lg

amazon facebook_32 gplus_32 linkedin_32 pinterest_32 tumblr_32 twitter_32 website_32 youtube_32 email_32 rss_32

The best source for news and information about crowdfunding for good.

Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

General

This category includes articles that apply to crowdfunding in general and may include policy, practice and other stories relevant to everyone.

1 2 3 52

How To Ensure Success In Crowdfunding?

By Valtteri Kaartemo, Head of Research at Masar Smart Energy

Each successful entrepreneur seems to have an opinion on how to design and manage a crowdfunding campaign. Unfortunately, these comments tend to overemphasize the personal experience, and it is challenging to tell whether this advice is valuable for another fund-seeker in another context. I have also been involved in a couple of successful crowdfunding campaigns, and honestly I would not feel comfortable saying that everything that was done in these campaigns influenced its success. Therefore, I do not give my answer based on my reflections. Instead, I let the science tell us what influences crowdfunding performance for real.

As I was curious answering to this question, I reviewed 51 crowdfunding performance articles that had been published in scientific journals by the end of 2016. As a result, I identified four main categories that affect crowdfunding performance: (1) campaign-, (2) crowdfunder-, (3) crowdfunding platform-, and (4) fund-seeker-related factors.

The results show that some of the ideas suggested by seasoned entrepreneurs do not necessarily affect crowdfunding performance positively. Yes, rewards are important for attracting crowdfunders but, for instance, it is not clear how many reward tiers there should be. One research says that a greater number of reward levels is associated with crowdfunding performance, and the other one says that fewer meaningful reward tiers are characteristic to successful campaigns. In addition, it seems that the role of rewards varies between crowdfunding categories. Interestingly, in equity-based crowdfunding it is more likely to meet the funding target when less equity is given away, thus signaling the fund-seeker’s belief in the potential of the company. These findings show that the answer to the question (“How to ensure success in crowdfunding?”) is not a simple one.

Photo by Ezra Jeffrey on Unsplash

Moreover, academic research indicates that it is not enough to have a video to meet the funding target. In fact, my review reveals that there are far more sophisticated findings on how to signal quality in a crowdfunding campaign. For instance, Kim et al. (2016) thoroughly studied signaling credible claims in crowdfunding campaign narratives and found that the language of precision and distinction, such as having a completed campaign; having more referrals, funders, updates, and images; having longer word counts; and containing more negative emotional text influence crowdfunding performance positively in Indiegogo. Tirdatov (2014), in turn, found that the most well-funded projects contain three types of rhetorical appeals: ethos (emphasizing credibility of the speaker), pathos (producing emotions in the crowd), and logos (supporting claims through logical argumentation).

In addition to campaign-related attributes of a successful crowdfunding campaign, it is good to acknowledge the role of crowdfunder-, platform-, and fund-seeker-related elements. Understanding what kind of people typically fund certain campaigns helps fund-seekers to address their message to them, and to find a platform that is friendly to their project. Here, it is also important to be aware of yourself and how to present you and your company to the crowd.

My review provides the first systematic literature review on crowdfunding performance. By revealing state-of-the-art of elements of crowdfunding performance and classifying them in four categories the review helps both entrepreneurs and civil activists in designing campaigns that are more likely to meet the funding targets, as well as crowdfunding scholars to develop the field. The review shows that the results are partly mixed, and the attributes moderate the influence of each other. Therefore, it is awfully difficult to answer to this question at the early stage of crowdfunding industry. We just need to wish crowdfunding researchers give us more answers to this multi-billion dollar question. This would enable entrepreneurs to be more strategic rather than intuitive in designing and managing their crowdfunding campaigns.

Kaartemo, Valtteri (2017) The elements of a successful crowdfunding campaign: A systematic literature review of crowdfunding performance, International Review of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 15, No. 3, Freely available from:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319392255_The_elements_of_a_successful_crowdfunding_campaign_A_systematic_literature_review_of_crowdfunding_performance

This story was originally published here on September 4, 2017


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

Indiegogo Launches Marketplace: Innovative Products that are Shipping Now

Press Release – Indiegogo was created to empower people to unite around the innovative ideas that inspire them, and together make those ideas come to life. For almost 10 years we’ve been working hard to help early adopters get clever new products, regardless of where a product is in its lifecycle. We’ve been busy launching partnerships to empower entrepreneurs with the resources they need to make the products they’ve dreamed of and get them into your hands. Starting today, we’re giving backers direct access to clever new products that are completely ready to ship through The Indiegogo Marketplace.

