Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Monthly Donors: Don't Get Them 'Lost in Space'
July 3, 2017 at 10:37 am

My husband introduced me to the series, “Lost in Space,” many years ago. Growing up in Holland, I had never heard of it, but it’s a wonderful show. (This was before Star Trek, of course). So, why am I bringing up this series? Because it’s what I think about monthly donors and crowdfunding...

Center of Gravity: Crowdfunding vs. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
March 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm

We didn’t call it “peer-to-peer fundraising” at first. Back in the late ’90s and early ’00s, some of us were excited by the prospect of bringing traditional fundraising activities online. One of the big areas of focus was the pledge-based special event. Historically, these campaigns occurred offline using just pens, paper pledge-forms, cash and checks.…

Kal Penn Raises Over $500K for Refugees After Being Told He Doesn’t 'Belong' in US
January 31, 2017 at 10:02 am

Actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn has raised more than $500,000 for Syrian refugees after a person left a message on one of his Instagram posts saying that he "[doesn't] belong in this country." Penn posted an image of the comment on Saturday accompanied with a link to a crowdfunding page. "To the…

GoFundMe Wants to Become the Most Powerful Force in Philanthropy
January 3, 2017 at 10:57 am

With over 2 million campaign organizers and 25 million donors, the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe has become a major force for helping philanthropic causes go viral. In 2016, GoFundMe reached a major milestone: $3 billion given over its platform, and it says three times as many people year over year. In most cases, the average campaign…

Oakland A's Launch Fundraising Effort for Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims
December 5, 2016 at 10:55 am

After tragic news broke Saturday morning of the deadly Oakland warehouse inferno, the Oakland A's launched a fundraising effort to help the fire victims and their families. The team launched a relief fund on their YouCaring crowdfunding site, requesting fans to donate money to help the victims. The team pledged to match the donations if…

5 Lessons From Charity: Water's Success
November 10, 2016 at 11:44 am

This September, charity: water, a New York-based nonprofit providing clean water in 24 countries, had its 10th birthday. I realize it’s odd to talk about an organization having a birthday, but a birthday is at the heart of charity: water’s founding and its trailblazing fundraising strategies. Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, launched it with…

Now You Can Punch 'The Most Hated Man in America' in the Face (for Charity)
September 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

Martin Shkreli wants you to punch him in the face. Well, not you, in particular. But it could be you—if you're the highest bidder in this, um, unique charity auction. If you're not familiar with Shkreli, you may know him better as the "most hated man in America." He's the smarmy pharma bro who jacked up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,556 percent, allegedly helmed multiple Ponzi schemes, and turned a congressional hearing into a clown show...

LinkedIn Co-Founder Pledges to Donate Up to $5M If Trump Releases Tax Returns
September 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

Apparently, LinkedIn's co-founder wants to add "Trump instigator" to his resume. Reid Hoffman, the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, pledged on Monday to donate up to $5 million to veterans organizations if Donald Trump releases his tax returns before the final presidential debate. The pledge follows a crowdfunding campaign launched late last week by…

The Christian Charity and the Atheist: A Donation Saga
September 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

A Christian-owned children’s home is landing in the headlines after refusing to accept a $100 donation from an atheist group—a decision that sparked a viral crowdfunding campaign that has now raised more than $25,000. It all started when a man named Matt Wilbourn said that he donated $100 to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in…

Orlando Fundraising Exposes Weaknesses in Do-It-Yourself Charity Campaigns
August 30, 2016 at 11:02 am

The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight. The fundraisers—an average of more than four for each of the 49 killed and 53 wounded—include travelers asking…