Kickstarter strikes again, now successful in Iowa
April 29, 2013
In the past few years, many individuals have taken to websites to donate their money to noble charities. While many nonprofits have their own web pages people can go to do their part and learn more about the organization, some others turn to central platforms for their fundraising needs. For instance, crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, among many others, have become popular interfaces for good causes.
This was recently the case in Iowa, as numerous area charities, nonprofits and individuals with a goal and no money took to the web for funding and their requests were answered. According to The Gazette, since Kickstarter was created in 2009, more than 100 projects in Iowa alone have received funding.
The news source also said that 39,000 initiatives have been funded, and $560 million donated in total overall in the history of the website. Any aim - from established nonprofits' goals to budding artists looking to make a movie - can be used to start a fund.
For instance, the Library Journal recently reported that Iowa City's Cassandra Elton created an initiative in order to form a casual, after-school lending library network for low income and immigrant families. The source said that using Indiegogo, Elton raised around $13,000.
As foundations tap into emerging digital channels to raise funds online, they can benefit from nonprofit fundraising software that tracks incoming donations and quantitatively measures the success of their efforts.