The Indiegogo Marketplace

Today we’re launching the Indiegogo Marketplace to help you get the clever innovations that you just can’t find anywhere else. Interested in being a part of something groundbreaking? Discover the next big thing through Crowdfunding and InDemand campaigns. Or if patience isn’t your strong suit, you can check out the Indiegogo Marketplace to find the products you love – all with guaranteed shipping.

Clever Things Just For You

We’re also making it easier for you to find the things that you care about most with a new homepage curated just for you, complete with editorialized content to help you learn more about what we’re doing, what our campaigners are doing, and what’s going on in the industry. When you log in we’ll be serving you personalized recommendations front and center based on your customizable interest profile.

Gogo Pop-Up Store

We think this deserves a celebration, so we’re kicking things off with the Gogo Pop-Up store. This limited-time-only pop-up store features some of our favorite products and exclusive deals. We’re also putting together special holiday gift guides to help you choose the perfect things for the people you love. And don’t worry about whether your cousin’s present is going to make it in time: everything in the Gogo Pop-Up store is guaranteed to ship for the holidays.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Partners with All Hands Volunteers for Hope Starts Here Hurricane Relief

Company sets goal of raising $2.5 million and commits up to $1.25 million in matching donations to help reconstruct schools and critical infrastructure in the Caribbean

Press Release – MIAMI, Florida – September 26, 2017 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today announced a partnership with All Hands Volunteers, the world’s leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers, and set a goal to raise $2.5 million for the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program. Under Hope Starts Here, the company is committing to match up to $1.25 million of donations from its valued guests, team members, suppliers and partners in order to substantially help All Hands Volunteers (hands.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit relief organization, and Happy Hearts Fund (happyheartsfund.org) deliver early relief response for the Florida Keys, and rebuild safe, resilient schools in the Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“We are heartbroken to see the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria have inflicted on the Florida Keys and several Caribbean islands, where our ships have been visiting since the beginning of our 50 years in business,” said Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “The Caribbean is part of our family, and we are grateful to work with All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund to create the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program and do our part in giving back to these destinations. We’re proud to start our campaign with a $600,000 donation to help begin the rebuilding efforts.”

“We are incredibly grateful for this support from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., and for our continued partnership with Happy Hearts Fund to provide their support and expertise,” said David Campbell, Chairman and Founder of All Hands Volunteers. “As the single largest donation in our organization’s history, this funding could not have come at a more crucial time as we work to rebuild communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands after the destruction brought by recent natural disasters, Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All Hands Volunteers will work together with the local communities to meet their long-term needs and rebuild hope.”

“We are thrilled to receive this donation from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and to work in partnership with All Hands Volunteers with their hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean islands and the Florida Keys,” said Petra Nemcova, Founder of Happy Hearts Fund. “This funding will allow us to together rebuild safe, resilient schools in areas most impacted by recent natural disasters to keep children safe, but also to ensure that these communities are not forgotten when the emergency response efforts are complete. Children often wait four or more years for schools to be rebuilt, and I hope that more companies will take the same thoughtful actions for long-term recovery.”

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. immediately deployed Norwegian Sky to St. Thomas, USVI to bring 35 pallets of much-needed supplies and assist in humanitarian efforts to evacuate residents and visitors. Additionally, one of the company’s newest ships, Norwegian Escape, also housed approximately 4,000 displaced guests who were unable to secure flights home due to hurricane closures. The company is continuing to collect essential items, including medical supplies, diapers, baby formula, water, food, construction materials, blankets, sleeping pods and more, and is working with partners on the ground to support disaster relief efforts. To help hurricane relief and recovery, and to make a donation that will be matched [1] by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., please visit http://www.ncl.com/hope-starts-here.

