E23 – Crowdfunding with Chris Blauvelt from LaunchGood.com

This episode covers:
  • Picking a career path
  • The importance of low-risk experiments like internships
  • How LaunchGood started, and what all this “crowd-funding” business really is
  • Challenges with crowd-funding specific to the Muslim community
  • How crowd funding is changing as it grows, and a critical look at personal/individual crowd-funding campaigns
  • LaunchGood’s filtering process for what they allow on their site, and promoting responsible crowd-funding.
  • Providing a means of giving sadaqah in a directly impactful way
  • Misconceptions about crowd-funding
  • Should you donate to relief projects through crowd-funding instead of established charities?
  • Should you use crowd-funding to get out of personal debts?
  • Why LaunchGood turned down a Masjid’s crowd-funding campaign, and how they ended up raising the money anyways
  • People raising funds for Islamic education, challenges dealing with your local community, and accountability
  • Chris’ favorite LaunchGood project
  • Creating win-win crowd-funding campaigns
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Omar Usman

Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @ibnabeeomar. Check out his latest project at Fiqh of Social Media.


  1. adil
    March 23, 2015

    Salam is it possible to make the file an mp3 so it can be downloaded



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