Do you want to attend the ukulele festival, but lack funds? Although foundations don't generally offer grant money to individuals, the Foundation Center can help you find those that do.
Funding opportunities for students, professionals, researchers and artistic types are available through the FC's Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, a database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs including:
Crowdfunding (the collective effort of individuals to pool their money through the Internet) has gotten very crowded in the last few years, with over 35,000 projects being funded since 2009 by industry leader Kickstarter alone.
Forbes Magazine reports that 2013 will be the year that this relatively new method of fundraising will consolidate, rather than expand -- it's time for the leaders with quality sites to prevail, much like Amazon, Ebay or Craigslist did.
Crowdfunding can be divided into these categories: