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General

See the About page to learn more about WorthWild.
See the Criteria page for information on how to be accepted on WorthWild's platform.
WorthWild accepts any project that is "eco-friendly." Initiatives that educate others about the outdoors and environment, conservation projects, stewardship, green innovations and art are all welcome. We support anything that gets people outside, or contributes to environmental protection or the advancement of a greener society.

All campaign types are now FREE on WorthWild. The only costs are for the payment processing fee. After much deliberation, we've decided to offer our crowdfunding platform at no cost to you. We only ask that in return, you make the world just a little more environmentally friendly with the money you raise here. A breakdown of the services we offer are below:

Prelaunch: It is free to post a prelaunch to WorthWild. You can collect pledges during this phase, but your supporters' credit cards/bank accounts will only be charged when you turn your prelaunch into an initiative. When you're ready to collect funds, you have two options:

  1. Fixed initiative (All-or Nothing): When your campaign reaches its goal within the pre-determined timeframe (the maximum of which is 60 days), you get everything you raised, minus the payment processing fee (which goes directly to WePay, whose services protect your identity and secure your credit card information).

    Supporters' credit cards will not be charged and you will not incur any payment processing fees until your campaign reaches its goal by the campaign deadline.

  2. Flexible campaign: If you chose Flexible funding, you will receive whatever money you raise in the pre-determined time frame minus the payment processing fee (which goes directly to WePay, whose services protect your identity and secure your credit card information).

    In a Flexible funding campaign, supporters are charged as soon as they contribute to your campaign, and you receive the money raised even if you do not reach your goal.

365: 365's are general fundraising pages for organizations who don't have a specific project. The funding structure is the same as for flexible crowdfunding campaigns (above).

We offer the tools and guidance you need to successfully fundraise your environmental initiative at no cost to you, but also:

WorthWild is a certified B Corporation. A B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

For Organizations

You have two choices: You can run a crowdfunding campaign, or, for more general fundraising needs, you can create an ongoing 365 page. Learn more here.

When you create your initiative, set up a WePay account for your nonprofit. You'll need to use its EIN number to withdraw funds. On WorthWild, check the box for 501(c)3 and follow the steps. Once we've matched the information you provide to WorthWild with your WePay account, we'll check to make sure your nonprofit is in good standing with the IRS, and, if so, your initiative will receive the "Verified" badge.

If you wish, check the box to allow WorthWild to send tax-deductible receipts on your behalf, and we will send receipts to your Supporters at no additional charge. Please note: Tax-deductible receipts for fixed campaigns will only send once the campaign is successful and supporters are charged.

For Campaign Creators

We recommend building a prelaunch page before you launch a crowdfunding initiative. This will give you the opportunity to master your story, create a convincing campaign, shoot your video, collect pledges, and get feedback.

During your prelaunch, we'll send you an email each day of your campaign with tips and tricks for planning a successful fundraising effort (You can always opt out if you don't want them of course!).

Once you're feeling good about your prelaunch, and have some pledges to start you on the right foot, click "Start Crowfunding" on your prelaunch page to start an initiative and submit it for review. If your initiative falls within our guidelines, we'll post your initiative within 48 hours.

Get Started!

See Crowdfunding 101 for ideas on how to create a killer campaign.

Initiators create prelaunch pages before they have all the pieces ready to collect money for their project. It's a great way to test out your messaging, get feedback, get pledges before you launch, build an audience and develop your crowdfunding initiative without the time pressure of crowdfunding. Once you are confident your initiative will be successful, you can create your crowdfunding initiative and start collecting funds.

You can stay in the prelaunch phase for as long as you'd like, but keep in mind that WorthWild reserves the right to remove inactive prelaunches (prelaunches that have not received pledges, email subscriptions or edits in at least the last 30 days) with or without warning to the Initiator.

You can stay in the prelaunch phase for as long as you'd like. However, WorthWild reserves the right to remove inactive prelaunches (prelaunches that have not received pledges, email subscriptions or edits in at least the last 30 days) with or without warning to the Initiator.

WorthWild's Customer Service Stewards will make an effort to provide you with feedback that will improve your campaign's likelihood of being accepted in a fresh iteration. If your idea isn't a good fit for WorthWild's platform, we will provide you with a clear reason as to why it isn't. If we can, we'll offer suggestions about alternatives.

If you are in the United States, raise as much or as little as you need. For initiatives benefiting non-U.S. entities (with a U.S.-based fiscal agent), there are additional IRS tax reporting requirements for campaigns over $10,000. Please refer to a tax professional for more information.

Yes! There is no limit on how much you may raise if your campaign is in the U.S. If you reach your goal before the deadline, keep pushing and set your initiative up for even more success. There are different rules for international campaigns with U.S. fiscal agents. See below for information on non-U.S. campaigns.

Videos are required for crowdfunding campaigns, as you are significantly more likely to be successful if you include one. For prelaunches, you just need a high quality picture until your video is ready to post. Check out Crowdfunding 101: Write a Script for ideas on creating a compelling video.

You are. Things don't always go as planned, but communicate with your supporters, and make sure they know where you stand.

You must either fulfill all rewards as promised or refund your Supporters. If things take longer than you expected or the project is altered in a significant way, you must inform your Supporters.

WorthWild does not issue refunds. Initiators are responsible for returning payments to Supporters through WePay. If a contract to supply rewards is breeched, WorthWild is not responsible for finding a resolution. If you cannot or do not fulfill rewards or refund your Supporters you may face legal action from your Supporters.

