Rewards


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!

 


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.


In Testing Mode

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!