Sauk Valley Funded

Sauk Valley Funded

About Us

Welcome to the Sauk Valley Crowdfunding Platform!

Sauk Valley Funded is a crowdfunding tool that enables groups, non-profits, businesses, and individuals to seek community support.  It combines online giving, social media, and e-commerce technologies to make the process of fundraising easier and more effective.

Sauk Valley was selected to be a Local Crowd crowdfunding demonstration site as part of a research project funded by USDA.  Sauk Valley Funded’s crowdfunding platform is being hosted by the Small Business Development Center, Sauk Valley Community College, and managed by a team of “campaign curators and advisors” from the Dixon, Morrison, Rock Falls, and Sauk Valley Area Chambers of Commerce, Sterling Main Street, and the Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College.

Our mission is to provide a crowdfunding platform for everyone across our diverse community to use for sharing ideas and empowering each other’s interests in ways that strengthen our Sauk Valley community’s economy and quality of life.

For more information about Sauk Valley Funded, email David Buchen.

Campaign Guidelines

Platform Guidelines

We are working together to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, service providers and local economy champions to provide access to capital to both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors throughout the region. By leveraging the power of crowdfunding, Sauk Valley Funded’s platform will help start-up ventures, early-growth stage companies and community-based projects find access to capital.

Our regional approach is a unique blend of organizations all tasked with finding and expanding business opportunities to help further grow local economies. Sauk Valley Funded is a part of a larger crowdfunding project known as The Local Crowd, which received a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the USDA to support development of the platform and to provide technical assistance to local groups venturing into the crowdfunding arena.

What a Campaign Will Receive

  • An individual account on The Local Crowd platform to post your campaign
  • Opportunity to receive all funds raised via the crowdfunding campaign for the designated project (Less 3% credit card processing fee and 5% platform fee.)
  • A support community consisting of The Local Crowd Sauk Valley team as well as other active campaigns and campaign creators.
  • Campaign planning, marketing, and outreach support
  • Technical web support while posting your campaign
  • A series of workshops and online resources to help navigate the world of crowdfunding both generally and specific to The Local Crowd platform

Participant Responsibilities

It will be the responsibility of all selected campaign teams to work closely with the Local Crowd Sauk Valley team to adhere to all established guidelines.  The expectation is that all campaign teams will take on the majority of the work that comes with campaign creation and promotion but with access to the TLC Sauk Valley campaign advisors and curators as a means of help and support when needed.  A successful campaign team will have a strong understanding of its network of potential supporters, which is the backbone of any successful crowdfunding campaign.

If you need more resources or information, visit our Learning Center using the button below:

Submit An Idea

What’s Your Idea?

Do you have an idea for a great campaign? We want to hear from you! Use the button below to access our submission application.