Giving Tuesday has many of us thinking hard about our fundraising strategies and competencies. These days, crowdfunding often rises to the top of the list of options for citizen science projects, particularly as engaging contributors is what we do.
But asking for funds can take different skills than asking for data, and designing a campaign isn’t the same as designing a research protocol. Some things are more “fundable” than others, and all campaigns – it turns out – require time and energy to court and cultivate a network of likely supporters. How can those of us in the citizen science world capitalize on our reach and experience in engaging a broad audience, and maximize new skills and strategies to run an effective citizen science campaign for funding?
In honor of Giving Tuesday, CSA has lined up an interview with Aurora Thornhill from Kickstarter and Cindy Wu from Experiment. Along with a few skilled peers who have experience with crowdfunding citizen science, Cindy and Aurora will answer YOUR questions about their platforms and the prospects of engaging the public as financial supporters. So, what has you scratching your head? Where could you use some advice or inspiration? Post your questions in the comment box below, or Tweet them @CitSciAssoc using #givecitsci. We’ll line up burning questions and bring you responses to help supercharge citizen science for crowdfunding – whether Giving Tuesday or any day of the year!
Need some inspiration to ask good questions? Check out the following as starting points (and please comment to add others!)
SciFund Challenge – The Truth About Crowdfunding for Science (5min video)
Experiment – Crowdfunding: Start-up Funds for Citizen Science
Open Scientist – Crowdfunding Citizen Science: Is It Working?