About All Hands Volunteers

Since its inception following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004, All Hands Volunteers has responded to 79 disasters worldwide, engaging over 39,000 volunteers to help more than 500,000 individuals impacted by natural disasters all over the world; including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in 2015. Philanthropic leaders say the organization is known for being nimble, collaborative, and professional in its response to the immediate and long term needs of those suffering in the aftermath of a natural disaster. All Hands Volunteers has received Charity Navigator’s highest 4 Star Rating. All Hands Volunteers currently has disaster relief programs in Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Louisiana, Missouri, Nepal and Peru. Find out more at http://www.hands.org.

About Happy Hearts Fund

Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), founded in 2006 by Petra Nemcova after she survived the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, rebuilds safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. HHF works during the gap period when children are forgotten after emergency response is complete, bringing hope and empowerment to generations of children and entire communities. Globally, Happy Hearts Fund is active in 10 countries and has built 165 schools. Since inception their programs have benefited more than 110,000 children and 618,000 community members. For more information, please visit www.happyheartsfund.org.

About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 25 ships with approximately 50,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 510 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce seven additional ships through 2025, and has an option to introduce two additional ships for delivery in 2026 and 2027.

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the industry’s most inclusive luxury experience aboard its all-suite fleet. A voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises includes all-suite accommodations, round-trip domestic air and business-class air on intercontinental flights from U.S. and Canada, highly personalized service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this release, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategy, financial position, results of operations, plans, prospects and objectives of management for future operations (including expected charitable donations), are forward-looking statements. Many, but not all, of these statements can be found by looking for words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “intend,” “future,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the impact of: adverse general economic and related factors, such as fluctuating or increasing levels of unemployment, underemployment and the volatility of fuel prices, declines in the securities and real estate markets, and perceptions of these conditions that decrease the level of disposable income of consumers or consumer confidence; adverse events impacting the security of travel, such as terrorist acts, armed conflict and threats thereof, acts of piracy, and other international events; the risks and increased costs associated with operating internationally; our expansion into and investments in new markets; breaches in data security or other disturbances to our information technology and other networks; the spread of epidemics and viral outbreaks; adverse incidents involving cruise ships; changes in fuel prices and/or other cruise operating costs; any impairment of our tradenames or goodwill; our hedging strategies; our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage; our substantial indebtedness, including the ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations, and to generate the necessary amount of cash to service our existing debt; restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business; the significant portion of our assets pledged as collateral under our existing debt agreements and the ability of our creditors to accelerate the repayment of our indebtedness; volatility and disruptions in the global credit and financial markets, which may adversely affect our ability to borrow and could increase our counterparty credit risks, including those under our credit facilities, derivatives, contingent obligations, insurance contracts and new ship progress payment guarantees; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; overcapacity in key markets or globally; our inability to recruit or retain qualified personnel or the loss of key personnel; future changes relating to how external distribution channels sell and market our cruises; our reliance on third parties to provide hotel management services to certain ships and certain other services; delays in our shipbuilding program and ship repairs, maintenance and refurbishments; future increases in the price of, or major changes or reduction in, commercial airline services; seasonal variations in passenger fare rates and occupancy levels at different times of the year; our ability to keep pace with developments in technology; amendments to our collective bargaining agreements for crew members and other employee relation issues; the continued availability of attractive port destinations; pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; changes involving the tax and environmental regulatory regimes in which we operate; and other factors set forth under “Risk Factors” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we expect to operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change of events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement was based, except as required by law.

[1] Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. will match up to $1.25 million in donations.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Partners With Solar Nonprofit In First-Of-Its-Kind Crowdfunding Opportunity

RE-volv awarded $120,000 grant to provide solar energy to nonprofit organizations

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO – The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will provide a $120,000 award to the solar nonprofit RE-volv in an effort to expand access to affordable solar energy for nonprofit organizations around the country. The partnership, announced yesterday, will provide match funding for RE-volv’s unique crowd-funding platform, allowing donors the opportunity to double their contributions with the support of academy-award winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

RE-volv supports solar energy projects for nonprofits that lack access to financing options. An estimated 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. face financial barriers to obtaining solar power, as they do not qualify for solar tax credits or are too small to attract traditional investors. RE-volv bridges this funding gap for organizations that provide valuable public services to vulnerable communities, including homeless shelters, schools, community centers, and houses of worship. This is the largest grant to date for RE-volv, a two-time awardee of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

“RE-volv is working to make sure that the benefits of solar can reach everyone, including nonprofit organizations and the people they serve,” said Andreas Karelas, Executive Director of RE-volv. “Thanks to this generous grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, RE-volv will be able to scale its impact and bring solar to even more nonprofits around the country.”

