The concept of crowd funding is a relatively new concept that allows investors to give money to startups primarily on the Internet and Crowdrise is a variation on this concept except the money invested goes towards relief fundraisers for those in need.
The various mediums we use to get news from around the world expose us to some very serious issues, but lacks the ability to get us involved. Crowdrise encourages more social cohesion and opens up the philanthropic array of options to an international audience.
Users can give to those they like most, start their own or provide funds to one they've heard about through a celebrity. The act of starting your own fundraiser on Crowdrise is an innovative approach to philanthropy. A favorite has to be the wedding registry option, which allows couples to choose their favorite charities to receive money from guests.