Success!


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!


Our First Success

Even though we’ve moved out of Test Mode and can now run LIVE crowdfunding campaigns on our site, we’re still in BETA mode, and have not officially launched yet.

For the next several weeks every new campaign will be another test of the system. The CommunityFunded.com platform is still in active development, and with each new campaign we expect there will be glitches, missing steps, broken links, and more. Nothing that will prevent us from moving ahead — just the normal state of anything with great potential while it’s still in development.

SUCCESS!

But we want to celebrate our first success — the completion of our first actual real crowdfunding campaign! We won’t leave you guessing. YES we achieved our goal.

The “Goshen Funded Pre-Launch Party” campaign is now in the Past Projects section of our Campaigns page. One look and you can see that we not only surpassed our fundraising goal ($400), we blew past it and raised over 85% more. We raised $743 from 25 contributors! That is an awesome start. It gave us sufficient funds to throw a nice party for everyone involved, and brought in some working capital to help this site grow.

PARTY!

Our party took place at Art House with about 30 people turning out for treats & beverages, Q & A, and an inspirational video on the big screen.

It’s not easy wrapping your mind around the crowdfunding process, and most of us are new to the whole thing; never done it before. It’s a really different way to do fundraising. So a good bit of the talk at our party was about what our businesses or organizations need, what’s appropriate (or not) for a crowdfunding campaign, what makes campaigns successful, and who will be able to use this site most effectively.

UP NEXT…

Ok, raised some starter funding, had a groovy party, what’s next? We have an information meeting scheduled for TOMORROW Thursday evening October 2, 2014 at 7pm at Better World Books, downtown Goshen. Meet us downstairs on the basement level. Come with your ideas and questions, and if we put our minds together everyone will hopefully have an action plan for either

  • your own first crowdfunding Project that you can begin developing in your Community Funded account, or
  • Reward that you can offer to other upcoming Projects as they begin appearing on our site.

Hope you can make it – see you tomorrow.


Out of Test Mode

We’ve been in what CommunityFunded.com 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 CommunityFunded.com 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!