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Can a homeless shelter be crowdfunded through Indiegogo?
Crowdfunding has been a great source of start-up funds for frivolous technology and art projects, but can it actually do some good by making a contribution to society? Brandon Connell is finding out.
In fact, the shelter has certain requirements including drug testing, no cell phones allowed in residents hands, and money/link cards have to be turned over in order to get space in the shelter. It's understandable that a shelter must have rules in order to protect the residents, but when do those rules go too far?
Brandon went to Indiegogo with his idea; A homeless shelter that empowers the residents by teaching them business, computers, and finance, and allowing them to be an adult and control their own finances. If you are unfamiliar with Indiegogo, it is a popular and growing crowdfunding website where someone can pitch their idea and anyone can pledge an amount. Generally, the campaign owner provides perks for their donation. The perks can range from a handwritten thank you letter, to an item the campaign owner is trying to develop with the funds.
"Because it's a homeless shelter I am trying to start, I don't have anything tangible to provide anyone. Instead, I provided my design, marketing, or consulting services in the perks for this project. So far, I have $100 contributed and a goal of $200,000 to reach in the next 30 days. If I reach the entire goal or more, I will be able to secure a building. If I get less, depending on the amount I can at least get the non-profit corporation filed and hire a grant writer to help me do the rest." Indiegogo allows Flexible Funding which means that the campaign owner will receive the funds whether or not the goal is reached, as opposed to Kickstarter which only offers an all-or-nothing solution to crowdfunders.
"It's amazing what many homeless shelters can get away with, and be rewarded for it. Did you know that the higher amount of residents a shelter has, the bigger the grant they can receive from the government?,"
To learn more about Brandon's campaign, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/