6 Great Crowdfunding Resources

There are a ton of great resources out there for learning about – and staying up-to-date with – crowdfunding. Without further ado, we present to you a very not-definitive list of crowdfunding resources on the (mostly) wonderful world wide web that we humans have made. So let’s hit the button.

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​Entrepreneurs and Crowdfunding

​Entrepreneur​ is a great resource for all things entrepreneurial that entrepreneurs and entrepreneuring types might want to know about.  But in addition to all of the entrepreneur-y things that they churn out at a steady clip (seriously, they have some amazing verticals on everything from finance to tech to leadership to starting a business), they also have a robust and up-to-date section just on crowdfunding. Wanna know the latest ways that Bernie’s campaign is using crowdfunding or which gender raises more money on the internet? Well then head to this link right now and start eating it all up.

The Chronic…les of Philanthropy

​Also known as a holy book of the philanthropic world, ​The Chronicles of Philanthropy ​serves nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise with news, advice, resources, and listings of career opportunities, AND it also has a great resource section on crowdfunding. We were also honored to be written up by the CoPs (see what we did there?) about our work on building a Virtual Tower on Giving Tuesday, which would be a fun thing to try to describe to some Victorian-era person.

Eponymous Blogs

Beth Kanter runs Beth’s Blog, which is one of the best resources for guiding nonprofits to leverage their networks and data for social change. She is also just an awesome person. Take the time to dive into her site and see all the great stuff that she delivers on a regular basis. She is indispensable.

West Coast Represent

The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), which besides having a cool name has some of the best content in the social change space, puts out some very smart crowdfunding content. Seriously go there today and everyday.

En Ten

​NTEN, whose government name is the Nonprofit Technology Network, is a huge player in the nonprofit space. And guess what? They write extensively about crowdfunding and how it can fit into growth strategies for organizations. They also use CrowdRise for their crowdfunding needs, which we are big fans of, obviously.

​Huffington Post Supports Crowdfunding

A quick glance at ​Huffington Post’s​ crowdfunding vertical homepage gives you these three compelling headlines:

If these headlines don’t make you wanna click through immediately and devour the rest of the ​HuffPo​ crowdsourcing content, then I don’t know what to tell ya. Check them out today.

Let us know about other great crowdfunding resources!

As we said above, this is no way definitive, but these are some of the places that we’re following closely and checking out regularly for crowdfunding resources. If you have more that you think we should know about, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

Animals and Crowdfunding: A Match Made in Heaven

Animals: they’re the best. Dogs. Lions. Koalas. Elephants. There’s so many of them. But no matter what they are, we love ’em and we want to do everything we can to help. There are lots and lots of of amazing online fundraisers for animals on CrowdRise and across the internet. Let’s check some out:

Helping homeless owner/pet combos

HomelessWithPets works with people living homeless with their animal companions. As they say, “refusing to trade their animal companion for services and shelter means that people live in vehicles, camps or on the streets. It’s a tough life. Homeless people with pets are some of the most under-served people in our communities.” The northern California-based organization strongly believes in the importance of the human-animal bond and focus on care at both ends of the leash. On the people side, they help owners take care of their animals by providing donated food and other animal items. And on the animal side, they strive to improve safety with pet first aid, basic care and reward-based dog training. They also working with volunteer veterinarians and groomers to help many of these pets stay healthy. They’ve currently raised about 75% of their goal, so go check out what you can do to help today.
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Animals serving those who served us

It’s always such an honor to see an service animal. From seeing eye dogs to emotional support dogs, these creatures helping their humans is truly amazing.

Bonus knowledge: while dogs are the most popular and recognized service animal in public places in the United States, miniature horses are also often recognized as legitimate service animals.

A powerful fundraiser happening right now on CrowdRise around service animals is CaringTown, which hopes to build a center for training service dogs and trainers. They say that once construction of their training center is completed, “we will be open to trainers locally and open to Trainers from all over the world. We educate children and the public by publishing educational materials, doing demos at schools and summer camps as well as eco tourists who vacation with us. Do you know that in most countries people with disabilities are “shut ins” & dogs eat garbage in the street? Our mission is to address both problems changing the world for the disabled & for the dogs one dog and one trainer at a time.” They have an ambitious goal of $200,000, so let’s hustle up.

