Crowdfunding the UFODATA project
We plan to use crowdfunding to raise the money necessary for the project. Briefly, crowdfunding is a method of collecting monetary contributions, both large and small, from a great number of people, via a website and dedicated crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is an alternative form of finance which has been made possible by the existence of the internet. It is especially suitable for projects such as UFODATA, since the study of the UFO phenomenon has not been supported by traditional sources of scientific funding. Well known crowdfunding platforms include Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Experiment.
Our crowdfunding strategy will proceed initially in two steps. First, those who are interested in supporting our research can donate directly, and immediately, on this site. The money we raise in this stage will be used to buy equipment for our prototype station and work on initial development. The station will then be the foundation of a second, larger crowdfunding effort in a standard crowdfunding campaign, using one of the established sites.