Monthly Archives: September 2014

Unable to Donate?

Hey we’ve had a couple people report, one reason or another, the site wasn’t working right and they were not able to donate to our first “Pre-Launch Party” campaign and get their ticket to the party.

If that happens to you, please please please contact us and let us know you had a problem, so we can get on it right away and make sure any issues are solved quickly so we can make our goal. We don’t want you to be frustrated and just leave. This site is for you and we want to make it work the way you expect. So when it’s not (and with any new site there’s gonna be things that don’t work right) we want you to let us know.

And thanks to the folks who did get in touch with us today about problems they encountered. I think we’ve got the contribute problem fixed now, so if you were unable to donate before, give it another try. Thanks!

Pre-Launch Party Invite

We’re actively reaching out to local businesses and organizations to “endorse” Goshen Funded in any of the following ways:

  1. Setting up an account on Community Funded (we’ll also set up a page for you on the Goshen Funded website, like these)
  2. Sign up to attend our Pre-Launch Party at Art House on September 28th, 2014… contributing to this “test” campaign will cover food and drinks and provide a great opportunity to get on board.
  3. Start thinking about any campaigns you may want to run for yourself, or what “rewards”/in-kind donations you may want to offer any projects you choose to support.
  4. Help spread the word to the businesses and organizations you’d most like to collaborate with!

Let us know whatever questions you may have.  We’d be happy to meet up and explain things further, but the best way to learn more would be to join us at the party.

And please don’t hesitate to offer feedback… we’re learning a lot as we go and your input is valuable!


Pre-launch partySupport this project

Out of Test Mode

We’ve been in what calls “Test Mode” since we first set up this website several months ago. That means we’ve been able to create crowdfunding test campaigns and see what they’ll look like on our site, but nobody can donate actual money… until now.

Now we are officially LIVE! (Though still in “stealth mode” which means we aren’t telling a lot of people about our site yet.) Community Funded took us out of Test Mode yesterday morning. We’ve launched one campaign that we want everyone to check out — it’s on our Campaigns page and is inviting you to contribute to our “Pre-Launch Party” by buying a ticket to the party.

YES this is a real party!

Buy a ticket and you can come. Everyone is welcome. The party will take place at ArtHouse here in Goshen, Indiana on Sunday September 28th at 7pm. Light food and drinks, brief teleconf with CommunityFunded, an entertaining slideshow, Q&A, and networking networking networking. Meet others who are actively involved in local crowdfunding here in Goshen. Scheme about your campaign ideas. If you want to add a Reward to this campaign, you can build it in your own account and then “offer” it to our campaign. (And please let us know if you need any help with the technical details.) This first campaign has set a goal of $400. Anything beyond actual expenses for the party will go towards marketing and spreading the word about the site to a much larger audience.

Help us celebrate the progress made to date, and envision a more public launch in early fall!

About the Supporting Organizations

Phil has been working on some new pages featuring the core businesses and organizations that have been active participants in our Goshen Funded crowdfunding project from the beginning. These local organizations are contributing to the overall vision for this web site. We are working with them to devise potential new crowdfunding campaigns that will help to launch this new community resource. And we are grateful for their willingness to be “test subjects” as the parts and pieces of this project come together.

All these organizations will be showcased in the new “Organizations” category that now exists in the sidebar here on our blog.

One of our technical challenges with these organization pages is to be able to dynamically display the local crowdfunding campaigns that each organization has helped, through Rewards they’ve created and offered to various local campaigns that they wish to support. That automation will help create more connections between businesses and campaigns and other businesses — in other words, create an ecosystem of related activity that spurs further innovation and creativity here in our local community.

Of course the most important active participant in this project is Community Funded, the startup in Fort Collins, Colorado that is creating the actual crowdfunding platform we’re using on our own web site here, on the Campaigns page.

What are Rewards?

Rewards” are incentives or perks of various kinds that local businesses, organizations, and individuals can offer to Goshen Funded crowdfunding campaigns. These serve to entice others in our community to donate to a particular campaign. A person contributing to a campaign can donate directly. They can also choose a Reward and donate indirectly. They receive the Reward for their own use, and the business that created the Reward is the actual donor to the crowdfunding project.

Here’s where an example could help.

Oakley Studio is my home-based business providing web site design, site hosting, ecommerce, and related services. (My business is providing the hosting for this web site.) In my Community Funded account, I have created a “$10 Website Coupon” Reward which I can offer to any crowdfunding campaign I wish to support. The coupon is for one free month of website hosting for new or existing clients.

So this reward would be attractive to any of my existing clients. They contribute $10 to a crowdfunding campaign, and I give them a free month of web site hosting. For some of my clients that would be a good discount off their regular monthly hosting expense. I anticipate it will also be attractive to many potential new clients who may not have been aware of my business before, but who will discover my Reward and decide it’s time for them to get going with their own blog or online business.

For businesses like mine, this is a way to contribute to some exciting initiatives in our community that I believe will help make this a richer place to live and work. At the same time it is marketing for my business, helping attract new clients to my business.

Here’s another example. County Seat Cafe has created a “Discounted Gift Certificates” Reward where contributors to a crowdfunding campaign can get a $20 Gift Certificate (for any menu items) for $15. It’s a $5 savings for the donor, who gets a $20 value at the cafe. And all the money goes to the crowdfunding campaign. County Seat is essentially donating the food and drink for free. Obviously this Reward helps the campaign achieve its funding goal. It also helps County Seat build more brand awareness, and bring in new customers.

Hopefully these examples get you thinking about how your own organization or business can use Rewards to support the things you love while also providing some new branding, marketing, and more for your business. It’s a win-win-win for our local crowdfunding campaigns, for the individual contributors, and for everyone who creates new Rewards. Sound good?