Need a Financial Jolt? Get a JOB(S): Part 1

Reward-Based Crowdfunding Network Marketing Companies Are They Legal?


The term “crowdfunding” has been thrown around a lot over the past several years. But what does “crowdfunding” really mean? And how does crowdfunding, particularly the recent enactment of rules from Title III of the JOBS Act, relate to network marketing? 

At its most basic, crowdfunding is the pooling of financial contributions via the internet for a project or enterprise.  The ubiquitous nature of the term has led to a great deal of confusion. However, “crowdfunding” is most easily understood as an umbrella term referring to three different models for raising capital: donation-based, rewards-based, and equity-based. Before discussing the challenges more commonly associated with equity-based donations, let’s cover the more commonly known types of crowdfunding.