Miyuki’s Guide to Crowdfunding and Direct Asks

Please share my illustrated guide below with friends who are crowdfunding and want some tips that I learned at a Creating Change Conference!

I took my own advice today and raised $577 towards my crowdfunding campaign (https://chuffed.org/project/teaching-for-transformative-change) and vision to bring life coaching into my teaching and be a more self-actualized teacher 🙂 bringing me past 60% of my goal with 122 supporters! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY OCTOBER AND THERE’S ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT TO GO! Haha 😛 Going to be calling folks every day!

I’m getting lots of practice asking directly. It’s been a thrill to get back into this work.

I remember the first time I learned about direct asks for fundraising at the National LGBTQ Taskforce Creating Change conference back in college (2011??). I made my very first direct ask call to my bestie Willow to ask if he’d donate to hotpot! Philly, the queer APIA group I was a part of!

Since then I’ve been a part of numerous direct ask phone campaigns to raise funds for organizations and causes that I cared deeply about. As I wrote out in the event page to crowdfund with me (tiny.cc/miyukiobama), direct asking is a potent way to have breakthroughs around money, particularly if it’s for something that doesn’t have mainstream name recognition like The Red Cross or Green Peace, etc.Today, I called 13 people with the goal to raise $450 and I did it! In just 24 hours, my community and friends of that community raised $577!There were many highlights including my conversation with my sweet and hard-working former housemate, my successful and brilliant artist friend Indira Allegra and a fun and nostalgic convo with a cousin who I hadn’t talked to in several years!Of course there were also a couple of conversations where I was asked some hard questions. But those were so clarifying for me to answer, and had me reflecting deeply. All that to say, I was going through my old illustrated notes from 2011 and decided to spruce them up into this current form! I hope you enjoy this and share widely with folks who are doing direct asks/crowdfunding.

#teachingfortransformativechange #crowdfunding #directasks #fundraising#creatingchange


I’m sharing on Facebook and Instagram (@heymiyuki) too if you want to see daily art posts about life coaching, teaching, crowdfunding 🙂

Love, Miyuki


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where many circles overlap. They’re a queer, multi-racial/lingual artist, activist & academic passionate about using common or discarded objects, stories, zines, and performance in public spaces to make accessible art. Their research examines how we practice “hope” and meaning through space, architecture and the environment. They’re currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where they were involved in queer Asian activism and making art, they received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what they learned under their publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. From 2014-2015 she lived in Ecuador and traveled by bicycle from Ecuador to Colombia cataloging traditional textiles, music and food. After returning, they built and lived in a mobile tiny house for a year (until selling it in May 2016).

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