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Fairfundr Hopes To Help Creators Around The World Raise $10 billion

Fairfundr has an ambitious goal to help 1 million creative entrepreneurs around the world raise $10,000 over the next five years. Now that’s a goal!

Fairfundr founders Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava explain, “We found out that more and more people want to make a living with their talent and they are not satisfied with current funding models – crowdfunding platforms that are mostly DIY, Bank loans that require Collateral and VC models that require equity and lead to endless discussions.”

Jeannine and Rajiv will join me for a live discussion about the platform on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:00 Eastern. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

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

More about Fairfundr:

Fairfundr is a crowdfunding platform that enables artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to raise funds from 100+ countries and keep up to 100% of the funds raised. Fairfundr is managed by Majamba Digital Agency of Switzerland.

Challenge: Millions of artists, artisans & entrepreneurs want to make a living with what they love. But they all struggle to raise or sell the first $10,000. This is a very expensive problem to solve because the artists, artisans and entrepreneurs need a lot of support.

Opportunity: We have developed a platform together with Swiss Government (with support at the Federal, State, City and Embassy level), IBM and Stripe that will allow the innovators to raise funds from 139 countries and keep up to 100% of the funds raised.

Approach: We support artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to build a crowdfunding campaign remotely as well as locally via a network of Fairfundr Ambassadors.

Goal: Support one million artists, artisans and entrepreneurs raise $10,000 in the next 5 years.

Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava

Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava

Jeannine’s bio:

Jeannine Srivastava is a digital marketing and communications strategist with more than seven years of work experience in managing the roll-out of digital marketing projects at Swiss companies.
Projects include brand management, website development and content creation. Jeannine studied the management of technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She holds a Master Degree in Management of Innovation and Organisational Change from Brunel University (UK) and a Bachelor in International Business from Faculty of Applied Economics, Aix-Marseille III (France).

Rajiv’s bio:

Rajiv Srivastava is a strategist and business developer with over fifteen years of experiences managing multi-national businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, India and Switzerland. Before co-founding Fairfundr, Rajiv worked at Orange Communications, where Rajiv was the Director of Strategy & Business Development and supported the company become a highly profitable billion dollar company in Switzerland over a five year period. He holds an MBA from University of Southern California and is a alumni of London Business School and Delhi University.

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New Crowdfunding Platform Serves Muslim Community

HalalSky is a new crowdfunding platform that focuses on the Muslim market, providing Sharia compliant services.

Founder and CEO Naeem Randhawa will join us on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 Eastern, to discuss the new site and the market it serves. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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

More about HalalSky:

HalalSky is the world’s first Sharia friendly crowdfunding equity platform. Halal Sky is a platform that delivers qualified, highly attractive real estate and other financial deals by ensuring all opportunities meet a strict Sharia review to meet the requirements of the Muslim investor.


Naeem’s bio:

  • Over 17 years of Big 5 IT consulting in social, web, & mobile to Fortune 1000 clients like Dell, VMware, Boeing, FedEx, United Airlines, Walmart, State of Texas, US AID.
  • National speaker on Big Data, Marketing and Sharia Crowdfunding.
  • Multiple startups: Real Estate, Web Auto, Square Domain & others.
  • Active philanthropist & documentary filmmaker (PBS).

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Deposit a Gift Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to Inspire Spending with Purpose

PRLog – Nov. 4, 2014 – NEW YORK — New York City, New York, November 4, 2014 – This week, crowdfunding platform, Deposit a Gift (http://www.depositagift.com/raise-money-for-a-cause), announces it’s #GivingTuesday Give Back program to inspire users to engage in the 3rd annual global day of giving on December 2nd. Deposit a Gift joins the ranks of businesses, charities, communities, religious organizations and individuals who are transforming the holidays with this powerhouse day of giving.

In the spirit of the season, Deposit a Gift will be giving back too. The site is happy to announce that it will waive its platform fee and donate it back to participating campaigns.They will also be offering a free webinar prep course, extra marketing support and special social media spotlights. Founder and CEO, Dana Ostomel, is thrilled to offer this to our customers, “One of the greatest joys of running Deposit a Gift is our ability to help people on a mass scale. It’s our pleasure to take this opportunity to galvanize our community to give back and offer our support on #GivingTuesday.”

