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I have been searching for days. Is there a good crowd funding framework that I could use as the base for a project? Something like a kickstarter clone in Ruby on Rails or PHP?

There are one or two out there, but they look terrible.

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    What's wrong with using Kickstarter itself? – DisgruntledGoat Aug 3 '11 at 11:14
  • its for internal/private uses hosted on the intranet of the organization I work with – somid3 Aug 3 '11 at 21:43
  • Hmm...now I'm interested in why you need to get employees of your company to fund the projects your company is working on? – DisgruntledGoat Aug 3 '11 at 23:39
  • Because they get "brownie" points, and can use their "brownie" points for their favorite internal cause. I need to modify the platform so that instead of USDs they use "brownie" points, etc, etc, etc. – somid3 Aug 4 '11 at 12:05
  • Co-creator of ignitiondeck.com here. We wanted something we could put into use quickly for our own projects, so we built ID on top of WordPress as a plugin. We asked the very same question and saw very little, but I'd love to hear if you find something, as I believe the need definitely exists. – Nathan Hangen Dec 29 '11 at 17:14
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From what you mention in your comment it sounds like a bug-tracking system could be the way to go. I know that the KDE Bug Tracker uses exactly the system you mentioned of "votes" to apportion to bugs/features.

However, I can't find if their software is available to download and self-host. Perhaps check some other similar software like Bugzilla and see if it meets your needs.

  • Well I checked a few out after reading Somid3's response to you Goat and couldn't find anything that had a voting feature built into it, Trac, Redmine, Bugzilla, Mantis and a few others... surprisingly I couldn't find a plugin or default function built into any of them. – Mike Keller Aug 4 '11 at 13:53
  • yeah, open source lacks in this feature set – somid3 Aug 5 '11 at 16:35
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As DisgruntledGoat said, Kickstarter. But there is also RocketHub, IndieGoGo and Invested.in.

But I almost get the impression you are looking for something you can host yourself? If that's the case I did a quick search and came up with IgnitionDeck though it doesn't seem to be publicly available yet.

Worst case scenario you throw up a PayPal donate button somewhere.

Ultimately though your best bet is to use an already existing service. Why? People are more likely to help fund your cause through a well known name like Kickstarter or RocketHub than to donate to you directly. It gives your cause a sense of credibility unless you already have an established audience that trusts you.

  • thanks, yes, I meant a framework as an application that I could install in the intranet of my organization. Thanks for your suggestion. – somid3 Aug 3 '11 at 21:44

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