Did you know a successful crowdfunding campaign can reap many benefits beyond capital for your business, professional networks, and community?


Did you know that a successful crowdfunding campaign can reap benefits for your business, professional networks, and community?

While a need for capital is what brings many to the innovative tool, the power of crowdfunding extends far beyond raising funds.

As you begin to set your campaign goals, collect resources, and make a plan, consider these ways your successful crowdfunding campaign can make an impact. 

  • It builds a community of supportive followers who rally around your project thanks to shared interest and investment in their neighborhood.
  • It attracts new collaborative partnerships and opens doors for conversation around your mission with individuals and organizations who are intrigued by the work you’re doing. 
  • It allows you to crowdsource ideas and feedback on your project or offering and creates a space to market test an idea or product with presales. 
  • It creates a centralized platform for you to formulate and tell your unique and compelling story with the use of multimedia like video, social media, and email campaigns.
  • It broadens your audience and potential customer base with shareable content, cultivating a more robust brand awareness within your community.
  • Last but not least, it allows you to reach toward your network of cheerleaders within your community and exchange your irresistible rewards for funds in support of your future success!

The Possibilities of Crowdfunding


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Gratitude is learned in adolescence as our brains begin to build muscles around the expression at the heart of community support.

Early in adolescence, our brains begin to conceptualize and build muscles around the experience and expression of a cornerstone of community support: growing gratitude. 

In The Gratitude Project, Maryam Abdullah, Giacamo Bono, Jeffrey Froh, Andrea Hussong and Kira Newman write of their global studies on the roots and evolution of gratitude, exploring how the experience moves beyond a social custom and toward a deep moral value, and they define the process of learning gratitude in four components:

  1. What do we notice for which we are grateful–a gift, a moment, a simple joy?
  2. How do we think about what’s been given to us and why it was given? Was it an unexpected act of kindness, a gesture of support, an extension of love?
  3. How do we feel about what we’ve been given–happy, joyful, appreciative?
  4. What do we do to express appreciation in return? Do we give a hug or thank you note or are we inspired to pay it forward and offer the gift of giving to others?

Just as children learn to grow their gratitude muscles with cognitive development and the support of their environments and caretakers, we can stretch ourselves to dig deeper toward gratitude with practice of this process of notice-think-feel and do.

Growing Gratitude in Four Steps


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We ask campaign teams who work with us to start with their WHY. It’s a practice that helps teams ‘peel the onion’ and get to their core mission. It gives them a solid foundation to build their campaign upon by getting to the HEART of what matters. Ultimately, their WHY will inspire more community support for their campaign.

Simon Sinek’s TED Talk highlights the power of starting with the WHY:

“Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it … But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by ‘why,’ I don’t mean ‘to make a profit.’ That’s a result. It’s always a result. By ‘why,’ I mean: What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? As a result, the way we think, we act, the way we communicate is from the outside in; it’s obvious. We go from the clearest thing to the fuzziest thing. But the inspired leaders and the inspired organizations — regardless of their size, regardless of their industry — all think, act and communicate from the inside out.”

Why not start with your WHY as we begin a new year. What is your WHY, and how will you express your core mission in 2021?

Start With Your Why

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