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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: February 2017

RedCrow Profile

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About RedCrow:

RedCrow is an equity crowdfunding platform with a unique focus on well-curated investment opportunities. The platform aims to provide exclusive, professionally-vetted investment opportunities to accredited and eventually non-accredited investors, with industry professionals leading the way. RedCrow is marketing its first set of opportunities to “Doctorpreneurs,” who can “invest in what they know” alongside strategic investment advisors with credentialed backgrounds in the field. Founded by a former Morgan Stanley financial Advisor, CEO Brian Smith, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and serial entrepreneur, Chairman Jerry Harrison, RedCrow’s initial mission is to help investors discover privately held, early stage startups in the booming Healthcare and Medtech sectors, connecting backers to innovative companies trying to grow their business.

Help to Teach Visible Learning and Improve Not-For-Profit Schools and Education Worldwide

Alliance for Public School Technology Resources wants to make learning technology and teaching materials more equally available, to not-for-profit education organizations and public schools with very low (if any) costs to conventional education funding sources. They are raising money on Indiegogo. Recently I caught up with Steven Corey Hixson to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Well, teachers need a way to collaborate, and to determine what works best in the classroom as a team. This way teachers and administrators can improve education materials through peer-review, and also discuss best-practices in a way that improves the overall quality of the teaching and the learning materials. Assessments require technology that the NGO model can provide freely, and still have other costs, so we’re striving for a way to save time and cost while increasing efficacy and finding ways to create rubrics for visible learning. Working together does not have many costs associated with it other than time, and so teaching people a way to develop efficient and effective plans for teaching that can be shared saves the most valuable resource, which of course is the time to spend on development and planning.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

Our goal is to pay travel and presentation costs for the Golden Key International Honours Society Education Delegation in South Africa, and also the materials and travel costs for the delegation and workshop at the Kappa Delta Pi 2017 Convocation. Any additional funds raised will create more investment in free technology for public schools in 2017, as well as the additional development of shared materials and resources. The costs for travel are the current goal, but beyond that and into the future, funds will be donated to schools for teacher collaboration activities in order to facilitate professional development as well as resource development in terms of technology and assessment. At the end of the year any unused funds will go to another public education related 501(c)(3) or public school organization as decided by a survey and our board.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The students stand to benefit the most from teaching that is visibly effective, and school classrooms that can be equipped with blended learning technology that improves the quality of teaching. OTher stakeholders benefit from the success of the students in the larger community as they demonstrate their learning and become a part of the larger ecology and global economy. Teachers benefit from the time saved as well as the improvements in outcomes at their school, where administrators benefit from the higher performance of the overall organization even at sometimes the same or less cost. Employers benefit from the skills that students learn, businesses benefit from a well educated workforce, and parents benefit from the increased investment that their kids have in learning in the school communities and also the larger life-contexts that they inhabit; as educators can free up resources to focus on being present to better student learning engagement, the overall community creates a more functional support system for all stakeholders, especially students and parents.

Which category of crowdfunding campaign best fits what you are doing?

Donations based – no rewards, equity or repayment

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Tradition Meets Innovation: Building A Sustainable School in Ghana

Press Release –  WEbuilding is a Berlin-based non-profit organization founded by an international group of young architects, united by a common purpose: to help deprived communities through sustainable public building projects.

The organization’s current project involves the construction of a school in the village of Damang in Ghana’s Eastern Region, 50 kilometers from Accra. The area currently possesses only one school for the children of the village and the many smaller surrounding communities. The new school – which will consist of an early childhood center and a primary and secondary school, accommodating a total of 560 children – would represent a huge step forward in this regard; it would also set a higher learning standard and provide equal educational opportunities for boys and girls.

WEbuilding employs sustainable, cheap and aesthetically attractive materials in a way that is innovative, yet respects local culture. During a trip to Ghana last winter, the WEbuilding team discussed possible solutions with their partner, the local NGO Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa, who own the land on which the school is to be built, and consulted with local builders who combine technology and tradition in their work.

The layout of the school reflects both environmental and social considerations: the complex will be divided into three building clusters, each consisting of several structures built mainly of compressed earth blocks, situated around a central courtyard in the manner of a local village. The first phase, for which WEbuilding is now raising funds, will include an early childhood center and a lavatory; as additional funds become available, this core complex will be complemented with two others, which will house a primary and a secondary school.

After much planning, and after overcoming all bureaucratic hurdles, WEbuilding is now entering the next phase of its project: crowdfunding. Over the past year, the organization raised enough money to finance the construction of the first classroom; in February, it launched a crowdfunding campaign on Generosity [­] to raise the additional 22.000$ necessary to complete the first three units, and to allow construction to begin.



Growth In Giving Day Events And Product Enhancements Lead To Kimbia Client Success In 2016 And Exciting Outlook For 2017

Press Release – Austin, Texas (Feb. 2, 2017)Kimbia, a leading provider of online fundraising solutions and crowdfunding events, would like to congratulate its customers for their achievements and share key accomplishments from the last year.

