Starting Something Good Has Never Been Easier

Traditional funders, whether they be governmental or corporate, often look to proven models to solve continually changing problems. Innovative solutions that create social impact, therefore, cannot get the required funding to reach their potential. Innovation is stifled before it has begun. Starting something good proves more difficult than it should.

The funding gap for social impact projects, and recognition of how sites like Kickstarter revolutionised bringing creative projects to life, led Tom Dawkins to found StartSomeGood in 2011 with Alex Budak. Now it is a platform that has raised over $6 million and had over 550 projects in 35 different countries. Recently it also picked up the Innovation Award at Australian and New Zealand Internet awards. StartSomeGood has become the crowdfunding platform where innovative ideas can come to life to create social change. It allows more democratic solutions to social problems by involving the community in decision making. Crowdfundvibe sat down with CEO Tom Dawkins to talk about creating change, the developing world and what they’re excited about for 2016.

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Crowdfunding Justice

By Tadhg Walker

There is one thing lawyers need to invest time in a case: money. Money is usually the principal cause for a lot of people, even if they have a valid case, to be denied representation. The rule of law is meant to secure justice for all but many are denied this right due to a lack of capital. This funding gap has led to a growing number of crowdfunding sites dedicated to legal services, allowing the underrepresented to have their day in court.

Hiraa Khan, co-founder of CrowdDefend, came to this realisation during his three year term working at the American Civil Liberties Union. Khan discovered the “prohibitive costs of legal representation, court fees, associated trial costs can exclude most lower and middle income Americans from participating in the justice system, resulting in an astonishingly high number of legitimate legal matters that never make it to the courtroom.” According to Khan, 67% of poor Californians’ legal needs are not met by legal aid services, a fundamental violation of the rule of law. CrowdDefend is taking on “impactful, socially motivated cases,” like helping Adan to post bail in the USA where he is seeking asylum, after escaping gang members who were trying kill him in his home country of Guatemala.

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Crowdfunding: Can it revitalize university research programmes?

 By Tadhg Walker

Crowdfunding continues to shake up the traditional way many projects are funded. Universities and academics, conventionally in the firm domain of state funding, are turning to crowdfunding websites to raise money for their research activities. There are successes emerging with this new source of funding, with many research projects securing the money they need to undertake their work.

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