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Faith In Action: A Crowd-funding Experiment, Workshop 7: Imagining a Transformed World

In "The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Review Alternate Activity 1, The Crowd-funding Movement and related handouts and materials.
  • Research crowd-funding sites that are compatible with non-profit projects and become familiar with the requirements for listing a project. Start with the Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites For Fundraising by Chance Barnett in Forbes, May 8, 2013; the Faithify project of the Massachusetts Bay District of the UUA; and Kickstarter.
  • Talk with congregational leaders, staff, or appropriate committees to find out about recent social justice proposals that were not realized due to limited funding.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to experiment with alternative funding of a congregational or group social justice initiative. Introduce information you have gathered about recent social justice project ideas that have not been realized due to financial constraints.

Examine the project ideas together, using these questions:

  • What positive impact can this project have on needy or vulnerable individuals or communities? Have leaders of those communities been consulted about whether such a project is needed/wanted by those whom it is designed to help?
  • Is the project likely to be funded by the congregation or broader community, or is it unlikely to be funded under the current model for allocation of resources?
  • Will this potential project appeal to a broader constituency and open possibilities for community or interfaith coalitions?

Engage the group with other congregational or group leaders to agree on a project that offers good possibilities for crowd-funding. Then, make a plan to launch a crowd-funding initiative, including a project budget, description, and implementation tasks. Present your plan to the appropriate congregational or group leaders for support and/or approval. Divide responsibilities for fundraising, communication, and project implementation once funds are raised among the participants and others who wish to be involved.

After all preparations are made, launch the proposal on your selected crowd-funding site!

For more information contact web@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

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