Celebrating 28 Black Women’s Digital Sisterhood Leadership in Creative Crowdfunding Projects


Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday!

Black History like Women’s History is made every day. During the month of February, Black History celebrations are held online and offline to recognize the contributions of Black people in America. Today, Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle, and Living Well Initiative is celebrating 28 Black women who are making history as they use crowdfunding platforms to bring their creativity and dreams to life with art, books, blogs, creative learning opportunities, dramatic performances, films, music, photography, social entrepreneurship, webisode series, and travel experiences. These women represent the best of Digital Sisterhood Leadership. Their efforts are AMAZING because they inspire and empower others to dream and act bigger. They embody our 2013 theme, “Too Bold for Boundaries = Fierce Living.” See the list below.

We encourage you to get to know them and their work by visiting their web sites and blogs regularly in 2013. Talk about them to your network. Support their creative efforts. Follow them on Twitter. LIKE them on Facebook. Connect with them on Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vimeo, YouTube, and other social media sites. Celebrate their beauty, brilliance, courage, creativity, and leadership in the digital space!

About Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding is a web-based financial model that allows individuals to network and pool their money in community to support projects and ventures initiated by other people and organizations. gofundme, indiegogo, and Kickstarter are three of the most popular reward-based crowdfunding platforms. PayPal is also another platform people use to collect crowdfunding donations. To learn more about crowdfunding, click here to see Ananda Leeke’s Crowdfunding Pinterest board of resources.

Celebrating Black Women’s Digital Leadership in Creative Crowdfunding Projects:

Photo Credit: girltank.org

Photo Credit: girltank.org

1) Crowdfunding Projects You Should Know About



2) gofundme Campaigns



3) indiegogo Campaigns



4) Kickstarter Campaigns

NOTE: This post is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013). If you would like Leeke to facilitate a workshop, give a presentation, or speak about crowdfunding, please contact her at kiamshaleeke@yahoo.com or 202.607.3509. Visit www.anandaleeke.com.

Donate & Support Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood Kickstarter Fundraiser by June 28!

Happy Summer Digital Sisters and Brothers!

I hope your summer is treating you well. Mine is going great. I recently enjoyed a week-long staycation in DC. During my staycation, I practiced yoga outside in Malcolm X Park, attended daily meditation classes at Studio DC, had lunch and dinner with friends, slept in and took a lot of naps, watched a lot of Netflix movies, visited an amazing exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute, read all of my magazines and wrote in my journal at Starbucks, took some long walks in my neighborhood, attended a meditation talk on building community, enjoyed a great Father’s Day dinner with family, went shopping at Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond for household items, and organized some parts of my home (still gotta finish this project). I also spent time on my Digital Sisterhood book project. The end result is a refreshed and rested Ananda!

Are you planning a staycation or vacation this summer? Drop me a line and let me know what you are doing!

Have you supported my Digital Sisterhood Kickstarter book fundraiser yet? If not, you have 6 days left to make a donation. The deadline is June 28. Click on the link below to learn more. All donations are accepted – $5, $10, $15, $20, $30, $40 or more. Thank you for your support and generosity!

DONATION LINK: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1831893390/digital-sisterhood-part-2

Enjoy your summer!

Blessings, Ananda

PS Update: As of June 23, 21 amazing people have donated $610 to the Kickstarter campaign.   One person donated $10 via PayPal. The total amount raised is $620.  You can make a donation with PayPal too. Use kiamshaleeke@yahoo.com to make PayPal donations.

April Celebration: Digital Sisterhood Kickstarter Book Fundraiser Already Raised $500!

It’s time to CELEBRATE!  Digital Sisterhood’s Kickstarter book fundraiser raised $500 in the first 30 days of the campaign with the generous support of 16 people.  See their names below.  Deep gratitude and appreciation for their contributions!

  • Marisa Alonso
  • Sloane Berrent
  • Holly Buchanan
  • Nicole Cutts
  • Margaux Delotte-Bennett
  • Danielle DiPirro
  • Terri Holley
  • Danica Kombol
  • Y. Lattiore
  • Marie Legette
  • Nancy McCormick
  • Tracy Chiles McGhee
  • Akilah Richards
  • Joy Rose
  • La Sarmiento
  • Willa Shalit
More Great News! There is still 60 days left for you to make a donation of $1, $5, $10, $20, $30, $40, $50 or more.  The deadline is June 28. Click here to donate online.  Please share the fundraiser link with your network:  http://kck.st/i15fwC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, and email. Your support is greatly appreciated!!!! Blessings!!!!

Many thanks to everyone for supporting my Kickstarter book fundraiser!

Happy Monday All!

Great news!  To date, 15 generous supporters helped me raise $425 for my Digital Sisterhood book fundraiser on Kickstarter.com.  I am filled with deep gratitude for their generosity and your support for sharing my fundraiser with your network via Twitter, Facebook, email, and other social media sites.

FYI – You can still make a donation to my fundraiser by clicking here.  Once I meet my $500 goal, I will continue raising money until the June 28th deadline.  The additional money raised after the $500 goal will be used to cover some or all of the graphic art and photography expenses.

Enjoy your day and week!



Please support Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood Part 2 Kickstarter Fundraiser by Making a Donation by June 28.

Hi All,

Today I am sharing a video that I recorded yesterday about my Digital Sisterhood Part 2 Kickstarter Fundraiser.  My goal is to raise $500 by June 28. Click on the link to make a donation of $1, $5, $10, $20, $30, $40, $50 or more:  http://kck.st/i15fwC.  Each person who donates will receive a gift. Check out what you will receive with your donations: http://kck.st/i15fwC.

The Story Behind My Current Fundraiser:

In September 2010, I  launched my first Kickstarter campaign to raise money for my book, Digital Sisterhood, a memoir that discusses her Internet adventures, digital sisterhood experiences, and reflections about women and the Internet during the period of 1986 to 2011.  My short-term goal was to raise $500 by December 23, 2010. My long-term goal was to raise $1,600. Guess what happened? With the support of 39 backers, I successfully raised $1,159 online and an additional $70 offline. The grand total was $1,229.

To date, I have $371 to raise in order to meet my long-term goal of $1,600. That’s why I have come back to Kickstarter with Digital Sisterhood – Part 2.  My Digital Sisterhood Part 2 book fundraising goal is $500 by June 28. This amount will cover the balance of my self-publishing expenses and help offset the cost of mailing and photography expenses.

Thank you for your support! Many blessings!