One of the great benefits of crowdfunding our stories through the Spot.Us platform is their community-centered advertisers program. Companies are always looking for public feedback about products, services, or opinions on issues that relate to their business and are often willing to pay for that feedback. Spot.Us have cleverly tapped into that need so that people who want to support a particular story but can’t afford to donate dollars can participate by earning ‘credits’. When you register on the site and complete a survey the recipient company pays $5 (sometimes more) which you can allocate to the story of your choice.
Now it might seem a lot of trouble to go through to earn a mere $5 for your favorite story but, for example, if just our thirteen hundred or so Facebook supporters were to each do so that would fund one of our films and more. And it wouldn’t have cost anyone a penny. Now that’s what I call crowdfunding! This is especially great for stories like our latest Story of the Month: Help Lawrence Teens Promote What’s Good in their Hood! because the Lawrence, Massachusetts based nonprofit is youth based and most of their supporters probably can’t afford to contribute actual dollars. But what they can do is tap into a wide body of friends, acquaintances and relatives and get them to take a 5 minute survey. Get enough people to do that and those five dollars can quickly add up. And having a Storytellers For Good film to use as a promotional and fundraising tool for the future is a very nice thing to get for taking a five minute survey.
So S4G supporters, if you haven’t done so already, take 5 minutes out of your day to earn a free $5 for your favorite Storytellers For Good Story of the Month – there’s some great one’s to choose from:
Don’t forget to tell your friends! We’ve plenty more great stories that need telling – watch this space!