Fortua helps you organize, fund, and promote all kinds of healthy, active, and eco-friendly activities and causes in your community. We bring people together to share, learn from each other, support each other, and transform the way workshops, classes, festivals, races, camps, retreats, inspiring talks, films, trails, playgrounds, parks, educational programs, fundraisers, environmental projects, and more are created, funded, and promoted.
Sure, there are other crowdfunding sites out there, but they are all about gadgets or personal causes (e.g. illness, emergency). Fortua is different. Fortua is about community-inspired activities and causes that bring people together and create great experiences for everyone participating!
The way Fortua works is simple. Create a crowdfunding page on Fortua that describes what you are doing. On your page, pre-sell spots to your workshop, entry to your event, access to your new project or other perks – or – raise funds for a cause! Get funded, complete your project, and fulfill your orders by holding your workshop, throwing your event, shipping your perks, and saying thank you to all of your backers!
Your project or cause gets funded. Your backers get cool stuff or experiences. The planet is one Fortua project happier!
The essence of what Fortua is helping to make happen is captured in this video from The North Face®. Sometimes words just aren't enough!
A portion of our revenue is donated annually to 1% for the Planet to protect natural places and wildlife for generations to come. If you have a project, workshop, event, or fundraiser that’s good for people or good for the planet that you need help with, then you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help.
The Fortua Story: A message from the Founder
Fortua was born from the need for a simple tool to organize, fund, and promote a bicycle ride for land conservation.
The earliest ideas for Fortua were formed while I was training for the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon and I wanted a simple tool to raise funds and awareness for the charitable causes I believed in as part of my journey. A number of years later while putting together a bicycle ride for land conservation, I needed a tool, as well as an online community, that would help me to quickly and easily promote the ride, capture registration payments, set a threshold number of registrations required to cover costs (otherwise the ride would not happen and no one would be charged), engage volunteers, secure supply and equipment donations, and serve as a fundraising page for the conservation organization I was supporting. There was no simple “plug and play” tool like this that did it all. Instead, I needed to use multiple tools – one for promotion, one for registration, another for volunteer recruitment, one for sponsors, and another for fundraising. It required far more time, money, and effort than necessary.
I asked around and learned that people wanted a tool and online community like this to organize, fund, promote, and participate in all kinds of activities, including pop-up yoga classes, farm-to-table dinners, workshops, retreats, festivals, events, charitable fundraisers, and entrepreneurial projects like starting a yoga studio, climbing gym, obstacle race, fitness product, and more! The same needs consistently came up. People wanted an all-in-one solution to:
1.) Help them to get visibility from an audience of interested and like-minded people.
2.) Enable them (if needed) to set a threshold number of sign-ups or pre-orders required to fund their project and cover costs.
3.) Inspire a stronger sense of community and ownership among participants while also creating more urgency to the sign up, pre-order, and fundraising process.
4.) Make the process of creating and promoting a workshop, event, or project more fun, simple, and successful!
Enter Fortua. We are a crowdfunding site and community focused on healthy, active, and eco-friendly projects, events, and causes – solving the problem I had a number of years ago with my bike ride and offering a new way to create, fund, and promote all kinds of great things!
It’s been an incredible journey so far with lots of good stuff happening! I am deeply grateful to you, our customers, and the talented and passionate people I work with every day. Email me and I will personally help you get started. We can start with a Skype call and I can show you how Fortua works!
Joe Walsmith, Ph.D.