Stories about rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns.
Stories about rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee to Discuss Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts This Friday as Part of the Project for Awesome Event
Press Release – BOSTON (December 8, 2016) – Project for Awesome (P4A) 2016 has chosen Partners In Health (PIH), for a second time, as one of its two designated charities for its annual fundraising event this December. Started in 2007 by John and Hank Green, P4A has raised millions for designated charities and those chosen by the online video community.
As part of the event, PIH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee will appear on the P4A Livestream this Friday, December 9 at 3:30pm EST to talk about post-Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti.
“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen, for a second time, as the Project for Awesome designated charity,” said Partners In Health CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb. “The Green brothers have built a creative and effective online community for supporting organizations like Partners In Health that are working to make the world a better place. We applaud them for their commitment to this noble cause, and we thank them for choosing us to be a part of their truly awesome project.”
P4A 2016 will begin December 9 at 12:00pm EST and run through December 11 at 11:59am EST. During this time, thousands of people will post videos about charities they believe are working to better the world. P4A promotes these videos and raises money for the charities. The community raised over $1.5 million in 2015, which was split between two designated organizations and 20 charities chosen by the online video community. PIH was a designated charity in 2014 as well.
Press Release – The young alchemists foundation a 501 c3 non-profit organization, Guardians of our youth, protectors of the planet and defenders of world peace has initiated the “America is not dead” national patriotic movement, a global campaign to revive the American spirit and plant the seed of world peace, love and respect for god, family, teachers, country our planet and all humanity into the hearts of children. In order to complete the first phase of the foundation’s national movement, we need to raise $1 million dollars that will be used as follow:
The intended purpose of our “America is not dead” national patriotic movement is not only to teach love for our country and help stimulate the curiosity and creativity of our youth but also to plant the seed of world peace, patriotism and bring moral and spiritual balance into our schools and students. Children in the united states are going through a difficult transition and the time has come for all Americans to forget about political, racial, cultural and religious differences and become united to protect and inspire our youth to become responsible citizens and the great leaders of a better world.
If you agree with the ideals and mission of our foundation, become an alchemist knight. Support the development of our programs and campaigns and help us reach our initial goal of $1,000,000.00
America is not dead but we Americans must wake up to and become aware of what is coming if action is not taken quickly!!!
If you wish to learn more about the young alchemists foundation please visit: www.tyaf.co
The strategic plan of the young alchemists foundation is available upon request.
You may want to know, what is an alchemist? An alchemist young or old is a person who uses unconditional love, knowledge, strength, will, and natural inner powers to transform bad into good, negative into positive.
Press Release – Brännland Cider – 2016-11-30 15:23 CET: At the beginning of November Brännland Cider, the international award winning cider producer in Umeå, Sweden, started a Kickstarter campaign called “1000 apple trees at Röbäcksdalen”, to fund the creation of an orchard and the start new apple terroir in their Northern home county of Västerbotten, not very far from the Arctic Circle.
30 days later, after international attention and countless shares on social media, the campaign is now fully funded. The funds have streamed in from private backers, businesses and institutions in the region and foreign backers in the markets where Brännland Cider is present, in the form of adoptions of the trees planted in the orchard.
Funding is primarily earmarked for research into organic farming practices and all research results and knowledge derived from the orchard will be shared with anyone who wants to grow fruit in Northern Sweden. The ultimate long term goal is to create a new apple terroir for cider production.
We’re totally amazed by the support that’s been coming in from our local as well as the national and international communities, says Andreas Sundgren Graniti, Managing Director and Founder of Brännland Cider AB. In the past four years we’ve striven to produce the best cider and ice cider possible using the best Swedish apples. It is fantastic to see that our work has inspired confidence enough in what we do, that people want to lend us this kind of support.
The next step for Brännland Cider is to create a dedicated web for the orchard where adopters can follow their specific tree through the seasons. In spring time, a limited edition cider will be produced and offered only to the backers of the Kickstarter campaign as a celebration of the funding of 1000 apple trees at Röbäcksdalen.
Prizes and Awards: www.brannlandcider.se/index.php/awards
7 campaigns launch after unique startup prep at Sawyer Business School
Press Release – BOSTON — Suffolk University has introduced one of the nation’s first experiential courses on crowdfunding, where students are launching campaigns to fund their own start-up companies through Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Students in the Sawyer Business School class will launch crowdfunding campaigns the week of Nov. 14, coinciding with National Entrepreneurship Month. Startup products and services include an almond-based Alfredo sauce, a high-protein coffee product, a fishing tackle box/cooler combination and a yoga studio on wheels.
