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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

https://www.ioby.org/about/people/rhiannon-chester, ioby
Rhiannon Chester, M.A., Detroit native and social justice educator, has been involved in grassroots movements for over 10 years. She leads facilitated discussions & workshops and creates visual art -- centered around social identity, power & privilege dynamics and humanizing marginalized... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →