A friend of mine, Jim Rettew, just launched Barnraisings. Barnraisings is a crowdfunding (and crowd volunteering) site for Minnesota nonprofits who are trying to fund a specific project for one of their clients. I’m passionate about seeing his vision to success, so I asked him recently, what we all could do to help those in our community through his platform. He responded:
1. Go to the site. Kick the tires. See what you think, and let us know.
2. Make a small donation - $5, $10, $25. Go through the process. See how the numbers add up.
3. Submit a project of your own. Are you on a nonprofit board? Do you work for a nonprofit? Let your colleagues know about us. Then they can submit a project and see how people respond. It’s free, and there is no risk. If it doesn’t hit its goal, nothing happens. If it does, you and your clients are funded!
I also asked Jim Rettew why he was so passionate about helping non-profits. Here’s our Q&A.
Q. Why do you think crowdsourcing is the way to fund non-profit needs?
A. Donors want a deeper, more meaningful connection to the people their helping. They want to know who their money is helping and how its making a positive difference in the world. Barnraisings helps make that one-to-one connection.
Q. The name is unique, where’d it come from?
A. I wanted to capture the spirit of a traditional Amish barn raising where people selflessly come together to help a neighbor in need. The site takes the spirit of an Amish barn raisings, the excitement of Extreme Home Makeover, and the successful fundraising mechanism of Kickstarter to create a new platform for nonprofits to raise money and tell their stories.”
Q. Give me the “why” in one sentence…
A. This has been a labor of love. If every day, I could just help one more person in need, it would be a day well spent.
Like a good old fashion barn raising, this website is about building community and has a LOT of heart.
You can celebrate the birth of Barnraisings by going to www.Barnraisings.com.
Follow them on Twitter: @Barnraisings
Visit them on Facebook: Facebook.com/Barnraisings