Will Crowdfunding help protect the Oceans?
The current model for marine conservation funding is flawed because scientists and conservationists cannot fund for their infrastructure anymore. They can only fund based on projects and results. As usual, some organizations took advantage of the old funding model and results were not received by the foundations so everyone now suffers.
Project based funding coupled with more organizations seeking funding impedes everyone from sharing money and only certain organizations, government departments and academics get funded well.
Individuals and organizations are searching for ways by which they can raise funds to follow their passions and protect the ocean the best way they know how. These ways many not fit with missions for many organizations, so they tend not to get funded by foundations and other grantees.
The individuals and organizations are turning to the web to raise funds through crowdfunding. I cover a few examples of crowdsource funding initiatives by some individuals to help get their campaigns out there (and hopefully their work will get you to contribute) and raise awareness that crowdsourcing is a great funding opportunity for many people and organizations within the Marine Conservation Field.
I discuss the following campaigns:
Andrew David Thaler – https://www.patreon.com/andrew-thaler
Wallace J. Nichols – https://www.patreon.com/wallacejnichols
Craig McClain – https://experiment.com/projects/wood-is-it-what-s-for-dinner
Susan R. Eaton – https://www.gofundme.com/susanreaton
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