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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.


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Wuji Announces Launch of Crowdfunding Campaign at UN General Assembly

Wuji Aims to Launch Operations Within Three Months of Meeting Crowdfunding Goal

Press Release – September 18th, 2017 – New York, NY – Wuji, the world’s first Eco-conscious ride-share company, today announced the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Monday, September 18th at the U.N. General Assembly in NYC.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wuji-the-world-s-first-eco-friendly-ride-share-technology#/

Wuji is dedicated to making a positive environmental and human impact by partnering with earth-friendly and progressive organizations such as Tesla Sustainable Villages, which is helping establish an off-grid sustainable HQ for Wuji in the Chicagoland area, and Treesisters.org, which empowers women to plant trees across the globe.

“My goal with Wuji is to model a new way for business to function. Moving into the future, businesses must aim to become regenerative models that give back to future generations. Today more than ever, people want to align their values with their spending habits, and Wuji is an easy way to vote with your dollar and be the change you want to see in the world,” said Stephen Cutter, CVO of Wuji.

As part of a commitment to providing a positive impact for riders and drivers beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Wuji provides support for women and marginalized riders with safety features such as an integration with Guard Llama (as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank). It also offers fair and equitable opportunities for its drivers through equity-sharing programs (such as offering the opportunity to earn passive income by signing up new riders) and maintaining a driver representative on its board.

“Our grassroots organizational and financial model means we care about the planet and people alongside profits. Wuji’s goal is to have many people earn a fair living while being treated well. It also means we’ll give back to every community where we operate, letting riders donate by rounding up or adding $1 to give a ride to someone in need. It means playing a crucial part in transporting veterans to doctors’ appointments, elementary school students to community gardens and after school programs, and senior citizens to social engagements.”

Wuji’s Partnerships:

About​ ​Wuji,​ ​LLC

Wuji is the world’s first eco-conscious ride-share company dedicated to making a positive environmental and human impact. Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions and partner with organizations dedicated to restoring our planet’s health, both while providing safe and reliable access to transportation.


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Crowdfunding Platform Directory

This list of crowdfunding platforms does not purport to be complete, but it will include dozens of crowdfunding sites you can consider for your campaign, giving you plenty of candidates for fundraising.

If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

Investment Crowdfunding Sites (click on the Name/URL to see a more complete profile):

Name/URL Social Impact Focus
BankRoll Includes Social Impact
EarlyShares Includes Social Impact
Equity Net Includes Social Impact
Flashfunders Includes Social Impact
Funding Circle Includes Social Impact
Funding Circle US Includes Social Impact
Gust Includes Social Impact
Localstake Includes Social Impact
Milaap Social Ventures Pte Ltd Includes Social Impact
Mindfull Investors Includes Social Impact
OfferBoard Includes Social Impact
OurCrowd Includes Social Impact
Rabble Includes Social Impact
RedCrow Includes Social Impact
Seed Equity Includes Social Impact
SeedUps Canada Includes Social Impact
StartEngine Includes Social Impact
SunFunder Includes Social Impact
NextSeed Includes Social Impact

Crowdfunding Sites for Donations and Rewards (click on the Name/URL to see a more complete profile):

Name/URL Personal/Nonprofit/Socent/Other/Everything
Classy Socent/Nonprofit
ClassWallet.com Socent/Other
CommitChange Nonprofit
CureCrowd Other
Deposit a Gift Personal/Nonprofit
DonorsChoose.org Nonprofit
FreeFunder Personal
Fundly Personal/Nonprofit
FundRazr Personal/Nonprofit
Giveffect Inc. Nonprofit
GlobalGiving Nonprofit
GoFundMe Personal
HIPGive Socent/Other
Hispanics in Philanthropy Socent/Other
iFundWomen Socent/Other
Indiegogo Everything
IndieCrowdFunder.com Personal/Socent/Other
Kickstarter Socent/Other
Kickante Everything
Kimbia Nonprofit
LoveAnimals.org Nonprofit/Other
Patreon Personal/Socent
peerbackers Socent
PledgeCents Personal/Other
RallyMe Personal/Other
Razoo Personal/Nonprofit
RideToGive Personal
RocketHub Nonprofit/Socent/Other
Spotfund Nonprofit/Other
Watsi Nonprofit
Women You Should Fund Socent/Other
Women’s Worldwide Web (W4) Socent/Other
121Giving Nonprofit

