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Get Unstuck: Secure funding and people to launch that social impact project NOW!

So you have an social impact project idea. But no money or enough time. How can you make it happen? Where can you find people to help you for next to nothing? Where do you find supporters? How do you launch?

At this month's Think Act Change learn how you can use crowdfunding to make your idea happen. 

We'll be hearing from Nate Heasley, the founder and Director of, who recently launching a platform called GoodNickels which is a new way of funding social impact projects without spending a dime and Patty Simonton, Venture Support Lead at Start Some Good, who will share her inside experience in crowdfunding and how to launch a social enterprise or non-profit, raise funds for a cause, expand or save an existing program or make a grassroots project happen in your community. Advice covered will include: 

• Selecting a realistic financial target for your campaign

• Identifying your community and how to target them

• Offering rewards which people want

• Developing a video with limited or no budget

• Using social media to support your campaign

• Crafting the stories which will inspire support 

• Case studies of the most successful campaigns to date 






8:30 PM Q&A

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


Patty Simonton, Venture Support StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs and changemakers around the world. Patty is DC based and is currently fundraising money for Figment DC, which is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support.

Nate Heasley, the founder and Director of, an organization dedicated to providing resources to social entrepreneurs and encouraging social responsibility in the private sector. Nate is launching a platform called Goodnikels which is a new "skills exchange market" that allows organizations to hire professionals without spending a dime. Nate has been working as a manager of and consultant to non-profit and technology related companies for 20 years. Nate holds a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where he was a Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights and a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics.

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  • caroline

    We are starting in 5mins

    May 9, 2014

  • Jewels

    Carole forgive me but I am not feeling well -- I can't make it tonight-- I am disappointed in myself :( when you have another meet up for this I am going and I will contact you about June 20 --getting prepped :)

    May 9, 2014

  • caroline

    Looking forward to meeting you all tonight and helping you get unstuck!

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Dorian

    Hi there! I'm coming, but I'd prefer to give cash, if that's ok.

    May 8, 2014

    • caroline

      Yes this will be fine.

      May 9, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Hi - wondering if we need a social impact project idea or if it's ok just to attend for the discussion? I'm interested in setting a project up in the future but don't have a concrete idea right now. Thanks very much, event looks great!

    May 4, 2014

    • caroline

      Hi Vanessa, Great question. It's totally fine if you do not have a social impact project idea yet, most of us have a million social impact project ideas and can't decided. You might feel more productive by the end of the session if you came with simple idea you want to want to apply the learnings to during the workshop -- so that when you are ready with your idea you can use the advice from this session! I might provide a few social impact hypotheticals for people like yourselves that may not have concrete idea yet but still wish to participate. Hope you can make it! Patty and Nate are seasoned speakers in the social impact space.

      May 4, 2014

    • Vanessa

      Thanks Caroline, sounds great! Will definitely be attending with a vague idea I've had in the past. Looking forward to the event!

      1 · May 5, 2014

  • caroline

    Less than 1 week to go! We've just announced another speaker for the night and a workshop component so by the end of the night you have some steps outlined to take away and put your ideas into action!!!

    May 1, 2014

  • caroline

    2 Weeks to go! Just updated the agenda for this event, We will feature a short workshop at this event to help you brainstorm what you will need to do to make your peerfunding campaign a success :-)

    April 27, 2014

  • Jewels

    I Am looking forward to this !

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • caroline

      Awesome! Tell other people you know as well.

      April 24, 2014

  • caroline

    Over the past couple of years crowdfunding has exploded in popularity. First it was the creative and technology sectors raising money to release films and albums, produce events or launch products. But crowdfunding is not just for gadgets and entertainment, and now more and more social entrepreneurs, non-profits, storytellers and community groups are using sites like StartSomeGood to raise the funds they need to make a positive impact for their communities.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • caroline

    Remember, you don't need to be 100% ready to run a crowdfunding campaign right now. That's what StartSomeGood's support team is here for!

    1 · April 19, 2014

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