SECFC13 Highlights Potential Impact of Crowdfunding

The inaugural Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC13) was held at Snowbird, Utah on September 27, 2013. The event was hosted by Devin Thorpe (CrowdFundBeat Contributing Editor) and Richard Swart of UC Berkeley.

David Boyce, CEO of Fundly, delivered the luncheon keynote, observing that the innovation of crowdfunding is beginning to disintermediate traditional nonprofits–those furthest removed from the impact. Dollars are instead going directly to people and causes working closest to the action and who are using crowdfunding to attract donations.

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David Boyce delivers his keynote address. Photo by Micaela Choo.

Alan Hall, philanthropist and investor, kicked off the day with a morning keynote address to inspire participants to seek a higher purpose in entrepreneurship, to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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Alan Hall delivers his keynote address. Photo by Micaela Choo.

Wendy Robbins, CEO of crowdfunding site, RedCapes said of the event, “Devin put on an amazing conference! Informative speakers…. genuine authentic people. .. great connections…. awesome food and snacks.. do whatever it takes to come next year.”

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Host Richard Swart visits with speakers Wendy Robbins, David Boyce and Sang Lee. Photo by Micaela Choo.

Dyanne Christensen said, “This has been by far the best platform of information I have attended for the people who really want to make something happen and not just talk about it!”

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Todd Manwaring of BYU’s Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance with students who volunteered during the conference.

Sang Lee, CEO of Return On Change, who spoke at the conference, noted, “The conference was filled with innovators and change makers! Definitely something that everyone should attend and become a part of.”

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Sang Lee. Photo by Micaela Choo.

Jeff Roberts said, “As a Masters student I had to miss several classes to attend the conference. It was worth every minute. Don’t let your education get in the way of your learning!”

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Patrick Kitano and I visit about the potential for crowdfunding to have real impact in the world. Photo by Micaela Choo.

Another guest noted, “I loved be surrounded by compassionate and interesting individuals. It was great to learn the latest on Crowdfunding, Impact Investing and Social Enterprise! I look forward to going again. Thanks for all of your hard work bringing everyone together!”

Devin D. Thorpe, CrowdFundBeat contributing editor, is the author of Crowdfunding for Social Good. Readers can follow him on Twitter at @devindthorpe.

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