Real Estate Focused Sites (click on the Name/URL to see a more complete profile):

Name/URL
CrowdVenture, LLC
Fundrise
GROUNDFLOOR
Loquidity
Patch of Land
Prodigy Network
RealtyMogul
Wellesley & Co.

If you know of a site that we should add to our list, please alert us here.

“Women You Should Fund” Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About Women You Should Fund:

Women You Should Fund is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform brought to you by Women You Should Know, a leading digital hub of women’s and girls’ empowerment.

After more than 5 years supporting and celebrating women, using the power of storytelling and story sharing to inspire a dynamic and evergrowing social community, we’ve expanded our mission. Women You Should Fund sets entrepreneurial ideas into motion by helping women and women-led teams make their products, projects, and business ventures a reality.

Now is the time to fuel the innovation of women entrepreneurs, to ignite the most direct form of investment, and to harness the power of our established, engaged community, which thrives on women and their allies supporting each other.

 

iFundWomen Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About iFundWomen:

iFundWomen is a crowdfunding platform for women-led businesses and their creative ideas. Our mission is simple: to close the extreme funding and confidence gap that exists today for female entrepreneurs.

High School Football Teams Across America Unite To Raise Funds For St. Jude With Every Touchdown Scored

Pledge It and MaxPreps Kickoff 2nd Annual National Campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, September 11, 2017Pledge It, the nation’s leading performance-based crowdfunding platform and MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader and a CBS Sports Digital property, are joining forces to launch the 2nd annual Touchdowns Against Cancer program, the first-of-its-kind national high school football initiative aimed to unify teams across the country for a common cause: defeating childhood cancer. Last year, nearly 200 high schools from across the country raised over $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, every touchdown scored by participating high schools between September 14 – 30 will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. High school teams nationwide will launch Pledge It campaigns enabling their fans to pledge a donation for every touchdown scored. Varsity high school football coaches can enroll their team on touchdownsagainstcancer.com. Fans of high school football everywhere are encouraged to recruit their coaches to participate. Funds raised through this campaign will benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: finding cures and saving children.

“We witnessed so many special moments last year with high school student-athletes and their communities pledging their performance on Friday nights to support children and their families fighting childhood cancer. Together, we raised over $100,000 for St. Jude and we’re excited about the overwhelming response to join this year’s Touchdowns Against Cancer program,” said Scott Shirley, Founder & CEO of Pledge It. “Together with MaxPreps, we can create opportunities for teams to make a positive impact and empower them to help St. Jude defeat childhood cancer.”

“MaxPreps supports the role high school sports play in unifying local communities and teaching teens important life lessons through sports,” said Andy Beal, Founder and President of MaxPreps. “Every team has a player, parent, coach or classmate affected by cancer, and we are proud to partner with Pledge It and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to bring high school football teams and fans together, nationwide, to fight childhood cancer.”

“St. Jude is deeply appreciative of the incredibly compassionate varsity high school football teams, coaches and fans across the country who have set the standard for generosity by joining together each year for a common purpose: to help St. Jude find cures and save the lives of kids who are facing childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We cannot thank them enough for their tremendous commitment to our mission,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “This campaign, which launches during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, will help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue to push the search for cures, and ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

To learn more about the program, visit touchdownsagainstcancer.com.


