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Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

New Platform for Community Projects Launches

Liz Deering has created 121Giving as a platform to do crowdfunding for community projects. The first four projects are already being funded. Recently, we connected with her to learn about the effort; here’s what she told us.

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

While crowdfunding platforms are certainly not new, the way in which 121Giving has developed the technology – first as an ecommerce marketplace where cause-minded brands and nonprofits can do business together, then building out a charity site where nonprofits can publish their fundraising campaigns and show donors what their support will do to help their cause, and show donors exactly where their donation dollars are going – it’s the very first time this approach to fundraising and connecting companies, causes, and consumers has been done by any company on one platform!

The startup is hoping to help the city’s nonprofits raise over $250,000 in donations over the next 30 days through social media, word of mouth, and local media support. Right now, there are four crowdfunding campaigns that Austin citizens can donate to help Austin nonprofits urgently needing medical, cleaning and educational supplies; clothing; furniture; food and hygiene products; home goods, and non-perishable goods to help cancer patients, AID/HIV patients, homeless families, and low-income individuals that could use a helping hand to get their lives back on track.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

The startup is hoping to help the city’s nonprofits raise over $250,000 in donations over the next 30 days through social media, word of mouth, and local media support. Right now, there are four crowdfunding campaigns that Austin citizens can donate to help Austin nonprofits urgently needing medical, cleaning and educational supplies; clothing; furniture; food and hygiene products; home goods, and non-perishable goods to help cancer patients, AID/HIV patients, homeless families, and low-income individuals that could use a helping hand to get their lives back on track.

These include:

  • Front Steps: they help the city’s homeless find safe, affordable and long-term housing, and are hoping to raise $215,000 to provide 250 move-in kits for people relocating off the streets to transitional or permanent housing
  • Color Cancer: they serve cancer patients in Austin/Central Texas and are hoping to raise enough money to provide 50 cases of high-protein nutritional Ensure for cancer sufferers
  • Project Transitions: they serve people infected with HIV/AIDS and are hoping to raise $2,300 for medical, cleaning and comfort supplies to help 30-plus individuals cared for yearly at Doug’s House, the only Central Texas hospice facility for those with HIV/AIDS.
  • Rebuilding Together Austin: they are dedicated to finding and rebuilding safe, healthy homes for low-income residents in Austin and hope to raise $3,200 to help 30 families with home repair tools and volunteer supplies.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

121Giving is already hosting four crowdfunding campaigns that support Central Texas nonprofits. Ongoing and future campaigns will cover a range of products that nonprofits urgently need, including office, medical, cleaning and educational supplies; clothing; computers; furniture; food and hygiene products; electronics; home goods, non-perishable goods and more.

Check out the campaign:
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