Successful Crowdfunding: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned


DATE: Thursday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST (12:00 - 1:30 PM PST)
Brought to you FREE by the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/532584974
Description: The Crowdfunding Industry Report by Massolution put out data showing the overall crowdfunding industry raised $2.7 billion in 2012, across more than 1 million individual campaigns globally. How can persons with lived experience and peer-run organizations leverage crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe to raise funds for a variety of peer support, arts, and social change projects? Representatives from three successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns will share their lessons learned as to how to get the most out of crowdfunding efforts. These include: crafting an effective fundraising video, leveraging social media and other linkages to raise awareness of the campaign, and crafting a sustainable and achievable rewards program for campaign backers. 

Oryx Cohen, NEC's Technical Assistance Center Director, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $22,000 to produce a film about the Hearing Voices movement entitled "Healing Voices." 
Leah Harris, NEC's Director of Communications and Development, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign for Madness Radio, a monthly podcast featuring alternative views on mental health, that successfully raised over $23,000. 
Dese’Rae Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate who created a Kickstarter campaign for Live Through This, a series of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors, raising nearly $23,000. 




STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Action

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Facilitator: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, STAR Center Director              

Description: The STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaboration is for you, if you are involved in mental health systems transformation at any level and you are interested in taking your community organizing and leadership skills to the next level.

Learning objectives:

  • Define principles and factors that make collaboration work
  •  Discuss facilitative leadership skills and approaches
  • Determine opportunities and challenges for collaborative action across communities

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. ~ Etienne Wenger-Trayner

The STAR Center Community of Practice involves:

  • Open monthly web-conference presentation
  • Dialogue and experience sharing between participants
  • Optional homework and practical application exercises
  •  Mentoring and network development 

Join the STAR Center Community of Practice on Facilitative Leadership and Collaborative Action!

Register Now!


Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters: Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, MS, CPRP, Senior Training Associate and Uma Chandrika Millner, Ph.D., Research Associate; Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University.                

Description: This interactive webinar will provide an overview on how to engage in meaningful, respectful conversations with,or as, individuals from underserved, underrepresented and marginalized communities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their social identities that intersect with mental health recovery systems.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the unique aspects of courageous conversations
  • Deepen the awareness of how prejudice, discrimination and oppression operate at the intrapersonal, social, and systemic contexts
  • Learn how to be an ally through the development of cultural empathy

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The NARPA Annual Rights Conference


The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference

  NARPA SEATTLE 2014    

September 3 – 6, 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) is seeking proposals which address strategies, ideas, programs, and emerging practices that support and promote NARPA’s mission and commitment to individual rights, liberty, freedom, and dignity.

The incorporation of diversity and multicultural perspectives into the above themes is encouraged.  Workshops are approximately 90 minutes. Submission deadline April 15, 2014.   Selected presenters will be notified via e-mail by June 1, 2014. 

The Application for Workshops is available for download below and is also posted at www.narpa.org.  

For more information, contact NARPA at narpa@aol.com or (256) 650-6311.  Mail        proposals to NARPA, P.O. Box 855, Huntsville, AL 35804 or e-mail to narpa@aol.com

- Electronic submissions are preferred -.

Application for Workshops


Scattergood Ethics Workshop: Dangerousness & Involuntary Treatment: An Applied Ethics Workshop

"What is the relationship between mental illness and violence? When is a person with a mental illness a danger to the public? What are the professional responsibilities of behavioral healthcare practitioners in determining dangerousness and committing patients to treatment? In the wake of several national tragedies, these questions loom large; ethics, legal and clinical experts will address them in this workshop."