Deep within each of us is the innate desire to contribute to a higher cause—make an impactful difference in our immediate surroundings and personal networks. Indeed, if each of our immediate surroundings were changed for the better then the net effect would be a better world. Altruism just met its catalyst—crowdfunding.
This week I would like to introduce to our readers a crowdfunding platform that we have not yet covered, crowdrise.com. Crowdrise is exclusive to raising money for charities and other philanthropic endeavors. It empowers people to lead grass-roots efforts. Doug Wilson is one of those people trying to make a difference in his corner of the world as he raises money for the Rise School of Dallas in Texas. The private school offers the “highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down Syndrome or other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities”.
The Rise and Shine 5K Walk and Run is scheduled for this month on April 27. A fun run will begin at 1:00 PM and will be immediately followed by a 5K. Registration for adults is $25 now or $35 at the event. For youth ages 3-17 the pre-race day and day-of costs are $5 and $10 respectively. All registrations include a t-shirt and admittance to the post party which will be fun for all ages. There will be food, music, bounce houses, face painting, a climbing wall, petting zoo, and much more!
Mr. Wilson is thoroughly impressed with the school and its level of instruction and care for its students. His three-and-a-half year old daughter, Emma, attends the school with her younger brother. Emma has Down Syndrome, her brother does not. Emma has endured heart surgeries and seizures and now enjoys the interaction and education provided to her through the Rise School.
The Rise and Shine 5K Walk and Run typifies the advocating power individuals can harness for good via crowdfunding as offered through Crowdrise. Not only does the platform allow for fundraising by one project owner but others can create sub-teams within the cause, effectively becoming project owners themselves. The benefit of this is in the cause’s circulation within personal networks. Now everyone involved is never two degrees removed from the source—someone they know and trust. People will be more likely to donate and share when they know the person advocating the cause.
This is a powerful POP for crowdunding, so lace up your running shoes and help out Emma and the other students attending The Rise School.