#HowSeattleRiots: From zero to 584 Donors in 17 hours – A crowdfunding success story

Feb. 2nd, 2014:  Seattle Seahawks win the Superbowl! The city of Seattle goes CRAZY. No one can believe they crushed the Denver Broncos!  There is mayhem in the streets…. sort of…

When I logged into Facebook on Monday, Feb. 3rd, I found that a friend has posted about the damage done to a local historic structure in historic Seattle, called the Pergola.  A handful of fans had climbed on top to celebrate and then climbed down after breaking some of the panels on top.   Here’s a link for more info about the structure.


Now, I watched the Superbowl with my three year old.  And being from Denver, I cheered for the Broncos for about five minutes and then immediately switched alliances, like a good fair weather fan, to the Seahawks when it become plain they were going to CREAM the Broncos.  And I wore blue, so I was okay either way, right?!  That night, I saw folks standing on this structure and it did look like some damage was occurring.  The next morning, the Seattle Parks Foundation reported $25K of damage to the structure.  Now, my friend Amanda, wanted to fix it.  I said, I can help. Hey- I raise money and stuff…

By the way, my friend deserves ALL credit for this idea.  And I won’t tag her here, because she’d kill me.  I just helped.  But I want to share the story for those of us to raise money.  And if you want the WHOLE story… yes, there is more…you must come to Seattle and buy me coffee.

Here’s the video that talks about what happened next  And it’s quite a fairy tale with good and bad all mixed together.  What an experience.  It’s worth a listen.


Also, I want to recommend that anyone in fundraising start following weekly free videos produced by Chris Davenport.  They are short (except this one) and have very good information.  Good stuff!!  They are always helpful to get me through the week.

Click here to subscribe.  AND be sure to sign up for his storytelling workshop this fall.  I know I want to go!

Please comment about any experiences you have had with crowd-funding,– good or bad.  I am really curious how you have used this platform– and how hash tagging has worked (or not worked) for you.

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