RE-volv’s unique crowd-funding platform is the first to employ a revolving fund. Donors select a specific nonprofit to support and, as the project pays back dividends through a solar lease agreement, the user can then reinvest in new solar projects through the RE-volv platform. This pay-it-forward model helps to accelerate solar energy deployment in local communities while keeping donors engaged in solar projects.

“The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is excited to support RE-volv,” said Gregory Lopez, Climate Program Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. “Not only is their work important in deploying solar energy and reducing greenhouse gasses, their unique model provides an introduction of accessible, renewable energy to new communities.”

To date, RE-volv has raised over $300,000 from over 1,000 people in 22 countries. It has crowdfunded ten solar projects (150 kW of capacity) in four states, include Harbor House in Oakland, which serves refugee, immigrant, and low-income families with after-school programs and ESL classes, and Morris Chapel Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in Philadelphia. Thanks to the solar projects, grantees are expected to save between 15 and 40 percent on their electric bills. In total, these ten nonprofits will save more than $1.5 million over the life of their solar energy systems. RE-volv’s solar revolving fund, the Solar Seed Fund, is now worth $650,000 in future lease payments from these ten projects – payments which will be used to finance at least 20 more solar energy projects.

In addition to financing projects, RE-volv trains college students and community volunteers to become Solar Ambassadors, who in turn lead them on the ground efforts to deploy solar. RE-volv has educated 10,000 people about solar energy through training, outreach, and more than 100 events.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

Impact Housing REIT, LLC Launches $35 Million Equity Crowdfunding Opportunity Focused on Solving the Housing Crisis in America on ImpactHousing.com

CrowdStreet, a leading real estate investment technology provider, is powering the online investment offering and providing access to their existing network of accredited and unaccredited investors.

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – September 20, 2017 — Impact Housing REIT, LLC (ImpactHousing.com), a new apartment real estate investment trust led by Edward (“Eddie”) P. Lorin, a 30-year multifamily real estate veteran, is pleased to announce that its $35 million direct public offering under Regulation A+ has been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is now open for investment. All investors – accredited and unaccredited, domestic and international – can invest directly in Impact Housing REIT Series A equity round for as little as $1,000. To read more and/or get started with an investment, click here.

Poor housing conditions due to a rising economy, extreme weather conditions, and poverty is effecting our health, quality of life, and country, as a whole. Impact Housing is the first REIT in the country using the new equity crowdfunding laws to focus on America’s housing crisis, specifically on creating affordable, livable, distinctive multifamily communities for America’s working people and their families.

Employing a strategy that Mr. Lorin has refined over decades, Impact Housing plans to buy neglected, poorly managed apartment buildings throughout the U.S., and transform them into thriving, healthy, family-oriented communities. Upgrades typically include new amenities, refreshed and upgraded interiors, resort style pools, playgrounds, state-of-the-art fitness centers, BBQs, dog parks, community gardens and open space social areas. Click here to view our Property Gallery.

In addition, Impact Housing is partnered with the HAPI Foundation (Healthy Apartment Property Initiative), a 501(c)(3) organization, and together, provide FREE afterschool programming (including a free healthy meal when possible), health and wellness education to the resident children and their families. To see our impact with HAPI, click here.

Eddie Lorin, Founder of Impact Housing REIT, commented, “In my 30+ years of experience in multifamily real estate, upgrading neglected properties and turning them into thriving communities has proven to enhance residents’ lives, increase retention and referrals, and reduce vacancy. When you give people a nice home and community that’s affordable, they tend to be happier. They stay, pay and refer their friends. This goes directly to our bottom line and has allowed us to deliver to our investors not only a good financial return, but also a good social return. It’s a win-win.”

