What I’ve Learned From Indiegogo, A Crowdfunding Platform to Raise Money

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Some of you may be late to the tea party, so here is an update: Be Awesome raised 10K with Indiegogo.com. 30% of our funds will go towards products and merchandise awarded to our backers. The other 70% will go towards Africa. This article will sum up my summer, campaign and future plans  with the movement.

Have you ever tried to Raise Money?

It took 4 months of thinking to figure out a fun way to raise money. I brainstormed ideas and thought about different concepts. I had no idea what to do.

We have all tried to raise money before. And if you are like myself, you understand that asking for money can be really hard and uncomfortable. How do you convince a stranger to support you? A smart idea, an easy concept and people who back you. Using  Indiegogo.com a fresh way to create a campaign, helped enormously in raising money and gaining global exposure!

How does Indiegogo work?

Indiegogo is an easy crowdfunding platform that ables others to donate funds easily. You create and idea or cause, describe it in detail, use images and or video to explain more and offer perks/rewards for your generous donors.

The most important part of creating an indiegogo campaign is a video and/or clear concept and idea. I was somewhat able to do this with my campaign: Be Awesome Africa . Our idea was to take 200+ t-shirts to a selected country in Africa. (My thoughts on this below)

Ups and Downs

After launching the campaign, I created time to sit down and really think about my idea. My mind started to wonder, “holy crap this idea is all wrong”. Why? Well why would you send 200+ t-shirts to a third-world country? I started to do a little research and ran across this article: The 7 Worst International Aid Ideas. As I scrolled down my heart skipped a beat and I see at number one 1. One million t-shirts for Africa. Was I shocked, not even a little.

Now usually number one is a good thing, but in this case it was not good at all. My idea and thoughts rapidly changed and my concept to take t-shirts to Africa (though my heart was in the right place) was entirely wrong. Sure I do believe these shirts can help others become motivated and live a happy life. I also believe they have the ability to make others follow their dreams as well. Did I plan to take 1 million like the company in the article above? No. But the point is, these countries need more than t-shirts.

Having the opportunity to speak with NGOS that are based in third world countries I started to realize my excitement overshadowed a bigger purpose. Like all people, I made a mistake. I quickly went to indiegogo and updated my message, telling everyone my new plan: To raised money to take a limited amount of t-shirts and use the rest to support families and groups in need. Such a relief.

How did I find support?

It was very challenging to find people to support my cause. I was extremely lucky to have really good friends and family members that helped out a lot. After thousands of tweets and facebook post and messages (Sorry) I continued to find support from everyone. I reached out to a number of newspapers and television stations, unfortunately I was unsuccessful. Finding publicity  is extremely important when trying to run a campaign. Television and newspapers only amplify the buzz and word of mouth about your product or campaign.

What I would have done differently

Research, research, research! It is so important to have a solid idea and concept before running a campaign. Talk to friends about it, share it with family, and do some serious research on how it is going to make the world a better place. If could change anything about my campaign it would be my pitch (main focus) and products. Though my products were good, I would offered less to keep orders less confusing.

What’s next for Be Awesome?

I have two goals by 2014. 1. Visit Rwanda and volunteer with children and families 2.  Be Awesome website up and running.

On October 8th-18th I will be traveling to Rwanda. Myself and a friend will be visiting local families and helping a local NGO: GraceRwanda with a variety of activities. We will spend our nights with a local family, explore and visit with a youth group and learn cultural and historic values with a women’s group from a local church. Once our schedule is confirm I will gladly post it online so you can keep track of our journey.

The website is coming (I Promise). I have been working with some  awesome designers and some new ideas and concepts to bring the Be Awesome idea a new taste. I am excited to show you what we’ve come up with. My idea is to launch before the end of November. More details about this will come later.

PS: Keep real friends close, be careful with everyone else..

Until Next Time,

Thanks again for all of the support!

Continue to #BeAwesome and give as much as you can!

I’m outta hurr!

Peace

 

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BeAwesome: #275 Update

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Do not be scared to update your future plans. Download something worth downloading. Make changes that will help you live a better life- Unknown 

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Technology today requires updating and transforming something so it can run smoothly or better. Keeping it modern. Computers. Phones. Programs. Keeping things up to date. Keeping things fresh and more appealing. What if we decided not to update. Our world would be stuck in an aging era. And our future young adults would be taught an old version of the world and how you survive. Because recently, I’ve become a proud owner of an iPhone, I’ve noticed that updates are a regular basis. For applications. Programing. Everything. You name it. I was a bit annoyed by the process. But I now understand why updates are so important. It is a way to keep things moving. Making things faster and clearer. Sometimes you need to change when your surroundings change. You have to adjust. You have to make things work. Moderate and fix up. Don’t be scared to update.

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Make it more modern. And change it. Modernize. Be able to take something and understand why it has to be adjusted. Why it has to look different. Why attitudes. Personalities. Personal responsibilities have to be updated. The world and times keep going. You get older. Your idea about life, and goals shift and cause changing. Don’t get stuck in a time where one rule or existence is the so-called only answer. Update and believe in change. Believe things happen for a reason (I know you’ve heard that before) Get an understanding for updates. Why they happen. And the benefits from them. Update your motive to be better. To be great. To be the best at what you do. Update your speech. And confidence in how you carry yourself. Update you.

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Those who are AWESOME update. We download what it is we need to help us function in the changing world. We update ourselves. Our way of living and how we go about, on a day-to-day basis. Update. Make changes. And be proud of it. Love what you do. And the adjustments you make. Update

-BeAwesome