Crowdfunding

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The Numbers Behind Non-Profit Crowdfunding (Infographic)
Infographics

The Numbers Behind Non-Profit Crowdfunding (Infographic)

Just how effective are crowdfunding platforms for non-profit organizations? Check out these statistics and decide for yourself.
Carly Okyle
5 Tips for Launching a Non-Profit Campaign on Kickstarter
Crowdfunding

5 Tips for Launching a Non-Profit Campaign on Kickstarter

Isabel Sheinman, director of business development at Library for All, shares strategies for success on the crowdfunding platform.
Laura Entis
Etsy Dips a Toe Into Crowdfunding for Makers
Etsy

Etsy Dips a Toe Into Crowdfunding for Makers

The Brooklyn-based online craft marketplace is testing out a pilot program that allows makers to raise money for production costs.
Catherine Clifford
Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This 'Leaning' Desk.
Inventions

Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This 'Leaning' Desk.

Forget leaning in. It's time to lean back. With this recliner behind you, you can slouch on the job like you mean it.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
In Landmark Move, FTC Takes Action Against Kickstarter Campaign Fraud
Crowdfunding

In Landmark Move, FTC Takes Action Against Kickstarter Campaign Fraud

A project creator was charged with using 'unfair or deceptive acts' to raise more than $120,000 on the crowdfunding platform, which he allegedly spent on personal expenses.
Laura Entis
4 Tips to Use Crowdfunding to Make Startup Dreams a Reality
Crowdfunding

4 Tips to Use Crowdfunding to Make Startup Dreams a Reality

Like any fundraising campaign, using these platforms requires much thought and effort.
Zach Cutler
These New Earbuds Let You Adjust the Volume of Everything Around You
Wearable Tech

These New Earbuds Let You Adjust the Volume of Everything Around You

Doppler Labs' new invention can help you turn down the volume of a concert in real time.
Nina Zipkin
7 Tips on How to Do Accounting For a Kickstarter Campaign
Cash Flow Center

7 Tips on How to Do Accounting For a Kickstarter Campaign

Yup, Uncle Sam knows all about crowdfunding, and he's coming after you if you don't pay those taxes.
Jared Hecht
The Maker of This Invention Kit Wants You to See the World as Your Playground
Inventing

The Maker of This Invention Kit Wants You to See the World as Your Playground

Jay Silver's first Makey Makey invention kit raised more than half a million dollars on Kickstarter. His second kit, called the Makey Makey GO, has raised more than $120,000 so far.
Catherine Clifford
Raising Millions With Equity Crowdfunding Will Cost You, But How Much?
Crowdfunding

Raising Millions With Equity Crowdfunding Will Cost You, But How Much?

Regulation A+ promises to be a game changer for how emerging companies are funded, but mind those attorney and accountant fees.
Kendall Almerico
This New Virtual Reality Headset Tracks Your Eye Movements
Virtual Reality

This New Virtual Reality Headset Tracks Your Eye Movements

FOVE has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production and manufacturing of its headset.
Catherine Clifford
This Is the Teeny-Tiny Phone That Wants You to Leave Your Real Phone Behind
Smartphones

This Is the Teeny-Tiny Phone That Wants You to Leave Your Real Phone Behind

The Light Phone is a credit-card sized phone that does basically nothing.
Catherine Clifford

Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. The fundraising window is usually finite -- 90 days, for instance -- and the fees and rules vary across platforms.

How to: Crowdfunding is typically done through an online platform that allows the fundraiser to set up a public campaign for accepting donations. The campaign will advertise details such as the nature of the project or venture, the amount of money the company is hoping to raise and the campaign’s fundraising deadline. People can donate a specified amount through the fundraising campaign’s website and often receive some sort of acknowledgement or reward in return for their donation.         

Applications of crowdfunding: This can range from charitable and educational projects to creative projects -- like funding films -- as well as supporting scalable businesses. Crowdfunding platforms each tend to cater to specific categories, such as Kickstarter which focuses on creative projects or Crowdfunder, an equity-based platform which is used for businesses looking to raise investment capital.    

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