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AIA Presents: The Crowdfunding Initiative

By Shervan Sebastian, Manager, Federal Relations

Have you ever had a passion project that never left the desk? Or maybe a community improvement design that never got off the ground due to a lack of financing?

The AIA wants to help show you new tools that can turn projects into reality.

Crowdfunding, the financing of community-based projects through an online fundraising portal, has the potential to fund a wide variety of designs. So far, this method has financed a pedestrian bridge in Belgium, a skyscraper in Colombia and soon, a residential and retail project in Washington, D.C. Thanks to legislation recently passed by Congress, it will soon be easier than ever to use crowdfunding to move community-based design projects forward.

We want you to understand how by inviting you to join us at our upcoming event.

The webinar, “The Crowdfunding Initiative,” will take place on Thursday January 31st, 2012, at 12:00 pm and will be available live on WebEx.

The panel will include Ben Miller and Daniel Miller, the founders of Fundrise, a real estate firm in Washington, D.C. that specializes in using crowdfunding to invest in community infrastructure projects.

The presentation will cover:

    • What is Crowdfunding?

    • How does it apply to architecture projects?

    • What kinds of projects has it been used to develop?

    • How can you utilize Crowdfunding?

Don’t miss this very informative session geared towards helping you understand how this funding source can make a difference in your community. AIA members will receive one CES leaning unit for attending the webinar.

There are limited digital ports, so sign up today!

Date and Time: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Event number: 665 965 927

Registration ID: This event does not require a registration ID

Event password: Welcome11

Click here to register for the online event

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