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Celebrating the Chicago Creative Community

June 13th - BY Alan Salganik

Chicago Bean

We want to thank everyone that braved the storms/Blackhawks game and came out last night to our Embracing the Chicago Creative Community party, and thank you to Society Gallery for providing a beautiful space to host the event! We had an amazing group of artists, musicians, dancers, and nonprofits come out and showcase bits and pieces of Chicago's art community. Check out some of the highlights below:

Olivia Reyes kicked off the night, performing a few of her own songs that combine r&b, pop and rock.

[caption id="attachment_1235" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Olivia Reyes performing her set Olivia Reyes[/caption]

Janet Hamilton presenting some of her pieces. Check out her gallery here. [caption id="attachment_1244" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Janet Hamilton presenting some of her pieces Janet Hamilton[/caption]

Everybody Dance Now! Chicago was live-crowdfunding their campaign throughout the night as contributions would update in real-time.

[caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Live Crowdfunding Everybody Dance Now live-crowdfunding their campaign[/caption]

Blah Blah Blah performed a set, with songs that are emotionally-driven yet upbeat, with a unique style.

[caption id="attachment_1249" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Blah Blah Blah performing their set Blah Blah Blah[/caption]

Allen Vandever painting with a fencing sword. Who needs paintbrushes?

[caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Allen Vendever Painting and Fencing Allen Vendever [/caption]

Elev8tor performed that evening, with a smooth downtempo and funky drum beats, perfect for a loft party.

[caption id="attachment_1255" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Elev8tor performing their set Elev8tor[/caption]

And much more!

[caption id="attachment_1258" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Core Project performing a dance routine Core Project [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1260" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Tina with IAEOU Tina with IAEOU[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1261" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Angie Redmond Angie Redmond[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1263" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Dan Salganik giving a speech Dan Salganik giving a speech[/caption]

Again, a big thank you to everyone who came out! We had a great time and we'll continue to work with the Chicago creative community and help with their fundraising needs. As we continue to grow as a crowdfunding platform, we want to grow alongside Chicago's artists, so we hope to see everyone at the next event!

CSW: Community Gardens Feeding the Hungry

June 12th - BY Alan Salganik

Taking Care of the Community Garden

Community Story of the Week: 6/12/2013

In Mattoon, IL., community members teamed up with Eastern Illinois University students to put an end to hunger in their community. Gardeners grow fresh produce, which is then donated to the Mattoon Community Food Center and the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry every week. The garden itself sits on three separate plots of land which are tended to year round.

Rachel Fisher, director of the Student Community Service Office, stated that, "The sole purpose is to help the community and give back." And give back they did, as 2,400 pounds of fresh produce, including tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, onions, pumpkins and gourds were donated to the local food pantries last year alone. Check out the full article here.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below! If you have, or are starting your own community garden, start fundraising for it today.

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Traveling the World with Crowdfunding

June 7th - BY Ellie Diaz

Italian Vespa Travel

A creative way to finance an adventure

Have you ever wanted to talk philosophy in the Latin Quarter? Sip wine in Vienna’s ravishing vineyards? Investigate seaside castle ruins along the grassy plains of Ireland? Taste exquisite grilled fois gras while enjoying a stroll along the cobblestone paths of The Golden City? Now that it’s getting harder to fight the long lasting bitter winters, wanderlust is beginning to seem like the perfect option for a long awaited vacation. If you’re not wealthy (like moi), have no known international family across borders, and don’t have a publisher who can pay for your trip in advance like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love then crowdfunding provides the perfect platform to raise funds for your adventure.

The First Step of a Journey

First, you need a distinct reason to travel. People are less likely to contribute to a person that “just needs a little relax time.” In American’s work driven society, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t need a little R&R. Travel can be used as a studying tool for students studying abroad, inspiration for a writer or painter, an opportunity to capture the perfect background in a short film, or to provide research to locate your long lost ancestors.


Plan Accordingly

This means more than just remembering toothpaste and bringing an outlet adapter. You do not want to run out of currency and be stranded on the isolated Tristan da Cunha islands (well, maybe you do but your family would most likely miss you) but you also don’t want to have $1,000 extra after your trip. In the crowdfunding world, the most funded projects are those that contain detailed plans. A basic itinerary and a designated financial goal are essentials that should be included on a project’s profile page.

Financially, you can save numerous dineros by using frequent flyer miles. And guess what? You don’t even have to fly! Credit card companies offer mile rewards if you spend and pay off a designated amount in a certain allotted time.

Get Creative!

Perks, sometimes referred to as Kudos, are rewards that creators give to those who invest in their project. For example, a Kudo could be “donate $5 and receive a hand written thank you letter” or “donate $10 and receive a free cooking lesson.” A world travel project could have unique Kudos that contributors couldn’t find anywhere else. Instead of offering products or lessons, Kudos could consist of one of a kind gifts from the places traveled to: a post card from Shakespeare & Company, a hand woven basket from Jamaica, or a silver necklace from Veracruz. Let’s try to keep it legal though!

Reaching Out

At first, your family and friends will be the biggest supporters, and therefore contributors. Reaching out to them is crucial in obtaining the funds you need for the project. Twitter and Facebook pages are also fantastic tools to attract attention to your mission (#helpfundmeplease)!

Bon Voyage!

Pack your bags because you’re off to see the world! Remember to send updates or even create a video like Matt:


The community of crowdfunding enables users to see the world and to create their own adventure with the help of others. You no longer have to save for years in hopes of traveling to a dream destination. Through the power of crowdfunding, dreams are one step closer, bucket list wishes are crossed off, and journeys unfold with a click of the button.

Start fundraising today!

CSW: Something You Can’t Buy at a Thrift Shop

June 5th - BY Dan Salganik

Community Story of the Week: 6/5/2013

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, today's hottest artists advocate for a greener future. They talk about how when they were children, they played outside rather than stay indoors, the way children do today. Being able to be free and play cops and robbers and capture the flag bring back the memories of a much simpler time before kids had technology.


Imagination is something you can not buy. MackleMore and Ryan Lewis are a great example of how being passionate about something and pursuing can change your life. They have recently risen to being some of the most well known artists of the year. With a song that is number one on the charts, and another that is number twelve, they have gone a long way since their childhoods in Washington. Spend some time outdoors with your friends, family, and your community, you'll be surprised what a positive effect it'll have on you. Tell us on Twitter about the kinds of things you like to do outdoors in your own community!

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