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Crowdfunding Will Make The Next U.S. President

Crowdfunding Will Make The Next U.S. President | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it
A serious presidential contender will soon commit to a generous crowdfunding exemption. They don't have any choice. Because it's what people are demanding. And these people are the types who know how to effectively use social media.
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5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Fan Engagement

5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Fan Engagement | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Fan engagement means getting people to come back, spend time with you, and most importantly interact in some way.  These are five good tips on how to do that, with the real secret being you have to ask fans for some action.  -Ken


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The Best Sites to Raise Money and Get Your Ideas Off the Ground - Lifehacker

The Best Sites to Raise Money and Get Your Ideas Off the Ground - Lifehacker | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

While these focus mostly on commercial projects, many include options for non-profits.  Tired of getting rejected by foundations? Think about going directly to the people!  -Ken


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How Millennials Are Shaping the Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Technology - Huffington Post

How Millennials Are Shaping the Future of Social Entrepreneurship and Technology - Huffington Post | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

More and more Millennials try to make money by solving social and environmental problems, and they do not fit into the traditional nonprofit or for-profit mold.  Check out the next generation.  -Ken

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How to crowdfund your start-up | Startups

How to crowdfund your start-up | Startups | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

The Bicycle Academy's Andrew Denham explains how he raised £40,000 in five days – and shares his secrets for success, which are to plan way ahead and build momentum before the crowdfunding event.  This is a great, true and detailed case study.  -Ken

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Crowdfunding Enters the Charitable Giving Tool Kit

Crowdfunding Enters the Charitable Giving Tool Kit | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Great overview article of crowdfunding for non-profits and foundations.  This is new, folks, so learn all you can.  Article includes current websites for non-profit crowdfunding, and more are being added every day.  Stay tuned as this new way to raise money unfolds over the next year.  -Ken

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How to thank your donors right - Future Fundraising Now

How to thank your donors right - Future Fundraising Now | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

A brief reminder of the basics for a thank-you.  And all gifts need a thank-you!  Automate this through your email giving or tracking program. Almost all of the software does this, but if yours doesn't, do it by hand.  Personalized thank-you's are critical.  And, to add my own opinion, if you or your volunteers can send a hand-written thank-you note via traditional snail mail, that is even better.  -Ken

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Microfinance will eliminate severe poverty – John Hatch - Microfinance Focus

Microfinance will eliminate severe poverty – John Hatch - Microfinance Focus | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Interview with John Hatch re: microfinance and its potential.  Marry this to crowdfunding and there is Gold in this new world driven by us and nobody else.

Love it.  -Ken

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Startup's Petition Raises $3M in 24 Hours if Senate Passes Crowdfunding Act - ReadWriteWeb

Startup's Petition Raises $3M in 24 Hours if Senate Passes Crowdfunding Act - ReadWriteWeb | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Wow. Is the crowdfunding movement big? Try $3M in 24 hours to help get laws passed for crowdfunding. Another bacground articl for non-profits to help convince you to get involved.  This will be huge.  -Ken

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WePay: The Online Payment Startup Behind Occupy Wall Street - Forbes

WePay: The Online Payment Startup Behind Occupy Wall Street - Forbes | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Interesting story. WePay grabbed the crowdfunding ball for payment for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here's how it happened and why. Worth the read.  -Ken

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A Modern Marketing Strategy – Social Media Marketing & ZMOT from Google

A Modern Marketing Strategy – Social Media Marketing & ZMOT from Google | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Heard about ZMOT?  the Zero Moment of Truth as published and promoted by Google?  This is great new thinking in the marketing world, which is mostly about being engaged with consumers (or donors in the non-profit world) at every point in their decision cycle, but especially at the end of it, the Zero Moment of Truth where they make a decision to act.  Every marketer, for profit and non profit needs to read this free eBook.  You can download it here.  -Ken

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MediaShift . Your Guide to Crowdfunding Public Media Projects | PBS

MediaShift . Your Guide to Crowdfunding Public Media Projects | PBS | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

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Crowdsourcing meets Crowdfunding to improve lives

Crowdsourcing meets Crowdfunding to improve lives | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

The Global Giveback Challenge is an ongoing challenge contest to solve some difficult problems in innovative ways. It is Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. However, in this case study you'll see how it is connecting both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. Compelling!  -Ken

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HelpersUnite | Submit your project

HelpersUnite, part of the GoodWorldCreations network, helps artists, entrepreneurs and charities secure funding, gather donations, and promote special events.
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Google Grants Just Changed It's Guidelines- Churches & Others Now Eligible

Google Grants Just Changed It's Guidelines- Churches & Others Now Eligible | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Google just opened up its Grants program to virtually all 5013c's including churches, nonprofits who sell, etc.  My take is that the gate is wide open now, and open for organizations that have applied in the past and been turned down.  Google hasn't announced this in a broad way... you heard it here first.  So, reapply if you've been turned down and apply if you didn't meet Google's guidelines before.  More to come on this as news breaks.  -Ken

 

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Natural Idea Generator- Netted by the Webbys

Natural Idea Generator- Netted by the Webbys | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

If you want new ideas you need to keep up with what's new on the web, and to do it yourself is hard. Here is a newsletter I've subscribed to for 6 months now that points the best of whats new on a variety of subjects. The key is that what they feature is always good, and always interesting... they're not just listing everything that is new.  Someone is paying attention, making a judgement, and "Curating" recommendations.  I've found probably 10 web services that I use through this site, and more importantly, probably 20 new ideas that help companies and nonprofits.  In fact, I was introduced to Scoop.it (this site) here.  So check this out. Today's newsletter is especially interesting as it is Valentines Day themed, and features Zombie Couples Portraits.  Gotta love it.  -Ken 

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What Can Nonprofits Learn from Robin Good, the Best Content Curator on the Planet?

What Can Nonprofits Learn from Robin Good, the Best Content Curator on the Planet? | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

If you're reading this on my Scoop.it site, then you are experiencing content curation. What's that? Here's great info from Beth Kanter and Robin Good. -Ken

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The Nonprofit Quarterly | Is Crowd-Sourcing Volunteers Helping or Hurting?.

The Nonprofit Quarterly | Is Crowd-Sourcing Volunteers Helping or Hurting?. | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

A new Web site, Sparked, is encouraging online volunteering for busy people. Is this the ideal crowd-sourcing tool for nonprofits or does it detract from true civic and community engagement?  Good question. Read on and decide. Crowdsourcing is the precurser to crowdfunding in our opinion.  -Ken

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Can Crowdfunding and Social Networks Forge Ties to Kickstart the Economy? - Huffington Post

Can Crowdfunding and Social Networks Forge Ties to Kickstart the Economy? - Huffington Post | Crowdfunding for NonProfits | Scoop.it

Great background on new laws pending re: crowdfunding. Non-Profits take note.  It is happening, and it will be big.  And, I'll keep you posted.  -Ken

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