The technology enabling this online investment offering is backed by CrowdStreet, a leading provider of real estate fundraising and investor management solutions. In addition, CrowdStreet is providing its established network of over 25,000 investors the ability to directly invest in Impact Housing REIT using the CrowdStreet Marketplace at https://www.crowdstreet.com. Impact Housing REIT marks the second real estate investment opportunity open to CrowdStreet’s entire network of investors, both accredited and unaccredited.

Impact Housing REIT is not your typical startup. Prior to launching Impact Housing REIT, Eddie’s team, acting as either Principal or Advisor, has transformed over 40,000 apartment units into safe, quality homes for hard-working individuals and families. Their prior portfolios consistently demonstrated “full” occupancy levels. By implementing value-add improvement plans, the team has achieved, on average, 95% stabilized occupancy upon completion of renovations on new acquisitions, and attribute success to a variety of factors including and most notably, strong local relationships with real estate brokers, servicers, lenders, and property managers.

CAUTION: PRIOR PERFORMANCE DOES NOT GUARANTY FUTURE RESULTS.
AN INVESTMENT IN IMPACT HOUSING REIT, LLC INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT RISKS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE OUR OFFERING CIRCULAR.

Lorin added, “The ability for Impact Housing to utilize new crowdfunding laws to circumvent the middleman and bring more efficient financial returns directly to everyone, regardless of income level or wealth, is remarkable to say the least. The more money raised through the Impact Housing REIT offering, the more we can meet the shortage of decent workforce housing that’s affordable in our country and deliver market rate returns to our investors.

We are thrilled to partner with CrowdStreet in this initiative. CrowdStreet’s technology platform provides us with the confidence needed to both fundraise online at scale, and then effectively and efficiently manage the investors for the duration of their investment. The unique ability to solicit new investors, transact offers, and efficiently manage hundreds of subscribed investors, all using a single platform, makes CrowdStreet an essential part of this Regulation A offering.”

Tore Steen, CEO of CrowdStreet, commented “We’re excited to partner with Impact Housing on the launch of the Impact Housing REIT offering, and expand the availability of social-responsible investments to investors of all types. We look forward to making this investment offering visible, accessible, and actionable to more than 100 million eligible U.S. investors.”

To learn more and take part in Impact Housing REIT investment offering please visit https://invest.impacthousing.com/.

About Impact Housing REIT, LLC

Impact Housing REIT, LLC is a company newly founded by Edward (“Eddie”) P. Lorin, a 30-year multifamily real estate veteran, focusing primarily on value-add and/or under-performing multifamily properties nationwide. The Sponsor, Strategic Realty Holdings (SRH), was formed by Eddie Lorin in 2014. Eddie Lorin, along with his core management team from Strategic Realty Capital (SRC), a private multifamily investment company co-founded by Eddie Lorin, come equipped with many years of experience in multifamily real estate. Since 2001, the Impact Housing management team, has participated, as Principal or Advisor, in the purchase and transformation of more than $3 Billion worth of multifamily real estate amounting to more than 180 communities with approximately 40,000 apartment units nationwide.

For more information about Impact Housing REIT and to invest in its $35 million Series A Offering, please visit: www.ImpactHousing.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter at @theGOODREIT.

About CrowdStreet

CrowdStreet is a leading real estate investing technology provider that is transforming fundraising by providing CRE firms a scalable platform for growing and managing a large investor-base. CrowdStreet’s platform enables online fundraising at scale, and also extends beyond the funding of a deal, cultivating and growing lifetime value for CRE firms through the building, managing and expanding of ongoing investor relationships. For additional information, please visit www.crowdstreet.com.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin

One Warm Coat Kicks Off Its 25th Season Of Giving

Organization hopes to unite supporters to help provide 1 million coats this winter

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, [Sept. 18, 2017] – This week, One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing a free, warm coat to any person in need, kicks off its new season of giving celebrating a 25 year milestone of warming communities. Since its start in 1992, the organization has positively impacted communities and lives across the country by getting coats to millions of neighbors in need. Coats are distributed for free and without discrimination to anyone in need, including children, students, the homeless, working men and women, seniors on fixed incomes, those living in nursing facilities and so many others.

