Entries by Jen Risley


The Local Crowd loves GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a day to unleash generosity across the globe. This year’s event on November 30 reported record-breaking giving. An estimated 35 million adults participated — just in the United States alone! “This extraordinary show of generosity lit up the world against a backdrop of a dark two […]

October is Co-op Month: Build Back for Impact

Happy Co-op Month This October, The Local Crowd joins with over 65,000 cooperatives and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month observed nationally since 1964. National Cooperative Business Association chose this year’s theme, Build Back for Impact, to promote how co-ops and their members are working together to build stronger, more inclusive, […]

Eat Indie Local

A strong local food system keeps communities vibrant, economies growing, and landscapes healthy. When we buy and eat local food, the benefits ripple out to our community, helping small businesses thrive. Many TLC communities leverage our resources to boost farmers and other businesses integral to their local food system. What better time to shout this […]

Become a Founding Member of the TLC Cooperative

The Local Crowd is transitioning to a member-owned cooperative and the first 50 members to join will be the Founding Members. What does it mean to be a member of the TLC Cooperative? Membership is Ownership! As a member, your community will enjoy all the features and benefits of a localized crowdfunding platform; plus, your […]

Small Business Month 2021

This May, celebrate Small Business Month with The Local Crowd. We’ll highlight all the ways small businesses contribute to strong communities and vibrant local economies. Follow our Facebook Page today! We also have incredibly exciting news to share. The Local Crowd is taking its first steps to shift to a member-owned cooperative! We invite you […]

Earth Day: Restore Our Earth

This year’s Earth Day theme is Restore Our Earth, highlighting innovative ways to regenerate our ecosystems worldwide. From EARTHDAY.ORG When life around the world returns to normal, our world cannot return to business-as-usual. We have the ability to make a difference in every industry, but that can only happen when we work together. More than […]

B Corp Month

It’s challenging to know how a business really does business: How do they treat their employees? Do they try to reduce their impacts on the environment? Are they striving to contribute more to their community? A certification process called B Corp makes answers to these questions more transparent. “[It’s] like the Fair Trade label but […]

Supporting Vision for Black History Month

During Black History Month, we invite you to reflect with us on how crowdfunding can support more Black-owned businesses. The financial innovation firm RUNWAY has a powerful vision and approach to relationships that will serve as a starting point for our February reflections. RUNWAY’s Vision We envision a world where Black entrepreneurs thrive in a […]

Start With Your WHY

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 […]