By Rodrigo Davies, It’s been a pleasure to spend the past few weeks in Kansas City learning more about how non-profit organizations are using crowdfunding in their work, and are shaping how communities understand what crowdfunding represents and what goals it can help them achieve.
CCF has been pioneering the use of crowdfunding as part of the mix of funding it offers to community organizations. Grantees are asked to crowdfund 10 percent of their total budget of $20,000, as an exercise in both fundraising and community engagement. Last year all six grantees met their targets, and are in the process of building a community garden, training young leaders, rehabilitating a block, creating a new group to revitalize an historic neighborhood, starting reconciliation workshops and building a community center.
Several of this year’s grantees – many of whom were at Fund Camp – presented their projects at the event and will soon open their crowdfunding campaigns. This year CCF grantees will host their campaigns on Neighbor.ly, which is also based in Kansas City and recently was admitted to the Tumml Civic Accelerator program.