Author Archives: Bethany Taylor

About Bethany Taylor

Bethany is a writer, part-time librarian and seasonal gardener and is very excited to write for Launcht as it works towards democratizing the ways that good projects make their impact on the world. Her other writing appears at granitebunny.blogspot.com and www.hothousemagazine.org.

Rollins College and The Riddle of Success

Now, building off of the recent post about the success of matching grants, here is a riddle: What is better for a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign than a matching grant? The rather obvious answer: TWO generous donors. Rollins College in Winter … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding: A tool for change in Latino Philanthropy

Thirty years ago, a group of Latinos working in various philanthropic organizations became increasingly aware of the lack of diversity within the sector. Latinos were neither well represented in the donor base nor were projects and programs within the Latino … Continue reading

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Matching Grants + Participation Challenges = Unmatched Success

Crowdfunding is frequently lauded as a great tool for innovation. It only follows then, that there would be innovations within crowdfunding as well. One of the most promising trends Launcht has seen emerge among its clients lately is the unprecedented … Continue reading

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The Dollars and Sense of Crowdfunding for Nonprofits

We can offer glowing client testimonials until the cows come home, but probably the single most effective piece of information for non-profits considering jumping into the crowdfunding arena is just this: it works. A recent infographic by Craig “Craig’s List” … Continue reading

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Faith Based Crowdfunding with WeRaise

For nearly sixty years, Wheat Ridge Ministries has provided grants to Lutheran organizations to fund projects all over the world. Last fall, as a way to grow their proverbial church collection plate, Wheat Ridge created WeRaise, a Christian crowdfunding site. … Continue reading

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Vassar College Crowdfunding Success Story

February 20th was a big day at the Vassar College Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development (OAAD). Not only did they raise nearly $150,000 in a single day of crowdfunding, but, as Senior Director Willa McCarthy explains “it was a … Continue reading

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Unreasonable Institute East Africa launches crowdfunding portal

Every corner of the world has its own host of challenges. Or, Joachim Ewechu, CEO and co-founder of The East Africa Unreasonable Institute, said in a recent interview, “The more we look at all these challenges as great opportunities and … Continue reading

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The Reasonableness of the Unreasonable Institute

Banks Benitez, Chief Entreprenuer Office for the Unreasonable Institute has the concrete explanation of a complex business plan down to an art: “We want the Unreasonable Institute to be an unfair advantage for entrepreneurs.” That is what they do at the Unreasonable … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding in Higher Education, what works.

Crowdfunding by its very nature varies and adapts to the needs and wants of the population it serves. The reasons that different sectors—from nonprofits and entrepreneurs to nongovernmental organizations and education institutions—seek out crowdfunding solutions to their funding challenges are … Continue reading

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Meet Freeman White, from Legos to Crowdfunding

It is a long way from selling Legos at a garage sale to co-founding a crowdfunding company. But, like most interesting journeys, the trajectory makes perfect sense in hindsight. Freeman White explained in a recent interview that so much of … Continue reading

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