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Crowdfunding Your Business
Your First Customers    ARE    Your Angel Investors
Free Internet Money For Your Business Is Better Than Grants, Loans or Venture Capital
Business schools used to teach that you had to raise money for your business by finding venture capital and/or applying for government loans at some brick and mortar bank. But crowdfunding is the new method of starting projects by raising money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. This means you don't have to adopt some shark tank angel investors to be your new boss... just as you are finally trying to become your own boss.

Even more importantly, it also means that you can start by selling pre-orders to your future customers... before you've even started your business! Since finding customers or clients is the single most important part of any business, moving this step to the beginning of the process is a total game-changer. A small business revolution!

Crowdfunding is not for everyone, and not for every business model, but it is definitely a route worth considering. If you are not trying to start a business, but just looking for more work or extra income, there are endless peer-to-peer solutions in the new sharing economy worth investigating.

On this page you can explore a growing list of different crowdfunding platforms currently available on the internet. Most of these provide tools you can use to raise money for your new or expanding business, but you can also select other categories below from health to housing:
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ClassWish is a nonprofit organization that addresses the shortage of funding for supplies and equipment in K-12 schools. ClassWish has the items shipped directly to the schools at no cost to the school or teacher. ClassWish empowers parents, educators, and local communities to make a positive change in their children's lives by providing them with the supplies they need to learn, grow and excel. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Education crowdfunding for school and teacher supplies
Allows tax-deductible support of any school and any teacher in the U.S.
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CommonBond lowers the cost of graduate education in the U.S. Our platform saves borrowers money on their student loans and allows investors to earn a financial return. CommonBond is a values-driven financial services company and we are reimagining finance as community, not commodity. Our mission is to deliver service through advocacy, simplicity through technology, community built on human connections, value, and a Social Promise to help empower underprivileged communities. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Student loans
Funded by crowdsourcing and large investors.
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We looked around and saw that while crowdfunding was helping entrepreneurs, ​creative projects, and large nonprofits raise ​funds, it was not spreading to some of the communities that needed it most - our schools, our community groups, and our youth. We asked why and spent ​the next ​2 years on the ground trying to answer that question. Piggybackr is our answer. We've built an online ​fundraising ​platform that is ​instructional, safe for all ages, and team focused. Because community crowdfunding really is a joint effort among friends, family, community members, local businesses, and brands passionately helping each other reach their fullest potential. Piggybackr wouldn't be possible without our community of young people, parents, teachers, coaches, ​administrators, mentors, ​businesses, nonprofits, and donors ​all ​striving to do big things for their communities. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Young children, students, and teams
Young students may raise money. Compliant with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
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Our mission is to fund science that moves us forward. As a society, we are in a position to study, learn, and innovate more than ever before. Yet there is one major bottleneck: funding. In recent years, it's become increasingly difficult for new ideas to get off the ground, especially the innovative and high-risk ideas with the biggest impact. Since 2010, 80% of principal investigators spend more time writing grant proposals and 67% are struggling with less funding. 'Big science' has become synonymous with 'budget cuts'. Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: Fund scientific research
No tangible awards are given for backing, only personal satisfaction. Formerly called Microryza.
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We created this community because we, like you, love science. We love the thrill of a new discovery. And the chance to extend the bounds of human knowledge. On Petridish, you can get involved first hand with research projects that are changing our world. Discover teams led by world-renowned researchers. Make science truly come to life by backing your favorite scientists and causes. Without your support, none of these projects could happen. Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: Scientific research
Wikipedia Page makes it easy for individuals, groups, social causes and non-profits to fundraise online with no tipping points or hassle. The platform may be used for ongoing fundraising as well as for one-time initiatives. can be used by organizations and individuals including charities, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, students, political campaigns, and social causes. Fundraisers can use the platform to create a page about their cause, which the site refers to as a "Rally", and collect money through the platform's payment-processing system. They can also share their story through content including photos, video and blog entries. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Medical, educational, charitable, creative, entrepreneurial, and political causes
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You want your crowdfunding project to be successful. Period. You want your project to be where it belongs, and you want it to be noticed. You're busy and you need this to be worth your time. You want to do nothing less than to dazzle your supporters. We get it. We know what it feels like to take a risk for your passion, because we've been there (meet our team below). We see ourselves as your partner. So, we've designed everything – our site, systems and support – to help you achieve your goals today. And, we are working with governments, educators, and communities to make sure your opportunities for success will expand tomorrow. Funding Model: Keep it All
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Community Funded

We provide crowdfunding solutions for both individual campaigns and one-of-a-kind white label platforms that integrate seamlessly with any website. Whether you're a small business owner or a multi-campus university system, we give you the robust tool-set, knowledge base, and support to easily launch engaging fundraising projects that build and retain a vibrant community of donors. The unique scalability of our business model is that we have expertise in both running crowdfunding campaigns and managing them from a platform level, which means we pass those best practices on to you. Funding Model: All or Nothing OR Keep it All
Focus: Platform Creation for Universities, Nonprofits, and Faith-Based Organizations
Allows for white-labeled integration on existing websites.
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The world is full of problems. GlobalGiving is full of solutions. Solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things. GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised $175,969,653 from 459,472 donors who have supported 12,152 projects. Funding Model: Keep it All
Focus: Nonprofit fundraising for registered organizations in 160+ countries
Provides 501c3 equivalency for non-US organizations.
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DonorsChoose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you'll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students. Funding Model: All or nothing
Focus: Education crowdfunding for school supplies
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