At Crowdtilt, we make it beautifully easy for groups to do things together. From organizing a party bus with friends to pooling money for a cause you’re passionate about, we help make the process of paying for group activities seamless and fun.
Behind all that, though, is a vision to empower everyday people to make real change in the world. Few know this, but the organization our CEO founded before Crowdtilt used groupfunding to alleviate poverty in developing countries. It was born out of South Africa, where he worked. (Read more here)
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, passed away today. But he leaves behind him an inspiring legacy that breathes on in the hearts of our charitable tilters, in Crowdtilt’s roots, and in the vision of the Crowdtilt team.
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Here are some wise words from this amazing world leader and visionary. We hope they inspire you to #tiltforgood today!
(Quotes via NewsOne.com)
1. Nothing in this world is impossible and Mandela makes sure to remind us of that.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
2. A lot of people find it easy to be pessimistic and think of the negatives that can arise out of a situation. But in this quote, Mandela shows us that thinking positive is the only way to go. The more positive you think, the more positive the outcome will probably be. We see this in our Crowdtilt community every single day. :)
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
3. Living isn’t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
4. An ode to the fact that racism is not passed on genetically, but passed on through teachings.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
5. Life is a course with endless obstacles to hurdle.
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
6. We are too quick to give up and refuse to get up from our failures. If we don’t fight to get up, we are giving up on something bigger — life.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
7. Sometimes you can leave a place and find that the only thing that has changed after all the years is yourself.
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
8. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
9. Be brave!
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
10. From the poorest of countries to the richest of nations, education is the key to moving forward in any society.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Humanity has lost one of its greatest. RIP Nelson Mandela. Thank you for teaching us a deeper meaning of love, freedom and sacrifice.
Keep dreaming and doing big things, tilters!
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There’s a little team of boys in Spokane, WA who think that Lacrosse is just like Star Wars. The “crosse” (lacrosse sticks) remind them of lightsabers. Lacrosse is a rare, exotic sport over on the West Coast, making it even more magical. It’s the kind of thing that young 8-10 year old boys are apt to dream up.
(Help the boys play Lacrosse here!)
Two of these boys recently went through a tragic accident: Their beloved dad, David Olinger, lost his leg in a gruesome factory accident in October. He had a 10% chance of survival. His family counts themselves lucky to still have him by their side.
David’s an incredible man — apart from working full-time in a grueling Purina plant to support his beautiful wife and three boys, he also coaches football in his free time. He’s fun, friendly, but most of all is passionate about his family.
The medical bills were so high that the boys were no longer able to register for the lacrosse team in the fall.
Rachael Kettner-Thompson heard their story on the news. Though there were fundraisers going on for the family already, she knew that she wanted to do something more. A mom herself, she knew that the the boys needed something to do in the Spring, to brighten up the season while their dad was recovering and all their friends were out on the field.
In a matter of minutes she created a Crowdtilt and started fundraising from anyone and everyone who also wanted to help the boys play lacrosse in the spring.
We love her proactive, heartwarming efforts to not just help the family, but help bring priceless joy to the boys! You can see her Crowdtilt here.
Though thousands have already been collected for the family, all of it is going into David’s countless surgeries and the fitting of his prosthetic leg. $812 has been raised so far to pay for the boys’ lacrosse equipment and registration fees. They’re aiming for a solid $1,000 to cover it all, and all extra funds will go to the family to help more with recovery.
This $812 may seem small, but to these young boys, it’ll be priceless.
“It’s not enough to just live, we’ve got to give the boys some joy during this hard time, something to look forward to. It might be small, but it could change everything.”
- Rachael, Our Head Tilter
Rachael stepped up to help a family she didn’t even know. As we head into the Thanksgiving season, we’re thankful for each of you who go above and beyond each day. With bounds of faith and passion, you guys achieve amazing things on our site.
You can help Jennifer and David Olinger and their boys out here. Once the $1,000 goal is reached all funds will go to David’s recovery.
To start a Crowdtilt for a good cause or inspired idea today, click here. Use the promo code bloglove to waive the fee.
The Crowdtilt Team
Just last month, this fundraiser blew past the most successful campaign on Crowdtilt (previously this $108,000 yacht party)—raising $131,000 for a truly incredible nonprofit in Jamaica Queens, New York.
LIFE Camp works to eliminate violence in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York. Simply watch their campaign video to get a sense for the work they do. From helping kids in the streets turn away from small robberies and gang violence, to comforting and empowering mothers who have lost their children to shootings, LIFE camp is an essential part of the community.
(To start your own Nonprofit fundraiser, simply click here and use the promo code ilovelife to waive the Crowdtilt fee!)
When they were open, there were 340 days of no shootings in the area and 115 incidents that would’ve led to gun violence were prevented. But in July their funding got held up by red tape and they closed their doors. Less than a month later, 5 people were shot.
So they created a Crowdtilt to bring life back to LIFE Camp. 494 donors later, their doors reopened.
