New way of raising money online helps boost future Southwest Florida nonprofits
Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Valerie’s House and Fab Lab Fort Myers are new organizations looking to gain support in Southwest Florida by capitalizing on a new and trendy holiday gift-giving concept by asking local residents to crowdfund their efforts to grow these two concepts into reality.
“Holiday giving comes in many forms, and crowdfunding provides an incredible opportunity to those interested in helping others commit donations to a worthy cause and generate interest among their online community,” said Angela Melvin, one of the founding members of the committee to form Valerie’s House. “For an upstart agency trying to make a difference in the lives of Southwest Florida residents who have experienced loss, this gives them the tools to spread the word to many people without having many resources.”
The concepts of Valerie’s House and the Fab Lab were presented through the Florida Next “Impact Forum” in conjunction with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, and were chosen as top finalists to turn its vision into reality. Dollars raised from the effort will be used to start pilot programs in Fort Myers that for Valerie’s House include the hiring of a part-time counselor, funding a location and outreach to introduce the organization to the families interested in connecting with others and overcoming grief.
Crowdfunding as a means of giving to an individual’s favorite cause has risen in popularity over the years. In fact, Giveffect found that in 2013, crowdfunding became a $5.1 billion industry, with crowdfunding for nonprofits totaling 30 percent of that amount, representing the top category of money donated. Valerie’s House hopes to utilize the site CauseToFund to leverage the popular online concept to raise money for its launch scheduled for the spring of 2015.
Valerie’s House is designed as a place where children and families who experienced tragedy, loss or death come find resources to work through their pain and lead productive lives. Modeled after nationally-recognized Dougy Center for Grieving Children, Valerie’s House will be the first of its kind in Southwest Florida, and will provide open-ended peer support groups in a community atmosphere, allowing for individuals to come together, share and mentor one another through the grieving process.
The Fab Lab is a woodshop for the 21st century; an open, creative community for artists, inventors, scientists, engineers, educators, students and professionals of all ages. It also provides stimulus for local entrepreneurship and democratize access to the tools for technical invention.
Those interested in learning more about Cause the Fund, visit http://www.causetofund.com/.
To learn more about Valerie’s House or donating to the effort, visit http://www.causetofund.com/projects/valerieshouseswfl/. To learn more about Fab Lab Fort Myers or donating to the effort, visit http://www.causetofund.com/projects/fablabswfl/.
CauseToFund.com is a locally focused crowdfunding venture focused on non-profits, based in Tampa, Florida. The organization was founded as FundCrowd Capital LLC in 2011 and is focused on helping local charities and non-profit organizations raise money for internal “cause-based” projects by using Internet media and social networking. CauseToFund provides crowdfunding services, which include campaign consulting, creating dedicated webpages with video capabilities for benefitting organizations, collecting donations online, as well as promoting both physical networking events and online campaigns for the purposes of fundraising. Further information can be found at the organization’s website at www.CauseToFund.com.