Best in Crowdfunding: July and August 2013
Here are some of my favorite crowdfunding campaigns that are online this summer.
This is a great project happening right here in Buffalo.
is converting an old warehouse on the city's east side into a facility for growing microgreens. This campaign is intended to fund the purchase of the equipment needed to grow and maintain healthy microgreens, which will then be distributed and sold locally. These guys have done their research and clearly know what they're doing. The project will be something great not just for Buffalo, but for the entire food industry.
Right now, only 1% of shoes are manufactured in the U.S. That means a lot of factory labor is going into your shoes. (Yes,
is hoping to change that, and she wants to start with her new line of vegan, sustainable shoes. The styles are
and versatile, and you get to pick out your own colors and materials! You'll definitely want to check them out!
: August 18
Nicora Johns Shoes
This campaign is intended to fund the programming and development of a business venture that is essentially a plastic recycling facility launching a pilot in Lima, Peru. The facility will encourage the impoverished locals of that region to "harvest" waste plastic from the environment, and bring it to the facility to be processed. Individuals who participate by harvesting the plastic will earn credits to be used for education, micro loans, and more.
is a crowdfunding platform that focuses specifically on gender equality in developing countries. All of the campaigns on Catapult benefit women in some way. This campaign will benefit an organization called
which is working to screen impoverished women in Haiti for cervical cancer using an innovative, low-tech screening method.
If you haven't heard of Temar Boggs, you aren't alone. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, his story went widely unnoticed. The 15-year-old from Lancaster, PA
and is being lauded as a hero by those who bother to notice. This campaign is intended to raise a scholarship fund for Temar Boggs and his friend.
confirms that the campaign is legitimate, but also provides information about how you can