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Fundraising Platform DonationTo Launches New Payment Features

New Functionality Helps Consumers Keep 100% of Money Raised; Create Campaigns without a Credit Card

San Francisco, CA – November 24, 2014DonationTo, an online fundraising platform, today announced new features that enable consumers and charitable organizations to launch fundraising campaigns and to help keep 100 percent of the money raised. The company also announces that it has eliminated the need to have a credit card in order to launch a fundraise campaign.

DonationTo lets any individual or charitable organization create a beautiful web page to accept donations online. No technical skills are required and DonationTo helps you keep 100 percent of all donations by enabling the donor to include administrative and credit card fees with their donation. DonationTo’s data shows than half of donors are happy to cover all fees. Furthermore, by reducing the need to have a credit card to launch a fundraise-campaign, we’re providing access to potentially millions of consumers who may have previously been un-served.

According to CreditCards.com, 26 percent of Americans over 18 years old with no credit card in 2012 and approximately 34 percent of survey respondents age 18 to 49 said they had no credit cards.

Key new features of DonationTo’s platform include:

  • Help keep 100 percent of donations: Enable donors to cover all processing and credit card fees. This ultimately helps optimize the fundraising process.
  • Ability to use your own domain name when launching donation website. Enabling users to have their own domain creates a personalized brand. This is ideal when users are sharing their fundraising page allowing friends and family to easily draw the connection from a personalized and recognizable URL and then to donating.
  • Ability to raise with or without a credit card: No credit card required. Individuals are just need to have a PayPal or WePay account and all donations are then direct deposited instantly into ether account.

Site Created For Nonprofits By Former Nonprofit Leader

Anisa Mirza created Giveffect to address the problems she faced in fundraising for nonprofits.

“After graduating from McMaster University, I began working with various not-for-profit organizations,” Anisa explained. “Despite my passion for giving back, I absolutely despised the fundraising and data management aspects of my job. The software we were using at these nonprofits was certainly not user friendly – to say the least”

“Created as a tool that would help nonprofits engage with donors, especially Millennials and vice versa, Giveffect combined my passion for technology and my knowledge of nonprofit fundraising management, and became a powerful operating system for nonprofits,” Anisa continued.

“The nonprofit industry is seeing the same magnitude of disruption that online retail experienced 10 years ago. Donors (esp Millennial donors) have the same expectations of their online giving experience as they do with ebay, paypal etc. The digital disruption is here and many nonprofits are seriously looking for ways to respond and adapt,” she concluded.

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM Eastern, Anisa will join me for a live discussion about Giveffect and the impact it is having for its users. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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

More about Giveffect:

Giveffect is the leader in enterprise white-labeled fundraising software. With Giveffect, every nonprofit can have their very own crowdfunding platform built into their website. Our software is a complete end-to-end donor management and fundraising system which includes essential features like automated tax-receipts, ticket sales, built-in donor social-network, integrated donor management CRM and the peace of mind in knowing that every dollar raised goes directly to the nonprofit, and not the individual who started the campaign.

Anisa Mirza

Anisa Mirza

Anisa’s bio:

Anisa Mirza is the CEO and Co-founder of Giveffect, the leading innovator in enterprise fundraising software for nonprofits across North America. Specializing in crowdfunding and donor management experience, Anisa brings six years of nonprofit industry experience, including managing the youth department at the third largest settlement and refugee nonprofit in Canada. Anisa holds an Honours undergraduate degree in neuro-psychology and philosophy from McMaster University.

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

Pledges to Waive Platform Fee and Donate Back to Charitable Campaigns

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

Prodigy Network Launches New Transactional Real Estate Crowdfunding Website

NEW YORK (November 20, 2014) – Prodigy Network has announced the launch of its new real estate crowdfunding website, which will feature a secure transactional platform to permit accredited investors – certain investors who have regular income of over $200,000 or net worth, excluding their primary residence, of over $1 million – to invest in real estate opportunities.

