Let's Change the Story on Homelessness

Join us! Fund a Megaphone reporter to do in-depth investigative journalism focused on solutions to the homeless crisis.



We can’t do this without you.

Update: The response to our crowdfunder has been unbelievable. That's why we're upping the ante. Thanks to the incredible Megaphone community who rallied last week, we made it to our $10,000 goal in 36 hours. 36 hours!

That surge of support has allowed us to think bigger about the potential impacts of this project. If we can get to $16,000 by June 1st, we'll be able to expand our initial project to include a series of short, shareable videos to accompany our 6-month series on homelessness. To reach thousands more people, we'll pair each solutions-focused Megaphone article with an accompanying video that distills the content down to the essentials. We'll tell stories that drive change through compelling visuals that cut to the crux of the problem and its possible solutions.

Homelessness is at crisis levels. There are as many as 15,000 people without homes in British Columbia. Homeless deaths spiked 70 per cent in the last reported year. In a province as prosperous as B.C., why are so many people deprived of safe homes? And what can we do?

On May 11th, we launched a crowdfunding campaign--we're raising money to hire a reporter to do a 6-month series on solutions to the homeless crisis. We'll do in-depth, investigative journalism into what got us here, and what we can do to get people off the streets.

We powered through our $10,000 goal in 36 hours, and now we need your help to get to $16,000 by June 1st to make this project a reality.

With a new federal government, and a provincial election just 12 months away, we need solutions-focused journalism that drives change. We know that ending homelessness is possible.

Megaphone has won awards for our reporting. We've published powerful stories from people who have lived through homelessness. But as a small nonprofit, we've done this all with bare bones. With your help, we can fund a reporter to dig deep into solutions.

Stand with us in the fight for safe and affordable housing. Chip in to back Megaphone's bold new series on the homeless crisis.

P.S. Your tax-deductible donation, processed through Hope in Shadows, directly funds a 6-month series with investigating solutions to British Columbia's homelessness crisis. Tax receipts will be issued by Hope in Shadows and sent in July 2016.

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You got us there. Thank you.

We did it! You got us there. Way past there, even. Thank you.

21 days.
239 backers.
2 crowdfunding goals left in the dust. 
$18,365 raised to fund Megaphone's 6-month series on ending homelessness.

Thank you.

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No stopping us now | $16,000 by June 1st

The response to our crowdfunder has been unbelievable. That's why we're upping the ante.

Thanks to the incredible Megaphone community who rallied last week, we made it to our $10,000 goal in 36 hours. 36 hours!

We are blown away by the heart and generosity of the Megaphone community. When we planned this crowdfunding campaign, we were ready for a 3-week marathon, but in just 36 hours more than 150 people came through, chipping in what they could-- whether that was $5 or $500-- to get us to our goal and beyond.

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36 hours to $10,000

We launched this crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday, ready for a 21-day marathon. Gel-packs around our waists; compression socks on our feet; our gazes fixed on the hazy June 1st horizon as we steeled ourselves for the long 3-week race to $10,000. 

Then after 24 hours, we were 72% funded.

Ready for a grueling marathon, instead we were lifted up by a hope-filled, clamouring crowd of 84 incredible donors (and many more who shared our campaign with their friends and loved ones), who picked us up and sprinted together to 72% funded, getting us there so quickly we looked around bewildered, unsure what just happened.

That crowd of 84 ballooned to 125 a few short hours later. By 8:41pm on Thursday-- just 36 hours after launch-- we broke $10,000. 100% funded in 36 hours.

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And it hasn't stopped yet. As I write we're at $11,900 and 157 wonderful backers. We are completely blown away by the generosity, heart, and hope for a better way that we've seen from the Megaphone community in the last 2 days.

We'll have an update for you soon, but we are going to keep the crowdfunder open - anything contributed above and beyond our original goal will go a long way to help this project succeed. And we're working on a really exciting idea on how to make this project as impactful as possible, if we are able to raise enough funds beyond our original goal.

Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to us.

You can still chip in! www.megaphonemagazine.com/crowdfunder

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3...2...1...Launch!

And we're off! This morning we launched our very first crowdfunding campaign, and thanks to the amazing community of Megaphone supporters like you, we're off to a great start.

We know that most successful crowdfunding campaigns reach 30% of their goal within the first few days. It's important for the campaign momentum that we get to $3000 by this weekend - can you help us get there?

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$19,225.00 raised
Backers: 250
Goal: $16,000.00

$15

We are eternally grateful to you.


$25

Megapal

We are eternally grateful to you, AND you'll get a handwritten thank you card from the Megaphone team upon completion of our crowdfunding campaign.

Expected delivery date: June 2016


$40

All of the above + extra eternal gratitude!


$65

Enter to win a Hope in Shadows print

You'll be entered to win a draw for one of three award-winning Hope in Shadows prints + all of the above perks

Expected delivery date: July 2016


$100

Your name in lights

We'll thank you on a special page the July issue of Megaphone. Your shot at fame! You'll also receive all of the above perks.

Expected delivery date: July 2016


$150

All of the above perks + extra eternal gratitude.

Expected delivery date: July 2016


$250

Badge of Honour

A specially-designed Megaphone supporter sticker + all of the above.

Expected delivery: July 2016


$500

Megaphone VIP

A ticket to attend the Megaphone Breakfast in Fall 2016 + all of the above perks.

Expected delivery date: November 2016


$1000

Megaphone Builder

Invitation to a special talk-back with the Megaphone's reporter, editor, and Executive Director + all of the above perks.

Expected delivery date: November 2016


$2500

Megaphone Champion

A special shoutout in the magazine + All of the above perks.

Expected delivery date: November 2016


$5000

Megaphone Super-Champion

Um, do you want your own column? Just kidding. A framed award-winning Hope in Shadows print with a poem from one of Megaphone's community writers + all of the above perks. All it takes is two people to get us there!

Expected delivery date: November 2016


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