Currently this site is in testing mode. Ben and Phil and I are working to get a test campaign configured and launched so that it will appear on our Campaigns page. At the same time, it looks like Community Funded is working to add features, write documentation, and troubleshoot problems. In other words, there’s a lot happening but not a whole lot to show for it yet.
If you would like to help us test and make progress and push this site towards a Live Launch in the near future, the the first thing you’ll need to do is create your own business or individual account at Community Funded.
Once you have a Community Funded account, you will be able to create your own test campaign (also known as a “Project.”) Doing so will help you understand what it takes to create a real crowdfunding campaign in the future, once our site goes live.
In addition to creating Projects (fundraising campaigns) you can create Rewards. These are “perks” that you can offer to Contributors. Contributors are the people and other organization in our local community who support your campaign by making a donation. Some contributors will give freely because they want to see you accomplish your goals. Others will be encouraged to contribute because they get something in return. For example, you create a $10 Gift Certificate Reward with $1 going to fund your campaign. That’s the general idea.
Where it gets really interesting is that you can Sponsor other local community campaigns with your Rewards. So now business A creates a Reward and offers it to a campaign that business B has launched. That helps attract more contributions for B‘s campaign; it also helps create more brand awareness and positive vibes for A. Neat, huh?
Since we are still just getting started at this point, any campaigns appearing on our Campaigns page are in “test mode” and not real actual projects. But NOW is the time to start dreaming about what you reeeeeally want to do on this site when it goes live. Ladies and gentlemen, start your imagination engines!