What is CommunityFunded.com?
CommunityFunded.com is a tool that connects communities and resources in innovative new ways. Our vision is a world empowered by connected communities. To realize this vision we created the Mega Community Collaboration (MC²) platform CommunityFunded.com. CF benefits the entire community: Project Creators find resources, Project Supporters receive Giftbacks, and organizations receive exposure and recognition for the amazing things they make possible.
What is Mega Community Collaboration (MC²)?
MC² happens when motivated groups of individuals and organizations focus on common goals to maximize their community’s resources. Mega Community Collaboration occurs when multiple parties come together to fund, share, and offer giftbacks to assist a project in reaching its funding goal. MC2 occurs when you have at least three opportunities for involved parties to win-win-win. We believe Mega Community Collaboration is what sets Community Funded apart from traditional “crowd funding” platforms that only allow for win-win situations.
How is CF different from “crowd funding” sites?
Community Funded is different from “crowd funding” websites because CF’s primary focus is to build connected, empowered communities. A community is any group of individuals who come together in communication and collaboration around common values and goals. CF was conceived, designed and built from the ground up to provide innovative tools that connect our communities and resources through the power of modern technology. Community Funded focuses on systemic integration of its tools and not the one off funding concept of many other “crowd funding” websites.
How is a project “Community Funded”?
CommunityFunded.com allows Project Creators to showcase their projects to their communities. Projects can be submitted by any individual or organization. All projects must have a positive community impact. For Standard Projects Project Creators set a funding goal and a timeline to reach that goal. The Community offers monetary pledges to projects in return for Giftbacks. If a project reaches its funding goal before its deadline, then pledgers receive their Giftbacks and Project Creators receive the funding pledged. For Non-Profit and Neighbor in Need projects the same rules apply except that the project does not need to be successful in reaching its funding goal in order to receive the funds donated.
What are “Project Giftbacks”?
Giftbacks are items or services that are offered by Project Creators in return for monetary pledges from supporters. Project Giftbacks on standard projects will only be received if the project is successful in reaching its funding goal. Project Giftbacks on Non-Profit and Neighbor in Need projects will be received regardless of if the project is successful at receiving its funding goal.
Where can I find the Giftbacks for projects on CF?
You can find project specific giftbacks on all project pages. You can view a complete list of all giftbacks on the site by clicking the Marketplace link in the navigation menu at the top of every page.
What is a “CF Project”?
A “CF Project”, on Community Funded, refers to a specific posting on the website that includes information about a concept that is seeking funding. CF Projects have information about the concept, a funding goal, and a timeframe in which they must reach 100% of their funding goal. CF Projects must reach their funding goal within their timeline in order to receive the funds pledged to their project.
What is a “Neighbor in Need Project”?
A Neighbor in Need Project is different than a CF Project in two key ways. First, a Neighbor in Need Project must be charitable in purpose. Second, Neighbor in Need Projects do not have to reach a funding goal to receive their funds. All donations made to a Neighbor in Need Project will be received by the Project Creator within 2-3 business days of the time of your donation. You can find Neighbor in Need projects in the Explore Section by clicking the Neighbor in Need filter, and also identify them throughout Community Funded by the icon:
What is a “Visionary Organization”?
Visionary Organizations are organizations, both for profit and not for profit, that joined CF pre-launch and who have supported the Community Funded concept by participating in its creation and spreading the CF message in their communities. Visionary Organizations are recognizable by their listing on the bottom of the CF homepage (pre-launch), and by the “Visionary Org” badge on their profiles. If you would like your organization to be recognized as a Visionary Organization, please visit the “Become a Visionary Organization” link in the contact menu (paper airplane icon) at the top of every page.
How do I participate in Community Funded?
Participation in Community Funded is as simple as creating a CF Profile. Once you have your profile setup you can then start browsing projects, adding them to your My Favorites section of your profile, and helping them spread their message by sharing the project through social media and embeddable widgets. You can choose to fund projects that you have done your due diligence on and feel comfortable with. You can also offer items and services to projects as In-Kind giftbacks by clicking on the “Offer Giftback” button on any project page.