Log in to WorthWild.com, then open your initiative. Click the "View Donors" button on the right-hand side toolbar to view a list of supporters, their chosen rewards, and shipping addresses.

Email each Supporter to thank them for their contributions and let them know that their rewards are coming. Then ship the rewards!

*The amount you receive from each Supporter will be the amount your Supporter contributed, minus WePay's payment processing fees.

To run an initiative on behalf of an organization, contact "the powers that be" at the organization and work with them to create a project. Check out our Green Ideas to find businesses who are looking for partners.

If you make an arrangement to use the organization's nonprofit status to run your campaign, an authorized person at the organization will have to create a WePay account for the organization. In order to withdraw funds from WePay, you will need to connect the WePay account to the nonprofit's bank account, and therefore will need an authorized person to set this up.

When you create your initiative, set up a WePay account for your nonprofit. You'll need to use its EIN number to withdraw funds. On WorthWild, check the box for 501(c)3 and follow the steps. Once we've matched the information you provide to WorthWild with your WePay account, we'll check to make sure your nonprofit is in good standing with the IRS, and, if so, your initiative will receive the "Verified" badge.

If you wish, check the box to allow WorthWild to send tax-deductible receipts on your behalf, and we will send receipts to your Supporters at no additional charge. Please note: Tax-deductible receipts for fixed campaigns will only send once the campaign is successful and supporters are charged.

As long as the funds raised through your crowdfunding initiative go through a fiscal sponsor in the United States, yes. At this time, however, we are only able to transfer funds to organizations and individuals physically located in the US.

WorthWild is not qualified to give tax advice, and makes no recommendations about whether or not you should designate a fiscal agent. We suggest you consult with a tax advisor or accountant if you are unsure.

Campaigns raising $10,000 or more that benefit a foreign entity may be subject to additional reporting requirements by the IRS. Please seek advice from a tax professional if your campaign will be for $10,000 or more. We cannot give tax advice. A U.S. savvy tax professional can further explain the importance of Schedule F, Part I of IRS form 990, and other forms when planning for such reporting requirements. If information regarding your campaign is required from WorthWild in order to fill out the appropriate IRS forms, please contact us at info@worthwild.com.

If you are running a prelaunch, you will not receive pledges until you turn it into an initiative. See How do I start an iniatiative? for more information. If you chose a Fixed initiative, funds will arrive in your WePay account when you hit your campaign deadline. If you chose a Flexible initiative, you'll receive funds as Supporters make their pledges.

To withdraw your funds from WePay, log in to Wepay.com and follow the instructions here.

Most Initiators will be able to withdraw funds from WePay as soon as they arrive in the account. Occassionally, WePay may delay withdrawal of funds as a security measure to keep your Supporters and you/your organization safe from fraud. If you find that you are unable to withdraw funds right away, please contact WePay at support@wepay.com for more information.

Yes! If you are running a flexible campaign or a 365, just click "Add Offline Contribution" to add it to your total.

For Donors

Click on the campaign you want to give to, and click "Pledge."

Sometimes a gift of gear is just as useful as a gift of money. If you'd like to give an in-kind donation, contact the campaign creator to find out if they are accepting this type of contribution and how to get it to them.

There are a couple of ways to do this.

  1. Donate time: by sharing initiatives via your social networks, or writing about them in your blog. Post an initiative on Facebook, share it on Twitter or email the details to some of your contacts.

  2. Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer when you leave a contribution, or contact the organization directly to learn about volunteer opportunities.

  3. Give feedback: Leave a comment for the team when you donate to let them know what you think of the project and share an idea. Or, you can always contact the team leader directly by clicking the envelope icon next to their name in sidebar of the campaign.

Yes! Sign up to volunteer when you leave a contribution, or contact the organization directly to learn about volunteer opportunities.

If you're supporting a nonprofit that has a verified 501(c)3 account, your contribution may be tax-deductible. Contributions to individuals or organizations without 501(c)3 status are most often NOT tax-deductible.

If we have received permission from the nonprofit you chose to support, we will automatically send a receipt with the information required for a tax-deduction as provided by the donor and the nonprofit. The receipt will contain the appropriate information as provided by the donor (you) and the nonprofit. If you do not receive a receipt with the nonprofit's EIN number, and you have determined that you can make a tax-deduction for your contribution, contact the nonprofit and ask for a tax-deductible receipt. Please note: Tax-deductible receipts for fixed campaigns will be sent when the campaign is successful and supporters are charged. Always check with your financial advisor or a tax professional before making a tax deduction to be certain you are in compliance with state and federal laws. WorthWild is not qualified to give tax advice, and does not imply that a donation is tax-deductible by sending a receipt.

If you contributed to a flexible campaign or a 365, your donation will be withdrawn as soon as your credit card company approves of the donation

If you contributed to a prelaunch, you will not be charged unless the campaign owner turns their prelaunch into a crowdfunding campaign. At that point, if it is flexible, you will be charged when the campaign is approved. If it is a fixed campaign, you will be charged when the campaign has reached its goal. You will not be charged if a fixed campaign does not reach its goal.

If you contributed to a fixed campaign, you will be charged when the campaign reaches its goal.

There are a couple of ways to do this.

  1. Donate time: by sharing initiatives via your social networks, or writing about them in your blog. Post an initiative on Facebook, share it on Twitter or email the details to some of your contacts.

  2. Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer when you leave a contribution, or contact the organization directly to learn about volunteer opportunities.

  3. Give feedback: Leave a comment for the team when you donate to let them know what you think of the project and share an idea. Or, you can always contact the team leader directly by clicking the envelope icon next to their name in sidebar of the campaign.