Prodigy Network and its affiliates have pioneered real estate crowdfunding for years. They have led six international and U.S.-based projects, raised more than $300 million from 6,200 investors around the world and are currently developing projects, together with well-established operators and developers, with a projected value of more than $850 million. In the past, the Prodigy Network website only featured information about these projects as well as educational materials that explain crowdfunding and its impact on the real estate industry. Prodigy Network’s new website brings its crowdfunding model, and the entire subscription process, online.

Crowdfunding in real estate became more readily available to accredited investors in September 2013 with the implementation of SEC regulations pursuant to the JOBS Act that now permit general solicitation and advertising of private securities offerings through open-access websites, such as Prodigy Network’s. Accredited investors can log in to review offerings from affiliates of Prodigy Network directly through the website. Such potential investors are provided with information intended to facilitate an informed investment decision. This includes offering memoranda and financial statements as well as updates and market reports, which are provided through a personalized dashboard. Only verified accredited investors are permitted to invest.

“Prodigy Network is committed to giving domestic and international accredited investors access to what we believe are prime real estate assets in New York City,” said Rodrigo Nino, CEO and founder of Prodigy Network. “Through the new platform you can buy into what we believe is this country’s greatest asset – commercial real estate.”

Major banks such as Deutsche Bank, CIBC and Bank of America have provided traditional first mortgage financing for Prodigy’s Manhattan projects. Well-established operators and developers such as Korman Communities have partnered up with Prodigy in the development of two Manhattan properties, AKA Wall Street and AKA United Nations.

“The new platform allows us to further support our community of investors and provide additional access to accredited investors around the world,” said Nino.

Recently, Professor Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School published a case study on Prodigy Network’s work titled, Prodigy Network: Democratizing Real Estate Design and Financing. Prodigy Network believes that crowdfunding will democratize commercial real estate by providing smaller investors with better access to a new type of investment, revolutionizing the industry.

To view the new website, and for more information, please visit www.prodigynetwork.com.

RAZ Mobile Celebrates #GivingTuesday With Free Services To Kansas City Charities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mobile fundraising platform RAZ Mobile and Jennings Social Media Marketing (JSMM) have partnered to give free services to Kansas City charities for #GivingTuesday, the biggest fundraising day of the year. Connections To Success Kansas City, The Jewish Federation Of Greater Kansas City, Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation and Blue Ridge Christian School in Raytown Mo. are currently receiving a free RAZ Mobile mobile giving site and free social media services from JSMM, totaling approximately $12,000 worth of in-kind donations.

Dale Knoop, CEO and founder of RAZ Mobile, said, “The giving season is fast approaching and as the Internet quickly becomes a mobile-centric experience. Today, many nonprofits are still unfortunately relying on a PC-based giving experience. Many trusted third-party reports have shown that a PC giving experience on a mobile phone is a path to lost donations and poor Google search rankings. Easy-to-use platforms like ours here at RAZ Mobile can solve these challenges for nonprofits and help them with easy, secure and frictionless giving on mobile phones. Any nonprofit can be up and live on our platform in less than 30 minutes and reap the bounty of giving in seconds on any phone, tablet or PC.”

#GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, began in the U.S. in 2012 and quickly grew to become a widely popular global day of giving, with over 320,000 tweets using the hashtag. In 2013, charities raised over $19 million dollars with a $142 average donation compared to $10 million and a $101 average donation the year before.

RAZ Mobile allows nonprofits engaged in fundraising to quickly create a branded, content-rich mobile optimized site for more effective supporter communications and increased fundraising opportunities. Every donation goes immediately to the nonprofit’s existing merchant account and repeat donations can be made in seconds with a few taps on the donor’s smartphone or tablet.

Launch of Unique New Crowdfunding Research Web App Makes Crowdfunding Easy For All

Crowdfunding gets simplified today with the launch of Krowdster, the world’s first crowdfunding analytics, research and supporter discovery tool.

Taking the guess work out of decision making, campaign creation and supporter engagement, the unique Krowdster web app is powered by big data, machine learning and predictive analytics – for projects that pack a punch.

Krowdster founder Josef Holm said, “I created Krowdster to help the hundreds of thousands of people who run crowdfunding campaigns each year. I wanted to help budding entrepreneurs make evidence based decisions, optimize their campaigns and discover supporters more easily on social media and in the blogosphere.”

