Beanstalk provides the world's first high-touch crowd-funding platform for community leaders and their charitable projects.
Beanstalk identifies, vets and uplifts remarkable neighborhood leaders. We believe that what’s right with America is right next door. Every neighborhood has incredible residents who take the lead and solve tough problems, at a grassroots level. We know that great leaders inspire their communities, which is why we:
- Provide leaders with a crowd-funding platform
- Coordinate access to local business sponsors and individual champions
- Deliver professional video production services and personal mentoring, care and attention.
How it works (better):
Every leader, Project and Challenge on this site has been vetted. All leaders here have proven themselves successful in rallying their community, effectively using resources and donations, and making a long-lasting impact through their work. On this site, you back only the best.
Beanstalk brings you the inside scoop on your Leaders and their Projects, through high-quality videos, insightful reporting, and poignant photography. We want you to connect with your leaders, get to know them personally, and get in-depth updates on what’s right next door. Our editorial team is driven and focused on giving you the news you need.
Beanstalk exists only to help your Leaders succeed. Unlike most foundations, we don’t work through Grant applications or impersonal bureaucracy. Instead, we work one-on-one with each Leader, we listen and respond to their individual needs. Beyond crowd-funding, we offer fiscal-officership, online PR and marketing, social media assistance, mentoring, and best-practices guidance. We also help connect our Leaders to experts and influencers who can help them be more effective. We give each Leader what they need, how they need it, and we never work off a formula. There is no cookie cutter in our kitchen drawer.
Your Dollar, Your Choice
Every dollar you donate to a Project or Challenge goes directly to that Project or Challenge. Beanstalk covers all transaction costs and administrative expenses, so that 100% of your donation backs the leader you love. Leaders never pay anything for the services we provide.
We’re Never Done
Beanstalk is always learning. We come into the office every morning excited and ready to discover new ways to support our leaders and donors, with better tools and new technologies.
Founded by Ted Stolberg and our Board of Directors in 2008, the Beanstalk Foundation is a publicly-funded 501(c)3 charitable organization. During a successful career in finance and equity management, Mr. Stolberg found that great companies had great leaders. The right CEO would hire the right management and they would hire the right staff. He decided to apply the theory to philanthropy, first by directly backing local leaders, then by engaging their communities. The Beanstalk Foundation has a long and successful history, but what matters most is our future, our leaders, and you. Beanstalk originated in Denver, and many of our projects are here, but since our founding we have grown and have Leaders and Projects throughout the United States. Our ambition is to be America's leading high-touch crowd-funding platform.
Our small, talented team works tirelessly to identify the best leaders so we can back them together. Our web development team programs around the clock to develop the best tools and user experience. And our high-touch approach ensures that the Beanstalk Foundation is always a part of the community too. If we are successful, our leaders are successful, and that means that Denver is successful too. Beanstalk is our way of giving back, and if you want to help change philanthropy, we accept tips, and donations. We need your support, too, so check out the projects we’re working on now and decide if you’d like to help.