About Green Our Planet
About Green Our Planet
What is Green Our Planet?
Green Our Planet (GOP) is a creative, entrepreneurial, non-profit conservation organization that operates a free crowdfunding platform. GOP offers a unique funding and educational model to help individuals and organizations reach their mission goals, while supporting innovative education and conservation efforts. GOP achieves its mission by actively partnering with foundations, individuals, organizations and corporations to collectively create positive impact in environmental education and change. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Green Our Planet also runs one of the fastest-growing school garden programs, The Outdoor Garden Classroom, in the United States. Through its crowdfunding platform, Green Our Planet simultaneously offers the public an opportunity to both learn about environmental challenges and to help fund green projects that can help solve some of those challenges.
Green Our Planet believes:
- That good green ideas that offer solutions to environmental problems can through collective funding be transformed from the idea stage into reality.
- That a large group of like-minded people, by pooling their individual donations for a common cause, can have a significant positive impact on the world.
Is Green Our Planet a non-profit organization?
Yes, we are incorporated in the state of Nevada as a non-profit organization and are approved as a 501(c)3 organization by the IRS.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Most of the projects Green Our Planet hosts are non-profit organizations. If you are donating to a non-profit organization, for example, to a school, then simply save your receipt and your donation will be tax-deductible.
Who can fund their project on Green Our Planet?
Green Our Planet is focused on green projects that provide solutions to environmental problems. We're a great way for scientists, inventors, filmmakers, conservationists, writers, teachers, principals, community organizers, and others to bring their green ideas to life.
A "green" project is something finite with a clear beginning and an end. Someone can be held accountable to the framework of a project — a project was either completed or it wasn't — and there are definable expectations that everyone can agree to. This is imperative for every Green Our Planet project.
We know there are a lot of great projects that fall outside of our scope, but Green Our Planet is not a place for soliciting donations for causes or charity projects outside of our "green" scope. Learn more about this on the project guidelines page.
Why do people support projects?
People contribute to campaigns for many reasons, but usually it's because they believe in the mission of a particular campaign and want to support and thus become involved in that campaign. Donors may also be interested in some of the perks offered by a campaign.
I only need to raise a small amount of funding. Is Green Our Planet for me?
Absolutely! Green Our Planet is for green projects big and small, traditional and experimental. Small projects that you (or you and a few friends) can do over a weekend are perfect for Green Our Planet. In fact, the most common projects on Green Our Planet are not blockbusters but smaller projects that raise $5,000 or less.
Is this "all-or-nothing" funding like some crowdfunding platforms, or will I be able to keep whatever funds I raise?
At Green Our Planet, you will be able to keep the funds you raise, even if you don't meet your original funding goal. We realize that, with green projects especially, you may be using multiple sources of funding to meet your overall goals.
What does Green Our Planet charge?
We charge $0.00 for the use of our website, which makes Green Our Planet one of the best crowdfunding options on the planet for your green project. Most crowdfunding sites charge an average of 5-9% for the use of their platform, plus an average of 3% credit card fees—so the total can range from 8-12% of the money your raise. At Green Our Planet, the only fees involved are the credit card fees—which average 3%. That’s all you pay at Green Our Planet.
If you don’t charge a fee for the use of your website platform, then how do you survive?
We are a non-profit organization. We therefore fund our operations through grants and personal donations. If you like what we do—then please donate!
Does Green Our Planet take some percentage of ownership or intellectual property of things created through Green Our Planet?
No we do not. Project creators keep 100% ownership of their work.
Can I see who has donated to my project?
Yes! Just click on the "backers" tab on the project page.
I'm with a business interested in supporting one or more projects. What should I do?
Awesome! We'd love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more ways you can get involved.