Some people have taken to asking complete strangers on social media for money to cover small expenses.
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The internet ushered in new ways of raising money, particularly with the rise of crowdfunding. But making appeals for cash on social media represents an entirely different phenomenon.
For many Americans, ordering takeout to support struggling restaurants is an unconventional form of giving.
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The trend of paying housekeepers unable to do their work and ordering takeout when it isn't essential can be seen broadly as a form of charitable giving, according to philanthropy researchers.
The former Trump aide and others allegedly misused funds donated to build a border wall.
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A nonprofit law expert explains the federal case against the former Trump adviser.
Boris Johnson has proposed the public 'bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' to commemorate Brexit.
A volunteer sorts through donated clothing as part of a bushfire appeal. Generally, it’s best to give money - unless the organisation to which you are donating has requested specific goods.
It's worth thinking carefully about how to give, to ensure you're not wasting your contribution or inadvertently making things worse.
Volunteer firefighting crews have attempted to crowdfund equipment and supplies.
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Farmers seeking relief from the drought and firefighters stretched to their limits have turned to crowdfunding for help. But public appeal shouldn't replace good governance.
A call for greater transparency.
It has undoubtedly been a game-changer for entrepreneurial finance, but researchers are discovering new inequalities and risks for investors.
Crowdfunding platforms could create opportunities to partner individual campaigns with philanthropic organizations that address background causes of health-care gaps.
Medical crowdfunding raises billions of dollars annually -- mostly for those who already have good jobs and own their own homes.
Downtown Seattle’s busy, protected bike lanes.
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This collective fundraising technique helps defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure.
The results of a recent study indicate that it’s never too late to get a crowdfunding campaign on a successful track -- provided creators can get a surge in pledges rolling
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope.
When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.
An increasing list of rare diseases can now be treated with gene therapy. But we need to figure out a way to make them affordable.
Even as digital social innovations (DSI) are booming in Europe, obstacles remain for their being able to provide effective solutions to the big challenges of our times.
Jonathan Cheever is an Olympic snowboarder – and a plumber.
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A lack of federal funding for their training, travel or living expenses leaves many elite American athletes juggling day jobs and scrambling to pay their bills.
The new way of getting investors involved through crowdfunding will be treated just like any normal share issue — without any special tax offsets, write-offs or capital gains tax relief at all.
New crowd-sourced funding legislation for startups is meant to provide incentives for investors - but it doesn't quite achieve that goal.
She’s crowdfunding her start-up. But can it get off the ground?
Crowdfunding has seen booming growth for several years. A study of Ulule, Europe’s leading crowdfunding platform, shows that reciprocal gift can be a path to success.
Artist Cathrin Machin successfully crowdfunded her project Beautifully Nerdy Deep Space Paintings & Prints.
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Many Australian artists have seized on the chance to crowdfund their work through agents such as Patreon and Kickstarter. But crowdfunding should not be a substitute for government support for the arts.
Post-its are a great idea, but would they have made it on Kickstarter?
To attract the most crowdfunding, a product should be framed as either new or useful.
The Mayak satellite will unfold a giant reflective pyramid that will be seen from Earth.
It promises to be one of the brightest objects in the night sky once the Mayak satellite unfolds a giant pyramid reflector. But what is it going to do?