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Telemundo Comes Together In Support Of Hurricane Harvey Victims With “Red Cross Day” Friday, September 1

All-Day Special Programming Across the Network’s Daily Shows, Digital Platforms and Around the Clock Coverage on Telemundo Local Stations To Help Raise Funds Through www.elpoderenti.com/cruzroja and 1-800-596-6567

Press Release – MIAMI – August 31, 2017 – Telemundo announced it has joined forces with the Red Cross to present a full day of special programming across all of the network’s daily shows and digital platforms on Friday, September 1st. Complementing the continuous news coverage led by Telemundo’s news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart and the local station’s news reporters, the awareness and fundraising initiative will help collect funds for the victims of the devastating Hurricane Harvey, a large segment of which are Hispanics, through www.elpoderenti.com/cruzroja or by calling 1-800-596-6567. The Red Cross day begins with morning show “Un Nuevo Dia,” (7a/6c), where Roberto Baltodano, spokesperson for the Red Cross will join the show’s hosts, and continue with “Suelta La Sopa” (3p/2c), “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” (4p/3c), “Noticias Telemundo” (6:30p/5:30c) and “Titulares y Mas” (11:35p/10:35c).

“The Red Cross is working around the clock in extremely challenging conditions in Texas to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO at the American Red Cross. “We couldn’t do it without the generosity of our amazing donors – like NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises. With their support the Red Cross can be there when disaster strikes to respond with shelter, food and the necessary supplies to ensure people are cared for, and to help during the recovery process. We’re extremely grateful for their support.”

“As part of our mission to serve our community, we are proud to partner with the Red Cross to help raise funds for the thousands of victims in Texas,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “The Red Cross is an outstanding organization and the great work they are doing is inspiring. We are working with them around the clock, at the national and local level, to get the message out and help the victims and heroes of Texas at this time of great need.”

Locally, Telemundo stations, including Telemundo Houston, will continue their around-the-clock and in-depth coverage including live breaking news from the affected areas. In addition, today Telemundo62 Philadelphia and Telemundo 20 San Diego will host phone banks with sister stations NBC10 Philadelphia and NBC 7 San Diego. Meanwhile, Telemundo 51 Miami will air a special 30-minute program “Ayuda a Victimas de Harvey” today at 5 PM, live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami where supplies are being donated by South Floridians to support hurricane relief efforts. NBC 6 in South Florida will also air a half-hour program beginning at 5:30 PM that will highlight the region’s hurricane relief efforts. Tomorrow, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles and NBC4 Southern California will host a phone bank to support American Red Cross efforts.

In addition, on Wednesday, September 6, Telemundo Puerto Rico will host a phone bank in partnership with the local American Red Cross chapter to raise funds for individuals and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey; Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia and sister station NBC Bay Area will also host a phone bank to support hurricane victims.


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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.


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Communities In Schools Announces the All In For Texas Relief Fund to Support CIS Affiliates Serving 330,000 Students

$500,000 Donation Kicks off Fundraising Effort

Press Release – Arlington, Va. – Aug. 29, 2017Communities In Schools, (CIS) has announced the creation of the All In For Texas Relief Fund to support CIS affiliates who have suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Relief Fund is being launched with an initial pledge of $500,000 by an anonymous donor in honor of the late Texas Governor Mark White and his widow, Linda Gale White, long-time supporters of CIS.

CIS, a national network of affiliates working inside district and charter schools to empower at-risk students to stay in school, has 10 affiliates along the Texas Gulf Coast that have been impacted by the storm including:

An eleventh affiliate, CIS of Cameron County, was also impacted by the storm but has chosen not to participate in the fund at this time so that others have added resources.

Together, those CIS affiliates employ 335 caring professionals who work inside schools with a total enrollment in excess of 330,000 students each year. The Relief Fund will provide essential emergency services and long-term support for those affiliates, allowing them to resume work supporting students and their families. CIS employees impacted by the storm are also eligible for assistance.

“Our hearts go out to the students, families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said CIS National President and CEO Dale Erquiaga. “Given the scale of this disaster, we know they will require considerable resources to recover and rebuild. We hope this fund and the initial generous donation will help us provide the essential support our kids will need to go back to school and begin building a brighter future for themselves and their communities. The CIS family is all in for Texas.”

To support the All In For Texas Relief Fund, visit www.communitiesinschools.org/harvey-relief-fund/


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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


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