I am a member of The National Crowdfunding Association
I have raised over $1 million over the last 25 years for a number of community organizations – non-profits, charities, and others. Most of this has been to launch environmental projects. It all started in 1989 when I got together with a couple of friends and applied for a $170,000 grant from the Canadian government. This was achieved on a Tandy 1000 computer held together with duct tape. Despite having little idea what we were doing, we were successful, and thus was born Comox Valley Recycling. Here are a number of other successful grants:
Environmental Partners (Federal Government) – COMOX VALLEY RECYCLING
Unemployment Insurance Canada Training Fund– COMOX VALLEY RECYCLING
Shell Environmental Fund– COMOX VALLEY RECYCLING
Ministry of Social Services (BC) – COMOX VALLEY RECYCLING
Regional District of Comox Strathcona– COMOX VALLEY RECYCLING
Vancouver Foundation (two grants) – SOUND SOLUTIONS
BC Health Research Foundation– SOUND SOLUTIONS
Real Estate Foundation– SOUND SOLUTIONS
Ministry of Community Enterpriset (BC) – SOUND SOLUTIONS
Human Resources Development Canada- COMPUCYCLE
Eco Action (Federal Government) – COMPUCYCLE
Strathcona Community Futures –BUSINESS
Click below for reports that I did for three of the funding agencies
There have also been $100,000’s of in-kind donations over the years from countless businesses and other organizations. I have also coached others to make successful applications, and have given fund-raising courses.
Crowdfunding touches a nerve at the core of what makes people tick ; how they view and engage and invest their livelihood, time and resources towards causes and projects that they can directly be involved with – and share the journey with its creators. (NCFA)
In 2014 I found out about Crowd-funding. I studied every aspect of this fascinating phenomenon for the next 6 months, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to print and promote my book Nirvana by Installments.There are now over 2,500 platforms worldwide, and growing daily.
This is how crowd-funding, and in particular Kickstarter, works: You post a pitch to describe your creative endeavor- film, recording, or in this case a book – which gives a compelling reason why people should support you. You offer “rewards” in return for their contributions; a signed copy of the book, original prints, their name as co-creators in the book etc. You decide how much you need, and how long you think it will take to reach your funding goal – for most projects it is 30 days.
The key to success is having a social network: people who believe in the project whose support will actually bring the project to life. Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” model: if you don’t raise your budget, even a few dollars short, you get nothing, and contributors credit-cards are not charged. Since its inception in 2009, Kickstarter has raised over a billion dollars to support every kind of creation imaginable.It set world records recently when Pebble Time raised over 10 million dollars in just over 12 hours.
I am currently working with two Vancouver-based charities to develop Indigogo crowd-funding campaigns.”Cause Crowdfunding” sites such as Gofundme support charitable organizations for worthwhile causes. Gofundme has now upstaged Kickstarter to be the world’s top crowdfunding site.
This is an article I wrote about the travel crowdfunding website Travolta.com
The Essential Crowdfunding Guide
I am currently in the process of writing a guide to help steer you through the ever-changing maze of crowdfunding: