A Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
The Larry Monroe Forever Bridge was completed and dedicated in June. Larry was a beloved Austin musicologist. Broadcasting since age 14, his radio career spanned 36 years.
“When he died on January 17, 2014, Austin lost one of its most important champions for Austin and Texas musicians. He was a DJ dedicated to his listeners more than any other.”
I was pleased to support the campaign and to cover the dedication on social media. Follow the link to Carolyn’s Tumblr and more information.
Crowdfunding is an innovative way to raise funds for projects such as this. In case you have an interest in crowdfunding, I have compiled some of my favorite articles on the topic under Fundraising Resources (see Articles and Resources in the margin).
My nonprofit work focuses to a great extent on major gift fundraising. While the effort I discuss on this page had a relatively modest goal, some crowdfunding campaigns have secured six and seven-figures for worthy causes. Crowdfunding is an exciting new option for nonprofit organizations to consider.
HAAM: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is one of my favorite charities. As noted on its website:
“Austin is the ‘Live Music Capital of the World,’ yet many professional working musicians are self-employed and rarely have access to health insurance. Without insurance, they can’t afford preventive health care, including primary medical care, basic dental services and mental health counseling.”
My written review of HAAM may be found on GreatNonprofits. GreatNonprofits is, “the leading platform for community-sourced stories and reviews about nonprofits.” A friend helped launch HAAM years ago, one of the finest volunteers with and for whom I have ever worked. What a honor to return to Austin and help further her work!
Stay tuned for more HAAM adventures, and follow this link to a video collage on YouTube about my experiences thus far.
In related news, the Austin Music Census Report produced by the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department Music & Entertainment Division has just been released. Click on the image to reach the report online.