StartSomeGood partners with IndigenousX to launch Australia’s first Indigenous crowdfunding initiative

First campaign will fund Vote Yes, a film starring The Sapphires' Miranda Tapsell
Nov 6, 2013 8:30 AM ET
Press Release

November 8Social impact crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood has partnered with social media hub IndigenousX to empower Indigenous Australian changemakers to raise funds and rally community support for diverse Indigenous-founded initiatives.

The first campaign to launch on StartSomeGood.com/IndigenousX is Vote Yes, a period film by Nick Waterman featuring star of The Sapphires Miranda Tapsell. Vote Yes aims to contribute to the conversation about equality in Australia by telling the story of the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal rights.

“StartSomeGood is excited about the potential of crowdfunding to empower Indigenous changemakers to make a difference for their communities,” said StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.

IndigenousX founder Luke Pearson said: “We want to give the opportunity to a wide range of Indigenous people from right around the country to support projects and ideas that make impact on a local, national or global level to improve outcomes for themselves and their mobs.”

“We wanted Indigenous people to have that opportunity to access funds independent of government administration.

“It also provides an opportunity for the wider community to contribute to closing the gap in a more meaningful, practical way than the more usual symbolic efforts.”

The partnership also signals an expansion of the role of the IndigenousX project.

“I want to allow the IndigenousX audience and Twitter community to offer more practical support in the offline world, in addition to influencing the conversation online,” said Pearson.

Indigenous changemakers wishing to raise funds on StartSomeGood.com/IndigenousX can contact Indigenousx@startsomegood.com or @IndigenousX on Twitter, or sign up directly on StartSomeGood.com.

Projects will set two fundraising goals (a Tipping Point goal and a Total Fundraising Goal) and offer rewards to backers in return for support.

Backers can view new projects as they come online at http://www.startsomegood.com/IndigenousX

To pledge support for the current campaign and learn more about the film Vote Yes, visit http://www.startsomegood.com/voteyesfilm

Interviews are available with Luke Pearson from IndigenousX, Tom Dawkins from StartSomeGood, and actor Miranda Tapsell, filmmaker Nick Waterman and Producer Melissa Beauford from the film Vote Yes.

About StartSomeGood

StartSomeGood is the crowdfunding platform for social impact projects, generating over $1.5 million in funding for social enterprises, non-profits and individual changemakers in Australia and around the world.

For more StartSomeGood success stories visit http://www. startsomegood.com/stories

About IndigenousX

IndigenousX stands for Indigenous Excellence. A rotation curation Twitter account aims to challenge stereotypes and shine a light on positive stories about Indigenous Australians.

@IndigenousX

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/series/Indigenousx

Media Contacts

Karen Gould

Communications Manager

StartSomeGood

0413 282 361

karen@startsomegood.com

Luke Pearson

IndigenousX

@IndigenousX

0404 095 547

Indigenousx@startsomegood.com

 

Melissa Beauford

All At Once

Producer, Vote Yes

melissa@allatonce.com.au