That sounds like a lot more support than what you’d get at a generic crowdfunding site.
Definitely. That’s what sets SolaRISE apart from, say, Kickstarter or GoFundMe. SolaRISE brings with it a ton of technical and marketing support to increase the odds of a successful campaign.
Can you give us a real world example of a client?
We just launched SolaRISE in December 2018, but yes, we have already had a client—Glen Lake Schools—that completed a successful campaign. The school’s student Envirothon team wanted to have a solar array installed to offset the school’s electricity a bit, but even more so, to support science education and future job training. As an aside, one of the unsung aspects of clean energy is it is one of the few technology sectors that has rural job growth as part of the equation. So the school had raised about $20,000 toward the $30,000 price, and it turned to Groundwork’s SolaRISE to take it over the finish line, to raise the final $10,000.
How long was the campaign?
The school launched it during a basketball game halftime on December 19 and they set the deadline for January 10. We recommend a short campaign period because history in crowdfunding shows that to be more effective.
So this was at a school and two-thirds of the campaign was over winter break and it still worked?
That’s right. They had other deadlines related to some solar panel grants that drove that timeframe, but yes, believe it or not, they still hit their deadline. There is strong community support for clean energy and science education, so that all helped make it a success.
How would a school, church or other nonprofit sign up to be on SolaRISE?
Just go to the website, SolaRISE.us, or email me, email@example.com.