Crowdfunding is now a powerful force. Artists and scientists have been using it to bring their projects to life since 2006, when the idea first developed, and it's gaining steam.
Crowdfunding has been used for many creative projects, from documentaries to the study of lions in the Serengeti, and businesses have been using crowdfunding to raise investment capital. What many people don’t know, though, is that crowdfunding is also a great way for social causes, philanthropies and charities to be funded, contributing to make the world a better place.
Here are three projects that are making the world a better place:
Floating Doctors is a project about taking free medical care to populations in need. Floating Doctors uses a boat as clinic and has been travelling all over Central America providing free health care services and medical supplies to isolated areas. The project was successfully funded by the Kickstarter community and still continues to accept donations at its website.
Perfect Earth is an online and mobile virtual world which has the objective of creating awareness about the environment, sustainable lifestyles and climate change, by inciting children between the ages of 8 and 14 to work together to build the Perfect Earth. Perfect World still needsto raise funds, and the project can be found at Symbid.
Krochet Kids Peru
Krochet Kids Peru is a project that empowers marginalized women by teaching them a craft; in this case, hats. Based on a previous Krochet Kids project based in Uganda, funds raised took the program to the outskirts of Lima, Peru, where women learned to make hats using the best Peruvian yarn that were sold to the backers of the project. Krochet Kids raised over $37,000 on a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
As shown by these three examples, crowdfunding, as any powerful force, can be used not only to make personal dreams come true, but also to make a difference and change the lives of people all over the globe.
Have a story about a crowdfunding project aiming to make the world a better place? Let us know before Crowdfunding Month, March, is over!