And we are hoping what happened doesn’t just stay in Vegas, as the slogan promises.
In the typical wild and crazy style of The Caregiver’s Survival Network, we attended a three day long crowdfunding conference, miles away from the Strip. During our stay we sought to answer two big questions: What is crowfunding? How can crowdfunding help The Caregiver’s Survival Network? We were fortunate enough to find answers to those questions in addition to a wealth of information on how to run a successful company.
One of the highlights of the conference was Alix Shaer’s talk on her passionate fundraising campaign for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Starting with only a telephone book and a telephone, Shaer has mastered the bare bones of philanthropic crowdfunding. She is a truly inspiring, remarkable woman. A fellow bootcamper Tweeted:
— Crowdfund Investing(@woodien) October 10, 2012
We have returned to NYC and the office with a new vigor. Crowdfunding is no doubt going to be an awesome tool to help us enact our dream, but the passion and energy shared at the conference was the real invigorating force. For one, almost every person we talked to about The Caregiver’s Survival Network mentioned their parent who was under their care. They we also incredibly excited to hear that we are building an online space for caregivers to meet, interact and support each other. Although the numbers show a dire need for caregiver support, it’s always reassuring to get a response like that from a real person.
As promised, the question of crowdfunding (and what it is exactly) was answered. But rather than overwhelm you with blocks of text, we found a clearly stated infographic: