Indiegogo’s new Life site offers no fee crowdfunding for personal causes

by Shelton on December 26th, 2014

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Crowdfunding services like indiegogo and Kickstarter have become very popular among startup companies and indie product developers. While we have seen our fair share of unique and somewhat comical ideas that exist outside of typical product campaigns, Indiegogo has decided to launch a separate service focusing specifically on personal funding.

The new Indiegogo Lifesiteis reserved for more personal funding like special celebrations and medical emergencies. Campaign categories found on the Life site include Medical, Celebrations, Emergencies, Animals, Memorials, Educational campaigns and Volunteer work, among others. Unlike the 4-9% fee Indiegogo usually takes from traditional funding, the company will take nothing on Life campaigns.

Along with a host of community based campaign building tools and the Indiegogo Customer Happiness agent staff, the company also says the process to create a campaign is easier and more intuitive than ever before.

As some have pointed out, we are already seeing some higher profile campaigns that would fall nicely into the new Life bracket. Ashya Kings battle with cancer was very successful and likely part of the driving factor behind Indiegogos move to separate its personal and business-like campaigns.

After launching its first Android app a few weeks back, Indiegogos new Life site is now open for business and accepting campaigns.

World War II Members of the Civil Air Patrol Receive Congressional Gold Medal

by Shelton on December 26th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A Congressional Gold Medal was awarded collectively today to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the US Capitol Visitor Center.

The medal, designed and struck by the United States Mint, recognizes the organization for their humanitarian, combat, and national services during a critical time for our nation.

The CAP began operations under the Office of Civilian Defense on Dec. 1, 1941, one week before the United States entered World War II. Within a few months, the unpaid volunteers became involved in military operations by assisting the US Army and the US Navy. Using privately owned aircraft and personal funding, the CAP members performed numerous essential tasks in support of the military and the nation, including armed convoy and antisubmarine patrols off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

The CAP served the nation from March 1942 to August 1943. The heroic aircrew is credited with escorting more than 5,600 convoys, reporting 173 U-boats and attacking 57, flying 86,685 total missions, logging 244,600 total flight hours, and flying more than 24 million total miles.

The medals obverse (heads side) was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The design features two CAP volunteersone male and one femalewatching the skies. In the background, a tanker is escorted by CAP planes overhead. Inscriptions are CIVIL AIR PATROL and 1941-1945.

The medals reverse (tails side), designed by Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso, features a partial laurel wreath representing honor and service, surrounding CAP insignias. Inscriptions are HONOR, CIVILIAN VOLUNTEERS WHO FLEW ARMED amp; HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS, and ACT OF CONGRESS 2014.

A digital image of the medal is available at

Public Law 113-108, which requires the United States Mint to strike the Congressional Gold Medal for the World War II members of the CAP, also authorizes the bureau to strike and sell bronze reproductions of the medal. The three-inch medal (product code CR4) will be priced at $39.95 and the 1.5-inch medal (product code CR5) will be priced at $6.95. Orders will be accepted starting noon Eastern Standard Time on Dec. 11, 2014, via the bureaus online catalog at and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).

About the United States Mint
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