Who can participate in Community Funded?
Individuals and Organizations can create a My CF profile and participate in almost all of the functions of Community Funded. However, you must be at least 18-years-old to fund or create projects on Community Funded.
Is CF a Non-Profit?
No, we are a For-Profit business because we intend to help all types of business. However, Non-Profits are able to offer “charitable contributions” receipts for pledges made to their project.
What ways can my Organization be involved?
Organizations have many opportunities to promote the character of their organization by being involved in Community Funded. First, registering for an account, adding content to your account so on lookers see your information, making projects your favorites, helping us spread the word through existing marketing channels, and educating employees about CF. Second, funding projects which offers value through alignment by showing the community what your Organization supports. Third, if your organization cannot fund, it can offer In-Kind giftbacks to projects to help them raise funds. To do this click on the “Offer Giftback” button on any project page, then fill out and submit the form. If the project creator excepts your offer, then your giftback will be displayed on their project and your organization’s logo will be displayed in the Project Heroes section on the project page.
What is My CF?
My CF is a page dedicated to YOU or your Organization. It provides a space to personally carve out your mark in The Community. My CF allows you to customize your settings, add pictures and contact information as well as many other features coming soon.
Is CF only for Fort Collins?
Even though CF has sprouted in Fort Collins, the internet has no boundaries. Community Funded is a tool that can be used by anyone in the U.S. to fundraise for their ideas, and it is not limited to Fort Collins.
What is a Community Fund pledge?
We at Community Funded want to make sure that as many projects as possible are successful in reaching their funding goal. So, we help bridge the gap on projects to ensure they are successful. We use 50% of the proceeds from pledges to items from our project, The Community Funded Project. So, know that every time you get something from us, you are also helping out projects of the future.
Who is responsible for fulfilling In-Kind Giftbacks?
The organization or individual who offers an In-Kind giftback to a project is responsible for fulfilling the giftback. These giftbacks are not controlled by the project creator, and the project creator is not responsible for their delivery. If you have questions regarding an In-Kind giftback first contact the organization that offered the giftback, and then contact the project creator.
What is a “Non-Profit Project”?
A “Non-Profit Project” is a project created by a certified 501-c-3. All projects that are listed as “Non-Profit Projects” have had the project creating organization verified for its good standing with the Secretary of State where the organization is located and with Internal Revenue Service. It is not enough to be in the process of obtaining your 501-c-3 status, you must have your 501-c-3 status to qualify. You can filter projects of this type in the Explore Section by clicking on the Non-Profit. You can identify these projects by the tag:
Non-profit projects receive all donations to the project regardless of if they reach their funding goal or not. They also receive these funds within 2-3 business days of the donation.
What are “In-Kind” Giftbacks?
In-Kind giftbacks are giftbacks that were offered to a project by an individual or organization. These giftbacks were approved by the project creator before being added to a project. These giftbacks will be received regardless of if a project reaches its funding goal, and all donations for these giftbacks (minus fees) go directly to the project and not the giftback creator. You can view these giftbacks on project pages by clicking the In-Kind tab, in the Community Offering section of the homepage, and in the Marketplace under the In-Kind filter. You can identify these giftbacks by looking for the Mega Community Collaboration tag on the giftbacks.
What is a Project Hero?
Project Heroes are individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in their support of a project. Project Heroes are automatically added to the Project Hero section on a project page whenever a CF Member pledges or donates $500 or more, offers a matching pledge or donation of $500 or more, or offers giftbacks to a project. Project creators can also request to add Project Heroes to highlight those who have greatly benefitted their project in other ways. Project Heroes have their CF Member avatar displayed on the project for the life of the project.
What is a CF Donation?
A Community Funded donation occurs when you fund a Non-Profit or Neighbor in Need project. These projects do no need to reach their funding goal in order to receive their funds, and will receive your donation within 2-3 business days of the transaction occurring. You are charged immediately for your donation to these projects. A donation occurs to a standard project only if the project successfully reaches its funding goal, and happens after the project has ended even though you are charged at the time of your pledge.