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    Lots of people have great ideas and enthusiasm for projects that will make the world a better place, help their community, or advance their own goals, but few know how to take their great idea and turn it into a reality. This two-part series explores two popular fundraising methods—grant writing and crowdfunding—and breaks down the two most essential parts of the process: crafting a persuasive argument for why your project is worth funding, and putting together a solid budget for how much the project will cost. Using examples of a garage band looking to record their first album (crowdfunding) and a nurse looking to start a local elder care awareness initiative (grants) this program is a timely, essential series for budding entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. 2-part series.

    Includes the following individual titles (also sold individually):

    • Developing a Persuasive Proposal (20 minutes)
      Does your garage band want to record a studio album? Are you trying to raise money for a worthy community cause? Finding money for your cause or program can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin. This program explores two popular fundraising methods—grant writing and crowdfunding—to help you identify likely funders and develop a winning proposal or crowdfunding campaign. How do you find the right foundation to match your vision? What are the differences between crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo? Regardless of the path you choose, writing clearly and persuasively is the key to successfully attracting the attention and approval of donors. Using examples of a garage band looking to record their first album (crowdfunding) and a nurse looking to start a local elder care awareness initiative (grants) this program provides easy steps and winning tips to help you reach your funding goals. Click here for a preview clip.
    • Reaching Your Financial Goal (18 minutes)
      For many people, the hardest and most overwhelming part of preparing a grant request or crowdfunding campaign is the budget. This program breaks down the basics of what a budget should include, as well as how to create budgets that are clear and realistic. Areas discussed include the budget narrative, direct costs, shared costs or in-kind contributions, and matching grants. This program also explores what makes a successful crowdfunding campaign, from understanding the funding platform rules and fees to creating a pitch video and using social media to grow your base of supporters and donors. There is an art to knowing just what perks to offer donors for their various levels of support, and winning a grant often has more to do with building solid fiscal relationships than the merits of the project alone. This program is essential viewing if you are trying to raise money for that dream project! Click here for a preview clip.