Looking Forward: Crowdfunding, 1st Edition

  • Published By: New York Times Educational Pub
  • ISBN-10: 1642822582
  • ISBN-13: 9781642822588
  • DDC: 658.15224
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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In the age of social media networking and personal brands, a new form of fundraising is gaining significant traction. Whether you are a paleontologist seeking financial assistance for fossil excavation, or a musician looking to fund your first album, people are turning to crowdfunding as a way to realize projects, spread awareness about a cause, or even cover medical expenses. The New York Times articles collected in this volume give a sense of the great variety of crowdfunded projects, the particular advantages or drawbacks of the method, and the potential challenges and controversies that can arise from crowdfunding. Features such as media literacy questions and terms help readers understand how the reporting of the topic has developed.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Funding Science, Technology and Start-Up Companies.
1: Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding.
2: Pebble Raises $15 Million as Wave of Smart Watches Arrives.
3: Crowdfunding Site CircleUp Raises $14 Million.
4: Crowdfunding Tips for Turning Inspiration Into Reality.
5: Start-Ups Turn to the Crowd for Financing.
6: ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder.
7: S.E.C. Gives Small Investors Access to Equity Crowdfunding.
8: Global Brands, Taking Cue from Tinkerers, Explore Crowdfunding.
9: New Crowdfunding Rules Let the Small Fry Swim with Sharks.
10: Ever Wanted to Back a Start-Up? Indiegogo Opens the Door to Small Investors.
11: Doubts Arise as Investors Flock to Crowdfunded Start-Ups.
12: Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits.
13: Utah Paleontologists Turn to Crowdfunding for Raptor Project.
Supporting the Arts and Entertainment.
14: ‘Veronica Mars’ Fans Are Happy to Finance a Reunion.
15: Soliciting Funds from the Crowd? Results Will Vary.
16: Neil Young's Digital Music Project Raises $6.2 Million Online.
17: Smell of the Greasepaint, the Funds of the Crowd.
18: Crowdfunding a $500 Million Ferris Wheel, with a Wall Street Spin.
19: With Help from Kickstarter, Chicago Gets a Museum That Relishes the Hot Dog.
20: Kickstarter as a Path to Grammy Nominations, Far Beyond the Indie Scene.
21: Los Angeles Museum Starts a Kickstarter Campaign for a Traveling Egg-Shaped Gallery.
22: Video Game Raised $148 Million From Fans. Now It's Raising Concerns..
23: Secret Hitler, a Game That Simulates Fascism's Rise, Becomes a Hit.
24: Florence's Answer to Mafia Violence: A Painting's Loving Restoration.
25: In Brazil, ‘Queer Museum’ Is Censored, Debated, Then Celebrated.
Crowdfunding for Change: Activism and Philanthropy.
26: A Crowdfunding Campaign Tries to Save Greece.
27: Obama Turns to Crowdfunding to Aid Fleeing Syrians.
28: Crowdfunding Helps Rescue Refugees Upended by Travel Ban.
29: Taking Guns Off the Streets, $100 at a Time.
30: Women Ask ‘What If It Were Me?’ and Rush to Aid Separated Families.
31: GoFundMe Campaign for Christine Blasey Ford Takes Off After Testimony.
32: Muslim Groups Raise Thousands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims.
Health Care, Memorials and the Personal Campaign.
33: Medical Care, Aided by the Crowd.
34: Managing Health Costs with Crowdfunding.
35: In Defense of the Personal Crowdfunding Campaign.
36: How a Homeless Teenager's Viral Story Caused a Battle Over GoFundMe Money.
37: Crowdfunding a Well-Deserved Break.
38: Donations Will Help Former Tennis Prodigy Get Career-Saving Surgery.
39: His Wife Died in the Santa Fe School Shooting. The World's Sympathy May Keep Him Alive..
40: As Funeral Crowdfunding Grows, So Do the Risks.
41: At 12, He Lost His Best Friend. He Found a Way to Remember Him..
Controversy and the Future of Crowdfunding.
42: Why Would You Ever Give Money Through Kickstarter?.
43: Celebrities with Their Hands Out.
44: The Effect Crowdfunding Has on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern.
45: Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit.
46: GoFundMe Gone Wild.
47: $400,000 Poured in for a Homeless Man, and Now He Wants It.
48: GoFundMe Campaign to Build Border Wall Raises Millions, Riles Migrant Advocates.
49: GoFundMe to Refund Border Wall Donations After Fund-Raiser Falls Short.
50: Everything Is for Sale Now. Even Us..
Media Literacy Terms.
Media Literacy Questions.