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Crowdfunding for Social Good
Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: February 2013

Everyone needs a hand up once in a while

Voting for our “Hand Up for Social Good” Award will end on Thursday at midnight (MST). Thousands of people have voted, which demonstrates how much people care about seeing the world become a better place.

Remember, the finalist will receive a $1,000 prize and the second place organization will receive $500 (from a generous philanthropist).

All of the finalists are doing great things and making the world a much better place. I’m grateful to them for their work and to all of their supporters who make it possible.

If you haven’t voted yet, please take a moment to review the list of finalists at and cast your vote.

Crowdfunding Workshop Report

This morning, we held the first Crowdfunding Workshop for Social Entrepreneurs. It was a great success, with participation from as far away as Zambia! 

The live, private video chat format provided for excellent interaction and an opportunity for the workshop to be genuinely consultative. 

We’ve scheduled five more workshops. We’ll run the series at no charge this time, but when we repeat the series there will be a modest fee for participation.

If you’d like to join us for the next one–even if you missed the first session–be sure to register here to receive the information on how to participate.

The next session will be Friday, March 1, 2013 at noon EST.

Join me for free crowdfunding training

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do an effective crowdfunding campaign for your social cause, nonprofit or new social venture? Others have already raised tens of thousands of dollars or more for their projects; you can, too!

More than 90 percent of crowdfunding campaigns raise less than $5,000. To learn how to raise five or ten times that amount, join me for my free training workshops. 

Register below for any or all of the small group, fully interactive sessions to help you optimize your crowdfunding campaign.


Big News: Another $500 for the Hand Up for Social Good

A generous philanthropist friend has offered to provide an additional $500 prize to the second place winner of the Hand Up for Social Good Award conditioned only on our getting another 500 votes! 

Our benefactor has asked to remain anonymous. I couldn’t be more excited to announce this because the finalists are all so great! Now we can recognize and reward two winners.

To vote, please review the profiles (and websites) for the finalists by reading this post in Forbes. After choosing your favorite, you can vote here.

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This great infographic came from

What do you think we can or should be doing to end modern slavery?

Days for Girls, one of the honorable mentions in our Hand Up for Social Good Award is providing feminine hygiene kits to disadvantaged women, striving for a goal of “Every girl. Everywhere. Period.”

Girls without access to proper education and hygiene supplies, often miss days of school each month, handicapping their education and their careers. 

This video highlights the work being done at Cornell University to help supply kits to young women.

On a personal note, I’ve recently come to appreciate that women’s issue’s can’t be solved until men engage–otherwise, we’re part of the problem.

Honorable Mentions for the Hand Up for Social Good Award


The finalists in the Hand Up for Social Good Award have been announced in my Forbes blog, but I want to call out some of the remarkable organizations that were nominated and were not chosen by the judges as finalists. 

The following nominees merited consideration for the great impact they are having in the world. Personally, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to those who nominated these fine organizations and hope to encourage them to continue their efforts!

Please take a moment to visit their websites to learn more about the good work they are doing!



Today, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on Blog Talk Radio with Tawdra Kandle on All About Books. You may enjoy a quick listen.

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