Kickstarter is the best known crowdfunding site, but there are hundreds of online platforms devoted to raising money for individuals and businesses.
The sites allow entrepreneurs, artists and others to pitch an idea for a project and collect donations to finance it.
But the day may not be far off when crowdfunding is open not just to donors but to investors who want a return on their money.
In Vermont some crowdfunding advocates say it could bolster efforts to help small businesses and non-profits.
“Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” is the motto of Three Revolutions, a new Vermont based crowdfunding portal that is essentially a mini-version of Kickstarter.
Three Revolutions puts food and farming entrepreneurs together with people willing to donate money help build them.
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