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CSW: Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

June 26th - BY Dan Salganik

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Community Story of the Week: 6/26/2013

In lieu of the recent news with Monsanto, we believe that we have the right to know where our food comes from. The controversial "Monsanto Act" makes it so that federal courts are not able to halt sales or production of the Genetically Modified seeds. This means that even the government will have little power over the large modified food superpowers, such as Monsanto (among others).

Check out this short video, the winning entry in the RSA / Nominet Trust Film Competition Award by Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvyV_idFAZA&feature=player_embedded

In a study done by JustLabelit.com, 92% of Americans wanted GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) to be labeled. Over sixty countries to date have been labeling (or banning) their genetically modified foods, but the United States is among the few that still do not.

How do you feel about what is happening to the food system? Do you believe that our genetically modified food should be labeled? Tell us your thoughts!

Featured image: Source.

Chicago Non-Profit and FunderHut Partnering for Nonprofit Fundraising

June 24th - BY Alan Salganik

Chicago Nonprofits and FunderHut Partnership

The FunderHut team is very excited to announce our new partnership with Chicago Non-Profit, Chicagoland’s Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce! FunderHut is a community-crowdfunding platform, and although we’re national, what better way to start than with our own Chicago community? We’re extremely excited to be working together to make a positive impact in the community.

From networking events to educational events to fundraising events, Chicago Non-Profit is the number one resource for Chicagoland’s non-profits, using their extensive knowledge and resources to help their members achieve their goals. As fundraising continues to be a primary concern for these organizations, the idea of crowdfunding only seemed natural, and FunderHut welcomed the opportunity to help Chicago's non-profits raise money and build awareness, as well as the added benefit of an increased donor base. The vision and vast network of Chicago Non-Profit, with non-profit categories ranging from Arts Awareness to Community Works to Medical Research, helps create a partnership with a shared mission in mind, improving our community.

What's our goal? To provide non-profits with the resources they need to launch an online fundraising campaign, while receiving full support from the collaboration between Chicago Non-Profit and FunderHut.

As an exclusive benefit to Chicago Non-Profit members, we’re also returning 20% of the contribution fees. What this means is that not only is it absolutely free to sign up and create your campaign, but 20% will be given back to member organizations that launch their campaign on FunderHut.

We’re very excited to see where this takes us, and we invite you to come along for the ride. Check back as we’ll regularly post updates, and be sure to follow us on Twitter!

Who Do You Include in Your Community?

June 24th - BY Bineeta Monga

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According to the dictionary, the word ‘community’ includes “All the people living in a particular area or place.” This may have been the definition before the birth of the Internet and various social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Communities have expanded quite a bit in our modern world. They can include our 1200+ friends on Facebook, 300 followers on Twitter, or even those who re-pin us on Pinterest. This Earth is a huge place, yet the distance between our different communities has never seemed smaller. They now include strangers that seem to have the same interest as you on the Internet, maybe even someone you met once at a social gathering who happens to friend you on Facebook, and even those who happen upon your projects on FunderHut and donate to help you reach YOUR goal.

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Our communities are ever growing. This is why FunderHut promotes this motto of “Finding Unity By Funding Community.” It’s because we understand the importance of connecting with our family, our friends, and even strangers to change our communities. These people who we see as our “community” define who we are, so as FunderHut says, “Why not make it better?” The definition of Community has evolved over the years, but the values that come with it remain unchanged.

Image Source: bit.ly/16iWns5

CSW: Sour Fruit Makes a Sweet Arrival in San Francisco

June 19th - BY Dan Salganik

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Community Story of the Week: 6/19/2013

Now this is an organization that has set a great goal! To plant 12,000 lemon trees all around San Francisco and make it entirely self-sustaining. By doing so, they will provide a nutritional, yet tasty, addition to many people's diets- for free! Just One Tree plans to plant lemon trees in public areas so that anyone can go and grab a fresh lemon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tojlpK9zFPs

Planting 12,000 lemon trees (or any fruit tree for that matter) around the city has many other benefits to it. The most important benefit is the abundance of healthy fruit throughout the city. Aside from just eating the fruits, the lemon trees provide a beautiful landscape of green and yellow throughout the city. Children can also benefit through the education of growing their own fruits and vegetables in the future.

Would you like a new lemon tree in your neighborhood? Which organization do you believe is making a difference? Comment below and let us know of an organization that you believe is making a difference!

More information at: Just One Tree. Featured image: Source.

How is Crowdfunding Like Long Distance Running?

June 14th - BY Alan Salganik

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While going for a nice, long run this morning, I realized that my usual workout has similarities to crowdfunding. I also realized I need new running shoes, but that’s neither here nor there. You may be asking yourself, “But Alan, how is a long distance run similar to crowdfunding?” Well, there are actually a few similarities that I noticed:

Having a goal

Before I even begin my run, I have a goal in mind. This goal includes the distance I want to run, as well as a maximum amount of time in which I want to complete that distance. Your crowdfunding campaign also has both of these elements. Think of your distance as your monetary goal amount, and your time frame as your project completion date. Your goal is to reach that fundraising amount within your timeframe in order to have a successful campaign.

Maintaining a positive mindset

You wouldn’t start a long distance run thinking to yourself, “Yep, I am definitely going to fail,” would you? Of course not, you go into it head first, telling yourself “I can, and I will succeed.” Well, the same applies to your crowdfunding campaign. Why would others believe in you if you don’t even believe in yourself? Just like long distance running, you have to take your campaign by the reigns and tell yourself you’re going to succeed.

Prepping prior to starting

There are a few things you have to do before you even start running. You have to dig your running shoes out of the closet, put on some comfortable clothes, and definitely stretch. A long distance run without these steps would spell disaster and so would a crowdfunding campaign. No, you don’t need to stretch before you launch your campaign but there are a couple things that you should do. First of all, reach out to your network. Tell them you’ll be starting a campaign and ask them for their support. We’re talking Facebook, Twitter, relevant bloggers, work colleagues, friends, family, and anyone they know as well. Also, have a plan of action by knowing what steps you’ll take at various points in your campaign, which brings me to my next point:

Pacing yourself

If you’ve done a long distance run, you probably know it isn’t a good idea to start off sprinting and immediately exhaust all of your energy. The key is to pace yourself over the course of your run. The same holds true for your crowdfunding campaign. Typically, a campaign renders a U-shape, with the most energy going towards the beginning and the end, with a lot of inactivity happening towards the middle. Don’t get campaign fatigue, plan on dedicating an hour or two each day in order to even out your workload throughout the entire course of your project. This way, you are better able to stay on track as well as increase your chance of success.

Cooling down afterwards

You’ve done it. You crossed the finish line and it’s all over. But is it? Almost. You have to stretch one more time in order to prevent muscle injury and thank those who believed in you. In your crowdfunding campaign, there’s also a cool down. You’ve reached your goal but now you have to send out your Kudos (rewards) to your contributors. Be sure to thank everyone who helped and supported you along the way, whether monetarily or by spreading the word about your campaign.

So in a lot of ways, having a successful campaign is similar to a long distance run. It’s the prepping, attitude, and good pacing technique that both successful runners as well as successful crowdfunding campaigners use in order to reach their goals.



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