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How Kickstarter became a marketing tool for board games

Nov 23, 2023
Crowdfunding helps publishers generate buzz for new games, driving sales of deluxe copies.
Board game enthusiasts play Critter Kitchen, one of a growing number of strategy games that have raised more than $1 million on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
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Thanks to fans, the literary legacy of a beloved pony lives on

Jul 21, 2023
A museum asked the public to pony up funds to buy the ranch in the "Misty of Chincoteague" books. Thousands of readers delivered.
The taxidermied body of Misty the horse in the Museum of Chincoteague Island.
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The United Nations has a new fundraising strategy: you

May 10, 2023
The intergovernmental group’s crowdfunding campaign aims to avert a potential environmental disaster in the Red Sea.
The United Nations logo. The organization hopes the public will provide part of the $129 million it needs to avert a potential environmental disaster in the Red Sea.
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Pinched by inflation, more people turn to crowdfunding to cover basic necessities

Dec 7, 2022
The number of GoFundMe fundraisers for baby formula doubled, and requests for help covering gas and groceries also increased.
With prices for food and other goods climbing, more people have created GoFundMe pages to attract donations.
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Ukraine turns to its cryptocurrency ties for aid with funding

Mar 2, 2022
Experts say there are some advantages to crowdfunding this way.
A woman plays with her dog in front of a large street art mural promoting the Floki Inu cryptocurrency on Feb. 2, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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GoFundMe CEO: "We're not yet seeing much around recovery"

Apr 28, 2020
Activity use on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe may provide a window into where we stand on the road to recovery.
Tim Cadogan started as CEO of GoFundMe less than two months ago.
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Some Dreamers turn to crowdfunding to pay for DACA renewal

Sep 18, 2017
While the ultimate fate of DACA recipients remains unclear, thousands of young people are now rushing to renew their applications before the deadline in early October. However, the cost is $495, which may be reach for many people working low-wage jobs. One answer: crowdfunding. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.  

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Crowdfunding is playing a larger role in disaster relief

Aug 31, 2017
With more options for giving, donors are urged to do their research.
Volunteers get a briefing on Monday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, where the American Red Cross is housing victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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Crowdfunding for your life

Jun 23, 2017
The online safety net may not be without its gaping holes.
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How crowdfunding is democratizing real estate investing

Mar 30, 2017
Crowdfunding platform founder Rodrigo Nino says the JOBS Act opened access to one of the best assets in the world.
"Crowdfunding means democratizing access, in our case, to large-scale commercial real estate assets," says Rodrigo Niño, founder and CEO of Prodigy Network.