Here are some of the inspiring comments and messages they received (there were hundreds, so check out the campaign page to see the rest!)
Everyday people dug deep, inspired by the cause:
There were also a handful of celebrities who generously donated:
Kimora Lee Simmons generously donated $50,000!
Deepak Chopra, a prominent Indian-American author and physician donated.
Russell Simmons donated $10k:
Others included David Geffen, a founder of dreamworks; Roland Emmerich (a film producer who directed Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow, among others), and more.
The fundraiser was such a success that it was even featured as the main story in this month’s issue of Oprah Magazine!
We especially loved this snapshot of Erica Ford, our proud tilter, changing out of her violence-intervention gear and getting her chic Oprah makeover!
Erica, you’re absolutely beautiful — both inside and out! Thanks for letting us feature and be a part of your amazing journey. We’re humbled and honored to see the amazing things made possible through our site. The passion and dedication of tilters like you inspires us to do what we do.
Tell us: Did you love Erica’s fundraiser? What would you tilt?
To start your own Nonprofit fundraiser, simply click here and use the promo code ilovelife to waive the Crowdtilt fee!
We look forward to helping tilt more good into the world through technology, compassion, and collective action. :)
The Crowdtilt Team
Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda crashed through villages last week, blasting through the Philippines with winds approaching 200 mph. It was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in history.
Our hearts go out to the more than 11 million victims affected and we love the passion, creativity and generosity of our tilters as they scrambled to help those in need. If you’re looking for a way to help, feel free to donate or spread the word about these 5 campaigns!
(You can start a fundraiser with your friends here. Simply use the promo code typhoonhelp to waive fees.)
Alex is raising money to rebuild her family’s hometown, Estancia, in the Philippines. She’s been overwhelmed by the support from her American friends. See her aunt and cousins’ live pictures of the disaster here. Send her a message or help below!
The internationally renowned brand Jamba Juice is using Crowdtilt to socially fundraise from their fans. In just 1 day they’ve raised thousands from 86 contributors. They’re matching your donations dollar for dollar - simply click below to help!
Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American elected to the California State Legislature, started a Crowdtilt to support relief efforts. Donate or spread the word here.
Google employees have started a tilt to raise funds that will be matched by their company. Google will match employee contributions up to $1,000!
Caitlin, a regular girl from Texas, wanted to help! So she got friends together to fundraise online for the cause. It’s a great way to give your community an easy way to help.
There are many more fundraisers on our site, and we’re sorry we couldn’t feature them all! If you want to start a fundraiser with your friends you can do that here. Simply use the promo code typhoonhelp to waive all fees.
The Crowdtilt Team
Here are the first three steps to get your Crowdtilt campaign off to a strong, early start!
These tips are taken from the practices followed in the first few days of 1,000 of our most successful campaigns.
Description: Make it clear, inspiring and brief. Get 5 best practices here.
Title: Learn to convince and rally support with just your title. Follow these 3 tips.
Add a photo: Campaigns with photos or videos are 500% more likely to tilt.
Quick, get 6-8 contributors! Early support on your page makes visitors 74% more likely to join in. Follow these steps. (Better yet, you’ll even get a special tweet from our Twitter account once you hit 15 contributors!)
Crowdtilt doesn’t give you supporters. Instead, you first need to find people who will support your idea. Follow these 4 tips!
We hope this helps!
The Crowdtilt Team
Fun fact: The average campaign raises 183% of its tilt! See all the things you can tilt below:
Happy Veteran’s Day! Today we want to share with you the stories of a few amazing do-gooders who poured their passion, empathy and spirit into supporting our veterans.
See their Crowdtilt fundraisers below and click through to their campaign pages to read about their unique efforts.
In honor of our veterans, we’ll match 10% of any funds raised for veteran causes before December 31st, 2013.
1. Using Crowdtilt to buy girl scout cookies for our troops!
80 people quickly raised $4,000 to buy girl scout cookies as a Valentine’s day surprise for their friends in the armed forces. These sweet reminders of home brightened up our troops’ days.
2. Fundraising for a veteran’s medical expenses!
300 neighbors and family raised $30,000 over a couple of weeks to help this veteran’s family with his medical costs! Captain Edward Klein lost both legs, right arm, three fingers on his left hand and had a broken pelvis.
3. Growing Your Mustache to Support Wounded Warriors!
Ben grew out his beard, and raised $2,000 from friends and family to support wounded warriors across the country. We love quick, spur-of-the-moment projects like these! (Psst - Check out our 11% No-Shave-November Matching program here)
4. Crowdfunding Google Glass for a Veteran!
Friends and family crowdfunded a pair of Google Glasses for this vet! Josh uses his Google Glass to capture more moments with his two young daughters.
5. Throwing a Benefit Concert for a Hero
This community used Crowdtilt to throw an event honoring a Marine who was slain in a school shooting. The event was covered in the local Examiner.
