I am not certain you have had a similar experience:  My good friend Marie’s daughter is a documentary producer, director, writer, etc.  One of Elizabeth’s projects was The Loving Story which is a highly acclaimed documentary.  As she was working on this effort, I was asked to contribute to the production and marketing through a virtual environment called Indegogo.com.  Through this site, one of several, projects can be submitted for multitudes to consider lending a buck or many more.

Just today, I found an article through a Linkedin group that suggests that it need not be only films but any sort of project.

Check it out:  Crowdfunding

You may have a start up company or special project that folks will find worthy contribution even if they will not directly benefit.

Let me know if you are successful!