“While a few other universities are discussing crowdfunding as part of traditional course content, the real-world approach to this course makes it different,” said Management and Entrepreneurship Professor Jennifer Dinger. “Suffolk students in this class are learning how to turn their business ideas into action, and they are going after the funding to support those enterprises.”
The course expands on the foundation of knowledge and skills honed throughout the Sawyer Business School curriculum, while fast tracking entrepreneurial activity through startups and the raising of capital.
In a cross-disciplinary approach that taps into the wider resources of Suffolk University, students in the class have teamed up with:
The concept for the crowdfunding course came out of conversations between Dinger and Professor Chaim Letwin, a colleague in the Sawyer Business School’s Management and Entrepreneurship department. Dinger and Letwin both study crowdfunding platforms and how campaign components relate to people’s decisions to contribute money to a particular project. The course looks at factors that lead to crowdfunding success, including the idea, the pitch and the prototype.
“Small business and innovation are critical to the health and vibrancy of the economy,” Dinger said. “Experiential courses like this are aimed at accelerating the startup launch process and increasing the rate of startup businesses among our most promising young adults.”
Student-led ventures launching crowdsourcing campaigns Nov. 14- 16 are:
More information on the student startup businesses and crowdfunding campaigns can be found at entrepreneurship.suffolk.edu/crowdfunding.php
Solar and RF powered smart irrigation system launches on Indiegogo
Press Release – (Los Angeles / Taipei, November 8, 2016) – Today Hugreen launched an Indiegogo campaign for its flagship product, Gnome. This solar and radio frequency powered smart irrigation system remotely controls and monitors gardens and farms. Four starter kits are available, beginning at $120.
The Gnome system is comprised of a network of sensors and water valves, connected to one central hub:
Gnome is the only IoT sensor that can measure fertilizer level and soil moisture concurrently. Gnome uses industrial level Frequency Domain Reflectometry (FDR) technology to measure the presence of fertilizer and uses that data to get an unbiased soil moisture level, which is typically only found in more expensive non-smart sensors.
Hugreen founder Clement Lee is a solar researcher and engineer who led major projects for an international solar tech corporation. “I quit my job and started building rooftop gardens in Hong Kong, but wasn’t pleased with the tech solutions available to monitor and adjust irrigation as there was a lot of unnecessary waste,” he said. “So I decided to combine my background in engineering and passion for sustainable farming to create solar-powered technology that makes is possible for everyone to grow.”
Gnome’s app helps gardeners manage their plants remotely. Live updates are provided for each sensor, and users are alerted if the soil becomes too dry, or the water too warm. Users are then able to control the water system or automate timers for the valves based on soil moisture level, ultimately saving them time, money and labor.
The app also teaches gardeners how to grow new plants. “The Gnome app has a comprehensive plant database that can teach you how to optimize growing at your location,” Lee said. “Based on plant type, seasonality and location, Gnome can tell you what parameters would be best for this plant and ways you can achieve them.”
Gnome’s campaign runs from November 8 to December 16, 2016. For a full rundown on their pledges, visit the Indiegogo page.
Hugreen is an agriculture technology startup building high tech precision agriculture IoT solutions for smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers account for 80% of the food the world consumes each year, yet many are stuck in the old ways of farming, despite changing weather pattern and demographics that threaten our food security. Many smallholder farmers also lack resources and knowledge to use existing precision agriculture tools they desperately need to become profitable. The company’s mission is help farmers deploy simple IoT based irrigation systems to gain better yield per acre while reducing labor and water usage.
CARRY YOU ON, a 2017 ‘Album for Action’ to Heighten Grassroots Mission to #BridgeTheGap Between Civilians and Military Veterans by Acclaimed NYC Jazz Vocalist-Songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER
“Marcus Goldhaber’s passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. … His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes. … I am so pleased he will be singing in the Big Apple for the NYC Veterans Parade!”
— Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.
Press Release – NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2016) – Today at 11 a.m. EST, while America’s largest traditional celebration of our veterans overtook the streets of New York City, a bold new chapter in a heralded music project honoring our military heroes was officially launched through Kickstarter.
After four years of bringing this project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veterans related events from New York to Philadelphia, CARRY YOU ON is finally ready for the recording studio. The “Album for Action” of 10 new original songs was written by acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music.
Goldhaber, a 2016 MAC Award nominee, made the announcement today (11.11 @ 11 a.m.) during his second consecutive performance in New York’s Veterans Day Parade, officially known as “America’s Parade 2016.”
“I’ve taken this project as far as I can on my own,” said Goldhaber. “Now graciously and humbly, I’m turning to Kickstarter and my friends and family and fans to help fund the production and distribution of this album, so this message can reach as many people as possible.