6. Supporting The Children of Our Troops
Military children make huge sacrifices, often having to move every couple of years. This teacher used Crowdtilt to start an anti-stress fitness program for military students at his school.
7. Creating a Memorial Fund for a Fallen Soldier
Crowdtilt helped this grieving family start a memorial fund for Chris, a NAVY seal and beloved husband, brother and father.
We hope these crowdfunded stories inspire you to give as our veterans gave this Veteran’s Day.
From helping a veteran you know with his medical expenses, to sending sweet care packages from home, Crowdtilt was built to help fund quick, meaningful ideas like these. To help as much as we can we’ll match 10% of any funds raised for veteran causes before December 31st, 2013. Message your campaign to email@example.com for more info!
The Crowdtilt Team
Hey tilters! :)
A good title can help your campaign stand out in your friends’ inboxes, on Facebook timelines and on our site’s public feed.
Try to choose a name that:
As people skim through their inboxes they’ll be able to quickly glimpse what you’re raising money for and why.
We’ve gone through some of the most successful campaigns on our site to find campaign titles that do this best. Get inspired!
(Simply click the picture to see the campaign itself.)
1. This title invokes emotion and says who the money is going to and why…
2. The call to action here is powerful and moves people to action! It mentions a news piece everyone will recognize, helping this small campaign by an everyday Texan citizen go viral.
3. Short and sweet also works. “Renna’s Wheelchair Fund!” was more concrete than “Help Renna” or “Renna’s Recovery Bills.” Help your contributors envision exactly what they’re paying for!
4. Get your guests hyped up with a unique title that would make Gatsby, the master party-planner proud! :)
5. To tap into heartstrings, paint a picture of the person you’re fundraising for. Mention something people can relate to. Most people will want to help out a wounded army veteran, teenage girl in trouble, or a senior citizen…
5. If something’s secret, it’s good to tell people so that they don’t forward the email along…. ;)
6. Or, you can go with pure elation! Your friends will get excited when you’re excited too!
A couple extra seconds of work can really help your campaign stand out! We hope these tips help you spice it up a little!
Finally, for a bit of inspiration (and a hearty belly-laugh), can you imagine how “The Great Gatsby” would have fared if Fitzgerald had settled for his first few title choices?
Leave a comment!
Thought of a word or two that you’d change in your description? An extra exclamation mark or detail you’d mention? Let us know, and link your campaign below! :)
The Crowdtilt Team
P.S. What was your favorite bad Great Gatsby title? ;)
A few weeks ago, we launched Crowdhoster to the world — a full-featured, open source crowdfunding solution. Building on the Selfstarter project by giving creators total control, but also providing key additions like full payment processing, administrative dashboards, and advanced tools so no development work is needed to launch, Crowdhoster struck a chord in the crowdfunding community. Since then, we’ve launched dozens of branded crowdfunding campaigns: check out Soylent, AdBlock, Vybe, and Summersalt Music Fest for some examples. And in the words of one of the Selfstarter creators, Crowdhoster “represents a maturation of the crowdfunding movement.”
Today, we’re excited to announce a big update to the Crowdhoster codebase: you can add recurring/subscription billing reward options to your crowdfunding campaigns.
Now you can let your backers make a pledge not just for one payment, but for a commitment to automatically contribute on a recurring basis. Whether it’s once a month, once a quarter, or once a year, now your crowdfunding backers can show their ongoing support for your initiative.
We’re launching this in conjunction with the (really awesome) San Francisco-based independent book publisher McSweeney’s: they just launched a Crowdhoster-powered crowdfunding campaign to celebrate their 15th birthday. And because their bread and butter is subscriptions to their literary publications, they combined traditional crowdfunding rewards and ongoing subscriptions to launch some pretty special pre-order deals:
Here’s the opt-in that customers see upon purchasing:
And the payments dashboard on the backend — looks like their subscription package deals are proving to be pretty popular:
So other than print publishers, what are some other applications for subscription-based crowdfunding? Here are some thoughts on how projects can combine one-off rewards and subscriptions:
It’s such a new feature to the crowdfunding world, that we’re not fully sure yet how project creators will use it — but we’re excited by the wide world of possibilities.
Interested in launching a self-hosted crowdfunding campaign with some subscription-based rewards? Sign up for Crowdhoster now, and feel free to drop us a note.
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This is the most important tip for getting support on your campaign!
Aim for 15 contributions early on—before sending your campaign out to a larger group. Nobody wants to back an empty page but once you hit 15 donations, others will be 74% more likely to jump in than before! It’s best if you hit up your closest friends and family to get some early support on the page, so that future visitors will be more excited about your cause and likely to jump onboard.
Here’s how to do this:
Next step: Blast it out to your entire network, and engage with supporters to drive further support.
The best campaigns descriptions are clear, brief and inspire your crowd with important details.
Here are some tips on making a great campaign description:
Check out two examples below!
Events / Experiences: Raising $3,000 for an epic Back-To-School Bash!
Good causes: Raising $50,000 to buy a boat for a hero!