A Face in the Crowd(funding)
Shakespeare wrote for money. Othello, Hamlet, and Macbeth would never have sprung off the page if not for royal funding. To paint his masterpiece The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo was commissioned by the Vatican. Having great ideas was a good start, but without the money to back them, some of history’s finest works would never have been made.
Modern venture capitalists work in a similar way. No longer a community only of Popes and Kings, they find ideas they think will be successful and fund them. The rise of Facebook, made famous by Hollywood, is a classic example of venture capital at work.
But what about smaller good ideas? Ideas that make sense? In this world of interconnectivity and sharing, how can people show support and say, “Yeah, I’d like to see that happen”?
The answer is crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding democratizes philanthropy, creating a marketplace of ideas that’s open to anyone with an internet connection. Rather than a single donor giving lots of money, crowdfunding reaches a huge audience of donors who each give what they can to support ideas they would like to see realized.
Here at EPIC, crowdfunding has a special place in our hearts.
Last year, we used crowdfunding to raise $13,569 for the Iraqi Youth Hike, our first project inIraq. The project was a success, and through your donations, support, and enthusiasm, you let us know that this kind of local, targeted programming is important to you.
The hikers had a fantastic time, learning about their country, their environment, and themselves in the process. And it was all made possible by you and your donations.
We like the crowdfunding model. It gets results, and fits with the ground-up spirit and focus on the individual that make EPIC the organization it is. That’s why we will be using crowdfunding for our newest project, PHOTOVOICE IRAQ: Picturing Change, through the online platform IndieGoGo.
Click on the link above to read about the project. We believe it’s a strong plan that will empower a group of young Iraqis to engage with their community and become agents of positive change. If you agree, and would like to see it happen, click ‘donate’ and give what you can. It’s that simple.
You can also help by spreading the word about our crowdfunding campaign. Tell your friends. Share the link on Facebook. Tweet it. The larger the crowd, the more likely we are to reach our funding goal.
From the whole EPIC team- thanks for your support. Together, let’s make Picturing Change a reality.
Program Design Intern at EPIC. He is a second year masters candidate and the Barzani Graduate Peace Fellow at American University