Crowdfunding with the BPLF

Donate your special day!

Do you have a birthday or other special occasion coming up? Celebrate by giving back to the Boston Public Library Fund through a fundraiser on social media! Crowdfunding campaigns are a creative and easy way to support the BPLF and encourage your friends and family to donate to a cause near and dear to your heart — in your honor. 

Funds raised through crowdfunding campaigns help support essential and innovative programming at the BPL’s 26 locations that is always free to all. For more information, please review our crowdfunding policy or contact us at

Facebook Fundraiser

Facebook fundraisers are an easy  way to support your favorite Library on your birthday or any other occasion! Here’s how to create one on your desktop:

Step one: Open up Facebook on your desktop. On the left side of your screen, find the toolbar with options including “Friends, Marketplace, and Groups.” Click “See More,” and find the Fundraisers button. Click on it to start creating your fundraiser!

Step two: Click on the large “Select Nonprofit” button toward the top of your screen. This will allow you to specify where the funds you raise will be sent.

Step three: A pop-up box with a search bar will appear prompting you to select your nonprofit. Type in “Boston Public Library Fund” and select our Facebook account (tip: make sure you select the one with the BPLF logo as the profile picture!)

Step four: Once you select your nonprofit, your fundraiser page will appear! To edit the fundraiser details, look at the left sidebar. Here you can edit the goal fundraising amount, name, and duration of your fundraiser, as well as add a personal description explaining why you are choosing to raise funds for the BPLF. The more personalized, the better!

Step five: Finally, hit the create button on the bottom left corner and share your fundraiser with friends and family! Remember to repost the fundraiser a couple of times to maximize your impact.

Instagram Fundraiser

Fundraisers are easy to create and share on Instagram stories!

Step one: The first step to creating a fundraiser on Instagram is to open up the app and create an Instagram story! Use any picture you want as the background for your story. Need a little inspiration? Email us at and we’ll be happy to share a few photos from the BPL.

Step two: Then, click on the attachments icon (it looks like a post-it note!) in the top right-hand corner of the story creator page. Scroll down until you find the donation attachment.

Step three: When you click on the donation attachment, Instagram will prompt you to select an account to direct your donations to. Search @bplfund and select our Instagram account (tip: make sure you select the one with the BPLF logo as the profile picture!)

Step four: A box representing your fundraiser will now appear on your Instagram story. Instagram fundraisers default to a goal of raising $100. If you would like to edit this goal, tap on the box to edit the fundraising details!

Step five: Once you’ve edited your fundraiser, you’re now ready to share it! Post it to your story and encourage your friends and followers to support the BPLF! Remember, Instagram stories expire after 24 hours, so repost often if you want to fundraise for multiple days. Instagram fundraisers automatically run for 30 days and you can access your fundraiser from a link in your bio.

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