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Crowdfunding Resource Center

Many economic development agencies, non-profits, small businesses and entrepreneurs are turning to individual fundraising sources to support capacity building and business development. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. This process is almost exclusively done over the internet, giving small businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations access to capital at a very broad level.

-Understanding Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a useful tool for development finance professionals. CDFA has collected many resources to help you understand this important tool.

Crowdfunding Takes FlightMembers only Login
Benji Taylor Jones from Ward and Smith, P.A. discusses crowdfunding.
EB-5 An IntroductionMembers only Login
An exploration of the EB-5 program including program specifics and how it ties in with crowdfunding.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Locavesting: Revolutionizing Local InvestmentMembers only Login
This month's CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast , our expert speakers explored locavesting to demonstrate how to unlock this new and innovative development finance resource in your community.
A Guide to Regulation A+Members only Login
McGuireWoods' white paper explains how the SEC's Regulation A+ works and provides practical considerations to be taken into account in deciding whether to pursue this approach.
Unlocking Capital AccessMembers only Login
Representatives from the California Association of Micro Enterprise Opportunity and California Pollution Control Financing Authority look at how California creates access to capital for micro businesses and enterprises.
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-Case Studies

Crowdfunding is a crucial tool for development finance. CDFA has collected several case study examples.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Emerging Structures for Investing in Low-Income CommunitiesMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, John Haines with Mercy Corps Global Innovations along with Michael Schrader and Steven White with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP discussed the financing structure that supported a place based specific solution for a community in need. 
Creating a Crowdfunding EcosystemMembers only Login
Amy Campbell Bogie of the National Coalition for Community Capital discusses how to create a crowdfunding ecosystem with a focus on North Carolina.
Small Business Financing Solutions in ColoradoMembers only Login
Mike O'Donnell (Colorado Lending Source) discusses how small businesses are financed and the various access to capital challenges they face. In addition, it will showcase a variety of small business financing solutions and explore how they work for different types of businesses.
Crowdfunding Takes Shape in OregonMembers only Login
Amy Pearl of Hatch Innovation and Noah Brockman of Oregon SBDC Network provide an overview of the crowdfunding process in Oregon.
CDFA California Webcast: Creative Economic Development FinancingMembers only Login
The CDFA California Financing Roundtable in partnership with CALED produced this webcast on "Creative Economic Development Financing," in which experts discussed  PACE, EB-5, and innovation finance.  Speakers were Cisco DeVries of Renewable Funding, Ginny Fang of Golden Gate Global, and Samuel Wu of Innovation Capital Law Group, LLP.
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-Webcasts

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Strategies to Support Your Local Venture Capital EcosystemMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Lamont Price with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Teela Spiller with the Atlanta Micro Fund, and Eric Clement with the NYCEDC highlighted several development finance programs that have proven effective in attracting venture and start-up capital.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Emerging Structures for Investing in Low-Income CommunitiesMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, John Haines with Mercy Corps Global Innovations along with Michael Schrader and Steven White with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP discussed the financing structure that supported a place based specific solution for a community in need. 
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Crowdfunding Small Business DevelopmentMembers only Login
Crowdsourcing.org defines crowdfunding as “the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture.” This financing mechanism has become immensely popular with entrepreneurs and small businesses as can be seen by the growth of websites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter. States across the nation are adopting legislation to support this new style of finance. Some states have even partnered with crowdfunding providers or offered grant programs to encourage its use. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent from The Local Crowd, LLC, Trey Sherwood from the Laramie Main Street Alliance and Katharine Czarnecki from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation present on the approaches their communities are taking to support crowdfunding.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Locavesting: Revolutionizing Local InvestmentMembers only Login
This month's CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast , our expert speakers explored locavesting to demonstrate how to unlock this new and innovative development finance resource in your community.
CDFA California Webcast: Creative Economic Development FinancingMembers only Login
The CDFA California Financing Roundtable in partnership with CALED produced this webcast on "Creative Economic Development Financing," in which experts discussed  PACE, EB-5, and innovation finance.  Speakers were Cisco DeVries of Renewable Funding, Ginny Fang of Golden Gate Global, and Samuel Wu of Innovation Capital Law Group, LLP.

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