Easy to use, affordable and securely cloud-based, the tool makes it easy to plan and run a successful crowdfunding campaign, without being a big data guru. The power of Krowdster gives anyone with a budding project immediate access to professional crowdfunding research, optimization tips and supporter list building. It supports every major platform including Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Tubestart, Rockethub and Pozible with benchmark set ups and useful metrics such as competitor volume, funding ranges and success rates.

Krowdster also allows would-be crowdfunders to predict the success of their campaign before a single pledge has been made by leveraging insights from more than 480,000 past projects. Using the Krowdster web app, campaign owners can maximize their chances of success with expert strategic guidance across every aspect of their campaign. From uncovering the platform with the most favorable success rates in specific categories to pinpointing average funding achievements, Krowdster makes crowd funding effortless.

Holm said, “With platform, category, campaign, rewards, creator and supporter analytics, it has never been this easy to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.”

Krowdster Features:

  • Social Capital Gauge:  Calculate likely funding raised based on social media following
  • Supporter List Building: Find, connect and engage with those who have supported similar campaigns using social media
  • Campaign Optimizer: Campaign improvements guided by big data analysis of more than 480,000 crowdfunding campaigns
  • Success Prediction: Review chances of success before launching the campaign
  • Platform Analytics: Compare platform performance metrics including success rates, average funding values and audience statistics
  • Campaign Analytics: Campaign performance in real time including monitoring of social media and news mentions
  • Perk Analytics: Discover which perks are more powerful, sell most and perform better
  • Category Analytics: Statistical crowdfunding category analysis across multiple platforms.
  • Supporter Analytics: Active and repeat supporters segmented by platform

There are three Krowdster plans to choose from. View the website to get started: www.krowdster.co

RealtyWealth Launches First Passive-Income, Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Amid Surge of Foreign Interest

  • First dedicated US Net Lease Crowdfunding platform within $1.8 Trillion market
  • Strategic marketing relationships – USA, China, South Africa and soon India

20th November, 2014 Houston, Texas: RealtyWealth.com today announced the launch of the first commercial real estate Crowdfunding platform dedicated to Single Tenant Net Lease “STNL” investments.

Targeting accredited investors in the USA and global investors in South Africa, China, Canada and India, RealtyWealth.com gives investors the opportunity to invest in institutional quality, corporate backed lease properties from credit rated tenants such as McDonalds, Walgreens, Starbucks and Walmart.

RealtyWealth is also the first portal to offer these passive realty investments to foreign investors seeking the stability and yields of US Real Estate Assets. Chinese investors in particular have been active, with investments in US commercial properties jumping 10-fold from 2012 to 2013 and expected to reach $10 billion in 2014 according to Real Analytics.

REALTYWEALTH.COM – Bringing Passive U.S. Commercial Real Estate Investing to the World. from Sam Vogel on Vimeo.

The last six months have seen significant development within the real estate Crowdfunding market and RealtyWealth.com seem poised to take advantage of this heightened interest from investors, developers, owners and intermediaries. Over $700M has been raised by Real Estate Tech Startups since 2012 with peer sites Fundrise and RealtyMogul each boasting $100M+ post Series A valuations.

In order to take advantage of this foreign investor wave, RealtyWealth have built key marketing relationships with international consumer sites like Juwai.com – the largest outbound Chinese investment portal for US & UK properties – and have distribution partners arranged or under discussion in South Africa, India, Latin America and Canada.

“RealtyWealth.com operates as an aggregator of local and foreign investors typically seeking stable US-based Real Estate Investments,” said Sam Vogel, co-founder and president of Strategic Business development. “These STNL products offer long-term, corporate-backed, passive income with an inflation and currency hedge to our investors.”

STNL and in particular Triple Net Lease (NNN) Investments offer investors a “hands off”, passive investment consisting of long term leases, guaranteed by the corporate tenant. These Corporate Tenants are responsible for ALL incidentals including taxes, insurance, maintenance, trash etc that may normally be the lessees’ responsibility. Many leases have periodic rental bumps to keep pace with inflation and investors can write off depreciation of the property against tax. In the unlikely event that the tenant defaults, the investor still retains the underlying property.

