What crowdfunding platforms do you use?

I was using GoFundMe extensively. It has campaigns of unlimited duration, which is a good feature for long-term fundraising, and no upper limit on amounts. However, as a result of GoFundMe’s PR failures surrounding the Darren Wilson fundraiser and several others, as well as their stance on abortion, I’ve withdrawn support for them and moved all my long-term campaigns to GoGetFunding, which is a newly emerging crowdfunding platform that has very similar features to GoFundMe, with a better design. I also have a Patreon page, for people who are interested in supporting me rather than a specific project. And I’ve written a number of campaigns on Indiegogo, and run one of them so far. My first crowdfunding campaign predated the emergence of any sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo by several years, so for that one I built my own site. Being Canadian, I’m not able to run campaigns on Kickstarter, but it’s also not suitable to most of my campaigns.

Why is this page so ugly?

Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, don’t you think? But our priority right now is just to get a page up and running, and worry about the aesthetics later. Also, I’m kinda new to WordPress, I’m used to hand-coding my websites in Notepad, and while it’s nice to have these ready-to-use templates, I find it kinda restricting. It’s easier to get a page up and running quickly, and add content to it, but it’s harder to make it look the way I want.

What kinds of campaigns do you support?

Along with our own campaigns, and those of friends and family, we primarily support campaigns that are of interest to us. We are strong supporters of transgender and intersex rights, and are fully committed to supporting those communities. We are also strong supporters of natural and heritage conservation, along with community and grassroots organization–my father is the former deputy executive director of The Land Conservancy of BC, and currently one of the founders of the National Trust for Land and Culture–the Canadian National Trust (ntlc.ca). And being a photographer, musician, and techie nerd, those sorts of projects are also of interest to me.

Why did you create MetaCROWD?

I created MetaCROWD in order to promote my own crowdfunding campaigns, as well as those of friends and acquaintances, and others that we feel are worthy. I see many campaigns I would love to contribute to, but I can only afford to contribute to one or two now and then, and there are so many out there. So my solution is to raise funds through crowdfunding, and then distribute them among other crowdfunding campaigns.

What are donations used for?

Various crowdfunding plaforms and payment platforms have different payment processing fees, some varying depending on the situation. That accounts for a small portion of funds raised.

Of the remaining funds, 10% goes to operating overhead and supporting our own crowdfunding campaigns. The remaining 90% is used to support other people’s crowdfunding campaigns. We provide funding boosts early in a campaign, in order to increase that campaign’s activity, making it more likely to receive other donations. We contribute to campaigns that are losing momentum, to help them continue toward success. And we make up shortfalls on campaigns that are close to ending unsuccessfully. When funding permits, we might also offer matching contributions with some campaigns.

Who is MetaCROWD?

MetaCROWD was founded by Jesse Fawcett, an entrepreneur, musician, photographer, and computer nerd, and an early adopter of the crowdfunding concept. He has been running crowdfunding campaigns for more than a decade. Currently he’s the only person involved in the project, but we hope to add more people in the future.