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Farm animals and crowdfunding

Six years ago, Ashley O’Malley moved to Kentucky from downtown Philadelphia so that she could have land to help a wider range of animals. She relocated with one dog, three rabbits, five rats, and three guinea pigs. Her home has grown to include everything from an abused pheasant to sixteen inbred miniature pigs. She works multiple jobs to make ends meet, and happily spends the vast majority of her income taking care of her animal companions that haven’t been given a fair shot. Before trying to say any more, we strongly advise you to go read her own story on her CrowdRise page and donate if you can. It is beyond powerful stuff. She’s raised about 30% of her $20,000 goal, and Ashley and her animals could really use our help.

Other amazing orgs

    • The Dodo is a digital brand for everyone who loves animals and cares about their wellbeing. Our goal is to serve up emotionally and visually compelling, highly sharable animal-related stories and videos to as many people as possible to help make caring about animals a viral cause. Umm, okay. You had us at “everyone who loves animals”.
    • ​Pilots N Paws is an amazing nonprofit that brings together those who rescue, shelter or foster animals with volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals.
    • If you like puns and you like pups, then Barkpost is gonna be your jam. Example from their site: “FACT: Dogs do pawesome stuff. FACT: But there was never a place where all this pawsomeness was shared with the world. The BarkPost helps dogs share their stories with the world, using the power of the hoomans.” Check them out today.
    • World Animal Protection has a simple yet profound belief: No wild animal should be beaten and abused for our entertainment.
    • Want the latest news on animals from across the world wide web? Well, Huffington Post Animals has. got. you. covered. Bookmark them.
    • The ASPCA, which stands for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was the first humane society to be established in North America and is now one of the largest in the world. They were founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. This makes sense to us.

Why Online Fundraising is Better than a Gala

4) No one likes to get all dressed up to attend those things. If you asked everyone at a fancy gala what they liked the most, it’s very unlikely people would say “dressing up and hobnobbing.” They come to support the cause and just deal with the fancy stuff to be nice. If your organization is entrenched in the old school and you just gotta do a fancy gala, take a look at this #ThrowbackCrowdRiseContent and see how you can make them more fun and cost-effective.

3) More of your donors’ money will go towards the cause, not a fancy plated dinner and an open bar. Take for example the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color’s (COSEBOC) fundraiser, amazingly titled the Not-So-Gala Gala. As they say on their CrowdRise page, “in celebration of COSEBOC’s 10th anniversary, instead of a gala, consider investing those funds in special experiences for boys and young men of color, and for the people who educate them.” It just makes sense.

2) None of your friends will be there and your palms sweat when you’re forced to meet new people. Remember the last time you were at a party. You just sat on the periphery and stared at everyone else and prayed that no one came over to introduce themselves. It’s like anti-fun. No one wants to do that while you can give just as much money (or more!) from the comfort of the glow of your laptop while also watching ​The Wire​ for the third time. It’s what economists call a classic win-win.

It’s proven to work. As Kendall Almerico, a crowdfunding and online fundraising attorney, says in this Entrepreneur piece, crowdfunding does work, but it takes a lot of work. We highly recommend reading through the whole article to pick up some tips to success. And remember, with galas you’re limited to the people in the room, with online fundraising you’re limited by nothing.

16 Amazing Fundraisers of 2015

2015 was a big year for CrowdRise specifically, crowdfunding generally and Donald Trump politically. And so why don’t we run down the 16 most popular fundraisers on CrowdRise – as chosen by you, the people. Let’s go!

A new life for a Syrian family torn apart by war​

Humans of New York and Edward Norton teamed up to raise over $460,000 on CrowdRise in just a few days for a Syrian refugee and his family as they relocate to Detroit. Such a powerful and amazing online fundraiser.

