How to Fund Your Project:
a Crowdfunding Workshop
Here’s the plan: you’ll come up with a revolutionary idea, make a sharp 3 minute video, post it on a crowdfunding site, and hundreds of people will flock to you and give you all the money you need and more to realize your dream. As nice as that sounds, it rarely works that way. Crowdfunding isn’t magic. It’s not all bad news though. Because crowdfunding isn’t magic, there are reliable strategies that you can learn to maximize your chance of seeing your project succeed.
Join our three lab leaders who have worked on three of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Portland history including a radio station (which raised $103,762), a park (which raised $123,880), and a new kind of college (which raised $206,451). Bring the idea that you want to get crowdfunded and you'll receive personalized attention to sharpen your plans and improve your execution. You’ll leave with a primer on grassroots fundraising, a timeline template for your campaign (counting backwards from launch), and personalized next steps and tips for improving your odds and increasing the amount you raise.
Whether you plan to raise $200 for a tiny concert, or $200,000 to launch your next big idea, this lab will help you structure your thinking, make a concrete plan, and dispel any magical thinking that may have crept in around the edges.You’ll even learn how to survive the Valley of Despair.
Meet Your Lab Leaders:
Bjarke Kronborg is a hope seeker, a Dane, a numbers lover and an environmental justice activist with a conviction that the training of future generations is a key part of the solution. Bjarke moved to Portland to pursue his MBA, as a supplement to his degree in industrial engineering. He possesses skills in the technical realm, the user-centered design realm, financial realm, and the organizational strategy realm allowing him to function as a fluid team member with a flair for the technical and quantitative analytical space.
Tim Marcroft is finding his way in the world. Tim has taught English in France, been a cheese monger, started a board game company (which failed), helped start a non-commercial radio station in Portland, Oregon (which didn't), and is part of a gratitude related nonprofit called SuperThank. Tim is currently thinking a lot about economic justice through the lens of wealth distribution.
Jefferson Smith is an entrepreneur, radio personality, and politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He is the founder of the Bus Project, and served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2009 to 2012. He was one of two candidates for Mayor of Portland in 2012 to advance beyond the primary election, but lost to Charlie Hales in the November general election. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit progressive talk radio station XRAY.FM on which he also hosts a weekly program "Thank You Democracy.”