Whereas UHNW, Family Offices, Hedge Funds and REITS have been taking advantage of these investments for decades, less than 10% of the 8.7 million Accredited investors in the USA are aware of the merits of these real estate investments.

“The NNN Investment is essentially a corporate bond-type investment in a real estate wrapper,” said Bryan Smith, co-founder and chief executive of RealtyWealth.com. “Compare investing in Starbucks stock at 1.6% dividend with the market risk involved versus acquiring a corporate backed Starbucks lease and achieving returns of 6 to 7% unlevered?”

RealtyWealth’s proprietary, state-of-the-art platform and investor dashboard allows investors anywhere in the world to review properties, make investments, track portfolios and receive statements, earnings and tax computations all online.

Smith and Vogel are members of the ICSC and will be working closely with top developers, brokers and intermediaries in the Commercial Realty market to introduce STNL and NNN investments to the investing public in the USA and abroad. From as little as $5,000 a month, investors can invest in these appealing investment properties and enjoy the opportunity to build value over the long term.

NNN Lease Investments Explained : SEE VIDEO – www.realtywealth.com/video-page

InvestPeer Launches Equity Based Crowdfunding Beta Website in Texas

October 23, 2014, Houston, TX – In the wake of the announcement by Texas Lawmakers approving Texas Intrastate Crowdfunding, InvestPeer Real Estate Holdings has announced the beta launch of a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform and website which will provide accredited investors and average citizens an opportunity to invest corporate backed single tenant leased properties.

The InvestPeer Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding website (www.investpeer.com) will give qualified, accredited investors and average citizens instant access to confidential, proprietary real estate investment opportunities that will provide investors with great cash flowing and profit making investment opportunities, according to the management team at InvestPeer.

The Management Team consists of Justen Aranda CEO & Co-Founder, T. Fitzgerald Jones COO & CMO, and Justin Ryan CTO. With 50 years combined experience in real estate and information technology, the team is poised to capitalize on the new crowdfunding laws in the state of Texas, as well as, the JOBS Act of 2012.

Justen Aranda is Chief Executive Officer for InvestPeer, and is a highly respected investment professional, having spent the last 15 years perfecting his career in real estate. Mr. Aranda proclaims, “InvestPeer will be a level playing field for would be investors who traditionally never had access to corporate backed single tenant leased, high yielding commercial real estate opportunities. This will provide accredited investors and newly minted investors under the new Texas Intrastate law great access to cash flowing commercial real estate.” Mr. Aranda said.


Mr. Aranda also indicated that InvestPeer is headquartered in Houston, but is looking worldwide, “because crowdfunding is online, we have the opportunity to seek investors around the world ready to invest in prime United States commercial real estate transactions. Right now we are talking to investors to help us build out our back end technologies, while we recruit potential investors for the platform through our beta registrations. We want investors to enroll into the program for updates, and access to new investment opportunities.”

T. Fitzgerald Jones is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer with InvestPeer, is also the co-founder of Kickercon Crowdfunding Conference and Expo held annual in Texas. He has been in the Information Technology Industry for 20 years from desktops to the datacenter, from hardware to software, from the network to the virtual cloud. “This is a very huge opportunity for the novice investor, as well as accredited investors. I see equity based crowdfunding as a very disruptive force in commercial real estate. I think most Americans have dreamed of owning real estate ever since they played their first game of Monopoly.”

The InvestPeer beta website has gone live to recruit investors in advance of the main launch scheduled for 1st quarter 2015.

All properties and potential transactions go through a strict vetting process and investors will only be able to invest after they have completed thorough investigation of the relevant and due diligence. All deposit monies will be escrowed with a separate independent party and detailed subscription agreement that will illustrate the general and limited partner obligations and responsibilities.

About InvestPeer

InvestPeer specializes in Crowdfunding Commercial Real Estate for national and international investors for corporate backed single tenant net leased properties. No speculation, no renovations, or construction headaches – we only invest in the corporate backed major brands. (ie – Walmart, Jiffy Lube, Ross, etc.)

