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5 Ways to Build Your Crowdfunding Campaign’s Contact List 

After you’ve cleverly crafted your story and made strategic plans for making the ask to bring your project to life, launch day is just around the corner! At this point, it will be vital that you have a lengthy and diverse pool of contacts to reach out to throughout your campaign, whether via email, telephone, or in-person visits. Begin by creating a spreadsheet to organize names, contact information, and record correspondence as you start to send personalized notes requesting support. Below you’ll find five ways to begin building that spreadsheet into a rich and powerful tool that will help you push toward your campaign’s success. 

The Fourth Sector in the Time of COVID

We know that the unjust and unsustainable systems of our past need to be reset, and now, more than ever, we are focused on envisioning and implementing new solutions — that create an economy and society that work for all.
Standing in front of our peers and sincerely asking for support is a necessity of crowdfunding that can leave even the most confident feeling vulnerable. However, the exchange of money, especially in support of purpose-driven goals, is a process rich in opportunity for both you and your supporters.

Making the Ask: Many Times, Many Ways

Standing in front of our peers and sincerely asking for support is a necessity of crowdfunding that can leave even the most confident feeling vulnerable. However, the exchange of money, especially in support of purpose-driven goals, is a process rich in opportunity for both you and your supporters.
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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. 
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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.
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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: 
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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. 
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.
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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.
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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.

Now is the time to crowdfund!

If you are a business or organization founded on the principle of doing something good for people or the planet—and you'd like to raise some money to help you do it better—now is the time for a crowdfunding campaign on TLC. Why now?…