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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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Dana Ostomel, CEO Of DepositAGift Explains Crowdfunding For Schools

Deposit a Gift is a crowdfunding site used for personal and organizational objectives that has become popular among school communities, whether raising money for teacher appreciation or building science labs.

CEO and founder, Dana Ostomel, will join me for a live discussion about crowdfunding for schools and other organizations on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern. Tune in right here then.

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

More about Deposit a Gift:

DepositaGift.com is the most customizable and hassle-free crowdfunding website for organizational and personal fundraising. Their 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 business or personal project. To learn more and start your fundraiser today, visit: http://www.depositagift.com.


Dana Ostomel

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New Crowdfunding Portal To Fund Veterans Entrepreneurs

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day it seems apt to recognize the newly created crowdfunding site TwistRate focused on helping America’s veterans with their entrepreneurship.

Veterans are twice as likely to be entrepreneurs as the rest of the country; 1 in 7 veterans own a business.

On July 3, 2014, Evan Hafer, a veteran himself and founder and CEO of TwistRate, will join me for a live discussion about the launch of the new platform. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about TwistRate:

TwistRate is Americans coming together online to build the innovations, dreams and causes of America’s veterans, service members, law enforcement, outdoor enthusiasts, fishing and hunting communities.

TwistRate is a safe and secure platform that brings together people’s passions and ideas with people like themselves to fund and share with like-minded people.

Part social, part finance, all American. We bring your ideas to life, giving you the tools to take your great ideas to others in your community so they can benefit from your ingenuity. TwistRate brings communities together to fund their own, build their own and make their own – all on their own.

TwistRate was founded by Special Operations veterans who wanted to create a special place for the community that gives their all, protecting and serving their country, their cities, their neighbors and their brothers in arms.

TwistRate and you make the American Dream a reality by connecting the dreamers with the dollars.


Evan’s bio:

Evan Hafer, CEO of TwistRate, is an avid hunter, fisher, gun enthusiast and outdoorsman. He spent the first 14 years of his career serving in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and Special Forces solider (Green Beret), deployed throughout the globe conducting operations and training. Throughout his personal and professional life, Evan has been surrounded by innovators who have created technologies, gadgets and adaptations that enable themselves and those around them to work and play harder. An entrepreneur and active investor, Evan has his own fly fishing and river guiding company and, by working with innovators from around the globe, has helped others bring their inventions and passions to life, as he and co-founder Jeff Kirkham founded TwistRate.

During his service In the Army, he trained journalists how to survive in combat theaters, led African Contingency Operations, trained indigenous forces to protect their nations, provided high-risk security operations and conducted countless missions. Post-military, he conducted similar operations for government agencies, worked for a nanotechnology company by developing commercial and defense industry products and spent years training law enforcement and government personnel in crisis response training. In 2013, he founded the Crisis Response Education Foundation (CREF), a non-profit devoted to helping law enforcement through the teaching of Special Forces operations training. He got his start as an instructor after he graduated from the University of Idaho when he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant.

Evan and his co-founder created TwistRate to be the online fundraising platform for the innovations, ideas and passions of America’s veteran, service member, law enforcement, outdoor enthusiast and shooting communities. TwistRate brings groups together to fund, build and make their own American Dream a reality. Within TwistRate, he sets strategy and leads the TwistRate team, helping his members bring their ideas to others in the TwistRate community.
Evan has led training teaching classes on close quarters combat, advanced pistol and carbine courses and ocean hunting, and he and Jeff are the authors of the first civilian Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)-certified active shooter course.

Evan is a passionate outdoorsman who prefers the remoteness of the Frank Church Wilderness area in central Idaho to any other place on earth. He is most passionate about his loving family, wife Kate and daughter Nara.

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