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Thursday, May 26 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crowdfunding 101 Q&A: Community Capital as a Tool for Growth

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Crowdfunding is about more than just raising money. It serves to validate demand, build communities of support, and so much more.

Join us for a panel discussion around how crowdfunding is a tool used to cultivate community by tapping into your existing network and creating a new one. This discussion will focus less on the nuts and bolts of each crowdfunding platform. Attendees will receive a 1-pager takeaway overview of each organization.

Panelists: Razi Jafri (Kiva Zip),  Rob St. Mary (Patronicity), Jeff Aronoff (Sidewalk Ventures), Rhiannon Chester (ioby), Shelly Watts (Thoughtful Missions), Todd Kropp (Detroit City Football Club); Joanna Dueweke (Detroit SOUP)

Moderator: David Tessler (Michigan Funders)

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

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Rhiannon Chester

Rhiannon Chester, Detroit Action Strategist, ioby | | A Detroit native, Rhiannon is passionate about connecting people to resources whether funds, information or other people. Inspired by the will, spirit, and innovation of the residents of Detroit, Rhiannon is committed to working with often marginalized communities towards sustainable change. Much of her background is in community organizing and outreach.Working closely within the LGBTQ... Read More →
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Joanna Dueweke

Neighborhood Director, Detroit SOUP
Joanna Dueweke grew up in Traverse City, Michigan where she developed a love of local interests and grassroots organizing. After graduating from college, she moved to the Detroit area to start a career in communications. While spending time learning about small businesses in the city writing for an online publication, The Awesome Mitten, and working for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Joanna's interests became more focused on social justice and the... Read More →
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Razi Jafri

Razi Jafri is a Detroit-based activist, social entrepreneur, designer,. He is currently working on a social impact mobile app for purchasing meals for the needy at restaurants, coffee shops, and food trucks. He is currently doing a part-time fellowship with the microlending nonprofit Kiva.org in Detroit. He is also a member of the Spring 2016 fellowship in human centered design at Civilla, a center for social innovation based in Detroit.

Todd Kropp

Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Detroit City FC
Todd directs the team's merchandising, ticketing and game day operations and manages the company’s finances. With a background in healthcare administration, Todd possesses expertise in operations management and budgeting. Detroit City FC recently completed the largest community investment campaign to date in Michigan, raising over $720,000 that will be put directly towards the renovation of historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.
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Rob St. Mary

Director of Outreach, Patronicity
After a 14 year career in commercial & public radio, I decided to take the lessons learned on the streets covering neighborhoods, arts, & culture, and turn them outward as a way of improving the things I’ve loved all my life. As not only a Patronicity employee but a success story, I know what the platform can do for the individual and the larger community to open opportunity. Beyond my work here, I’m also a huge film and music fan... Read More →
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Shelly Watts

Founder, Thoughtful Missions
Shelly Watts is the Founder of Thoughtful Missions, a fundraising consulting firm. She is extremely passionate about using crowdfunding to help nonprofits with their fundraising strategy. She believes that a donor-centered approach is the key to a successful and sustainable fundraising plan. She started Thoughtful Missions out of a need to put action to her faith and heart for humanitarian causes such as fighting human trafficking... Read More →