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It’s here, through the power of narrative, that we learn, connect and make choices every day, making it no coincidence that we can find the classic structure of our favorite stories in the marketing of the most powerful crowdfunding campaigns.

Once Upon A Crowdfunding Campaign

It’s here, through the power of narrative, that we learn, connect and make choices every day, making it no coincidence that we can find the classic structure of our favorite stories in the marketing of the most powerful crowdfunding campaigns.
April 2, 2020/by Jess Brauer

Resilient Communities Are Rich in Social Capital

Resilience, of people and their places, is a survival muscle built stronger through the wealth of social capital–shared values made more robust by support, showing up and lending a hand to a neighbor to lift the entire neighborhood up. 
March 30, 2020/by Jess Brauer

The Caring Economy: Exchanging Social Capital for Change

A local theater company providing thought-provoking art, a sustainable farm offering nutrition to their community while monitoring their impact on the environment, a coffee shop serving as a gathering space for marginalized populations to share stories and connect–these are all social enterprises, exchanging capital via sales as well as beliefs.
March 30, 2020/by Jess Brauer

How to Gift Your Community TLC From Home

Today's circumstances insist that we reach for our digital tools instead of hammers, and we gather with our peers from a distance instead of around a wooden frame, but the formula for success is no different.

Here are a few ways you can provide impactful support for the structures in need of bolstering in your community amid the economic effects of COVID-19: 
March 30, 2020/by Jess Brauer

The Power of Community in Crisis

We have begun to watch the gathering spaces in our towns close their doors and lay off the familiar employees who we bought our lunch from, stood across from at the gym, bumped into at the library, or joined for afternoon tea. Our streets, once lined with signs of life, sit empty and quiet, while we all notice the uncomfortable gaps left in our world from these businesses. 
March 30, 2020/by Jess Brauer
A wide reach and balanced team are crucial in preparing a project to reach its most supportive and giving crowd before, during and after launch day.

Many Hands Make the Crowd

A wide reach and balanced team are crucial in preparing a project to reach its most supportive and giving crowd before, during and after launch day.
March 19, 2020/by Jess Brauer

The Early Bird Gets the Funds

Overall, we know the most successful campaigns, hosted locally or beyond, start with detailed plans, commitment to daily work and sufficient time. Much like an airplane requires a runway to ensure a safe liftoff, a secure 30-day crowdfunding campaign needs at the very least, a 60-day taxiway.
March 5, 2020/by Jess Brauer

Building the 4th Sector is
a little like community art.

For Kim's birthday a few weeks ago we decided to do…
October 19, 2019/by Diane Sontum
Community Mural Cottonwood AZ

The Heart of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has a heart. It beats like a drum—ba dum,…
September 20, 2019/by Diane Sontum

What’s your vision of a robust
social enterprise sector?

It's great to be in Chicago at the SEA Summit touring social…
September 10, 2019/by Diane Sontum

A vision and an idea whose time has come

In the summer of 1997 I sat in a circle of woman who had come…
September 5, 2019/by Diane Sontum

Now is the time to crowdfund!

If you are a business or organization founded on the principle…
June 14, 2019/by Diane Sontum

Are you a social enterprise hero?
We want to meet you!

Crossing the Sydney Lanier Bridge on our way to Jekyll island…
May 24, 2019/by Diane Sontum

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We love telling the story of how people use the TLC platform…
May 17, 2019/by Diane Sontum

What’s a Crowdfundie?

The Local Crowd won a Crowdfundie Award at the Global Crowdfunding…
November 19, 2017/by Diane Sontum

Demolishing the Gender Gap—One Crowdfund at a Time

What if we could put an end to the gender gap women entrepreneurs…
May 22, 2017/by Diane Sontum

Can you do me a favor?

Did you know that asking for and returning favors is good for…
March 13, 2017/by Diane Sontum

Turnip Roots and Marketing Magic

Before I made this huge turnip into a yummy soup, I admired…
February 14, 2017/by Diane Sontum

What is the power of Love?

Humans have been talking and writing about love for a very…
January 27, 2017/by Diane Sontum

Is your team on fire?

Building a crowdfunding team is like building a fire. Lighting…
January 13, 2017/by Diane Sontum

A New Twist on Crowdfunding!

I attended the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies…
January 5, 2017/by Diane Sontum

Asking is not begging—it’s connecting

Musician, artist and author Amanda Palmer wrote the book…
November 16, 2016/by Diane Sontum

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

"Thank you so much, you are very kind!"

Those simple words…
November 8, 2016/by Diane Sontum

Kale, Kohlrabi, Carrots and the Future of Crowdfunding

One of the best things about rural living is our close proximity…
October 28, 2016/by Diane Sontum

Ana’s on Main Street

Today we have another successful campaign story to share with…
October 10, 2016/by Diane Sontum
Serendipity Books

Serendipity Books & Antiques

In 2015, Serendipity Books & Antiques and Evanston, WY…
October 10, 2016/by Diane Sontum