create the momentum of your campaign. By making your fundraising goals achievable and updating them as you hit milestones, both you and your supporters will continuously be encouraged through the entirety of your campaign.
Continuously posting new information regarding the progress of your fundraiser creates a community between you and your donors. Remember, no update is too small. People who share or donate to your fundraiser are investing in you and your cause! Keep them in the loop and celebrate your successes together.
The effort and ability to share a fundraising campaign is the separating factor between successful and unsuccessful fundraisers. Utilize social media as a promotional tool. Share your message with your friends, family, coworkers, etc. and encourage them to share with their network as well. The more eyes on your campaign, the higher the rate of success. Gaining walking ambassadors for your cause will cultivate community building and donations. The most important time period to be pushing your fundraiser is immediately after you it is created, especially within the first 48 hours.