When we review projects, we look to see if you’re a social venture creating a better future for your community. You can be a non-profit, for-profit, unincorporated group or any other status. We have supported projects in the economic development, environment, health and many other sectors. We've also supported projects in the arts, and focus on ones which are participatory in nature. For instance, if you intend to teach arts skills, create a free arts festival, or bring performances to places that don’t usually have access to theater, then we’d love to support you.

When reviewing your project, we think about:

  • Social Impact: If the campaign were to succeed, how much difference will it make in your community and around the world?

  • Innovation: Is the project doing something unique, taking a successful model to a new location or challenging us to think in a new way?

  • Viability of Campaign: Do the funding goals make sense and are they well communicated? Is the story clear? 

  • Viability of Project: Based on the campaign description, team, and use of funds, could this project actually happen? Are we confident that if the funds were received, the endeavor as described would happen successfully and in a reasonable time frame?

  • Networks: Running a crowdfunding campaign is hard work, and requires rallying support of an extended network of supporters. Does the project creator have a strong presence on social networks? Are they affiliated with a StartSomeGood partner or other organization? Do they have the social proof to show they have what it takes to succeed?

  • Rewards: Creative and inspiring rewards make a big difference in rallying support for a campaign. Are the rewards compelling? Do they offer a variety of levels, and rewards that match the various amounts?

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Please note that your project must either be entirely in English or include English as one of the two languages in the project text. At this time, the pledge process is entirely in English, which may be be problematic for non-English speaking donors.