[Meetup] Crowdfunding for nonprofits – October 2, 2012

What is crowdfunding and why does it have the potential to become a powerful tool to help you raise money for your cause?

Crowdfunding is the pooling of resources by a group in support of a project. Sound familiar? Charities have been doing it for decades, but new tools and techniques are emerging that are resulting in an explosion of funds raised. Join Net Tuesday October 2 for a panel of experts discussing the best practices that will lead to fundraising success.

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The format:

6:00 – 7:15 pm: a panel of four expert speakers talk trends and best practices

7:15 – 8:00 pm: three nonprofits present 10 minute case studies based on their experience.

  • Jared Lee of Peace Geeks talks about their recently launched crowdfunding campaign.
  • plus a special guest we haven’t confirmed yet!

RSVP on Meetup.com

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 5:30 PM To 8:00 PM

Where: W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC

RSVP on Meetup.com


Trevor Loke became Vancouver’s youngest-ever elected official at the age of 22 upon his election as Vancouver Park Board Commissioner. Trevor is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer with Weeve, the world’s crowdfunding platform which doesn’t take transaction fees and specializes in nonprofit projects, current partners include the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, YWCA and Covenant House. Trevor is a goaltender with Vancouver’s Cutting Edges Hockey Club, and has worked for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and various non-profit organizations in communications, marketing and fundraising. He’s on twitter, too.

“Crowdfunding solves the crisis in the not-for-profit sector”


Bret Conkin is the Marketing Driver for social fundraising platform FundRazr. He has founded and collaborated on multiple tech start-ups and has been involved in Crowd-funding software since 2007.
Past roles with P&G and BC Lottery have sharpened his ability to deliver on customer needs. A past Board member of the Stanley Park Ecological Society, Bret is also the licensee for TEDxUBC. An often injured recreational athlete, Bret plays younger than his years. Bret can be followed socially on Twitter, on LinkedIn and Facebook.

“Crowd funding turns fans into fundraisers and supporters into evangelists.”




A generalist by nature, David Cameron is currently an Associate Consultant at Momentum Consulting Group in Vancouver, where he advises multiple local and international social ventures and non-profit organizations. He is also the Canadian Amabassador for StartSomeGood.com, an online kickstarter for social ventures, non-profit organizations, and social good projects. David founded the first student-run social entrepreneurship conference in Vancouver, contributed to the recent report produced by the BC Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship, and sits on the Board for the Workplace Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development. He has worked in brand strategy at Coca Cola’s Canadian head office and in various roles at two prominent financial institutions,including his work at Vancity to help launch a $15-million fund to invest in social ventures in BC. David enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, having conversations with friends over a beer, he has studied in Paris, traveled to over two dozen countries, and received an undergraduate degree with Honors at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
David on Twitter and LinkedIn.

“Crowdfunding connects non-profit organizations with key supporters who not only want to see it succeed, but who also want to help it along the way.”

Ian MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, focusing on teachers, stories, and movements that are articulating the new paradigm. Ian’s online short “The Revolution is Love” was named 1 of the Top 10 Occupy Wall St films of 2011, and has been garnered over 300,000 views on Youtube. His latest project is the feature doc Occupy Love, directed by Velcrow Ripper, premiering at the Vancouver Film Festival October 4.

Check him out on his website, Twitter or read his thoughts on crowdfunding.

“Done well, crowdfunding can accelerate the work of non-profits, achieving a huge step forward away from the old economic paradigm.”

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Net Tuesday is thrilled to have the W2 Media Cafe as our venue sponsor for the 2012-2013 season.

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2 thoughts on “[Meetup] Crowdfunding for nonprofits – October 2, 2012

  1. Chris

    Questions for the panel: How often can you do this – once a year, or once (ever)?

    What are the thoughts on different platforms? There are new ones popping up all the time. In the perception of the public, is there a varying comfort level between using a recognizable service (ie Indiegogo), or a small new one?

    Thoughts on Ed Norton’s platform. Does the added celebrity make that one more valuable? 

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