How can I engage with New Story as a real estate agent?
We love this question. We’re so thankful for your interest! While we welcome your ideas, there are a couple of paths for engagement we’ve seen work well in the past.
Create a campaign.
For some of our real estate partners, running a campaign in their community is the preferred way of engaging with New Story. Creating a campaign takes 5 minutes, and the goal is flexible depending on what you want to accomplish. You can determine how long you want the campaign to last, how much you want to raise, and how you’d like to promote it. In our experience, the more you personally champion your campaign to your community, the better the campaign will go.
Donate per transaction.
To create an ongoing connection, some of our real estate partners have decided to give based on transaction. This could be a percentage or a set amount, it’s totally up to you to decide what works best. If you decide to go this route – amazing! All you need to do is make a donation either after every transaction, or at the end of each quarter. You can set up a campaign page to keep track of your donations, or do them directly through our donation portal. If you have other ideas for engagement and would like to talk, please reach out to us and let us know.
I’m with SIR. What do I do to become an ambassador?
If you’re with Sotheby’s and you’d like to support New Story, that’s amazing! The easiest way to begin is by creating a campaign at this link. You can also use these assets to help you get started. Please reach out to us if you have questions.
How do I start a campaign?
The easiest way to begin is by creating a campaign at this link. It takes 5 minutes!
Can I customize my campaign page?
The campaign page is somewhat customizable. We do recommend using it, rather than making your own, as it will be the only way for your donors to connect with our payment system directly. This means they’ll also get a tax receipt from us and be able to receive updates on their donation!
Can I decide where the money from my campaign goes?
You are welcome to reach out to us with a request to support a specific community. We may or may not be able to meet your requests, depending on the need for funding at the time of your campaign. All money from all campaigns will go towards homebuilding.
Do campaign donors get tax receipts?
If a donor makes a donation through your campaign page, they’ll receive a thank you email with a tax receipt.
How do I spread the word about my campaign?
We recommend using personal emails and word of mouth, as well as social media. You can use any of these assets to help.
What’s the best way to make a campaign successful?
Personal relationships are the heartbeat of every campaign! We recommend setting a time limit for your campaign to create some urgency, and then telling everyone you know about the project personally. Social media blasts are good, but they don’t tend to be as effective as one-to-one conversations.
How long should my campaign be?
That’s a great question. Honestly, the timeframe has less to do with success than the intentionality the individual puts into the campaign. Some folks are very successful in short, 30-day campaigns, simply because they’ve personally talked with everyone they know. Ultimately, it’s your passion that will make the biggest difference!
What if I don’t reach my campaign goal?
No problem! Any amount you collect will be donated directly to the building of a home. If you’d like to extend your campaign, you can use your edit link to do so. It will be in the email you receive when you set up your campaign!
Can I edit my campaign?
You can always edit your campaign using the edit link. That link will be in the email you receive right after your campaign is created. Can’t find the link? No problem, you can reach out to us to help you find it.
Can I change the time range for a campaign I am running?
Yes! You can use the edit link for your campaign to edit the time frame if you need more or less time.
I want to give per transaction with my business. How do I do that?
That’s amazing! Many of our supporters in the real estate business donate a percentage or set amount per each sale. You’re welcome to create a campaign to track your donations, or simply donate through our homepage.
How do I give in my client’s honor?
We love that idea! You can easily select this option while making the donation. If you’d like, you can also add a note in the comments section of the donation, which will appear publicly on the campaign page.
What assets do you have that I can use?
You can find assets at this link. We update this every 6 months or so. Reach out to us if you have a specific need for an asset not available here.
Do you have flyers I can use?
We don’t have any print assets to share, but you are welcome to use any of our digital assets and create printable flyers of your own!
When will I learn about the specific family I’m supporting?
You should receive a family profile within 4-6 months of donation. Occasionally, difficult circumstances surrounding construction maybe extend this timeline. We’ll do our best to keep you updated by email along the way, so be sure to give us your correct email address!