We tend to think of crowdfunding as something that began with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe.
But…it actually started long ago. One of the first examples in recorded history involved Joseph Pulitzer and the Statue of Liberty.
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One of the earliest successful record of crowd funding was for the construction of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem.
From the Funny You Should Mention It department…
I was the voiceover for a project in March-April this year for the “SOFF Blanket” on Kickstarter.com, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/soff/soff-blanket-worlds-softest-blanket. (This isn’t a pitch. The pledge drive is over.)
It was a blast to be a part of that! And the customer was very happy at the results: 5500% of their goal was pledged!
I recently contributed to the #5 most funded kickstarter in history, for the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) live stream called Critical Role, all voice actors by the way. They wanted to make one animated episode from one of their D&D campaigns. Instead, they’re making a 10 episode season. Crowd funding is great for all kinds of things! Thanks for the video David.
One friend explained it best, when he described his brother and mother’s reticence to forwarding this crowd-funding appeal to their own friends. It fell somewhere between family member’s embarrassment to forward the request for money, to just not caring enough to help. As the this man described how he re-explained and tried convincing people to help, I imagined that I’d get the same response. For God’s sake, I have a hard time getting people to respond to a dinner party invitation, let alone as them to click 10 times for something I need or want.
There’s an alternative, I’ve yet to tap into fully, although I have delved the resource on 2 afternoons, where it’s available for free at Pintoresca Branch Pasadena Public Library, 1355 NORTH RAYMOND AVENUE, 91103. This singular branch subscribes to a database of all available grants. One must carefully sift to see which criteria one meets, but let’s face it, it’s the money you need for your project or the money to live on while to do your project.
I think there’s likely an art to grant applications, but it might be more productive than explaining to your aunt that there are no spaces in a url and yes the words just run together, but we can still read them. : )
Very interesting! Thanks!