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Crowdfunding Action Learning Program

Crowdfunding Action Learning Program


In 2014, Croatan Institute developed an action learning program, in partnership with WealthWorks, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and the Ford Foundation, in order for WealthWorks sector-based value chains to launch their own crowdfunding campaigns. This program is now available more broadly to interested organizations and provides  interactive training and additional technical support to create and launch crowdfunding fundraising campaigns online. In the process, it also transforms the connectedness of the participating organizations by helping them identify circles of supporters for their work well beyond one crowdfunding campaign.

Croatan Institute is currently organizing an action learning program for 2017/2018. We want to empower groups working across the new economy to be able to use the latest tools for fundraising to their advantage, from grassroots organizers to independent and cooperative business owners and innovators, as well as nonprofits working for social and environmental justice. More than a tutorial, this program will be an interactive action-learning program which will enable participants to develop their actual campaign in preparation for launch among a peer network who can provide feedback and support.

With support from the New Economy Coalition, we will be able to provide some partial scholarships to qualified groups. Learn more about the 2017 program hereLearn more about the 2017 program here, and please get in touch with Christi Electris if you are interested in joining the course or would like to sponsor additional scholarship funds for additional groups.

Additional Resources

To learn more about crowdfunding, as well as its link to local and regional enterprise development, view our webinar "Crowdfunding the New Economy - A WealthWorks perspective," which was hosted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

To learn more about the basics of crowdfunding, click through our Crowdfunding Prezi.

See this spotlight on one of the participants of the Wealthworks Crowdfunding Action Learning Program, Black Belt Treasures, on the Wealthworks website here.


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