Crowdfunding: a promise land or an avenue of broken dreams and disappointment? Find out if crowdfunding is the right solution for your organization, and how to bring in dollars, grow your supporter list, and make an impact.
Christian Lefer - Moderator
Christian LeFer is CEO of Yippiekiyay Nonprofit Solutions and a board member of Tech4Good Denver. He has raised millions and run dozens of successful campaigns during more than 15 years experience fundraising for both startups and charities – as well as creating & marketing solutions to benefit the nonprofit sector.
Whether expanding civil liberties or as a certified therapeutic foster and adoptive parent and advocate, Christian’s lifelong battles against Simon Bar Sinister evolved into an overriding mission is to empower heroes across the world to make an impact for good.
When he’s not enjoying the outdoors with his family, Christian escapes to Colorado’s beautiful woodlands to hold the throttle of his KTM dirt bike wide open!
Dana joined the Community First Foundation staff in December 2007 and serves the organization as its director of online giving. After she joined Community First Foundation, she helped launch ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,900 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Three years later, she was the driving force behind the introduction of Colorado Gives Day, the state’s largest online giving day. Through these two programs, more than $155 million has been raised online for Colorado nonprofits.
Ray Burrasca is currently founder and organizer of Colorado Crowdfunding, the largest crowdfunding group in Colorado dedicated exclusively to the subject of crowdfunding. He also services as managing director for full-service, Denver-based investment banking/financial advisory services firm Windom Peaks Capital, LLC. Ray is a finance and legal executive with more than 40 years of success in corporate finance-related positions and has a deep background in manufacturing, distribution and services businesses across varied industry segments. He is experienced in international business including travel to Western Europe (U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland), as well as Latin America (Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama) to conduct business. Ray has led legal and financial/accounting initiatives for both small (start-up) companies, as well as large manufacturing companies with revenues in excess of $5 billion per annum.
Mia Fill runs the CU-Boulder Crowdfunding program (www.colorado.edu/crowdfunding), a resource for CU-Boulder students, faculty, and staff to raise money for academic initiatives. Responsible for training and overseeing all campaign teams from development to execution to close, Mia has trained and advised over 150 members of the CU Boulder campus to raise nearly $100,000 for nineteen projects since arriving at the University in June 2015. Prior to this position, Mia worked in the Advancement Communications sector of a fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, IL, managing 30+ clients in the nonprofit fields of higher education, academic medical, national and global charities, and arts and culture with campaign goals ranging between $50M and $1.3B. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois, and is currently pursuing her MBA at the Leeds School of Business.