Apply GrantsKeepers of the Earth Fund[English] [Français] [Español] Our goal through the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to increase access to funding for Indigenous communities and support Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.We support strategies that address culturally appropriate Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).FUNDING CRITERIAAll applicants must: be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group.have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor’s terms and requirements will be requested.ensure project activities will be completed outside of the United States. Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000.
Peer-to-Peer Equity: Crowdcube With the introduction of p2p lending some lenders wrote that the concept enabled everyone to feel as banker. Now, newly launched Crowdcube.com enables any UK resident to feel as venture capitalist for a financial commitment as low as 10 GBP. Investors can browse pitches which usually include business plans and financial projections and sometimes even video pitches. In return for the investment, investors get shares of the company. How It Works It will take anywhere from 3 seconds to 1 minute for your pic to upload, depending on how big it is. You're going to see this message every time you post a new pic. So, we're making the text really long so that it'll take you at least five picture uploads to read it all. Here's what we're thinking...While your first picture is uploading think about someone you want to kiss.
Poll: crowdfunding vs bank lending Will crowdfunding grow relevant enough to compete with bank lending in five years time? Tell us what you think. This month Real Business is putting the spotlight on crowdfunding. Since the term was first coined in 2006, allegedly by fundavlog founder Michael Sullivan, crowdfunding has developed into a serious participant in the race to disrupt the funding landscape. Platforms such as Crowdcube and BankToTheFuture.com are rising as a bridge between supply and demand of business capital, the gap between the two having widened in the turmoil of an economic crisis.
Ben and Jerry's Foundation Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. undertook a public stock offering to support its ongoing growth. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation was created at the same time, with an initial gift from Ben of 50,000 shares and an unprecedented decision of the company’s Board of Directors to commit 7 ½% of the company’s annual pretax profits to philanthropy. Foundation and company staff held a retreat with experts in social change work and philanthropy to think about the Foundation’s strategies and effectiveness. The outcome? There's no better way to communicate the company’s progressive values than by empowering employees to participate in decision-making.
How to Become a Shareholder of Crowdcube Yesterday I invested a small amount and will become a shareholder of Crowdcube Ltd., which runs the British p2p equity marketplace Crowdcube.com (see earlier articles about Crowdcube). Crowdcube is currently using it’s own platform to raise 300,000 GBP (approx. 470K US$) for a stake of 9% in the company. If you decide quick, you can become a shareholder of Crowdcub too (minimum investment is 10 GBP). For UK residents investments of over 500 GBP mean they are eligible for a 30% income tax rebate under the EIS scheme. At the time of this writing the pitch is 54% funded and it looks like it will fully fund within the next days. Crowdcube provides a slide presentation and a forecast.
Comparison of crowd funding services Crowd funding (alternately: crowdfunding, crowd financing, equity crowdfunding) is a process in which individuals pool money and other resources to fund projects initiated by other people or organizations. Crowdfunded projects may include creative works, products, nonprofit organizations, or donations for a specific purpose (e.g., to pay for a medical procedure). Crowdfunding usually takes place via an online portal that handles the financial transactions involved, and may also provide services such as media hosting, social networking, and facilitating contact with contributors. Funding models
About : Grow VC About What is Grow VC? Grow Venture Community (Grow VC) by Grow VC Group, is the first global, transparent, community-based platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors. Grow VC enables great ideas and great teams to get visibility with the right investing audience, funding and support earlier. Grow VC is more than crowd funding, it’s a nurturing ecosystem where entrepreneurs can connect with experts, funders, team members, new customers and partners to realize their ideas. Why open social collaboration platforms will disrupt the enterprise market in 2013 and beyond inShare427 Guest post by Sarah Evans (PRsarahevans), chief evangelist, Tracky, social correspondent at Sarah’s Faves and author of [RE]FRAME: Little Inspirations For A Larger Purpose The majority of businesses aren’t run efficiently and employees lack the tools and equipment necessary to do their jobs.
The Anti-Thiel Fellowship: $100,000 To Students Who Stay In School And Work On Their Ideas Every year, Peter Thiel offers a select group of entrepreneurial college students $100,000 and the promise of mentorship to quit school and work on their passion projects. Michael Baum, a serial entrepreneur who most recently founded the big data company Splunk, does the opposite: He offers teams of student entrepreneurs $100,000 and mentorship to work on their dream projects--while still staying in school. Baum launched his initiative, Founder.org, as a way to bridge the gap between school and having a successful company. In 2013, Founder.org received over 300 applications and selected 10 teams from its dozens of partner schools. This year, nearly 1,000 applications yielded 10 winning teams and 40 finalist teams that will be eligible for prizes during the year-long accelerator's annual Founder Forum. "Most teams, when they entered program, didn’t even have a product yet," he says of this year's class.
UKIE Crowd Funding Report - A Proposal to Facilitate Crowd Funding in the UK - February 2012 Access to finance is a key barrier to growing the interactive entertainment industry in the UK. UKIE believes that crowd funding models can provide a valuable source of finance for games and interactive entertainment businesses, particularly the large number of innovative and creative start-ups and SMEs that are emerging in the UK. The interactive entertainment industry is at the forefront of the adoption of crowd funding and crowd sourcing in the digital sector; a recent American crowd funding project (Double Fine Adventure) recently broke records by raising over $1.5 million in 24 hours on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter.
Fundraising Fundraising or fund raising (also known as "development") is the process of soliciting and gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies (see also crowd funding). Although fundraising typically refers to efforts to gather money for non-profit organizations, it is sometimes used to refer to the identification and solicitation of investors or other sources of capital for for-profit enterprises. Traditionally, fundraising consisted mostly of asking for donations on the street or at people's doors, and this is experiencing very strong growth in the form of face-to-face fundraising, but new forms of fundraising such as online fundraising have emerged in recent years, though these are often based on older methods such as grassroots fundraising. Organizations Professional fundraisers Religious organizations
About Us About friendfund was founded July 2010 with the aim of building a funding platform which would combine the two of internet’s most progressive aspects: the social web and ecommerce. Our goal is to provide the online community with financial tools which utilize the power of popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter in a fun, simple and transparent way. Pay Off Your Student Loans With Volunteer Work Through SponsorChange Amid the great music and movies (and, yes, parties) that will light up Austin, Texas, next month during the South by Southwest festival, a small nonprofit called SponsorChange.org will receive a community service award for finding a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by volunteering. If you have a student loan (and we're guessing you do—the researchers at ProjectOnStudentDebt.org say seven of 10 college students who graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, averaging nearly $30,000 in debt each) or would love to help others knock down those payments, you'll want to know about SponsorChange. Here's how it works: Graduates with student loan debt sign up to volunteer at organizations that need manpower. The grads help their community by putting in hours toward that organization's goals. Then donors who have also signed up at SponsorChange reimburse volunteers by paying down their student loans.