Deposit a Gift and #GivingTuesday are a natural fit. #GivingTuesday is practically built for crowdfunding and who better to lead the charitable charge than Deposit a Gift, a company who’s name is based in giving. Deposit a Gift is dedicated to making the process of getting involved with #GivingTuesday as simple as possible. It’s perfect for kicking off a year-end appeal or fundraising for a specific need.

To learn more about how it works, please visit: http://www.depositagift.com/raise-money-for-a-cause

About Deposit a Gift

DepositaGift.com is the most flexible funding platform for organizational and personal fundraising. The all-in-one platform for donations, sponsorships and ticket sales is built to leverage social networks and viral sharing! For anyone looking to raise money and rally supporters, Deposit a Gift offers the perfect way to showcase exactly what you want money for and incite people to contribute. Launched in 2010, Deposit a Gift serves the growing need to raise money online for anything from charitable organizations and disaster relief, to school fundraising, help with medical bills, memorial funds, pet rescue or crowdfunding a personal project. To learn more and start your fundraiser today, visit: http://www.depositagift.com

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Entrepreneur Ready With Investment Crowdfunding For Texas

With the recent adoption of laws allowing for ordinary investors in Texas to invest via online crowdfunding portals, the number of Americans now legally allowed to invest that way has jumped dramatically and may be said to be reaching a critical mass.

Danny Kelman is eager to see. Danny is the founder of CrowdBoarders, a new crowdfunding site for equity, debt rewards and donations–a one stop cafeteria for all kinds of crowdfunding. And his timing may be impeccable.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Danny will join us for a live discussion about the new platform and the new Texas crowdfunding rules. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

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

More about CrowdBoarders:

CrowdBoarders is a 2nd generation crowdfunding Social Investing Network that provides integrated social crowdfunding for equity, donations, rewards and lending.

Crowdboarders is a creative social network where the person raising the funds receives 100% of all of what they raise and registered Crowdboarders can invest, watch, recommend and boost Ideas directly with the network or onto other social networks.

Investment Crowdfunding For Texas

Danny’s bio:

Since getting involved in Crowdfunding 3 years ago Danny Kelman has been an advocate for connecting the fundraising world socially in one place: which is CrowdBoarders. His background in social marketing and web design have been paired to allow people to get involved and learn about this brand new industry. His vision is one network of millions of people around the world, socially connecting and raising funds on their very own CrowdBoards, while learning what being a CrowdBoarder is all about: making a difference.

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Change the World: Noise4Good Empowers Musicians and their Fans to Make an Impact

Robust New Charitable Crowd-Funding Platform Launches to Drive Awareness, Support and Action

Connection. It’s at the core of Noise4Good, the first crowd-sourcing platform to fuse two very active audiences—musical artists and their fan base—in support of the causes they are most passionate about. Noise4Good takes the power of music to move people and harnesses it to a technology that provides a solution for charities and non-profits in raising funds, engaging with donors and turning caring into action. The system, which began Phase One of its launch by registering artists and charities/non-profits on September 27, provides cross-marketing and cross-publishing capability for both groups across social media and mobile devices.

With some 1.7 million non-profits in the US, choosing the right ones is a critical part of any philanthropic endeavor. Noise4Good—unlike other crowd-sourced fundraisers—is working with Charity Navigator to ensure each organization is carefully vetted. “We are going to re-publish Charity Navigator’s evaluations of each non-profit on our site so artists and fans can check out each one,” says Noise4Good Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Patrick. “Noise4Good has a list of 3000 pre-approved, qualified charities that have been analyzed based on how they use their funds for impact.”

Noise4Good knows about choosing projects for social impact. It was one of the partner/sponsors for the Global Citizen’s Festival, a call-to-action to end poverty. The free concert in Central Park on September 27, 2014 featured artists including Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood and The Roots with surprise appearances by Sting, Alicia Keys and Beyonce. It also provided financial support for the pivotal documentary “Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Injustice and Forgiveness,” a sponsor of the Social Good Summit held at the UN September 21 and 22, 2014.

The new Noise4Good technology is equipped with features such as campaign development, cross-publishing of artists’ content—songs, media, video—and the ability to integrate and reach millennial music fans across any social network. As a transactional platform, Noise4Good offers lower per donation fees than other crowd-sourced funders and the ability to transfer those funds more quickly and efficiently. It’s part of their commitment to not just donating to charity, but to change.