In the past 25 years, One Warm Coat has inspired tremendous giving and generosity among individuals and organizations:

  • One Warm Coat has facilitated more than 27,000 coat drives
  • Coat drives have been held in every state and 10 countries
  • To date, more than 5 million coats have been distributed
  • Funds are used efficiently, with an average of .50 per coat
  • More than 10,000 companies within different industries have worked with One Warm Coat, including Coca-Cola, Delta, Brooks Brothers, Glad and Eddie Bauer to name a few.

“We’re incredibly proud of our accomplishments – what started with one coat drive in San Francisco 25 years ago has spread warmth across the country with more than 27,000 coat drives,” said Jennifer Stockard, president and chief executive officer. “However, we realize that there is still a great need – nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty — and we hope to encourage even more donations with our 25th Anniversary season and the help of our amazing supporters.”

One Warm Coat provides the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. All it takes is 6 easy steps! Once a drive is registered, One Warm Coat sends Ambassadors (individuals, schools, community groups, church groups and businesses) all of the materials needed to hold a successful coat drive, including a banner, box labels, stickers and more. Once coats are collected, they are distributed in the local communities, through One Warm Coat’s network of nonprofit partners, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.

There are many ways to get involved with One Warm Coat. Individuals can hold a coat drive, donate a coat to a coat drive in their neighborhood or donate funds. Learn more by visiting onewarmcoat.org/youcanhelp. To make a donation right now, text “WARM” to 80100 to donate $10.00 or text “COAT” to 80100 to donate $5.00.

Share the warmth with @onewarmcoat using the hashtags #warmamillion, #igavewarmth #onewarmcoat

About One Warm Coat:

The organization began in 1992 with its first coat drive on a Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco. Since its inception, One Warm Coat has grown as a national organization supporting over 3,500 coat drives each year. In dedicating the last 25 years to helping provide a warm coat to anyone in need, free of charge, OWC has received countless awards such as a Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, a Gold Star Nonprofit by Guidestar and has partnered with companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta and Brooks Brothers just to name a few. You can learn more at: https://www.onewarmcoat.org/


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

‘Unstoppable’ Mom, Cancer Survivor Creates New Fertility App

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask a doctor but couldn’t find one to ask? Have you ever wanted a second opinion but decided it would take too long or cost too much?

Alice Crisci did. Unlike the rest of us who’d had such problems, she decided to do something about it. She founded Ovum Medical to provide MedAnswers, an iPhone app that gives patients direct access to doctors and other experts to answer questions. Crisci plans to launch Android and web versions of the service before the end of 2017.

She traces the history of the company to her own scare with cancer. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was only 31 years old.” Three weeks after her cancer diagnosis she launched a nonprofit called Fertile Action.

Alice Crisci, MedAnswers

“When I was diagnosed with cancer I didn’t see a second opinion oncologist until I was already going through treatment. He didn’t even agree with the treatment plan that I was going through. So I connected the two oncologists in a conference call so I could hear both of their approaches.”

Last year, she came up with the idea for MedAnswers and began working to bring it to market. The app is already available for free in the App Store.

The app allows multiple experts, typically medical doctors, to offer answers and then to vote them up or down so users can see a consensus forming around the best answer.

Today, the company is conducting two simultaneous securities offerings to raise money, including a crowdfunding campaign via Start Engine. There, she set a goal of just $10,000 but has raised over $107,000.

For now, the app only provides answers in the fertility space but the plan is to broaden the reach of the experts organically until it covers the universe of health care questions. “We called it MedAnswers and not infertility answers or oncology answers because we want to help people in their moment of health care crisis,” Crisci says.

Jenifer Gausman, a life-long friend and committed investor in the company, says, “MedAnswers solves the information overload by less reliable sources by connecting patients to experts that answer their questions.”

MedAnswers, iPhone app

Christina Stramacchia got to know Crisci through a fertility group on Facebook. She is using the app and says, “I have posted several questions – response time is excellent, and the feedback is professional and informative. Many times the responses are aligned with my RE [reproductive endocrinologist] and nurse opinions. In some cases, when I present the information I have gathered on MedAnswers, they are able to elaborate on the explanation I was given on MedAnswers.”