“I wrote this music to give civilians and veterans the confidence to begin and continue the CARRY YOU ON will include “Come Home America,” the original Goldhaber anthem he released on Veterans Day 2013. The reaction to “Come Home America,” and the live concert outreach it has since sparked, ultimately became the impetus to write and record enough songs for this upcoming album. conversation that we both so desperately need to have. I’ve seen the impact of these songs first-hand. I’ve performed for veterans and civilians in the same room.”
At one performance, a Marine came up to Goldhaber and said that after being thanked for his service so many times, and not knowing how to respond, “he now felt he had a starting point.” At another, a sailor approached Goldhaber and said that, after hearing one of his songs, she felt more comfortable knowing “part of her story was now on stage.”
Says Joseph P. Brooks, president and COO of Liberty USO: “Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It’s the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country.”
This project is proud to support Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the “New Greatest Generation” as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber “finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach” (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan’s top clubs and throughout the East Coast, he’s performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and most recently toured the U.S. in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen. For over a year, he has been in monthly residence at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space on the Upper East Side, “stripping the Great American Songbook to the bone” hosting “Mostly Marcus.”
“COME HOME AMERICA” is available NOW on iTunes.
“CARRY YOU ON” on the Web:
Freedom Dress™ & Accessories Available for Preorder in Kickstarter Campaign for One Dress United, Oct 14-Nov 28, 2016 (Cyber Monday)
Press Release – Portland, OR – (October 16, 2016) Her Worth International (www.herworth.com), a new women’s economic empowerment ministry, launches its first major project called One Dress United on Kickstarter, with the hope of funding production of the Freedom Dress™ with 100% of profits benefiting economically vulnerable women around the world, starting with a group in Haiti.
The campaign exceeded 25% funding in the first 48 hours. Backers can pledge to preorder The Freedom Dress™ as well as accessories handmade by the women of Jasper House Haiti, a ministry that educates and empowers women exiting the sex trade in Jacmel. The campaign funds the first order of dresses and will run through Cyber Monday (November 28, 2016). To contribute to the campaign go to herworth.com.
The dress, designed by Nelson with the help of Apparel Consultant Nancy Simon, CEO of Get Sushi Designs in Portland, is a classic black shirtdress, featuring branded tab sleeves and a custom-designed fabric lining the yoke, featuring the words: “Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience” repeated over and again, inspired by instructions found in the Book of Colossians which state, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
The dress will be made of Tencel® – a material much like rayon, but sustainably produced, resistant to wrinkling, and with a beautiful fluid quality.
“My hope is the dress will serve as a simple backdrop for a larger discussion about women’s worth and the power of our choices as consumers in the fight against human trafficking,” says Nelson.
The dress will retail for $169, but will be available at $94 for Early Birds during the Kickstarter campaign. 100% of profits from the sale of the dress will go to support the educational and vocational programs offered by Jasper House Haiti.
One Dress United is the latest entry in the burgeoning Freedom Business Movement (www.freedombusinessalliance.com) and will help fight extreme poverty and exploitation of women in two ways. First, 100% of profits from the sale of the dress will be donated to ministries that rescue and restore women exploited in sex trade and sex slavery operations. Second, One Dress United will purchase accessories handmade by the women participating in these restoration programs, opening up a dependable, global channel of sales for the goods they create.
About Her Worth International – a 501(c)3 nonprofit
The mission of Her Worth International is to to build a global community of women, inspired and equipped to reach those in need around the world. The founder and president of Her Worth is Rachel Rose Nelson, a wife and mother with 20 years experience as an independent creative director and entrepreneur. Nelson is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary near her home in Portland, Oregon.
Billions of people are crippled because they lack a computer at home.
Matt Dalio spent years talking to people overcoming poverty without computers.
It was really three months of travel through China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand…
…seeing the reactions of people to his technology that convinced Matt he had to do this.
He learned they don’t want the cheapest computer he could make; they want the best computer they can afford.
So he set out to build it.
He launched with a Kickstarter campaign raising $176,538.
Today, the provocative Endless Computer starts at just $79.
The operating system can be downloaded free for use on any computer.
It includes an abundance of content and dozens of apps that don’t rely on the Internet!
Matt’s epic effort could bring a billion people into the information age.
Visit Endless Computers.
One of the most inspiring stories in my book Crowdfunding for Social Good features Martha Griffin’s campaign to raise money to publish Sam’s Birthmark, a book about a boy born with a birthmark on his face. The book has impacted countless lives since, including her own son Barron, helping kids born with port wine stain birthmarks like Barron’s to feel special.