In 2016, Kimbia clients raised over 10% more online than in 2015. The Kimbia platform processed millions of online transactions, helping charitable organizations around the world raise over $240 million through a variety of online fundraising campaigns. The average online gift for 2016 was over $120 per donation, 17% higher that the industry average of $102 according to the 2016 M+R Benchmarks Study.

Looking at giving day data alone, Kimbia powered over 80 events that raised over $130 million in online donations benefitting over 29,000 participating nonprofits. This includes the largest single-day online giving day event ever, North Texas Giving Day, raising $37.3 million during its 8th annual event on Sept. 22, 2016.

Kimbia’s clients utilized several innovative platform updates to optimize their donation process including:

  1. Mobile-responsive fundraising commitment center which allows peer-to-peer event participants to have a mobile-friendly experience out-of-the-box
  2. Improvements to team fundraising capabilities within our peer-to-peer solution
  3. The extension of Kimbia’s peer-to-peer fundraising solution alongside Giving Day Events
  4. Simple Pay to increase donor conversion rate by making it easier to re-engage donors
  5. Kimbia Sync updates to make integration with Salesforce seamless

“As we embark on a new year, I always like to take a minute to stop and review where we have been,” said Kimbia CEO Mark Perkins. “I am so proud of our accomplishments and how this company has come together to grow and learn from the challenges faced last year. I know that we are now stronger than ever, and I can’t wait to see what good we can help our clients do in 2017.”

Kimbia will celebrate its 10-year anniversary later this year and is currently on track to raise over a billion dollars for nonprofits around the world since its inception in 2007.

Support Our Soldiers

Here’s how your CSR funding can help support the distraught families of the brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives protecting our country.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of‘s collaboration with

Project by:

Category: Eligible CSR activity as per Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII

(vi) measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows and their dependents;

Here’s what the folks at Ketto have to say about her project:

We’ve started the ‘Support Soldiers’ initiative to help families of our martyred soldiers by facilitating crowdfunding for their survival and sustenance. This initiative will remain active for all days of the year, needless to say, especially when we’re hit by tragic and unfortunate news of another brave soldier losing his life while protecting the country at the border.

If you too would like to show support, then adopt a martyred soldier by starting a fundraiser for them, contribute to either of the fundraisers or simply spread the word by sharing the link with your friends and family.

How can you help them?

These brave soldiers laid down their lives for the country. They joined the army and pledged their life for the safety of the country, a pledge they fulfilled. These brave hearts are survived by their distraught family (they were the sole breadwinners in most cases).

You can show your support for these soldiers by raising funds for them. Simply start a fundraising campaign and reach out to your network by sharing your campaign on social media.

Money raised through an online fundraiser on our platform will be directly transferred into a soldier’s account. This will remove any mismanagement of money and will ensure the money goes to the next of kin.

Progress till date:

Ketto has taken up this initiative after seeing the outcome of the Uri attacks.

We pushed this initiative on social media and saw a number of people/corporates coming forward to start fundraisers/ contribute to ongoing fundraisers. Individuals and a few corporates started almost 30 campaigns and managed to raise over 37L (and counting). This will ensure that the 18 martyrs family will get 2L each. Goes to show how simple yet effective crowdfunding is to help our soldiers.

In 2016 alone, a total of 29 soldiers lost their lives on duty. We have just started this initiative and there’s a lot more that can be done.

Want to Fund this Project?

Visit here and support the cause.

Looking for funding?

If you have a social project that’s high on innovation and impact, but running low on financial fuel, do write in to Nidhi Singh at with your proposal, and we’ll feature it on FUND MY PROJECT.

Gorgeous Zoetrope Animation Device with Modern Spin Making Run on Kickstarter

Press Release – Sacramento, CA – Artist and inventor Les Cookson with the help of illustrator and author Ken Higginson are using the internet to help revitalize the centuries old animation device that started it all—the ZOETROPE. The Kickstarter campaign will run through March 10th, 2017.

The zoetrope, first invented in 1833, was one of the first animation devices, and the granddaddy of modern movies. It consists of a slotted cylinder, or drum, containing animation strips and discs that spin on a wooden stand. By viewing the spinning animation through slits in the drum, the blur of color is broken into a rapid succession of sequential images producing the illusion of motion.

Cookson, with his 10+ years of experience building optical devices, not only designed his zoetrope, the ZOEFLIX, to be functional and beautiful, but also to improve it by adding features like a built-in light to make the images brighter and clearer. Additionally, this new design fits more nicely together and features a solid hardwood stand and lid to balance out its handcrafted, eco-friendly, faux leather drum.

Higginson has thoughtfully remastered the historically inspired zoetrope animations to showcase a full range of artistic possibilities. He is utilizing modern printing technology to add depth to the animations with background elements and creative tweaks that place the characters in a setting and tell a more complete story. The effect is truly mesmerizing as you can see for yourself:

“Today, we are so saturated with electronics that when we see an elegantly simple device like a zoetrope creating a breathtaking moving image—we think it’s magic—and that’s the point! Science and magic used to be one in the same, and the zoetrope embodies that forgotten past.” remarks Cookson.

