The Philippines takes to crowdfunding

By Crowdfund Vibe staff writers

Crowdfunding as a practice has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years, taking place in small communities or through churches and other organizations. More recently, it has become popular on the internet for any number of projects, from obtaining money for independent films to charities looking to raise money to help people and animals.

Crowdfunding in the Philippines has become a very popular and unique way to draw attention to both humanitarian concerns, as well as a way of shedding light on some very talented people and business ventures. Websites like the Social Project and The Spark Project are getting the word out about some fantastic humanitarian and local business projects that are greatly benefitting the country. And internet crowdfunding allows for individuals to raise the money needed to meet these goals.

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The Philippines: Crowdfunding to recover from Typhoon Haiyan

By Crowdfund Vibe staff writers

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated Southeast Asia in November of 2013. It was particularly destructive in the Philippines and catastrophic to the Visayan Islands, leaving thousands homeless. Some of the hardest hit  locations are remote where it is difficult to provide assistance. Governments and organizations like the International Red Cross have helped with money and resources, but more is still needed for the rebuilding effort. In today’s age of technology many people around the world wanted to help those affected by the typhoon; the internet and crowdfunding have been able to raise the necessary funds to do just that.

Large US-based international sites such as Crowdrise, GoFundMe and Indiegogo generated significant funds to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. These sites had scores of campaigns from around the world. GoFundMe eventually counted over 230 separate campaigns to help affected people. The not-for-profit crowdfunding platform Crowdrise, at one point featured a rotating carousel of Haiyan aid campaigns at the top of its front page. Two notable high profile efforts were the $65,000 raised by the rock band Linkin Park for their Music for Relief campaign, and the $1.7M that United Airlines raised.

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