Crisci explains that she has found experts in seven fields related to infertility who have signed up to provide answers on the app. The fields include reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, geneticists, genetic counselors, psychologists, urologists and reproductive attorneys. [Insert your own joke about multiplying lawyers here.]

These are early days for the young social enterprise. The app launched in the App Store only in June. Crisci acknowledges that “we’re still newbies.”

Gausman says, “If Alice has her way, she will ensure every patient seeking fertility answers will have that access. She is unstoppable.”

Over 1 million people have read my books; have you? Learn more about my courses on entrepreneurship, crowdfunding and corporate social responsibility here.


Never miss another interview! Join Devin here!

Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

 

Troy Aikman Teams Up with United Way and Charity Network to Launch Breakout Digital Fundraising Campaign for North Texas

Press Release – DALLAS, TX – Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is leading a new team: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Announcing partnerships with Charity Network and world-renowned business leaders, the #UniteWithTroy campaign year will feature a first-of-its-kind digital fundraising strategy sure to be one for the record books. Proceeds raised benefit the work of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, committed to ensuring all in North Texas have the opportunity to get a quality education, a stable job and lead healthy lives.

“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is about lifting up those in need and helping them thrive, both now and in the future,” said Aikman. “I’m proud to lead this effort to raise money and awareness to ensure a North Texas community thriving with healthy, educated and financially stable residents. United, we can help those who want to do good, do great.”

The organization’s 93rd annual campaign, #UniteWithTroy will engage long-standing corporate, civic and philanthropic relationships, while establishing new ones through innovative digital fundraising strategies. Dallas billionaire entrepreneur Todd Wagner’s Charity Network and United Way are teaming up, leveraging Aikman’s 2017-18 campaign chairmanship to offer unique experiences through online fundraising channels Charitybuzz and Prizeo.

Prizeo provides an opportunity for Aikman to engage with fans and supporters, allowing them to donate as little as $10 to be entered for a chance to win dinner with the most famous trio in NFL history: Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. In addition to the grand prize, fans can win other rewards for entering, including a signed football, and limited-edition merchandise. To enter to win, fans can visit www.unitewithtroy.org today through Dec. 31, 2017.

Aikman and United Way are also utilizing Charity Network’s Charitybuzz online auction site, which features once-in-a-lifetime luxury and celebrity experiences and attracts a community of 250,000 bidders around the world. Through Charitybuzz, Aikman will invite fans to bid on exclusive opportunities to join him in select cities for a cocktail party the Friday night before select NFL games, along with chances to be on the sideline during pre-game and then meet him and Joe Buck in the broadcast booth. Games featured include Cowboys at Broncos (9/17), Giants at Eagles (9/24), Packers at Cowboys (10/8), Packers at Vikings (10/15), and Cowboys at Redskins (10/29). Flights and hotel accommodations are not included with these packages.

“Given Troy’s celebrity and United Way’s credibility as a trusted, impactful charity, the potential for this campaign is enormous,” said Todd Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Charity Network. “Together we can harness the power of celebrity, technology and media to reach a broad and diverse group of donors and take fundraising to a whole new level.”

Aikman and his former teammates will not be the only ones offering exclusive experiences. Business and philanthropic leaders will donate an hour or more of their time in efforts to raise more money for United Way. Every global CEO who has served as United Way annual campaign chair since 2011, including Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T; Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments; Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Tom Greco, President and CEO of Advance Auto Parts and former CEO of Frito-Lay North America; David T. Seaton, Chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation; and Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation, are committed to auction off a power lunch or breakfast meeting through the annual Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction this Fall. Meetings with entrepreneurs and business leaders have proven to be one of the most successful fundraising categories on Charitybuzz; for example, coffee with Tim Cook, Chairman and CEO of Apple, recently sold for more than $600,000.

“The united show of support from Troy’s campaign chair predecessors speaks volumes to the level of success he’s positioned to achieve for our community,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Under Troy’s very capable and recognizable leadership, and with the help of Charity Network’s powerful digital platforms, this campaign will raise much-needed funds, attract new audiences, and capitalize on engagement opportunities to further United Way’s cause like never before.”