InvestPeer is created to take advantage of the emerging market of crowdfunding and commercial real estate by providing a world class portal for transacting lucrative investment deals.

Indiegogo Selected by Apple as Only Crowdfunding Platform Participating in Apple Pay Launch

SAN FRANCISCO, October 20, 2014 – Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, announces the immediate integration of the new single touch iPhone payment system Apple Pay™. Indiegogo is the only online funding platform selected to join the launch of the transformative mobile payment technology.

Apple Pay provides Indiegogo’s global customer base with a one-touch way to fund ideas that matter to them, wherever they are and whenever they want. Indiegogo also recently introduced an iPhone app that allows funders to discover and support campaigns they care about while also providing advanced on-the-go management tools for campaign owners.

“Apple Pay is the latest product improvement we are introducing that will help Indiegogo achieve our core mission of democratizing access to funding by making it as simple as possible for people to fund the ideas they care about,” said Slava Rubin, CEO of Indiegogo.

In addition to enabling people to fund campaigns with the touch of a button on their iPhones, Apple Pay also provides an added layer of safety and security through Apple’s Touch ID™ system that encrypts and remotely stores credit card data.

Apple Pay is available in the US on iPhone 6 ® and iPhone 6 Plus devices recently introduced by Apple. Users securely store their credit card and debit card information, enabling them to make one-touch payments safely with multiple layers of security, including the breakthrough Touch ID fingerprint-verification feature and the Secure Element chip that protects users by encrypting private data.

Indiegogo is phasing in Apple Pay beginning today, with all campaigns integrating the payment option in the coming weeks. In addition to Apple Pay, all Indiegogo campaigns will continue to accept credit cards, debit cards and ACH payments drawn directly from funders’ bank accounts.

About Indiegogo

Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is an open platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com and follow us at http://www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.

Young Social Entrepreneur Seeks To Leverage Millennials’ Passion For Good

Sean Nasiri is creating an equity crowdfunding platform for his own generation, GenY, and he’s appropriately calling it, “GenYrator.”

To explain why he’s focusing on millennials, he said, “More young people are becoming entrepreneurial or electing to join startups, so there needs to be more done to support them. Also, because we are the most powerful generation on the planet.”

He’s not only interested in tapping into their entrepreneurial nature, but also wants to tap into their focus on social good, by creating a “mission-driven portal that wants to make investing about more than just returns. We are combining real investments with real positive social impact, but this is NOT a philanthropy, though it can still give you the same good feeling.”

On October 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM Eastern, Sean will join me for a live discussion about the new site, his generation and his plans to make a difference. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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

More about GenYrator:

GenYrator, which combines the words “Generation-Y” with “Accelerator”, is an online platform that brings the benefits of Silicon Valley to all Millennial entrepreneurs, regardless of industry or location. It is the first mission-driven Equity Crowdfunding platform made for Generation-Y entrepreneurs and by Generation-Y entrepreneurs. By supporting the businesses of young entrepreneurs today, investors not only have an opportunity for real returns, but also to generate positive social capital and contribute to a growing economy. The 20-year-olds of today will be the future business leaders and job creators of tomorrow, and they need your help. Everyone must come together and do their part to ensure a more prosperous future.

Sean’s bio:

Sean Nasiri is the Co-Founder of GenYrator, and a proud member of Generation-Y. Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Sean has entrepreneurship in his blood and received early exposure to all the benefits of an established startup ecosystem.

While attending school at the University of Southern California, Sean noticed a spirit of entrepreneurship that rivaled those more well-known entrepreneurial institutions closer to wear he grew up.. Through his travels and involvement with collegiate entrepreneur organizations such as Kairos Society, Sean met a lot of other talented young entrepreneurs with promising startups. He realized, though, these startups lacked a similar level of support and resources found in Silicon Valley, and he wanted to bridge that gap

Sean made some attempts at corporate life working at technology companies, Motorola Mobility and Salesforce.com, before quickly realizing it was not the right route for him. He has since been working on GenYrator for over a year and is excited to launch its private beta over the next couple of months.

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