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Inner City Arts

Founded

1989

How we helped

Campaign strategy

Crowdfunding (Peer-to-Peer)

Text message alerts

Online donations

Donor reporting

Gift management

Segment

Arts & Culture

Size

Medium

$76,000

raised so far

540

new donors

$450

average gift size

I was amazed when I learned how easy it was to set up my own page. I was even more amazed when I saw how easy it was for people to give with a credit/debit card from a mobile device.

— Bob Smiland, President and CEO

Challenge

Inner City Arts had an amazing event and surpassed their fundraising goal with the help of MobileCause, but more funds were still needed. Bob Smiland, the CEO of Inner-City Arts, knew he had to continue his personal fundraising effort to support his passion and needed a way to reach his network of friends and family quickly and easily. 

Solution

Mr. Smiland decided to set up his first peer-to-peer fundraising campaign with MobileCause. He added his own photos and shared his passion for unlocking the creative potential of underserved Los Angeles children and teens. In hopes of raising $10,000, he shared the link to his personal page with everyone he knew via email and across his social networks. 

Impact

Enthusiastically he met and exceeded his goal in a matter of three weeks. $16,630 was donated to Inner-City Arts by 37 donors with an average gift size of $450. Word of mouth also worked in his favor and he was also able to collect offline gifts via checks and call center. This is a testament to the power of peer-to-peer fundraising and how a simple webpage sharing passion for a cause can generate positive impact that will last a lifetime. 

INNER CITY ARTS

Inner-City Arts’ beautiful, award-winning campus is a source of inspiration to all who visit. During the school day, after school and on weekends, elementary, middle and high school students come to Inner-City Arts to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios, receiving hands-on instruction in a range of subject areas within the visual, performing and media arts.

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