If the Kickstarter crowd funding is successful, the internet, which has disseminated so many digital GIFs, will have helped revitalized the original GIF—the zoetrope. More information is available at

How Partnering With A Nonprofit Can Boost Your Crowdfunding Success

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

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John Lee Dumas is one of the most successful podcasters on iTunes. Last year, when he decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign for his “Freedom Journal,” he partnered with Pencils of Promise. He raised $453,000 on Kickstarter and donated $75,000 to the nonprofit. Now he’s at it again.

Dumas boasts over 1 million listens to his “Entrepreneur on Fire” podcast every month. You wouldn’t think he “needs” to partner with Pencils of Promise in order to be successful with his campaign. Dumas is a savvy entrepreneur. He’s clearly figured that this is an important part of the strategy.

His last campaign for the “Freedom Journal” raised enough to build three schools in Ghana, Guatemala or Laos, the three countries where the nonprofit operates. For his current campaign launched this morning for his “Mastery Journal,” he hopes to raise $100,000, enough for Pencils of Promise to build four schools.

John Lee Dumas, courtesy of Entrepreneur On Fire

Dumas has not only been successful as a podcaster, talking with successful entrepreneurs seven days a week (here’s his 2014 interview with me), he’s become a business coach for podcasters. He reports his revenue and profit publicly each month. Last year, he reported revenue of $2.6 million and net profit (presumably pre-tax) of $1.7 million.

He says, “My goal with EOFire is to inspire entrepreneurs to succeed, emulate success and avoid mistakes.”

The Mastery Journal is a manual for accomplishing big goals, Dumas explains. In it, he teaches entrepreneurs how to deal with their three biggest problems: lack of productivity, discipline and focus. The book includes a daily guide to building those three powerful skills.

Dumas, who served in the military, says he learned discipline there. But he recognized that he lacked focus and productivity. His business took off once he mastered those skills.

He says the biggest challenge people face is the constant barrage of what he calls “OPA” or “other people’s agenda.” One of the tricks he uses to overcome OPA is to block out 42-minute stretches of time for focused activity with absolutely no distractions allowed.

Dumas acknowledges that some people can’t use the system. For those in 9-to-5 jobs with little autonomy, the Mastery Journal won’t help much–unless they are willing to use the tool for their free time outside of work in an effort to break away from the 9-to-5. He says, “Some people are just in reactionary mode and can’t use the book unless they are ready to leave that behind.”

He believes that the Mastery Journal will help people accomplish their objectives. “A lot of people have amazing voices to share with the world, but they don’t because they don’t give themselves permission to do it. This gives people the structure to be productive and share their message with the world.”

So far on the first day, as of January 23, 2017 at 4:00 Eastern, Dumas’s Kickstarter campaign for The Mastery Journal has raised $29,009, topping the initial goal of $25,000. The campaign ends on February 24, 2017 at 10:59 PM Eastern. In order to reach his goal to donate $100,000 to Pencils of Promise, he’ll need to raise another $571,000.

Dumas clearly believes the partnership with Pencils of Promise is a win for everyone. Not only does it provide needed cash for the organization to deliver on its mission to educate underserved communities, it makes the crowdfunding campaign more appealing to backers. They get both the value of the book but also the honest sense of helping to build a school for deserving children in the developing world.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at noon Eastern, Dumas will join me here for a live discussion about The Mastery Journal, his crowdfunding campaign and the strategic partnership with Pencils of Promise. Tune in here (at the top of this article) then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

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London Regains Its Crown as Crowdfunding Capital of the World

Press Release – London has regained its crown as crowdfunding capital of the world, according to data from The State of the Crowdfunding Nation 2017, a report produced by The Crowd Data Center (TCDC), which has tracked and analysed more than 450k crowdfunding campaigns over the last three years

Figures for the last year show that more than 128.000 campaigns were launched in 2016. From those London outstrips other world cities, including nearest rival Los Angeles – just – to secure the top slot with the most successful campaigns.

America launched the most campaigns nationally, and raised the most money in the last year, but London had the most successfully completed campaigns of any city.

Previously, monthly snapshots showed London leading the way for several months in 2015, but in 2016 it cemented its place firmly ahead of America, the birthplace of crowdfunding.

This growth in “Seed-Crowdfunding” – creating new products, services and business – is heralded as a game-changer in business finance.

CEO of TCDC Barry James explained: “Seed crowdfunding is maturing and as it does there are more entrepreneurs, producing better campaigns, getting more backing – especially in the major centres like London and Los Angeles – with London regaining its lead this last year.

“These super-hubs are hotbeds of early adopters. Which means there’s huge scope for growth as know-how moves beyond these into many more places like Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and smaller towns and cities across the UK – not to mention the world.”

In the UK Edinburgh came second to London, followed up by Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow. There is still a way to go to catch up with London, and TCDC sister organisation The Crowdfunding Center, will be working with funding hubs, LEPs, business advisors and mentors to help move them forward over the next 12 months.

TCDC has also curated startling data on women entrepreneurs; the Women Unbound report, produced in conjunction with PwC, which will reveal the scale of the coming impact of the democratization of finance on women owned businesses. This report will be published in Spring 2017.

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