What's next for crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is allowing new social ventures to flourish - and it's here to stay

Why It Matters

Today, crowdfunding funds everything from artistic projects on Kickstarter to community fundraisers. And now, social enterprises and non-profits are using this form of financing to avoid the hassles of venture capital or tedious grant applications. Crowdfunding is democratizing capital in new, exciting ways.

Crowdfunding: a new way to finance social impact

“When I first started I had some prototypes, a website, and a $1,200 artist’s grant. I knew that if this was going to work I was going to have to find a customer in the first six months.”

In a world where $539 billion of dollars of corporate training have little impact, Ilana Ben-Ari spotted an opportunity to found Twenty-One Toys, a social enterprise that makes toys for innovative skills training. Ben-Ari knew that play-based learning could be more effective than traditional corporate workshops. So she created toys that could teach empathy to anyone–whether a child

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