Crazy virtual reality captures the impact on #GivingTuesday

On #GivingTuesday, over 1,200 charities rallied to raise more than $5.8 million and make the CrowdRise Giving Tower the tallest building in the world. The CrowdRise Giving Tower was the best way for charities to raise money on #GivingTuesday and we’re bringing it all back for 2016.

TCS NYC Marathon rallies to raise over $19 million for good

Thousands of TCS New York City Marathon runners launched their own fundraising pages and rallied to raise over $19 million for hundreds of amazing causes. Just one awesome example of so, so many of endurance fundraisers on CrowdRise.

Funding new legs for elephants injured by landmines

The Asian Elephant hospital in Thailand needs help to build a factory that willprovide prosthetic legs to elephants and give them a chance to walk again. This is one of those unique online fundraisers that you just can’t get out of your head.

Eddie Vedder CrowdRises to cure debilitating skin disease

EB is a devastating genetic skin disorder that causes skin to tear apart and blister from the slightest touch. Eddie co-founded a research group to help find a cure and it has raised nearly $100,000. This is a great example of celebrities using their influence for good.

Following in Forrest Gump’s footsteps to fight poverty

Barclay ran across the USA, Forrest Gump-style, and raised over $11,000 for the Hall Steps Foundation, founded to fight poverty around the world by improving health. This is a great example of leveraging the power of crowdfunding to make a real difference.

Forever changing the lives of 3 kids in Honduras in 24 hours

Nicole went to Honduras and met Laura. In just 24 hours she raised enough money to help Laura, as well as two other teens, get surgery to change their lives forever. Now that is an amazing use of online fundraisers.

Justice for Cecil the Lion means fighting to end future poaching

Cecil, a beloved 13-year-old lion, was killed for sport in July. The world responded by raising over $70,000 to help protect other animals and end poaching for good. These sorts of mass mobilizations are what we had in mind when we started CrowdRise.

Allstate Purple Purse Challenge raises $3.1 million

Domestic violence charities rallied their communities in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge and raised nearly $3.1 million collectively for the cause. And yeah, that’s Olivia Pope AKA Kerry Washington. She’s a big fan of crowdfunding.

Helping Army vet Chris Mintz, who tried to protect fellow students during Oregon shooting

Chris Mintz, an Army veteran, was shot while trying to warn students at a Southern Oregon college under attack by a gunman. Donations help with his recovery medical costs. This guy is a hero, and we were beyond proud to help raise over $30,000 for him.

The 2015 Boston Marathon raises over $1 million for every mile in the race

The John Hancock Boston Marathon community raised over $26 million for charityin 2015. That‘s more than a million dollars for every mile on the historic course. Such an amazing example of online fundraising in action.

Helping a displaced family in Haiti get their own home, all in 24 hours

Mallory went to Haiti and found a family, displaced by the earthquake, living in need. In 24 hours she was able to raise enough money to get them into their own home. Online fundraisers – it’s built for speed.

Melody used her bat mitzvah to CrowdRise and help orphaned elephants in Kenya

Melody and her family traveled to Nairobi to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan Project. She was so moved, she asked friends and family to support their efforts in lieu of any bat mitzvah gifts. And she raised nearly $22,000! Mazel tov!

Revlon ‘Love is On’ raises $4.1 million for women’s health

Revlon used a $1 million dollar grand prize to help women’s health organizations spread the love and raise over $4.1 million for their causes. This was a great example of corporate philanthropy leveraging the latest technologies.

100% pro bono lawyer project helps those who can‘t afford legal help

Melanie quit her job as a lawyer and set out on a cross country tour giving pro bono legal help to those in need. Currently she’s working with migrant farmworkers who aren’t receiving full due process rights in rural California – and raised over $16,500 in the process. And they said lawyers are bad?

Saving the Gray girls from a rare brain disease

The Grays were devastated when they found out both Charlotte and Gwenyth have a neurodegenerative brain disease called Batten CNL6. They are fundraising on CrowdRise to fund the urgent medical research needed to save the lives of the Gray girls – So far their online fundraiser has raised over $108,000. These are the sorts of online fundraisers that CrowdRise was built for.


Not a bad 2015, amirite? Well here’s to a bigger, better and more helpful 2016.