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Gaia Gives Crowdfunding Accelerator


3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Turn your project into a successful crowdfunding campaign. Learn tactics and frameworks to appeal to the next generation of changemakers!

Hosted by

Arko Hoondert, Shary Kleiman, and Matt Gillespie

Worked with 50+ impact orgs and raised €250m+ for social good.

Course overview

Design and launch your first crowdfunding campaign on Gaia Gives by March 1st.

Our times are evolving, and so are givers! We want to help you understand and appeal to millennial audiences.

Not enough NGO professionals adapt to the younger generations and carry out the hard work a new type of giver, the social good investor, demands from them. Many are too busy being heads-down within their organizations and often overlook recent market trends.

The next generations of givers are upon us and are expecting returns on their investments. Join Gaia Gives to turn your projects from ideas to reality while collaborating with a new type of investor - the effective altruist.

In this course, you will design, launch and grow your first crowdfunding campaign on Gaia Gives and go live on the 1st of March.

Next cohort: 14 Feb - 1 March

🚨 Apply for a FULL SCHOLARSHIP if you are an impact worker! 🚨

This course is for...



who want to learn how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign on Gaia Gives.



that need to fund important projects to reach their impact goals.



who take on the challenge to be radically transparent and appeal to the next generation of givers.

After taking this course you'll...

Have a crowdfunding campaign ready to go 🚀

After taking this course, you'll have your first project up and running as soon as February 9.

Own a marketing toolkit 🛠️

You'll learn how to use the tools provided to market your campaign to a millennial audience and make it a success.

Have a close-knit community of fellow fundraising professionals 👱🏼‍♀️👨🏽‍🦱👩🏾

Classmates can become your “Sparring Partners” with which to share new experiences or pilot new ideas. You'll build friendships working in breakouts and find 2-3 "thought partners" with whom you'll want to continue discussing projects after the course.

Appeal to younger generations 💖

Gaia Gives is a crowdfunding platform for a new generation of philanthropists. 

It's for young professionals who are tired of bureaucracy and want to incite change by demanding a return on their investments. It targets millennials who want “proof of impact."

Receive donations like it’s 2023 ✨

Step into the world of Web 3, Crypto donations, and blockchain technology.

Receive donations like it’s 2023 - through Paypal, Visa, or Metamask. We currently accept all ETH, Polygon, and BNB chain tokens.

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Join an upcoming cohort

Gaia Gives Crowdfunding Accelerator

Launch your crowdfunding campaign on the 1st of March

$499 USD


Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2023

Application Deadline

Feb 13, 2023

Schedule of live workshops

~4 hrs/week (all sessions are recorded)
  • Crowdfunding Mechanics


    • Determine your campaign with the help of the Campaign Mechanics Canvas
    • Set realistic goals and expectations
    • Lay the foundation of your campaign
  • Orientation

    Feb 14, 2023 10am - 11am PT

    • What to expect from this course
    • Get to know the team
    • Get onboarded to Maven's learning platform
  • Workshop 1: Position Yourself for the Next Generation of Givers

    Feb 16, 2023: 11am-12pm PT

    • Find campaign-millennial fit so you build the right thing for the right audience
    • Narrow down your audience, define your ideal investor
    • Articulate your spiky point of view
    • Determine the milestones, fundraising targets & length
    • Project: Ship your campaign interest survey
  • Workshop 2: Campaign Marketing

    Feb 21, 2023: 10am - 12 pm PT

    • Get your first lead
    • High-conversion sales methods like peer-to-peer tactics and live community sessions.
    • Create a partnership and influencer strategy for maximum exposure
    • Plan your social media campaign calendar
  • Workshop 3: How to Create an Engaging Video

    Feb 23, 2023: 11am - 12pm PT

    • Write effective impact outcomes
    • Design an engaging video to help investors decide what to invest in
    • Come up with a lead magnet to keep potential donors engaged
    • Create an engaging, effective video using the H.I.C.C Building Blocks of an Effective Video
  • Workshop 4: Landing Pages

    Feb 28, 2023: 10 - 11am PT

    • Arko & Shary will critique your landing pages live
    • Copywriting and positioning advice
    • Get feedback on your landing page
  • Launch Day & Graduation

    March 1st, 2023: 1 - 2pm PT

    • Demo your landing page and get peer feedback.
    • Celebrate everything you've accomplished in a lively graduation ceremony
  • Co-working labs (Optional)

    1 hour after each live workshop

    In weekly labs, get feedback from your peers and get stuff done

  • Self-paced videos & projects

    Get access to a library of our best content on building & selling crowdfunding campaigns. We'll hold you accountable for shipping your content with weekly projects. This program focuses more on doing and less on lectures.

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Join an upcoming cohort

Gaia Gives Crowdfunding Accelerator

Launch your crowdfunding campaign on the 1st of March

$499 USD


Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2023

Application Deadline

Feb 13, 2023

Hear what other fundraising professionals have to say

        I haven't worked with any platform provider that has gone out of its way to help a charity succeed, as Gaia Gives. Working with them isn't just great for our organization; I also learned a lot as a fundraising professional!


Project Manager
        Arko is a deep thinking smart professional. He presented at our global forum of cancer charities in November 2020. He delivered on the topic of fundraising platforms. He developed a creative and inspiring session that brought in industry experts to share their knowledge. This session was the best rated of the 15 sessions.
Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Strategic Director, Global Relay for Life at American Cancer Society

Meet the team

Arko Hoondert

Arko Hoondert

Director of Global Impact, Course Leader

Arko is a fundraising director, founder, product manager, and consultant with over a decade of experience in the NGO sector. He successfully founded an international fundraising consultancy, and has led the fundraising & partnerships department of the largest NGO in the Netherlands. As a fundraising professional, he, his company, and his teams have worked on dozens of projects raising $250m+ for social good.

Shary Kleiman

Shary Kleiman

Chief Marketing Officer, Course Instructor

Shary is a passionate multimedia storyteller and social entrepreneur with a background in journalism, integrated marketing communications and positive psychology. As an instructor for the accelerator course, she provides hands-on training to help students develop compelling narratives for their crowdfunding campaigns and achieve their goals. With her expertise and holistic approach to storytelling, students will leave the course with a deep understanding of the elements that make up a successful narrative.

Matt Gillespie

Matt Gillespie

Co-Founder, Course Instructor

Matt is an industrial designer turned permaculturalist and green energy entrepreneur as a founding member of GoSun Inc. As a true jack of all trades, Matt works at the intersection of product design and marketing in an attempt to create regenerative structures that can scale.

Get access to Gaia Gives' crowdfunding platform and community

Get access to Gaia Gives' crowdfunding platform and community

Earn the trust and generosity of new donors

Display your impact within a larger story that keeps donors engaged, giving, and sharing with their networks.

Turn your donors into your top fundraisers

Gamified sharing with real rewards unlocks donors’ social capital.

Create a visible track record for your accomplishments

Completed projects and milestones build trust with donors and foundations moving forward.

Build Trust Through Real Vulnerable Stories

Millennials want to see the people behind the project and be included in the process. This builds trust and an authentic following.

Flexible Goal or Time-Based Milestones

Choose to periodically report on your work or connect your reporting to more exciting goals donors find tangible.

Build alongside a passionate group of fundraising professionals

Build alongside a passionate group of fundraising professionals

Active hands-on learning

Every workshop is designed to help you put your learning into practice and ship your first crowdfunding campaign.

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other fundraising professionals through breakout rooms and projects

Accountability through community

Access to peer feedback and expert staff to keep you accountable and help you get unstuck.

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