PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE RELEASE – VANCOUVER, B.C. (April 23, 2014)
Dana.io Introduces Free Crowdfunding Platform
On May 14th, Dana.io will launch the world’s first free dana-driven crowdfunding platform. It will forgo all charges for its services in favor of offering project creators a sliding contribution scale with no minimum fee. Dana.io will earn revenue through the giving of dana – the ancient Buddhist Pali concept for ‘the practice of generosity.’
The diverse team behind the vision has created the only crowdfunding platform of its kind to reinvest all contributions raised to improving its services; enhancing features and gifting dana forward to campaigns. Director, Alan Clements, author and former Buddhist monk in Burma explains, “It’s really built on the pay-it-forward model. We want to lower the threshold completely as much as possible for people, artists, authors, activists worldwide, to believe in their dream.” Inspired by collaborative movements such as Occupy, Dana.io will connect talented people with promising projects, addressing the pressing need not just for crowdfunding platforms but also for support in both pre- and post-campaign production.
Dana.io is now actively inviting the world’s visionary entrepreneurs, cultural architects, wild mystics, digital freedom fighters, dissident artists and peaceful revolutionaries of our interconnected world, to come and create their dream visions in a supportive and forward thinking environment.
“By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.” – Burma’s Noble Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi
What is the meaning of dana?
Although dana is an ancient Buddhist Pali term meaning ‘the practice of generosity,’ our team uses the more universal meaning of dana to convey ‘giving as the ground of liberation or the practice of using one’s own freedom to support the freedom of others.’ Dana.io will forgo all charges for its services in favor of offering project creators a sliding “dana scale” of zero – to a percentage of one’s choice. These funds are then gifted forward to support future campaigners to use the dana.io platform for free.
dana.io = “io” is a new domain suffix that stands for “inflow and outflow” or “incoming” and “outgoing.”
CONTACT: ALAN CLEMENTS, Director
Dana.io, 255 Water Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B5C6 Canada
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