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Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

We’re Eager To Help! Here’s How

If you are trying to raise money for a cause, you need exposure for your campaign. You need attention and eyeballs, but that will only be effective after you get your family and friends to support your campaign with at least 10 percent of your goal—no one ever puts money in an empty tip jar!

GoodCrowd.info has created several free services to help you get exposure for your campaign.

First, you can download Devin’s book, Crowdfunding for Social Good when you join the Your Mark on the World Cavalry (subscribe to this blog—also free). The book will guide you through preparing and executing a successful campaign.

Here’s how we can help you get attention for your campaign for free:

  1. Sharing with like-minded people on LinkedIn
  2. Tweets to over 20,000 followers
  3. Sharing your press release here at GoodCrowd.info
  4. Hosting your interview here
  5. Google Hangouts 
  6. Covering your story for Your Mark on the World or Forbes

If you are raising money for something without a direct social impact, we regret that we don’t have an audience for you. If you are raising money for yourself, no matter how desperate your need may be, we don’t cover that either.

Because we don’t have time and bandwidth for vetting every crowdfunding campaign that comes along—no matter how noble one might seem—we will rely on the wisdom of the crowd. In other words, we won’t do anything until you start making progress on your fundraising to prove that you are willing to do the work required to be successful. 

Get your close friends and family to back your campaign early and be sure to set a goal that is reasonable given your personal network. We’ll use our resources to help only after you’ve raised 10 percent of your goal or $1,000, whichever is smaller.

1. LinkedIn: Join the group Crowdfunding for Social Good we’ve created on LinkedIn and post a link to your campaign there. Please check out the other campaigns posted there and support them, too.

2. Tweets: If you have raised at least 10 percent of your goal or $1,000 and you tweet your campaign link with a mention of @devindthorpe, we will retweet it to our growing list of followers. We’ll retweet once per day as long as you tweet with a mention of @devindthorpe! 

3. Press Releases: If you have a press release, please send it to news@devinthorpe.com and we’ll share it here on GoodCrowd.info.

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4. Guest Posts: You can write a guest post or do an online interview for us here. A guest post for this blog should include a focus on your social impact objectives. Our readers are primarily interested in the good you hope to do in the world. A good blog post will be shorter than 500 words and will include a good photo or video. You can find more tips for a good post here.

If you would prefer to complete an online interview that we can share, click here.

5. Google Hangouts/Podcasts: In rare cases, if your story is very compelling, after your guest post goes live and your social impact is meaningful, we may be able to schedule a live interview using Google Hangouts to help you share your story with a wider audience. A live Google Hangout would not only be posted on this blog, but also on Google+ and YouTube so you could embed the video anywhere else you like.

6. GoodCrowd.info or Forbes: If you have exceeded your funding goal before your campaign ends and have raised more than $25,000 for a social cause that really excites us, we may be able to post a live Google Hangout to Devin’s Forbes blog.

The Your Mark on the World Center, which publishes this blog, is a news gathering organization and to us, your campaign for good is newsworthy. We never charge to put content on our site, but we do screen every story to ensure that we believe your efforts are legitimate.

Get our attention with steps one through four above. We’ll reach out to you for items five and six.

7 Responses to We’re Eager To Help! Here’s How

  • Dear Mr. Devin Thorpe,
    My name is Matthias Piesche and I am raising money for “Research to beat skin & lung cancer”. I just finished the online interview on your website. If it caught your interest and you you have any further questions, please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Matthias Piesche

  • Dear Devin,

    We are social innovators and are creating Project Get Reel as a social enterprise, a sustainable way to recycle massive amount of VHS tapes just in Ontario alone by hiring community members who have barriers to employment.

    We want to ensure employment of persons facing barriers, as well as prevent VHS tapes from ending up in landfills.

    Can you help spread the word?

    Thank you.

    Philip Yan

  • Hello,
    My name is Daniil Frants and I am the founder of Frants Innovators. We are currently raising money to develop a revolutionary new assistive technology for the hearing impaired. I just submitted your online interview form. Please contact me if you are interested in our campaign or have any more questions.

    Thank you for your time,
    Daniil Frants

  • Dear Devin,

    My name is Pat Wisniewski, Im a documentary filmmaker and my company name is “For Goodness Sake Productions.” I have always wanted to tackle tough subjects in an interesting, engaging and positive way, so that people could relate to them and add their energy to the positive solutions so needed in todays world. The current documentary I am working on with prominent American environmentalist Lee Botts, is an interesting story of how one landscape has served as a muse to move us towards a more sustainable world. The program is entitled “Shifting Sands: The Struggle for Sustainability.” It looks at one region at the crossroads of America and how it struggled to intertwine its economic industrial giants with its rare ecological treasures and diversity of people who came from all over the world seeking a better quality of life. Its an amazing story and we hope you will help us get the word out! Our last documentary was nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award and has sparked a lot of interest towards the creation of a National WIldlife Refuge in the region it showcased. Below is a link to our latest project Shifting Sands:
    http://engage.legacyfdn.org/view-all-needs/campaign/339?layout=single

  • Dear Devin Thorpe,

    We are most grateful for the extended diffusion of our message about the crowdfunding campaign for the Surgicon Project.
    Anyone might need surgery – planned or not – and we beleive everyone would be grateful if there were standardized licenses for surgical skills.

    Best regards,
    Margareta Berg MD PhD

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