Last week I won a CrowdRise T-shirt on twitter. Thanks Felix for promptly shipping it out to me! This was so exciting because I never win anything! If you do not know what CrowdRise is, you should check them out at http://www.crowdrise.com/ Basically, CrowdRise “crowd funds” charities. Which is funny because this week, I participated on a podcast for crowd funding for start-ups with Susan Outlaw of PeerBackers AND my fave, Tory Johnson, did a segment on crowd funding on GMA earlier in the week. Obviously, crowd funding is all the rage, so why not blog about it? Of course, I should blog about it. I thought that I would give you a deeper look at CrowdRise and its importance for start-ups………..
The CrowdRise concept is unique because it raises money for charities of your choice. CrowdRise also has the support of peeps like Ben Stiller, Kristen Bell, Edward Norton, and Mary McCormack. With a fabulously easy website to navigate, you can set up a charity campaign for the non-profit of your choice and send it out to your crowd. Oh, and you can win cool prizes along the way.
This concept is important for Start-up Businesses and Entrepreneurs. Why? Well, it is important to give back and stay involved both locally, nationally, and globally yet start-ups certainly do not have the bank accounts to make large donations. Therefore, crowd funding for your charity makes sense. You could pick something close to you personally or professionally, and be ready to feel good in no time.
Volunteering and giving back has always been a big part of who I am with volunteering at a number of local non-profits in both giving and doing capacities. The most rewarding experience for me was volunteering in the Pet Friends Program of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. My Lab, Cash, is a certified Pet Therapy Dog, and we would visit twice a month at the hospital with chronically ill patients and their families. Words cannot even describe the happiness that Cash would bring to those kids and their families. Cash is now 12 years old, and too old to walk the hospital floors (and the beagles do not like to work that hard), so Cash retired from the program. Cash will always be a part of Children’s because he is the dog representing Pet Friends on the Wall of Fame in the hospital.
Since Cash’s retirement left me with a few minutes of spare time, I started giving time to a local women’s shelter. AND, now I was recently approached about helping the local Boys and Girls Club raise money for a new basketball gym. Our local Boys and Girls Club provides a safe environment year round for kids of all backgrounds to go and participate in extracurriculars, receive homework help, and hang out while their moms and dads are at work. The club is fortunate to have a very dedicated basketball staff and provides an outlet for boys and girls all year-long (which is especially important during our LONG winters). Guess what? CrowdRise is the perfect way to get the ball rolling for the new gym. Looks like this BCKNGRUVMOM will be setting up her charity of choice at CrowdRise.
How about you? Where do you give back? Do you have a charity that you would like to set up with CrowdRise?