Donald Trump Launches A Crowdfunding Service Called FundAnything

Donald TrumpFundAnything is a new crowdfunding platform that was started by Learning Annex founder Bill Zanker and real estate mogul Donald Trump.  Trump will be fully funding some of the projects that are added to FundAnything himself.  He will even tweet some of the new projects on a weekly basis to his 2.1 million followers on the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account.  FundAnything competes directly against other crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

Trump and Zanker have known each other for a long time.  The two of them wrote a book together called “Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life.”

“Crowdfunding got traction with creatives and tech, but you go anywhere but the coasts and they don’t get it yet,” said Zanker in an interview with AllThingsD. “What I’m trying to do is bring crowdfunding away from the Brooklyn hipsters and bring it to the masses.”

Trump and Zanker through an event this morning at Trump Tower in New York today.  At the event, Trump planned to give away suitcases full of cash to someone that wanted to raise money for her husband’s double lung transplant ($40,000), a children’s party business that would hold a weekend for kids impact by Hurricane Sandy ($15,000), and a singer from Nashville that wants to make an album and music videos ($25,000).  The event at Trump Tower was supposed to be live-streamed, but there were some technical issues that came up.

Users are encouraged to only donate to friends and family until they feel comfortable with the platform.  They will be given a promised guarantee of up to $100 if a campaign ends up being fraudulent.

FundAnything will make money by charging for a 5% admin fee and 9% if a campaign does not meet the goal.  Zanker believes that crowdfunding will become a multi-billion dollar industry if it gets more attention.

Donald Trump Launches A Crowdfunding Service Called FundAnything Comments

  1. Lisa Forman says:

    I’m having grave concerns about this site and am considering cancelling my campaign. I clicked to launch it, but it doesn’t show up on the site. Customer Support advised that something must have been missing, and cited a $10 contribution. But the opening statement on the site says that it’s FREE to start a campaign. And if a $10 contribution is necessary, why did I get an email from the site saying that my campaign had been launched? Half of the campaigns that I checked out ended months ago. So, maybe the site needs to be revamped. But it should have been fine tuned before Trump re-launched it. Is anybody else feeling that “all’s not well in the state of Denmark”? {Hamlet}

  2. Lisa Forman says:

    This is what I’m about to email to Customer Support:
    This site has too many problems. There’s the aforementioned “FREE” vs ten dollar contribution issue. Half of the campaigns I looked at ended months ago. My contact information was saved correctly yesterday, but now it keeps telling me that I live in Alaska, with an Indiana zip code. Payment information was saved correctly yesterday, but now, when I attempt to change my contact information, I get a message saying “Paypal This email address is not associated with a paypal account.” And I continue to be listed as living in Alaska, with an Indiana zip. I think this site was relaunched too quickly.

  3. Lisa Forman says:

    P.S. Contact information and payment information are in two separate boxes. One ought to be able to save the content of one box without getting an error message regarding another.

  4. Lisa Forman says:

    I abandoned my campaign, but still received a response from Customer Support, this time eschewing any reference to the ten dollar contribution, but asserting that campaigns will not make the site if contact information and payment information are incomplete. I didn’t bother to respond. I’m just going to kick back and enjoy life in Indiana/Alaska. Peace. Out.

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