1. I may not approve of the charity.
2. Obviously the price is higher.
3. So I am paying a premium in the hope that it will go to a charity. How would I know if even a fraction actually is donated? Why not just buy the regular priced item and donate my money directly if I truly want to make a donation?
I think if you're going to run a charity, or beg for money, it should be more upfront than a business which might spend "extra profits" on a possibly worthy cause.
Wesley johnsen wrote:i want to get some opinions hear. i want to crowdfund a book selling business that uses extra profits to buy and preserve land. also i was thinking of starting this business with crowdfunding and was wandering what rewards i should offer like say a free book. anyone have any ideas on this? i can not go into details about this business at this time but have it all figured out. last would you buy books that where the profits save big timberlands and the products were competitively priced?
My opinion, for whatever it's worth, is a resounding "no".
Firstly, it's extremely difficult to crowdfund a business. A product? Sure. Businesses are a different kettle of fish. Partnerships and investors are where you'd have better success, if you have a solid enough platform.
The world also has a gut-full of "charity businesses" that contribute "extra profits" to a cause. The result is invariably that a few folk get rich, and their "altruism" has frustratingly little-to-no effect due to their focus (and funds) being in the wrong place. I strongly dislike them, and only support charities where I can have a direct and tangible impact.
Also, am I the only one who sees the irony in a book store being used as a front to save forests?
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