People who have some experience working in the social or development sector, or with a non profit organization, have in most cases fundraised at one time or another. They will agree that crowdfunding is the most democratized form of fundraising, and also the most effective in drawing huge numbers of people together and building a digital sense of community, since every donor develops some sort of stake in the campaign they choose to contribute to.
Crowdfunding is also the mode of fundraising that allows the focus of projects to rest on those in need. In this sense, crowdfunding is also classless, and by its own example directed against various forms of social stratification.
There are those who argue that the poor in developing nations like ours have no real access to crowdfund for their large-scale problems. This is not true, because since the inception of crowdfunding marginalized people have had NGOs and social workers and activists to fight for their rights and the betterment of their lot on crowdfunding platforms around the world.
Since crowdfunding has done so much to uplift those who suffer, some books about the human condition that uphold the spirit of resilience and survival in the giant set of have-nots is indispensable to anyone linked with fundraising. We have made a list of seven books you will enjoy and relate to if you work to enhance the lives of others.
- To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch is a white lawyer and father to young Jem and Scout. In the small and idyllic town of Maycomb, mass fury breaks out when a white woman accuses the black Tom Robinson of rape. Harper Lee’s Atticus decides to defend the innocent Tom with life altering consequences for the Finch family.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God: Zora Neale hurston in her seminal work created the character of Janie Crawford, one of literature’s greatest heroines of color. Janie is unafraid to embrace her own sexuality or act upon her emotions, and this exposes her to slander and a battle with her innermost self.
- The Satanic Verses: This is undoubtedly the most controversial title on our list, and is banned for sale in India because of purported offence to the minority Muslim community in the nation. In the novel salman rushdie explores questions of identity and the notion of how personal experiences are politically shaped.
- The Edible Woman: Canadian writer Margaret Atwood shot to fame with this debut novel that examines the sanctity of traditionally imagined gender roles. The protagonist, Marian, revolts against the expectations imposed on her by men, and by society, and sinks into depression under the knowledge that women are for consumption by men.
- Orlando: Orlando is Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece about the conflicts of a genderfluid woman-man, and the mechanisms of coping they must develop to survive in a world where binaries are championed.
- The God of Small Things: This is yet another extraordinarily famous debut novel by the inimitable Arundhati Roy. The book travels through the childhood memories of Rahel, and her relationships with her twin brother, her mother, and their mother’s untouchable lover in Kerala under a communist regime.
- The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath dissects her own psyche in this autobiographical novel about a working-class college girl slipping into the throes of bipolar disorder as she struggles to come to terms with her position in society as regards her affluent peers, her immigrant family, and the men she falls in love with.
Crowdfunding India has grown over the years
None of these books directly talk about fundraising or crowdfunding, but set the reader thinking about the values of equality, friendship, and solidarity that these actions entail. Try reading these books to feel that a universe of love and support has opened up to you.