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Caress Dreams to Reality Fund

Caress can help grow your dream! Whether you have a small business or are jumpstarting your side hustle, Caress wants to provide you with the education, tools, and resources to take your dreams to the next level. Through the Caress Dreams to Reality Fund, 150 diverse founders will receive $1000 grants and $1500 coaching scholarships to execute successful crowdfunding campaigns.

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Caress • IFundWomen of Color

Caress believes that moments of self-care are so important for women to feel truly pampered, centered and connected with themselves. It's in these moments of immersing your senses that creativity flourishes - and Caress believes that no great idea should go down the drain! So, as the founding partner of IFundWomen of Color, Caress has committed $1,000,000 to IFundWomen over the next two years to support women of color entrepreneurs and small business owners through COVID-19 relief and the Dreams to Reality Fund; giving them access to the education, tools, resources, and FUNDING they need to take their dreams to the next level.

To date, we've invested $500K in COVID-19 Relief Grants to 200 women of color entrepreneurs and we're keeping the funding gap going with the Dreams to Reality Fund.

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Welcome to the Dreams to Reality Fund

 

Through this program 150 diverse founders will receive $1,000 in grants and $1,500 in 1:1 intensive coaching to execute successful crowdfunding campaigns. Here's what the program offers.

Annual coaching membership

Program participants will receive a year of 1:1 coaching with IFundWomen experts on all of the business topics they need to know.

6-month fundraising program

Program participants will go through a 6-month fundraising program to prep, launch, and execute a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2021.

A $1,000 Grant

Program participants will receive a $1000 grant from Caress as the first funder of their crowdfunding campaign.

Exclusive networking opportunities

Program participants will receive unique opportunities to expand their network and learn from industry experts.

Resource hub

We know it's about more than just the funding. Whether you're working to grow your project, side hustle, small business, or start up, these are the tools that will help you get to the next level.

Network Building

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The key to your success is in the power of your network. The best CEOs, founders and creatives attained their positions not just because of what they knew but the friends, colleagues, relationships that supported them along the way. If you're building a new business, especially if you're endeavoring into a new industry, networking is essential to the success of your business. Watch this workshop to learn how to define your network, how to find people that are a part of your industry vertical, and how to expand your network whether you're an industry newbie or veteran.

Customer Discovery

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You’ve told your friends and family, you’ve bought a domain, you’ve designed the website, and even changed your LinkedIn job description to that coveted “Founder” title. You’re ready to launch this business and see your idea revolutionize the world. Yet, the night before your launch, you’re tossing and turning in bed with one dreaded question circling your brain, attacking your will to sleep: “What if no one even wants this product?” Here’s the truth. You won’t ever completely get rid of this feeling as a founder. But, you can put your mind a bit at ease by spending some time on this important step: Customer Discovery.

Brand Building 101

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Brand strategy is more than just picking a cool logo, unique fonts, and a punchy slogan. Branding is the most powerful marketing tool in the world.  It encompasses all things that consumers know, feel, and experience about your business in its entirety. For individuals and businesses alike, establishing your brand can the difference between success, mediocrity, and failure. Watch this workshop to learn how build your brand from the ground up by using exercises to help you identify your brand voice, values, and visual identity.

Strategic Partnerships

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Whether your business is on the Fortune 500 or just starting out, strategic partnerships can make a huge difference in driving growth for your business. Strategic partnerships allow businesses the opportunity to reach new customers, deepen relationships with their current audience, increase brand presence, and expand the product set.  Watch this workshop to learn the strategy behind identifying, pitching, and closing deals with companies that can take your business to the next level.

DOWNLOADABLE TOOLS

 

IFundWomen Method Playbook

The IFundWomen Method Playbook is an end-to-end campaign planner: pitch honing, network mapping, rewards P&L, and marketing planner. This will be your crowdfunding bible during your campaign.

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IFundWomen Method Crowdfunding eCourse

Designed with early-stage entrepreneurs in mind, this FREE e-course will teach you how to use the IFundWomen Method to hone your pitch, map your network, strategically estimate your fundraising goal, market to your target audience, and design rewards that sell.

Don’t just take our word for it. 84% of people who’ve taken this course say they feel "way more confident" to hit their crowdfunding goal. 

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Campaign Guide

The IFundWomen Crowdfunding Campaign Guide is a crash course on how to crowdfund. Think broad strokes to give you an idea of what to expect. Go check it out and then we highly recommend that you take the time to watch our free crowdfunding eCourse where you can really get into the details of planning your campaign.

Campaign Guide

Caress • IFWOC grant recipients

 

Thanks to IFundWomen of Color founding partner Caress, we've already deployed $500K in COVID-19 Relief grants for women of color. Meet the grant recipients. 

Philadelphia, PA

The Future of YOWIE

YOWIE is building the future of dynamic retail:
an (endlessly) shoppable space to stay, shop, collaborate, and explore!

104% Funded
$77,651Raised
37Days Left
Lifestyle
Los angeles, CA

Dive In Well

Cultivating space, community, conversations, and change for a more equitable and accessible wellness industry.

239% Funded
$59,778Raised
0Days Left
Social Good
Chattanooga, TN

The Chattery

We're creating a space that's for the community, by the community (online and in-person). Join us!

115% Funded
$34,473Raised
37Days Left
Social Good
New york, NY

The Gumbo

The Gumbo is a media hub and club focused on amplifying the voices of Black women who love Hip-Hop.

173% Funded
$17,263Raised
37Days Left
Lifestyle
Los angeles, ca, CA

ChildNEXUS

Kids who can’t read, write, or focus long enough to learn are wired differently; they are not broken, and we can change their lives.

100% Funded
$17,076Raised
37Days Left
Social Good

 

It's time to take your dream to the next level with Caress

 

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