Indiegogo is a wonderful concept. Have an idea? Need some money? This website will help you reach donors, offer incentives, collect funds, and communicate your progress. It’s called crowdfunding.
A few Catholic Indiegogo projects have caught my attention:
“It was a total shock.”
That’s how Angela Faddis says she received her diagnosis. Angela and her husband Chris, an inspiring young Catholic couple, began their Indiegogo project to fund the production of a book called It Is Well: Life in the Storm, describing their extraordinary journey since Angela received Stage IV Colon Cancer diagnosis one year ago. (And believe me, it’s been a heck of a story.)
77 people contributed $5,400 toward their $15,000 goal; pray for the Faddis family as they undertake the enormous and generous task of sharing their story of hope with others.
All That Remains is a movie currently in production by Ian & Dominic Higgins (the Mary-loving men behind The 13th Day film on Fatima). This is a project that begun in the belly of Indiegogo, raising nearly $5,000 toward a film about Japanese Catholics affected by Nagasaki’s tragedy, August 1945.
Hi-freakin’-five to Brandon Vogt and everyone who contributed to his Africa eBook Project, which has raised $8,548 as I write this. Donors have far surpassed Brandon’s initial goal to raise $4,000 towards providing 2,000 CD’s with Catholic ebooks for every seminarian in Cameroon, Africa. Yes: Every seminarian in the entire country!
The Sad News
Try typing “Catholic” into the Indiegogo search bar. You’ll find plenty of projects working against the Catholic Church…all the usual stuff: priests are pedophiles, the Church hates women, the Church is homophobic, and the like.
Unfortunately, many of these projects are well-funded. I guess Hatred, Hurt, and Ignorance have money, too.
Why don’t more of us Catholics start using Indiegogo (and its relatives, like Kickstarter)?
Do you know of a cause I missed? Let me know!
P.S. Honorable Mention goes to Five Blocks Away, the movie being made by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, thanks to crowdfunding.