What is a Community Improvement Project?

A community improvement project is solely dedicated toward creating or building focus around a need within a community. It could be as simple as raising money for supplies to build a new swingset at the neighborhood playground, raising funds to buy canned goods for a local food pantry, or purchasing supplies for a new study program at the local public library.

Start Improving Your Community Today!

To begin your community improvement project, narrow the focus of the project and determine how much money is necessary as well as what is important for the campaign. Next, fill out an application to begin the fee-free crowdfunding process through RedBasket.org. The application will include information about the person starting the campaign, who the funds are going to, and a few questions that will provide details about the project itself. Finally, submit the application so a RedBasket.org representative can review and approve the campaign. Once approved, the story will be published online, and the campaign will be available for donations!

Why Choose Community Improvement?

Community improvement projects are dedicated to providing better quality experiences for groups of people within a community. Community projects are not only rewarding to the group, but are also beneficial to the individual(s) putting forth the effort to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. A nonprofit organization based out of Virginia is a perfect example of a community improvement project that is designed to improving the lifestyles of members of the community.

A great example is Think Then Choose Wisely (TTCW). This nonprofit located in Petersburg, Virginia, decided the community needed access to healthier food choices. The group raised money to fund an irrigation system for their garden, hoping to make the gardening process easier for community members. The garden offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as gardening lessons to community members, primarily youth. In addition, local residents learn the skills necessary to grow their own healthy food resources. The project has proven successful amongst the community, and has truly made a difference in the food choices residents have.

Community Improvement Project Tips

  • Be connected. Advocates and fundraisers should have a connection to the project in order to make the needs as accurate as possible. In addition, having a connection to the project allows those involved to make project decisions, if necessary.
  • Involve the community. People outside of social media may be willing to spread the word and donate. While social media may reach the most people, you should also spread your message and project needs through word of mouth. An old-fashioned conversation can open lots of doors!
  • Update the community. An update thanking contributors for all the donations can offer insight for others, and ensure that all people involved are connected in some way. Additionally, if funding is falling short, post an update to explain the current status and what is still needed to make your campaign a success. These updates keep donors involved in your campaign, and can provide them with ways to share your story with others.

Community improvement projects are just one way you can use RedBasket.org to fundraise. For inspiration, please visit redbasket.org/donate and click on the Community Improvement category.

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!