Type of site
Funding4Learning is a "human capital oriented" crowd funding platform for educational projects. Funding4Learning provides its users with fundraising tools for study, volunteering, as well as a diverse array of education related initiatives.
Funding4Learning, as other "crowdfunding dubbed" platforms, allows users to create a fundraising page for their funding initiative, offer "rewards" in accordance with different levels of contributions, and start a social media-based publicity and word of mouth effort.
Funding4Learning works with an "all or nothing" approach, which means that the collected funds are disbursed only if the fundraising campaign is successful. However, a contributor is allowed to make a "direct contribution", which is guaranteed to be paid whether or not the campaign is successful. Funding4Learning charges 5% of funds disbursed from a successful campaign, and 5% of all direct contributions.
While there is no guarantee that users that post campaigns on Funding4Learning will undertake the educational program presented on their campaigns or deliver on their promise of a reward, Funding4Learning asks its users to post their resumes on their campaign website and advises donors to use their own judgment when supporting a campaign.
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- Funding4Learning FAQ