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Intro to Crowdfunding for Nonprofits

There are hundreds of crowdfunding platforms (heard of Kickstarter or Indiegogo?) to choose from and thousands of nonprofit crowdfunding campaigns for people to support. It takes more than just a few clicks to create a successful crowdfunding campaign, so how do you ensure you do it well?

This month, Christopher Charlesworth, co-creator of the CSI Catalyst crowdfunding platform for social good, and Whelena Sainsbury, volunteer and creator of Not Far From the Tree’s crowdfunding campaign, will be sharing practical information, strategies and tips to help you design and plan your crowdfunding campaign.

Whether you are considering crowdfunding or have already started your campaign, this event will help you gain the knowledge and tools you’ll need to see your campaign to completion.

We will discuss topics such as: 
• What is crowdfunding and how is it different from other types of fundraising? 
• Pros, cons & examples of crowdfunding 
• Tips for success & lessons learned on nonprofit crowdfunding campaigns 

Who should attend?
• Nonprofits, charities, social enterprises, businesses and consultants who are interested in learning more about crowdfunding. Fundraisers, communications staff/volunteers and decision makers in particular may be interested in this event.

Live streaming
This event will be live streamed, so you can attend no matter where you are! Joining is easy as there is no need to RSVP; just go to around 5:30pm Eastern Time.


Christopher Charlesworth (
Chris is the co-founder of HiveWire Inc, the implementation and service partner for the Centre for Social Innovation’s (CSI) Catalyst. Catalyst is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform focussed on supporting social innovation and social enterprise. Chris publicly advocates for the wider adoption of crowdfunding within the Canadian context.

Whelena Sainsbury (Not Far From the Tree)
With a background in marketing and advertising, Whelena creates and executes strategic marketing and communications plans to achieve big goals with small budgets and tight timelines. She volunteered for Not Far from the Tree and created their crowdfunding campaign, “Help us save the fruit in Toronto and increase our picking power” that successfully completed and surpassed their fundraising goal.

Donation price
$5.00 (Pay in cash at the door. Receipts available.)

If you RSVP and find out later that you can’t attend, please change your RSVP to “Not Attending” to accommodate others who may be interested.

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  • Loren F.

    It was very good - the speakers were fantastic, and it was well moderated.

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful! Well moderated, and the speakers were great.

    October 9, 2013

  • Karen L.

    Great topic! Looking forward to it.

    2 · October 2, 2013

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