Please feel free to let us know about useful and interesting links for artists. We'll pass them along. Please note that Puffin has no relationship with these other organizations and list them here (in their own words) as a resource.
Crowdsourcing: "List Your Own Project" Sites
Kickstarter.com: Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.
Indiegogo.com: Have something you are passionate about? On IndieGoGo you can create a funding campaign to raise money quickly and securely. Our trusted platform has helped to raise millions of dollars for over 40,000 campaigns, across 201 countries. Anyone can start raising money right now on IndieGoGo! You can create a funding pitch, offer unique perks or tax deductions to your contributors in lieu of offering profit (you always keep 100% ownership), and get the word out!
Unitedstatesartists.org: Launched in December, 2010 by United States Artists, USA Projects is a dynamic new creative community... that connects people with great artists and helps them to make tax-deductible contributions to projects in the performing, visual, media, and literary arts. United States Artists is a public charity dedicated to investing in America's finest artists and illuminating their value to society.
Gofundme.com: GoFundMe makes it super simple to fundraise online for the things that matter to you most. From honeymoons to memorials and everything in between, it's easy to invite family & friends to donate to your important life events, projects & causes. (ed. note: Gofundme is a for profit site and does take a percentage of dollars raised. But it is also open to non-US citizens/residents)
PhotoPhilanthropy is an organization that brings together photographers and nonprofits to document social issues and drive action for meaningful change. Each year, PhotoPhilanthropy awards innovative approaches to visual storytelling and creative partnerships between photographers and nonprofit organizations with grants ranging from $2,000 - $15,000 USD. Submissions are now open and will close November 15, 2013.
This year, for the first time in the history of the awards, PhotoPhilanthropy is offering a mobile photography award in addition to its traditional professional, amateur, and student category awards for most compelling documentary photography essays completed on behalf of nonprofits. Renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi will head the awards jury. Mr. Kashi has been working in multimedia, short films, and mobile photography in his advocacy work as visual storyteller to explore social and political issues.
Networking/Resources for Artists
Art Buzz, est. 2006, is dedicated to the appreciation and advancement of contemporary visual art and its creators. ART BUZZ (http://www.artbuzz.org). Art Buzz is a not-for-profit visual artists' alliance and dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art...We are here to hlp keep artists informed and assist in exposing their work to a vast worldwide audience - a goal achieved with the help of this webiste and the premier, annual, contemporary visual arts showcase, hardcover publication, Art Buzz.