various stories of helping small businesses expand and get their productsto new markets.
is a Paypal-owned company that allows investors to puttheir money into projects that aim to alleviate poverty. Users create anaccount on MicroPlace like you would at any brokerage firm. Users thenreceive quarterly interest payments and portfolio statements. When aninvestment matures, users can either get their money back or roll it over into anther investment.
targets artists and entrepreneurs who need funding tobring their creative projects to life. Its use of video as a means of sharingprojects makes it particularly fun and simple. A project cannot begin,and no credit cards are charged, until enough pledges have been made toreach the funding target, so as to discourage poorly-executed projects.Project creators inspire people to open their wallets by offering rewards,such as ³thank you´ mentions on their personal blogs, or products fromtheir projects.
, similar to Kickstarter, also caters to artists and creativeentrepreneurs. What¶s different here is that you can close a projectbefore full funding, but the transaction fees also go up from 4% to 9%.Users can offer unique perks or tax deductions to contributors in lieu of offering profit, but always keep 100% ownership. IndieGogo benefitsfrom an attractive, user-friendly site that makes it fun to browse throughthe projects.
allows you to support charities and volunteer organizations by voting for their projects on the site, donating money, or helping them fundraise. You can create a profile to help raise money for a charity, or join an existing project team. Crowdrise deducts 5% ondonations made through the site and charges a $1 transaction fee for donations under $25 or a $2.50 transaction fee for donations $25 andover. Crowdrise already has 1.5 million charities on board.
helps organizations plan, execute, and measure successfulonline fundraising campaigns and events. Nonprofits can make a page tosend to their supporters, or individuals can create a page to raise fundsfor an organization. With 8,000 organizations and 13 million onlinedonors participating, and $1 billion raised online, Firstgiving¶s servicesappear wide-reaching.