The biggest crowdfunding campaigns in Kickstarter history happened in the past month

Through the Cracks has not shied away from saying Kickstarter is important, but it’s not the only crowdfunding platform. As I said in a piece earlier this year, Kickstarter is not the sun. The crowd is the sun, and all platforms, Kickstarter included, revolve around it.

To the best of our ability, we also try to recognize significant events in the history of crowdfunded journalism, and one just happened.

Campaigns in the journalism, photography and documentary categories all set records in April for the most money raised all-time in each of the categories on Kickstarter. Here’s a brief look at each of the three.

Journalism

Kazoo Magazine
End Date: April 26
Amount raised: $171,215 USD with 3,136 backers
A new magazine to encourage girls to be “smart, strong, fierce, and, above all, true to themselves” from former SELF editor Erin Bried.

Photography

End Date: May 18, 2016
Amount raised: $556,000 from 850 backers.
The Trioplan soap bubble lens (F 2.9/50) hand made by Meyer-Optik in Görlitz, Germany 100 years after the lens was originally created.

Documentary

End date: April 8, 2016
Amount raised: $1,126,037 USD with 8,688 backers.
A campaign to save Frank Zappa’s personal film vault, create a documentary, and unearth some of his unreleased music. On the list of “rewards” for the cause: Frank Zappa’s house for $9 million.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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