Every November, men all over the world let their facial hair down to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health. Participants, or “Mo Bros,” grow mustaches to get people to sponsor them. With the help of their “Mo Sistas,” the “Mo Bros” spread the word on Facebook through photos and videos of their mustaches, and status updates about their fundraising efforts. Today, Facebook announced that the “Movember” campaign raised $17.6 million on the social platform out of a total $141.5 million for the cause in 2012.
The creators of “Posthuman,” a feature length indie teenage superhero film that is currently in production, have turned to the Internet to raise money to make the project happen. “Posthuman is a pretty cool project”—DC comics writer Sterling Gates wrote the screenplay, Marvel comics artist Javier Saltares is drawing a prequel comic book. But instead of going the popular route of using a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, they’re doing it on their own. I had the opportunity to speak with director Kyle Roberts to find out how they’re making it happen.
We’ve all seen tons of successful Kickstarter projects raise thousands upon thousands of dollars, but what about the Kickstarter projects that don’t make their funding goals? Apparently failed Kickstarter projects are far more prevalent than you may think! A new infographic from AppsBlogger reveals that a whopping 41.3% of Kickstarter projects don’t make the cut.
It just became a whole lot easier for YouTube creators to raise funds for Kickstarter and Indigogo projects via YouTube. Yesterday YouTube announced that creators can now link directly to fundraising pages on Kickstarter or Indigogo through YouTube Annotations.
A new infographic from MDG Advertising takes a look at how social media played into fundraising in the 2008 elections and what we can expect on the political fundraising front in 2012.
When well-known Dutch Filmmaker Eddy Terstall wanted to raise money for a new short film called DEAL he decided to turn to his fans online. To entice people to donate, Terstall created mini movies based on tweets from people that donated money. He called it Eddy’s TwitFlicks.
Project Kaisei, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and clean up of marine debris, is doing something a little bit taboo with their latest fundraising campaign—they are threatening a goldfish with polluted waters to entice potential donors to take action.
With just about to year to go before the biggest sporting competition in the world, the United States Olympic Committee is turning to Facebook to seek support for athletes that capture the attention of the country for two weeks every four years.
Beginning on June 14 through July 31, the USOC will run its “Join Team USA” campaign on Facebook, soliciting donations and support from fans. According to the Associated Press, about 80 percent of the USOC’s operating budget goes to support programs for the athletes, items that include health benefits and bonuses.
The social network promotion will act in tandem will live events around the country, as the U.S. Olympic team travels around the nation to promote the games. While athletes will visit different cities, they will also take part in live events broadcast on Facebook, including online chats. The London 2012 Summer Games will take place from July 27 through August 12.
“Who are the Seans?” one might ask. Well, they may not officially be ‘The Seans’ just yet, but if their most recent venture blows up, they may well achieve that single name, ‘Winkelvii’ type status (without the d-bag-y conotations). Individually, you just may have heard of them though. Sean Parker? You know – that guy played by the pop star in one of last year’s biggest movies, Founding President of Facebook; the one that seems to have the Midas Touch with any tech startup? That Sean. Then there’s Shawn Fanning (sorry buddy, the ‘Sean’ spelling is more popular). In creating Napster, he almost single-handedly changed (Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich would write that as ‘destroyed’) the music industry. Yeah, they’ve done stuff.
Stop updating your powerpoint find the support that really matters. Pitchdecks don’t write checks, people do.