The United Way has also produced three 30-second Public Service Announcement spots featuring Aikman, aimed at communicating United Way’s mission and message to a greater national audience. This marks the first time United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has undertaken such a comprehensive television campaign.

To learn more about #UniteWithTroy, visit UniteWithTroy.org.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

DiversyFund Unveils No Fee Real Estate Income Fund

August 15, 2017 @ 8:43 am By Samantha Hurst

DiversyFund, Inc., an online real estate investment platform, announced on Tuesday its “no fee” real estate debt fund to investors. The lender stated that with the Fund, investors gain the ability to invest in a diversified portfolio of real estate debt investments that target risk-adjusted returns and generate passive income.

According to DiversyFund, the new Fund already has a four-year track record since its launch in March 2013, posting an average annualized net return of 11.4% since inception through Q1 2017, a track record that few Wall Street funds have been able to match. The Fund targets passive income by making real estate-backed debt investments in assets featured on DiversyFund’s platform. The Fund makes quarterly distributions of interest income to its investors and has never lost any investor principal. The minimum investment amount is $10,000.

Similar real estate debt funds and Wall Street hedge funds often charge their investors a heavy fee load consisting of a 1 to 2% asset management fee per year and an additional profit-sharing fee, known as the carried interest.

Alan Lewis, Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of the Fund’s manager at DiversyFund, stated:

“One of the hallmarks of real estate crowdfunding has been to reduce fees by cutting out the brokers and middlemen and reducing management fees. We decided to take this industry innovation one step further by eliminating all fees typically charged to investors by other diversified funds in the market. Unlike other real estate funds, we believe we have created a better business model, by developing our real estate projects in-house, that allows us to declare war on fees while also giving our investors greater quality control and superior investor reporting.”

Craig Cecilio

Craig Cecilio, CEO and founder of DiversyFund, added:

“Offering our ‘no fee’ passive income Fund to the investing public was a natural progression in DiversyFund’s goal to consistently find ways to offer superior real estate investments that utilize technology for greater transparency while eliminating the investor fees that have long been a necessary evil in the industry. Our Company is proud to be a pioneer in an industry that is revolutionizing the way average investors access alternative investments like real estate.”

This post originally appeared here.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

Salt Lake City Family Unites for Children’s Cancer Research

Superheroes Unite! event provides day of fun for children with cancer, benefits CureSearch non-profit

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT – Cheryl and Jeff Rounds have one word to describe their five-year-old daughter Annika: Magnificent. In her fight with stage-four neuroblastoma, Annika, who was diagnosed with this pediatric cancer at 10 weeks old, has faced her battles with grace and bravery. A sight that is, her parents say, magnificent to witness.

Neuroblastoma, a tumor that often originates in the adrenal glands, is the second-most common solid tumor in childhood. It accounts for five percent of the more than 15,000 diagnoses of childhood cancer each year. Annika, who is also described by her parents as “an amazing little fighter,” is facing her fourth relapse with this disease.

The Rounds family will be among the participants at Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite!, a day of play for children battling cancer (the superheroes) and their sidekicks – parents, siblings, caregivers, friends, and extended family members. The event, to be held September 23, 2017, at Salt Lake City’s Sugar House Park, doubles as a fundraiser for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national foundation committed to ending childhood cancer through research and innovation.

“Fighting cancer can be a very lonely job, but CureSearch reminds us that we’re not alone in this fight,” Cheryl says. “Childhood cancer research is so drastically underfunded, but with each new CureSearch-funded study I see, I have a renewed hope that more children will be successfully treated of their cancers.”

Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite! is one of many CureSearch programs that aid in funding children’s cancer research and in driving patient impact. The organization encourages the general public to participate or volunteer at CureSearch events in their communities. To register or to learn more about Superheroes Unite! and other programs, visit curesearch.org/Fundraise.

Source: https://curesearch.org/Salt-Lake-City-Family-Unites-for-Childrens-Cancer-Research


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

1 2 3 52
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here!
Subscribe to news from GoodCrowd.info.
* = required field
Content I want:



Find Us on

amazon facebook_32 gplus_32 linkedin_32 pinterest_32 tumblr_32 twitter_32 website_32 youtube_32 email_32 rss_32