Community Funded Development

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Christina Bellantoni
Community Funded Development

We look at how crowdfunded investment might shape development locally and nationwide.

First there was Kickstarter, a crowdfunding company that raises money for new projects by asking individuals to donate in exchange for a token reward like a t-shirt or a personal thank-you note. Now by jumping through hoops in SEC regulations, entrepreneurs have set up crowdfunding platforms that allow ordinary people to invest online in local business ventures and see actual returns. With new crowdfunding rules on the horizon at the SEC, we look at how community-backed investments might shape development locally and nationwide.


Michael Shuman

Author, "Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity;" fellow, Cutting Edge Capital, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and the Post Carbon Institute.

Ben Miller

founder, Fundrise; co-founder, Popularise

Gina Schaefer

owner of ACE Hardware stores in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Takoma Park, Maryland; executive board member, Think Local First

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