Types of Campaigns

A short list of different kinds of crowdfunding campaigns.

Down to the Final Hours

Time to the finish line is down to the final hours for the “Art House: Expanding Goshen Film Options” and our town has really rallied behind this project. Way to go, Goshen! As of this writing, there are 42 contributors to this campaign, and $4,300 raised. That’s over 85% of the way to their original goal of the $5,000 needed to purchase a new license and be able to show a much greater variety of movies at Art House.

If you have been thinking about donating to this campaign, but haven’t picked a juicy reward yet, better hurry. A “High Five,” a concessions certificate, a Web Site hosting coupon, Brew bucks, lunch with a friend at County Seat, these are some of the incentives that are being offered in this Art House fundraiser. Even $5 or $10 right now will help put this campaign over the top. But you need to get there before it’s over. Thanks everybody for your support!

Coffee and Community

The Electric Brew invites you to join their efforts to support Café Justo, a coffee roastery and cooperative in the Agua Prieta community of Sonora, Mexico. The roastery was founded by migrant coffee farmers in search of a fair price for their coffee beans. The Electric Brew and Café Justo are building a relationship based on marketing coffee that is grown, harvested, and prepared in a just, and organic way.They share a love for good coffee, and a passion for telling the story of coffee. One way The Electric Brew can share this unique story with Goshen, is through the premiere of, “A Film About Coffee.”

Café Justo, in Sonora, Mexico, is a coffee cooperative dedicated to marketing coffee that is organic, and just.

Café Justo, in Sonora, Mexico, is a coffee cooperative dedicated to marketing coffee that is organic, and just.

A Film About Coffee,” is a documentary that has spanned the globe to capture a culture of coffee that is far-reaching and diverse.  Yet, this film also brings to life the many ways that one cup of joe can unite communities together in the pursuit of fair trade. According to the director, Brandon Loper, “This is a film that bridges gaps both intellectual and geographical, evoking flavor and pleasure, and providing both as well.

With your help, The Electric Brew can bring this fantastic film to Goshen! The goal is to raise $1,200 by June 6, in order to cover the promotion costs of the film. Plus, all additional funds will go to the Agua Prieta community.

The Electric Brew is dedicated to sharing the story of coffee in an effort to cultivate a deeper appreciation for where these magical beans comes from. Taking the opportunity to learn where your coffee comes from, might just give you another reason to wake up in the morning!

Follow our updates to learn more about fair trade coffee, and to explore other opportunities to get involved!


Steve Gall Campaign – FINAL Day

Were are down to the final day of the “Neighbor In Need” campaign to raise money for Carver Dewitt-Gall’s upcoming back surgery. If you’ve been thinking about donating to this campaign, it’s now make-or-break time. We’re over half way to the goal of $1,500, admittedly not a lot of money considering the costs of hospital surgeries these days, but it will help the Gall family manage the 20% of costs they will have to pay out of pocket.

Greg Lehman's Outdoor Pizza Oven

Greg Lehman’s Outdoor Pizza Oven

Those of us who are following this campaign closely know that it’s the last hours of a campaign that can make the difference between achieving and surpassing a goal or falling short. We sure hope this campaign makes a strong finish, and we really appreciate everyone’s generosity. Even small donations of $5 or $10 will help get us there.

Steve Gall’s co-worker Greg Lehman, sponsor of this campaign, is offering his time and talents on Saturday to bake gourmet wood-fired pizzas and host seatings at his place for an afternoon/evening pizza party for donors who chose a PIZZA PARTY Reward (see the “Rewards” tab on the Campaign page) as an incentive.

If you look at the “Community” tab on the Campaign, you will see Steve Gall’s picture on a number of those donations. That’s because our crowdfunding campaigns provide a way to include “offline donations” contributing to the total. A number of Steve’s co-workers at Oaklawn have already chipped in to help, giving money directly to Greg or to Steve for this campaign, and those donations are each recorded and are helping to reach the goal.

Greg tells us there are still seats remaining for each hour of the pizza party, so why not grab a few Rewards and invite your friends to join you around the table at Greg Lehman’s place. (For more details, check out the “Updates” tab on the Campaign page.) And while Greg is cooking pizzas, ask him to regale you with tales of his summers spent in Antarctica!

Thanks to everyone that has given so far!


New Campaign: Map Jam

“Grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons — all on one map.”

That’s the goal of the upcoming “Map Jam” event happening Thursday evening October 16th, 2014 starting at 6pm at the Bricolage in downtown Goshen. Check out the Campaigns page to view all the details. And be sure to watch the short video on what this is all about, to get the larger picture. This event is the 2nd annual global mapping project. It’s a fun opportunity to work on a really big project with your neighbors and new friends, and promises to be quite revealing about the shared assets in our local community that might otherwise be overlooked or taken for granted. To be sure, lots of sharing is already happening. Appreciation, everybody! The Map Jam is a party with a purpose.

Give a donation and come on out for the Map Jam. This quick 6-day campaign is intended to cover the costs for space, services, and a modest fee to add our mapped resources to a larger non-profit mapping project.

Start It!

Our web site uses crowdfunding technology developed by Community Funded of Fort Collins, Colorado. This is the real technology that Goshen Funded is built on.

Like many startups, Community Funded began as a simple idea among a few friends… and then it grew in scope and scale. The original founders soon realized that the kind of crowdfunding platform they had created — local, community based, with a magical Rewards ingredient — was something that could be used by a huge variety of communities. So far, the Community Funded platform has been used to launch local crowdfunding campaigns in all 50 US states, in 163 cities, by 952 organizations and 8,158 individuals.

And now it’s available to YOU right here in Goshen, Indiana.

This crowdfunding platform, which we’ve baked into our local Goshen Funded web site, invites you to start a crowdfunding campaign. Share your story, offer rewards, and collect money online from your friends, family and community.

Feel free to contact us if you need help developing the components of your project. To make sure your own very amazing crowdfunding campaign gets the local attention it needs, please request a Goshen Funded Application Code from us. The Activation Code is what allows your campaign to appear on the Campaigns page right here on our Goshen Funded web site.

Imagine More…

Campaigns are by no means limited to the short list of campaign types you see here. The sky’s the limit and if you can dream it you can probably build a crowdfunding campaign for it.

Run your ideas past us here at Goshen Funded. In order for your project to appear here,

  1. You need to create it at communityfunded.com, and
  2. You need to obtain an “Application Code” from us to plug in to your project. That’s what displays your campaign on our Campaigns page.

Helping a Neighbor in Need?

When someone needs a helping hand (an unanticipated emergency, a financial hardship, a special gift, a thankyou) you can make it happen with a Goshen Funded “Neighbor to Neighbor” crowdfunding campaign. There are people in your community who would be delighted to help, if they only knew. Why not take the lead and create a campaign to help your neighbor.

Are You an Environmentalist?

Goshen is home to some great natural resources — the Elkhart River, the Millrace, the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail — and we are a community that cares about protecting and treasuring these parts of our environment for future generations. Launch your Goshen Funded project for restoration, care & upkeep of these precious places.

Are You a Local Club or Organization?

Goshen is a community with many and varied interests where civic clubs and organizations contribute to diverse and lively public affairs. If you are planning an upcoming event, look to Goshen Funded to help get the funding you need to make it happen.