We’ve curated a variety of interesting campaigns for our latest look into the world of female crowdfunding, including an initiative to preserve the tales of British women in history, a comic book tribute to all things science, and much more. Read all about these unique projects below!
Check out these 5 women-led crowdfunding campaigns:
The Business: Brown Eyed Dolls is a Chicago-based company founded by entrepreneur Margaret Fitzpatrick. She decided to make and sell a more diverse line of dolls after being stunned by the lack of options she saw while gift shopping one holiday season. The company’s new Curly Girls United dolls aim to rectify the situation by giving children the chance to play with dolls whose hair looks like their own.
The Money: Just eight days remain on the campaign, which aims to raise $15,000 in all (though Fitzpatrick will receive some of whatever she pulls in, thanks to Indiegogo’s Flexible Funding option). With that money, she will make a first order of 1,300 dolls.
The Business: The Royal Voluntary Service, formerly known as the Women’s Voluntary Service, is hoping to share its historical documents with a wider, online audience — and in doing so, preserve and promote the stories of women who selflessly helped Great Britain prevail during World War II. “They modestly refused recognition in their own time and their voices, those of ordinary women from our shared past, have now fallen silent,” the campaign says. “But you can help us to re-tell their stories of everyday heroism.”
The Money: The folks at RVS have until June 7 to raise the $36,216 they need. With those funds, the team will be able to digitally preserve the first 28,000 pages of their 300,000-document collection, which chronicles activity between 1938 and 1941.
The Business: Teetotalers, rejoice! Candace Coleman has created a satisfying cocktail alternative through her venture, Blüm Beverages. The Los Angeles-based business owner crafted her line of all-natural drinks while recovering from a brain injury, when she was not allowed to imbibe alcohol. Now, she’s hoping to serve up her elixirs to responsible partiers near and far.
The Money: With the money earned by this campaign, Coleman will be able to manufacture, market and ship her first beverage line. She hopes to raise $7,500 by or before June 9.
The Business: The Boston Comics Roundtable is hard at work on a collaborative comics anthology called “Boundless” that will be an ode to the field of science. Editors Olivia Li, Heide Solbrig, Jordan Stillman and Neil Johnson aim “to present stories that are both informative and engaging, beautiful yet accurate, and ultimately compelling in their depiction of all the wondrous allure science so regularly brings to our lives,” according to the campaign.
The Money: The BCR team is trying to raise at least $8,000 by June 10. If it succeeds, the money will cover production of the book and payments to contributing artists and writers.
The Business: Some brides- and grooms-to-be dream of hosting intimate nuptials. Those are the couples that Pop Fizz Weddings, a Denver-based venture run by business owner Elizabeth Means, wants to help. Designed for 30 or fewer guests, Pop Fizz affairs are simultaneously more sustainable and more affordable than today’s typical weddings. “It is our mission to provide viable, beautiful options for couples who find the wedding industry to be ‘too much:’ too expensive, too stressful, too wasteful,” the campaign says.
The Money: Means is almost ready to launch her new business, but needs some help to pay for marketing and informational materials, as well as to improve her online presence. She has approximately two months to raise the $5,000 she seeks.
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