Creative Grounds DC launches Crowdfunding Campaign for new Bloomingdale Cafe and Community Space

1822 North Cap. Facade Creative Grounds DC
1822 North Capitol Street, NW courtesy Creative Grounds DC

From an email:

“We started a crowdfunding campaign that will give you a better sense of what Creative Grounds DC is, our goals and a fun video about the owners. Take a look:

The indiegogo page says:

“What Exactly is Creative Grounds DC?

Creative Grounds DC is a community space for teaching, producing and showcasing art while serving ethically sourced coffee and good eats. A true community gathering space, Creative Grounds DC goes beyond the traditional coffee bar model to include a unique and fulfilling arts education program for kids, studio rental and exhibition space. Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, the space is a 2,000 sq ft facility that will serve as the go-to destination for art-related activities in the nation’s capital.

We invite YOU to join us on our journey to create spaces where we embrace and celebrate creativity and community.”

You can read more and contribute here.

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  • Too much crowdfunding going on these days. How are you supposed to be able to decide who’s worthy of your $$ and who isn’t? More importantly, why aren’t these businesses securing direct investor capital and/or a bank loan? Genuinely curious.

    • You’re not investing in actual equity with most of these campaigns – you’re essentially donating money to the business. It’s up to you to decide who’s worthy of your donation and who isn’t.

    • do some due diligence – just call them and ask about their background, business experience, funding plans, lease terms, launch date, product line, vendor arrangements, staffing/management team, permitting status, will they have food, will they have alcohol, what’s the foot traffic for that spot, etc.

      • You don’t need to do that due diligence here. There is no opportunity to get a return on the money you give them. It is just a donation.

        • Sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?!

        • you know not of what you speak. imagine if someone wanted to make a $10K “donation”, wouldn’t it make sense to at least attempt to determine the likelihood that that money would be put to work in a manner that would be successful? are there other charities (for example) that might be more appropriate recipients? or f–k it, just take my donation/toilet paper ‘cuz the result will be the same?

          • Are you asking if donating money to a brand new private business will have greater social impact than donating that money to a non-profit? Well, I’m going to go out on a limb and answer no. If you want your donation to have the largest social impact, I recommend going to Charity Navigator and seeing how they evaluate the charity.

          • Yes, one should probably conduct some due diligence before donating. Many choose not to. It’s [your] money – what [you] do with it is up to [you].

          • I also have a bit of crowdfunding fatigue, but as long as people find success getting their ideas off the ground, they will continue.

            This is not a charity, but a business asking for money. This is not an investment opportunity, so unless you perhaps live in the neighborhood and think this would make a nice addition, I’m not sure why someone would invest time and energy into asking about business plans, funding, lease terms, etc.

          • You’re never going to get any reasonable level of due diligence from someone crowdfunding a business idea. Often it’s just that – an idea. Meanwhile, actual registered 501c3s need to fill IRS form 990s and are rated by Charity Navigator and others on efficiency and financials. For all intents and purposes, your contribution to a crowdfunding campaign could go to their business… or it could get spent on booze and coke. You have no way of knowing. Proceed accordingly.

  • @Luckycat: “This is not an investment opportunity, so unless you perhaps live in the neighborhood and think this would make a nice addition, I’m not sure why someone would invest time and energy into asking about business plans, funding, lease terms, etc.” Because why waste your money on a sh!TTy idea? But if you want to, go for it. Clearly, most all here spend plenty of our valuable time/energy reading neighborhood blogs and viewing crowdfunding sites/opportunities. How else could you spend that time? Due diligence? nah, who cares.

  • How exactly is this any different than panhandling?

    I’m sick of crowd funding with no equity stake. Charities take handouts, businesses take investments.

    • it makes you sick? hahaha.
      if you don’t know how this is different than panhandling, I imagine there are lots of things that puzzle you.

      if only there was a way you could simply not donate money.

      • Its no different than pan handling.

        I feel so strongly about commercial interests looking for handouts that I am going to both say I think its stupid AND not give. See how that works?

        Do you go around paying extra for stuff just because you want places to be viable? Its just not the way the world works. Business is business, charity is charity.

  • This sounds great and will be a welcome and useful addition to Bloomingdale. Parents with young children definitely need more places to go and undertake creative pursuits. I wish them luck.

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