Millions of dollars for basic necessities like food, clean water and temporary shelter — as well as for longer-term projects like the rebuilding of schools, hospitals and houses — can be raised through relatively small amounts of money from individuals and entities across the globe, mostly through the Internet.
Crowdfunding, as the movement and practice is known, leverages social media and web-based communication to solicit small monetary contributions from a large group of people. The emergence of more specialized crowdfunding websites suggests that this type of digital fundraising is becoming more common in the development and humanitarian community.
Here are 15 popular crowdfunding sites for social causes and development initiatives, based everywhere from New Delhi, India to Brooklyn, New York.
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Liana is a Manila-based reporter at Devex focusing on education, development finance and public-private partnerships and contributing a wide range of content featured in the Development Insider, Money Matters and Doing Good newsletters. She draws from her experience in business reporting and advertising to generate coverage that is engaging, insightful and relevant to the Devex community.
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