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Crowdfunding

Interview: What it Takes to Crowdfund from Inside Sudan

Posted: December 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

[Above picture is a still image from the OUR SUDAN short film] Sudanese civil society’s creative and artistic efforts are starting to slowly turn to the internet and specifically to crowdfunding to secure financial support for projects. Recently, we have especially seen this in the creation of short films such as OUR SUDAN and Adam […]

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How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted: December 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

[Above image is curtesy of Getty images] Most crowdfunding platforms have tips on their websites to help you setup your campaign. However, as mentioned before, crowdfundraising is not a new concept; the internet has just made it more accessible to everyone. Hence some of the traditional tips for fundraising that apply offline also apply online. […]

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The Story of #Nafeer: Crowdsourcing in Action

Posted: November 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

[Picture curtesy of Nafeer] During the floods that impacted the Sudanese capital, Khartoum in August 2013, a youth-based initiative called Nafeer (inspired from the Sudanese tradition of helping those in need collectively) used a variety of social media and ICT tools that included Facebook, twitter, flicker, and a crisis map. With these tools they mobilized […]

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Choosing a Crowdfunding Platform

Posted: November 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Indiegogo vs Kickstarter Indiegogo and Kickstarter are the most popular online crowdfunding platforms, and although at first glance they may look similar there are fundamental differences. Both platforms offer a huge community of users and high credibility; and they require that those initiating a project choose a funding goal as well as a deadline and […]

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Crowdfunding for Countries Under U.S. Sanctions

Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

It’s important to do your research before embarking on an online crowdfunding campaign. Most crowdfunding platforms have a support desk where you can send questions and ask for help and advice even before you launch your project. This is particularly true of the more reputable, sizable and international crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. […]

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Trends in Crowdfunding and the Rise of Civic Crowdfunding

Posted: November 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

The increased specialization of crowdfunding platforms is one obvious trend that has emerged in recent years. An example includes platforms that arededicated to supporting the causes of non-profit organizations and/or charities; such as: causes, razoo and crowdrise.  Some platforms cater to personal and group projects, such as tuition, medical expenses or even planning parties. Examples […]

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An Introduction to Crowdfunding

Posted: November 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

The decentralized nature of the internet and the rise of social media have revolutionized and democratized the way citizens around the world are fundraising. These online fundraising efforts are often happening outside the constraints and rigid hierarchy of institutions and traditional donors. And by using the power of local and global networks to get financial […]

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