A new site called Kickstarter.com allows (or will soon allow) people who need financing for small to mid-sized projects (huge ones too, I guess) or businesses to post project details to chum little pledges from everyday folks. Small pledges maybe just a few dollars; the satisfaction of seeing the project take off: priceless.
They arent allowing everyone and their brother to post projects yet, but I’m told it is in the works. You can check out some of the projects and donate right now. One is to help a parapalegic try to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, another helped Polyvinyl Records save over 10,000 albums from being destroyed when their wherehouse space was in jeapardy. I can envision anything and everything in between. True perm temp stuff.