Acting as advocates, musicians can align with up to five charities at a time through Noise4Good, work on their projects and post messages about the importance and impact of those initiatives. The causes they support will be published on both the artists’ and non-profits’ pages. The charities can also observe which artists have a deep interest in their work. To answer questions and provide customer support, Noise4Good will also be featuring a call center on its website, a first for crowd-sourcing.

“The goal is to spur interaction on many levels,” says Patrick. “The millennial generation in particular wants content that connects with them on an emotional level but also fits with their values. So we’re promoting the concept of “from one to many,” because one artist who has 10,000 followers on Facebook inspires loyalty just as non-profits do with their supporters. Via Noise4Good, we can bring those forces together, donors/volunteers and music fans on one platform. The intent is to channel the efforts of musical influencers into a network for positive change.”

Patrick is no stranger to the intersection of music, social impact and technology. He brings to Noise4Good more than 20 years of successful experience as an entrepreneur in technology, investment, advertising, media, music and humanitarian enterprises in the public and private sectors. In 2009, he co-founded the cross-cultural outreach program ShareTheMic (STM), drawing on his background in technology and as a producer, keyboardist, composer and performer, he shared the stage with artists, such as Blondie. His passion for music and human rights has fueled several remarkable STM projects, including Sing Egyptian Women, a gender equality/human rights program where talented Egyptian women inspired self-expression across the Middle East. Working with the education and cultural affairs offices of the US State Department, Patrick brought gospel singers to a Sufi Festival in Cairo.

He is also the Founding Partner of ADI, an online streaming events company that delivered on over 2000 contracts for Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, Miramax Films, Comedy Central, Fox Sports, VIACOM, CBS, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, FIFA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AT&T, Delta Airlines, Sony Electronics and Red Bull, among others. Patrick is also the Founder of Impakt Holdings LLC (ICH), which structures investments into companies, organizations and funds that can generate both measurable social and and financial returns. Prior to ICH, Patrick established ShareCause Inc., developing a large portfolio of socially-minded businesses.

Following the Phase One launch of Noise4Good, the platform will introduce a second level of connectivity with merchandising, extensive data search and messaging capabilities. By tracking results, Noise4Good will gain a deeper understanding of millennial behavior, as it focuses on critical global objectives.

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How A Simple Hashtag Changes Everything For Nonprofits

Dale Nirvani Pfeifer has a plan to change the world: enable people to donate to a cause right from Twitter or Facebook with a simple hashtag: #donate.

By radically reducing the effort required to give to charity, Dale hopes her Good World, LLC can increase giving in parallel.

On September 29, 2014 at 1:00 Eastern, Dale will join me for a live discussion about her innovative effort to increase personal philanthropy. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about GoodWorld:

GoodWorld powers the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (coming soon) streams of non-profits, celebrities and others to accept donations. Supporters simply give by writing #donate.

See our animation here.

We released the latest version of our #donate technology last week — and have some big events coming down the pike.


Dale’s bio:

An entrepreneur with extensive experience in leadership strategy, social media campaigns, fundraising, communications and program management experience at the highest level of the foundation and non-profit industries.

Worked extensively with organisations across the United States and New Zealand to help them understand their purpose and deliver cutting-edge programs and communications strategies. Broad range of professional responsibilities have included: designing and implementing programs; designing, launching and managing campaigns; building social networks that engage key influencers; developing and implementing communications strategies; building communities of support; establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and influencers; publishing articles in professional journals; leading professional and organizational development initiatives.

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Deposit a Gift Launches New Tool to Merge Offline and Online Fundraising Events

Deposit a Gift is the only crowdfunding website that offers the ability to sell fundraising event tickets and solicit donations, all in one place.

New York City, New York, May 14, 2014Deposit a Gift, the leading crowdfunding website for organizational and personal fundraising, announces the launch of an innovative new ticket sales feature, making the company the first, and only, crowdfunding website that allows you to sell tickets, sponsorships and solicit donations, all in one place. This new functionality solves the problem many organizations face of how to merge traditional offline fundraising events with the online world to raise the most money, in the most cost effective way. Deposit a Gift has seen a 25% increase in total dollars raised for organizations who have migrated their ticket sales and RSVPs to Deposit a Gift.

