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Kickstarter-Like Service For Charities? 87

Posted by timothy
from the sounds-like-a-business-plan dept.
First time accepted submitter chefmayhem writes "I'm one of a number of volunteer alumni trying to revive a high school summer science enrichment program, PGSS, cut unceremoniously by Pennsylvania in 2009 due to budget issues. Our alumni association has become a 501(c)3 non-profit and we're raising money through donations (over $100K from over 300 donors so far) to try to fund the program in 2012. The idea is that running the program this summer will give us momentum, and something to show off to potential corporate, philanthropic, and other funding sources. Trouble is, some potential donors are concerned that we won't raise enough to run the program this coming summer, and are hesitant to donate, even though the money will (one way or another) go to science education, even if we can't restore the program. Is there a web-based fundraising service, like kickstarter.com, but for charities, which will take pledges (and deal with credit card info, etc) but only charge donors if the goal is reached? It would also be important that non-donor sources (like some support from the state) can also count towards our fundraising goals. This could be a powerful tool for us, as well as other non-profits looking to make a dream come true."
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Kickstarter-Like Service For Charities?

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  • Just Giving (Score:4, Informative)

    by BeardedChimp (1416531) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @01:47PM (#37209222)
    What you are loving for already exists.

    Just Giving [justgiving.com]

  • Re:Just Giving (Score:5, Informative)

    by BeardedChimp (1416531) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @01:49PM (#37209252)
    Ah, I just noticed that may be slightly UK centric. Here is the US version. [firstgiving.com]
  • by 404 Clue Not Found (763556) * on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:41PM (#37211040)

    What you want is all-or-nothing fundraising.

    As mentioned further down this thread [slashdot.org]*, StartSomeGood.com [startsomegood.com] does exactly that, except they allow you to both set an overall fundraising goal and a "tipping point" if you like. No money changes hands unless the tipping point is reached, and then after that, further donations are paid immediately until the overall goal is met. If you want, you can make the tipping point the same as the overall fundraising goal, such that 100% of the donations are collected in an all-or-nothing fashion.

    And according to SomeSomeGood's website, two other competitors who do all-or-nothing fundraising are Pozible.com [pozible.com] and 33needs.com [33needs.com].

    * I am reposting this because the best answer was unfortunately posted by an Anonymous Coward and remains at Score: 0. In the hopes of this getting seen by more people, I'm reposting it with a karma bonus.

    The AC's original comment:

    Hey there--
    StartSomeGood.com exists for exactly this purpose -- to help social good initiatives raise funds and grow a community of supporters. We use a similar model to Kickstarter, but with a "tipping point," which is the amount of funds you need to start doing good in the world. Definitely have a look, and if you have any questions, please reach out to me directly: alex at startsomegood dot com

    Cheers,
    Alex Budak
    Co-Founder StartSomeGood

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