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 Goodnik.org, 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
7:00 PM DOORS OPEN
7:15 PM PRESENTATION STARTS
8:00 PM BREAKOUT WORKSHOP SESSION
8:15 PM INDIVIDUALS/GROUPS TO PRESENT 5 MIN EACH
8:30 PM Q&A
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
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 Goodnik.org, 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.