Older persons in advocacy and years of experience including me approach these matters with some trepidation due to foreigners coming here to shoot documentaries or projects, we have been burnt before as they benefit and leave the subjects of their work or research behind with no or little positive impact to write home about. Persons pretend to be interested in our 'plight' yet disappear with the materials etc when they are done and gain professional and other benefits without any real return or assistance.
In October 2014 a press release and online fundraising campaign came to hand from one named Carolyn Bick on Kickstarter, the goal for the campaign was not met yet no follow up has come as to the next step and what has happened with the funds already collected, if returned to the donors or dispersed to the named groups. Miss Bick's website does not load when visited. carolynbickphotography.com
Who is responsible for completing a project as promised?
It's the project creator's responsibility to complete their project. Kickstarter is not involved in the development of the projects themselves.
Kickstarter does not guarantee projects or investigate a creator's ability to complete their project. On Kickstarter, backers (you!) ultimately decide the validity and worthiness of a project by whether they decide to fund it.
How do backers know if a project will follow through?
Launching a Kickstarter is a very public act, and creators put their reputations at risk when they do.
Backers should look for creators who share a clear plan for how their project will be completed, and who have a history of bringing their creative ventures and other projects to fruition. Creators are encouraged to share links and as much background information as possible so backers can make informed decisions about the projects they support.
If a creator has no demonstrable experience in doing something like their project or doesn't share key information, backers should take that into consideration. Does the creator include links to any websites that show work related to the project, or past projects? Does the creator appear in the video? Have they connected via Facebook?
Don't hesitate to request information from a creator. You can always reach out before pledging via the "Contact me" button on the project page.
How do I know a project creator is who they claim they are?
Perhaps you are friends with the creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source.
Looking for more information? Read through the description and watch the video to get a better sense of the person or team behind the project.
In the creator bio section of each project, you can find additional resources, like links to websites, relevant background information, and in some cases, a connected Facebook account. For projects that have launched since May 19, 2014, you'll also find a verified name with a check mark next to it. This person is the creator of the project or a part of the company or team behind it, and they verified their identity through an automated process.
No, Kickstarter doesn't issue refunds. Transactions are between backers and creators directly. Creators receive all funds (less fees) soon after their campaign ends.
Why can't Kickstarter guarantee projects?
We started Kickstarter as a new way for creators and audiences to work together to make things. Many traditional funding systems are risk-averse and profit-focused, and tons of great ideas never get a chance. Kickstarter opens the door to a world full of creative possibilities, one where anyone can help decide which bright idea will become tomorrow's reality.
Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative ideas. Many of the projects you see on Kickstarter are in earlier stages of development and are looking for a community to bring them to life. The fact that Kickstarter allows creators to take risks and attempt to create new things is a feature, not a bug.take a look at the press release from Miss Bick:
Carolyn Bick Launches Kickstarter Project to Help the LGBTQ Community