Find Funding to Start Something

I’ve been doing research on foundation and government money available for urban agriculture, climate action and sustainability. I was pleased to learn that the McKnight Foundation and 3M Foundation are putting significant resources into climate action (though not through open grantmaking). McKnight committed $100 million to fight climate change, working with other foundation funders in a network called ClimateWorks.

I thought I’d share a few of the resources I found to raise money for youth and community projects. I’ll revisit this theme in future.

Youth Funders

Crowd-funding Platforms

  • – This platform focuses on permaculture projects. If you don’t reach your fundraising goal, you don’t receive any of the money.
  • – This platform pays you even if you don’t reach your goal, but you pay a higher processing fee. It offers a discount for nonprofit fundraising.
  • – This platform focuses on small businesses and social enterprises.
  • – This platform pays even if you don’t reach your goal, again with a larger processing fee.

About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.
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1 Response to Find Funding to Start Something

  1. Karlie Cole says:

    Where are the funders for the experienced (no longer young) crowd? 😉


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