Crowdfunding for Social Entrepreneurs: Raising the Bar
We are entering the fifth week of the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. So far, the organizations have raised more than $809,000—mostly from small-to-mid-sized donations.
In leading this Challenge, we are looking at what’s working best, to help organizations raise even more funds.
The top six organizations that have raised the most—Center for Digital Inclusion, Pratham, Arzu, Half the Sky Foundation, International Bridges to Justice, and Root Capital—account for more than 60 percent of the total raised so far. We’ve seen that the organizations that have reached out directly to their networks and supporters by sending short, targeted emails, have performed best.
So far, the Challenge has resulted in more than 2,600 donations made to participating Skoll social entrepreneurs. Individual donation amounts have averaged around $250—much higher than in the last CrowdRise challenge the Skoll Foundation co-organized, in which most donations averaged less than $100.
Also check out the Challenge blog series, co-produced with the Huffington Post, where Skoll Awardees share insights into their work, and show the impact that your money can have.
If you’re inspired, make a donation and share the Challenge with your networks.
If you’d like to see participating social entrepreneurs by the issues they’re working on, see below. Clicking on the organizations’ names takes you directly to their fundraising pages.
Only four more weeks to raise $1.5 million! Get ahead of the end-of-year giving rush and make your donation go even further by taking advantage of the Skoll Foundation’s $1 million match!
Afghan Institute of Learning, Child and Youth Finance, Barefoot College, Benetech, Camfed, College Summit, Fundacion Escuela Nueva, Half the Sky Foundation, ISDP-Pakistan, NCAT, Pratham,Room to Read, Sonidos de la Tierra, The Citizens Foundation,Youthbuild
Arzu, Building Markets, Center for Digital Inclusion, Digital Divide Data, Friends International, Gawad Kalinga, INJAZ Al-Arab,International Development Enterprises-India, Kashf Foundation,Landesa, Nidan, Proximity Designs, Root Capital,
Peace & Human Rights