GreenFunder is a global fundraising site for socially responsible projects and businesses. To GreenFunder, green is 'anything with good intentions'. Projects range from simple student field trips to complex green business start-ups. The site is designed to help anyone - entrepreneurs, nonprofits, teachers, kids - get the funding they need.
Individuals and organizations can test, market, fund, and sell their projects, products, or events - all risk-free, and retain 100% ownership. Projects are featured as campaigns, each with a funding goal and a deadline. Each campaign offers rewards to their funders - products, experiences, and/or recognition - at different funding levels.
Every person has ideas to help make the world a better place. We are excited to offer a tool that allows people to see these ideas through to fruition.
How does GreenFunder work?
Share your project. Launch a campaign with the wow to turn viewers to funders.
Don't worry, we'll help you out!
Spread the word. Boost your campaign with our cool social networking tools.
Your fans will love them too!
Reward your supporters. Offer unique products and experiences to
your supporters for their funding.
How can they resist?
Reach your goal. You keep 100% ownership of your project. Score!
Traditional ways to raise money are full of risk and uncertainty. If you're lucky, you get loans, debt, grants or investors
- all before knowing if your concept will be popular or sell.
The GreenFunder way is risk-free.
Have sales and users before starting your project or spending money.
No red tape, compromise or debt.
You own it 100%. Instead of paying back loans, you offer
products and experiences to your funders.
No project too small. To us, 'Green' is any project with good intentions.
A project that helps the community or environment. If it does both, it's even better.
Your success is critical to our success. We're going to work extra hard to help you reach your project goal.
Greenfunder gets 5% of funding of fully-funded projects - and the satisfaction of being able to help!
These tips will help the success of your project while it is on GreenFunder and afterwards.
Enchant us. Guy Kawasaki, Apple's marketing champ, calls the response to an amazing product "enchantment". How is your project unique and special? Why should we love it? Tell your story. Show us. Get personal. How does your project benefit us and the world? Help us all experience your enthusiasm and vision.
Give us great rewards. Show how we can personally benefit and change the world at the same time. Give us something to tell our friends about. Add a photo and give us a shopping experience.
Get face to face. Start with friends and family, then reach out to alumni groups, local and online clubs, professional associations, your church. Speak to groups. Show a power point. Listen to what people say about your project. Learn. Improve your message. Don't expect us to ante up the first time. It has to sink in. Give it to us in as many forms as possible and then remind us.
Gather a great team. Two voices are better then one. How about an organization who believes in your cause? Tell them about our project and educate them on the sharing tools for your campaign. Having more people involved means more advocates, more credibility, and more exposure to potential funders. You can still have a successful campaign going at it alone, but it's great to have some help.
Get in the news. Weekly and daily newspapers, community calendars, blogs and e-zines, association websites and newsletters, and more. You have a great story. Build personal relationships with writers. Put out well-written press releases with lots of attached visuals and, as your story develops, put out more press releases.
Make us your advocates. Keep your funders up-to-date and excited. Show us how we've been right to support you. Tell us about your successes - new funding, new partners, new ideas - so that we have something new and exciting to tell our friends. And maybe we'll fund more.
Make it easy for us to spread the word. Tell a great story, offer great rewards, get published and grow support. Tell us what's happening so we can tell our friends. Keep it brief, clear, simple, and when possible, visual. Use networking tools - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, SlideShare, and more - so we don't have to work at it.