CEO Dana Ostomel is excited to unveil the ticket sales functionality, believing that “With this new feature, DepositaGift.com can truly be a one-stop-shop for all fundraising events. The bottom line value is a low-cost, customized fundraising platform that is built to be social, streamline logistics and open up an event’s ‘virtual doors’ to raise more money than a traditional fundraiser ever could.”

The highly customizable ticket sales functionality rounds-out Deposit a Gift’s existing suite of fundraising tools making it easy for small to medium sized organizations, schools and individuals to set up campaigns to support their traditional events online with the sale of tickets, tables, sponsorships and raffles. Perfect for benefits, galas, auction events, golf tournaments, community organizing and personal fundraisers, the new ticket sales feature helps raise more money by driving people to the main fundraising site where they are prompted to make impulse contributions. Everything is in one place making it easy to leverage the power of the crowd for events that never could before.

Deposit a Gift is an innovative, yet easy to use platform that makes it simple for even the least tech-savvy person to customize an online campaign for their fundraising event. Every site comes with a custom URL, built-in credit card processing, donor data capture and export, over 200 background options and unique features like ticket sales, customizable receipts, an offline donation posting tool, and the ability to create a donation registry inclusive of sponsorship and reward offerings. Everything is built to save the campaign organizer time and money, while positioning them to drive ticket sales and donations in the most effective way possible.

“Including ticket sales on your fundraising site not only makes your event more organized and green,” says Ostomel “but it serves as the perfect excuse to get potential supporters to your site to up-sell them for incremental donations and incite them to share with their network, which is what crowdfunding is all about!”

By continuously adding features that are useful and unique to the world of social fundraising, Deposit a Gift is positioned to be a leader in the crowdfunding space for organizational and personal fundraising. To learn more about how the new ticket sales functionality works, please visit: http://www.depositagift.com/sell-tickets-to-fundraising-events

About Deposit a Gift

DepositaGift.com is the most customizable and hassle-free crowdfunding website for organizational and personal fundraising. Our all-in-one platform for donations, sponsorships and ticket sales is built to leverage social networks and viral sharing! For anyone looking to raise money and rally supporters, Deposit a Gift offers the perfect way to showcase exactly what you want money for and incite people to contribute. Launched in 2010, Deposit a Gift serves the growing need to raise money online for anything from charitable organizations and disaster relief, to school fundraising, help with medical bills, memorial funds, pet rescue or crowdfunding a personal project. To learn more and start your fundraiser today, visit: http://www.depositagift.com

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Hispanics In Philanthropy Launches Crowdfunding Site

The organization Hispanics in Philanthropy, known as HIP, has launched a crowdfunding site to empower everyone to be a philanthropist.

On Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 4:00 Eastern, Diana Campoamor will join me for a live interview about the launch and the other good work that HIP is doing. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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

More about Hispanics in Philanthropy:

HIP invests in Latino leaders and communities to build a more prosperous and vibrant America and Latin America. We have a 30-year track record of supporting social entrepreneurs — leaders who find solutions, build communities, and who are the future. By partnering with foundations, corporations, and individuals, HIP addresses the most pressing issues facing Latinos. HIP’s mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector; increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy; and fostering policy change to enhance equity and inclusiveness.


Diana’s bio:

For more than 20 years, Diana Campoamor has grown a small network of funders, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), from a volunteer group of advocates into a transnational philanthropic network. HIP, which now numbers more than 600 funders and 5 regional offices, has awarded over $40 million to build the capacity of Latino-led, Latino-serving nonprofits in 19 sites across the U.S. and Latin America.
During Ms. Campoamor’s tenure, HIP was recognized with the Kellogg Foundation’s National Leadership in Action Award in 2007 and received the prestigious Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking in 2008 for its groundbreaking Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities. Ms. Campoamor has also been a leader in building bridges between the Latino and the African-American communities.

Ms. Campoamor has served on a number of boards, including the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector. She currently serves on the board of Futuro Media and the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Western Hemisphere.

Trained as a journalist, Ms. Campoamor holds a B.A. from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree from the University of Miami. A native of Cuba, Ms. Campoamor now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her young daughter, born in China. She is happy to be surrounded by her close family: her adult son, a talented artist and musician, lives nearby with his wife, a public health expert, and their two beautiful daughters. Ms. Campoamor’s brother and sister-in-law live just next door. When not busy with philanthropy, Ms. Campoamor enjoys painting, foreign films, bicycling and meditation.

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