Here’s a great new idea for kids with a great new idea for their team, group or themselves, where the main obstacle is fundraising – Piggybackr.
Piggybackr is a crowdfunding platform for young people that allows them to raise money for a project, trip, team or cause – if the crowd thinks it’s a good idea or enough friends and family get together and lend support. Crowdfunding is a relatively new online phenomenon, where the public can view an online description of the cause or project decide whether it is worthy of a donation. According to the company:
Piggybackr started because we saw no options for young people to fundraise online, even as online fundraising and crowdfunding was booming. And of all people to be learning fundraising skills and advocacy online, we thought kids were among the most important.
As a parent, I’d be thrilled to see one of my kids working towards a goal that is also a good cause, experiencing success and failure and understanding what some pieces of the puzzle are:
- How to come up with a good idea (kids can take a look at others’ projects on the site for ideas of what is working or worth trying)
- Present it so that it looks like a good idea to others
- Manage through obstacles along the way
- Solicit input and funding from others
- Enjoy success or analyze why something didn’t work out
According to the site, it only takes 5 minutes to set up a fundraising campaign, although making a great one with good content will take longer. Participants then reach out to friends, family and the public via email and social media and direct them to visit the campaign on the website. There is no age limit on Piggybackr, but kids under 13 need a parent’s help to sign up.
If your child has a good idea or a cause that needs funding, check out Piggybackr today. Signing up is free, but the site does charge a fee of 5% + $0.30 per donation. As the donations pile up, kids accumulate badges and points – more positive feedback.
You’ve really got nothing to lose except a few minutes of your time.
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