Crowdfunding Campaigns for Charity
Making a list of the “best” crowdfunding campaigns for charity is like making a list of the best tasting candy at Halloween. Everyone has their own favorite, and considering they all make people happy, who gets to judge which one is the best? With the start of the holiday season right around the corner, the spirit of giving is always kicked off by handing out candy on Halloween. No one is forced to do it, but we all take part in the fun because we know it brings joy to the children. The human act of giving is powerful and plays a major role in the progression of our society culture.
CNBC recently posted an article on 10 big crowdfunding campaigns making a difference and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone. All of the 10 campaigns offer their own good to the world, so there is no reasonable way to rank or list them. To show fairness for all these righteous campaigns, they will be listed in alphabetical order. Please enjoy the following list of 10 crowdfunding campaigns that change lives:
American Red Cross
Over the past few years, America has endured a considerable amount of natural disasters. Tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, wildfires, every corner of the country has something to worry about. The Red Cross has relied on mail-in donations and other fundraisers for decades, so the availability of instant online donations through crowdfunding has helped their efforts tremendously. They have raised close to $4.7 million on the ARC Crowdrise campaign and have used other platforms in the past for other disasters.
Boston Marathon Victims
April 15th, 2013. It is hard to believe only a year and a half has passed but the victims of this tragedy must live with their wounds forever. Engaged couple Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky both lost part of their left lower leg in the blast. A friend of theirs posted one of their engagement photos online and after the story went viral, aGiveforward.com campaign was started. The fundraising total has already surpassed $890,000.
World Cup hysteria swept over the globe again this summer and reminded us all that soccer is the world’s most popular sport.Grassroot Soccer, which was co-founded by “Survivor” winner Ethan Zohn, raises money from multiple corporate-focused crowdfunding campaigns as well as smaller, individual contributors. The organization raises HIV-awareness and works to stop the spread of HIV among children in Africa.
Human Food Project
If you thought this was a food donation charity, think again. Here is an explanation taken straight from their website: “The Human Food Project is an effort to understand modern disease against the back drop of our ancestral/microbial past.” Yes, it has a serious scientific focus behind it. What I can clearly explain is they have a crowdfunding campaign on their website calledAmerican Gut. The campaign has raised over $600,000 and 100% of the donations go to the Earth Microbiome Project at the University of Chicago and the Biofrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
When a soldier is killed at war, it sends a rippling effect through this family’s lives forever. In August 2012, Major Thomas Kennedy was killed in Afghanistan leaving his wife and two young twins without a father. Friends of the family promptly set up a crowdfunding campaign to build a private trust fund for the children which ended up raising $401,623.32.
As the leading conservation organization in the world, Nature Conservancy operates over 100 marine conservation projects and has protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers globally. They have been able to raise close to $425,000 on their Crowdrisecrowdfunding campaign thanks to a variety of marathon participants and bike groups.
Many marathoners choose to sync their running efforts to charities and the NYC Marathon is one of the biggest platforms. For the 2014 marathon, aCrowdrise.com campaign is encouraging “every single TCS New York City marathoner, supporter and volunteer (to) unite (and) contribute towards the goal of raising funds for charities across the world. As of today, October 27th, over $14.4 million has been raised.
Riley Sandler Memorial Foundation
Parents Ian and Mackenzie Sandler suffered the tragic loss of their 9-year old daughter Riley on August 14th, 2014. Riley went into respiratory arrest on her last night of sleep away camp. To honor their daughter’s life, the Sandler’s created the Riley Sandler Memorial Foundation, Inc. with hopes of “promoting and supporting the health and welfare of children and to support charitable organizations that assist children in need.Click here to visit the charity crowdfundingcampaign.
Robin Hood Foundation
Those stricken with homelessness and poverty in NYC have benefited from theRobin Hood Foundation for over 25 years. In fact, the organization has dispersed over $1.25 billion to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and schools to this day. The Robin Hood Foundation has been in the crowdfunding realm for over three years now and has raised more than $2 million alone on Crowdrise.
Save the Children
Started in 2012 by the gaming community AtheneLive,Save the Children is hosted on FundRazr but is complemented by a Facebook campaign as well. In conjunction with DC Entertainment, who matched all donations from users, they were able to raise over $1 million for children in the Horn of Africa. AtheneLive has gone onto to createGamingforGood, its own crowdfunding platform that gives digital downloads to everyone who donates. GamingforGood has already raised $20 million.
One of the most satisfying reasons to read articles about donation crowdfunding campaigns is to realize how much good is still in the world. No matter what the media tells us, or how much trouble is in the world, these crowdfunding campaigns are proof people still care. Money doesn’t lie and these campaigns are reaching six figures and beyond. Strangers are funding strangers to make their lives better without an expectation of anything in return. These are 10 prime examples of why crowdfunding campaigns are not only good for funding startups – they give people a chance to make the world a better place.
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