Tagged: civic

German Crowdfunding Network Thought Leader & IKOSOM Founder Karsten Wenzlaff: Interview Highlights German Crowdfunding Markets

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In recent weeks  The University of Cambridge has teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes… Read More

In California, Everyone Should Drop A Brick in Their Toilet

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  In probably one of the cleverest crowdfunding campaigns of all time,  a creative group of concerned Californian’s has launched a project on Indiegogo to save water by literally dropping a brick in your toilet. Yes this is full of toilet humor but this is also a very serious issue.  The dire situation regarding the… Read More

New Crowdfunder Campaign Set to Transform UK Voting Scene

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Over a third of the UK didn’t vote in the last general election, for young people it was over a half. Worse still, almost two-thirds didn’t vote in the recent European elections.London-based online voting support service, Vote for Policies, is crowdfunding to change these stats. Vote for Policies is looking to raise £20,000 on Crowdfunder in order to… Read More

Crowdera and Umojawa Team Up For Civic Crowdfunding Platform


Crowdera and Umojawa have joined forces on a new crowdfunding platform for civic crowdfunding initiatives across the globe. This move merges the complementary strengths of both companies — Crowdera’s product development and technology expertise with umojawa’s proven success in funding projects and passion for community building and effecting social change — resulting in a compelling,… Read More

Social Enterprise Projects on Crowdfunder Benefit from Match by Santander

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Twelve South West England social enterprises are to benefit from £10,000 match funding from the Santander Social Enterprise Challenge, run in partnership with the UK’s largest rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder. The challenge was created to fund promising social enterprises from across the South West. Social enterprises launched their crowdfunding campaigns on Crowdfunder and those with… Read More

Firelily Launches Crowdfunding For Disaster Recovery

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Firelily announced on Wednesday the launch of its new crowdfunding platform for individuals and communities impacted by disaster can access information on disaster recovery, connect with donors who want to aid in their recovery process, and tell their story. Co-founder of Firelily, Paul Lewis noted, “Every year hundreds of thousands of people in the United States… Read More

Crowdtilt and Illuminate the Arts Launch a Civic Crowdfunding Initiative to Keep the San Francisco Bay Lights Shining

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San Francisco-based crowdfunding platform Crowdtilt and Illuminate the Arts, announced on Thursday they are launching a civic crowdfunding initiative as part of an effort to keep The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal shining until 2026. The campaign can be found at The Bay Lights website and aims to raise $1.2 million of the total funds needed to… Read More

State College, PA Looks to Crowdfunding to Boost Community

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The borough of State College, Pennsylvania has decided to test the crowdfunding waters to raise funds for civic projects.  Acknowledging that many communities across the nation (and around the globe for that matter) struggle with funding for projects and amenities desired by the community – the city sees crowdfunding as a potential aid in addressing… Read More

In Hawaii, Proposed Bill Would Establish First-Of-Its-Kind Civic Crowdfunding Program For School Repairs

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A bill proposed in Hawaii’s House of Representatives aims to establish a pilot program for civic crowdfunding in the island state. HB 2631 was introduced on January 23rd of 2014 and its five sponsors include members from both sides of the aisle, continuing a trend of bipartisan support for crowdfunding efforts at the state level…. Read More

Watch: Rodrigo Davies On Why Citizens Back Civic Crowdfunding Projects

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Rodrigo Davies writes regularly on the topic of civic crowdfunding at the MIT Center for Civic Media blog, and his most recent post raises an important and interesting question: is crowdfunding participatory citizenship or a sign of institutions in decline? He frames the question in his recent post… “Civic crowdfunding is the beginning of a… Read More

Citizenvestor Offers Phased & Matching Project Types

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Citizinvestor, a crowdfunding platform for government projects in the United States crowdfunding project page, becoming the first platform to offer “Phased” and “Matching” project types to its unique customers. “Even though new crowdfunding platforms pop up every day, the classic crowdfunding project page has changed little,” said Tony DeSisto, a Co-founder of Citizinvestor. “We have re-imagined what the crowdfunding project… Read More

Neighbor.ly Sees What Could Be The Largest Civic Crowdfunding Project Ever For Kansas City Bike Stations


Ten crowdfunding campaigns. $1,420,000 in funding sought. Six weeks to go. One nonprofit with one goal: to put bike share stations all over Kansas City, Missouri. Civic crowdfunding platform Neighbor.ly is currently hosting ten crowdfunding campaigns that represent ten possible future locations for bike sharing stations in Kansas City. MIT research assistant Rodrigo Davies called… Read More

How A Rhode Island Town Used Crowdfunding For A Public Works Project

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Central Falls, Rhode Island Director of Economic Development Shares Insights For Other Cities Looking To Crowdfund Public Projects In the wake of the financial crisis, budgets at all levels of government have tightened. Words like “sequester” are now a part of our common, everyday lexicon. Because of this, some municipalities have decided to get creative… Read More

BRIEF: Ernst & Young Partners With Spacehive, London Councils To Support Crowdfunding


Ernst & Young is teaming with crowdfunding platform Spacehive and all of London’s 33 local authorities to support local projects. Spacehive just launched to the public after a stint in beta. The platform, which focuses on civic projects, expects to funnel millions of pounds into projects in and around the London area. According to FinancialDirector.co.uk,… Read More

Survive the Streets Crowdfunds to Help Homeless

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Announces Campaign On Razoo to Improve Technology Platform New crowdfunding site Survive the Streets, piloting in Washington State, wants to help the nearly homeless in the U.S., where the need is immediate and the payoff results in moving people towards self-sufficiency.  Survive the Street focuses on ‘directed giving’, where donors can pick the exact family or… Read More

City of Springfield Crowdfunds for Route 66 Roadside Park

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The Route 66 Roadside Park project was announced this past August by local officials, “Bringing New Life to an Old Street“.  The Springfield, Missouri,project claimed to be the first municipality to fund a project like this.  Now the crowdfunding platform which hosted the project, CrowdIt, has announced they have raised $8000 in just two hours… Read More

Rally Saint Louis Recognized for Crowdfunding, Crowdsourced Marketing Platform

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Annual international conference The Place Marketing Forum has recognized Rally Saint Louis, the first-of-its-kind crowdsourced and crowdfunded regional marketing platform, for best practices in regional marketing and citizen engagement. Rally Saint Louis was cited as “Best Case” in the category of “New Place Marketing & Citizenship.” Co-founders Aaron Perlut and Brian Cross, partners in St. Louis-based digital… Read More

Crowdsourcing + Crowdfunding Lobbying Platform iLobby Unveils Beta Site


Menlo Park, California based iLobby has released a beta version of its grassroots-lobbying platform. The site describes their application as a  “Political Persuasion Platform”.   Founded in 2012, the site intends on catering to small businesses and trade associations. It offers an open community debate platform and constituent mapping to make it easy for users… Read More

Crowdfunding Community, Uruut Crowdfunding Platform Goes Live


Uruut, a crowdfunding platform that helps transform local communities, announced their public beta launch today.  Simultaneously they acknowledged receipt of $200,000 in seed funding for the crowdfunding portal. Atlanta based Uruut invited individuals, businesses and foundations to visit and contribute to their offerings via their unique crowdfunding technology. “Ten years ago I began contemplating how our country could revitalize… Read More