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Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World Paperback – July 27, 2013
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When I pick up a book like this, it's see how it relates to me. How can I benefit from the knowledge buried between these covers? Reading through this book, I discovered a lot of great success stories that won't apply to helping me. The stories that really tore at my heart are not instances I could use. The success stories all had one thing in common. They touched the heart in some way. As soon as I figure out how to launch a project to publish a fantasy novel and have it "touch the heart," I'll let you know. Until then, if you happen to know, please share. The other thing that they all seemed to have in common was a wide network of people who cared.
If you lack either of these two, even this book won't help. However, I will say that if you read this book, you'll see what kind of projects would work and which ones wouldn't.
Devin Thorpe did a great job is showing some of the better ways of using social media. Now, I'm not saying that I'm going to be able to launch a better Kickstarter project next time because I still lack the story. Why would anyone care? BUT I did uncover, through this book, better ways to spread the word.
The other thing that I found to be very practical - because I've always wondered - was that Devin Thorpe explained the laws/rules around and behind crowdfunding.Read more ›
Not all crowd funding projects have to be for personal gain or private endeavor. Some are mounted for the sheer purpose of social good. That's where Devin D. Thorpe's book, Crowdfunding for Social Good:Financing Your Mark on the World, can help. In his book, Thorpe breaks down crowd funding as "the newest way for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to raise money for their causes, projects and companies."
Thorpe uses real-time examples to show us how social media, networking and marketing come together to help raise awareness and fund real causes and projects through crowd funding. Through his writing he teaches with ease and campaign example the in's and out's of succesful social campaigning from beginning to fulfillment. It's really a great, condense lesson for first learners and experienced fundraisers alike; learning in 166 lots of how-to's on maximizing the benefits of this new and burgeoning platform.
My advice? Get it, read it, learn it. Then? Do it! Launch out and start your own crowdfunding campaign. I did.
In this book, Devin D. Thorpe takes you into that world. He provides detailed explanations of how to create a successful campaign. He includes numerous real life stories, as well as the lessons you can learn from each person's success. He includes hyperlinks to their campaigns, so that you can follow them in real time and see how they are doing today. Most of them are great ideas that come directly from the heart to raise awareness or to help those in need. I got teary reading about a young boy who was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder.
Also included are many lessons on social networking and how to make it work in your favor. You may feel like you already know how to maximize that, but I guarantee you will learn something new. He also breaks down some of the legalities involved in crowdfunding.
This book runs about 166 pages in paperback, which makes it a fast read. It is also bursting with useful information. I received an ecopy for review purposes, but would probably prefer a hard copy if and when the time came for me to create a campaign. I would want to go back through and highlight important parts and would prefer a quick flip through physical pages.
'Crowdfunding' isn't directly related to Devin's other books. It is definitely a stand-alone. But, I can see how they would all work together to help one achieve their dreams of doing good in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good overview of the space, I like the discussions about enabling volunteers and social media. All in all I'd recommend this book for helping bootstrap new ventures for good.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Swerdlow
Such a helpful resource as our nonprofit journey begins! Real testimonials and succinct advice. Looking forward to the future and crowd funding experience.Published 6 months ago by Cody P.
Really no nonsense straight talk that absolutely answers many questions I had..Published 20 months ago by Hal Corbett
All the basics on how to create a successful crowd funding campaign, including dramatic examples of success! Down to earth advice on what to expect from a campaign.Published 22 months ago by Gary Gunter
Since I am expecting to start crowdfunding project, this read helped me a lot with making plans with my platform.Published on February 22, 2014 by Rodrigo Noli da Silva Marques
Clear and a quick read. Gave me some great starting points for a fundraiser for our school. Thank you very much.Published on February 4, 2014 by Barbara D Smith
Since I did not know just what Crowdfunding is, I looked it up. Oxford Dictionary said:
The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts... Read more