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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?…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We love telling the story of how people use the TLC platform to care for each other and their communities. Kim and I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Electric Cities of Georgia Forum. We met great folks from Georgia's communities…

Is your team on fire?

Building a crowdfunding team is like building a fire. Lighting it starts with a big whoosh of energy and a fast burning flame. Then you watch it, worry it, and nurture it to make sure it doesn't go out. Maybe you need to add more kindling,…

A New Twist on Crowdfunding!

I attended the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE) Leadership Summit last month and was inspired by people who are doing important work for communities, economies, each other and the environment. During the event's…