For the book, Martha explained that she learned four key lessons from her Kickstarter campaign where she successfully raised $31,763.
Today, I caught up with Martha to learn more about her ongoing effort to build a movement that protects kids against bullying and builds their self-confidence.
Martha says, “A child’s individuality, whether it’s marked by curly hair, freckles or even a birthmark; it’s what makes them special. Sam’s Birthmark is about raising vascular birthmark awareness as well embracing our own and each other’s differences.”
Martha hoped the book would not only help her son, but that it would provide her with a platform for educating others. “We wrote Sam’s Birthmark to build confidence in our son. Also the general public are not aware of the health issues from Vascular Birthmarks. The book has helped us connect with other Birthmark parents throughout the world and be a part of the vast birthmark community.”
Martha still worries about bullying. “Children can be cruel about physical differences. As parents we face the challenge of raising a confident child.”
She worries, too, that Barron’s birthmark could get larger and that growths might develop. Barron has had nine laser surgeries to prevent this. The book remains profoundly relevant in his life.
Martha acknowledges that it will be difficult to stop bullying altogether. “We live a society that focuses on beauty and I don’t see that changing. It’s your face all the time now with social media. Bullying is a huge problem. By parents starting the conversation at an early age about physical differences we can over time stop bullying.”
She remains optimistic, however, and sees her book as a powerful tool for good in the lives of affected children and families. She wants to share the book as widely as possible. “The more people that share and read Sam’s Birthmark, the more good we can do. Through our website we have the ‘Buy-the-Book/Get-a- Book’ campaign. For every book purchased, we give you an extra book to donate to a school, doctor office, church or library.”
On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 Eastern, Martha will join me here for a live discussion about how Sam’s Birthmark has influenced the life of her son Barron and others like him around the world. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.
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Sam’s Birthmark is a children’s book about teaching kids to appreciate the differences in others and themselves.
Martha and Grant found their inspiration for Sam’s Birthmark after their son Barron was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark covering the right side of his face. After researching Vascular Birthmarks and connecting with other birthmark parents, they saw a need for a children’s book with a main character who has a birthmark. Their goal for Sam’s Birthmark is to teach children to embrace their own and each other’s differences starting at an early age.
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New Indiegogo Campaign Launched to Fund Startup Dedicated to Supporting Purpose-Driven Companies through Purposeful Gift Boxes of Top-Quality Products
Press Release – CHICAGO – September 27, 2016 – Packed with Purpose, the only hand-picked, curated gift boxes of artisanal products produced by social enterprises and purpose-driven companies nationwide, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $30,000 by Oct. 15, 2016 to fund the revolutionary gift box truly packed with purpose.
Unlike traditional companies that support a cause by giving back either a portion of the revenues to a cause or donate an item for an item sold, Packed with Purpose scours the U.S. to curate high-quality, Eco-friendly artisan crafted products that have the greatest impact on communities in need. Packed with Purpose developed an exceptionally stringent supplier selection and social business vetting process to ensure all suppliers are continually providing the best quality of unique and sophisticated products, and reinvest their profits in order to increase their social good.
“Gift-givers often choose the hottest or priciest gift or resort to purchasing a simple gift card, but these gifts don’t elicit excitement or true gratitude by the recipient,” said Leeatt Rothschild, founder of Packed with Purpose. “I wanted to capture the heartfelt feeling of gift giving by creating a more impactful gift that not only delights the recipient, but that also creates social good; a gift that is meaningful to give and to receive. Each gift box has products that contribute to causes such as creating employment, providing job skills training, coaching at-risk youth and other valuable societal impact.”
Each gift box item is elegantly packaged and presented in a signature white and wine colored box with items securely wrapped in recycled kraft paper.
For the first box, Packed with Purpose has selected five luxurious products representing a strong network of suppliers who are dedicated to improving the lives of others, including:
Packed with Purpose gift boxes are sold individually for $49 or are available through a seasonal subscription service, where a curated box of new and original products are sent every three months or four times a year. As part of the Indiegogo campaign, special rewards and tiers are offered for backers looking to purchase more than one box. Packed with Purpose is also accepting large quantity orders that can be customized for special occasions, corporate events and the holiday season.
Starting in early 2017, Packed with Purpose will unveil a variety of gift box options and begin accepting larger orders from their website at https://packedwithpurpose.gifts. In addition to specially curated boxes, Packed with Purpose will have a dedicated team devoted to tailoring and personalizing individual gift boxes for any occasion.
To learn more about how Packed with Purpose is revolutionizing the gifting industry or to back the campaign, visit here. To help the campaign reach its goal, please share this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks using the hashtag #packedwpurpose.