Have you ever heard of Kickstarter.com? Rather than my trying to explain it, I invite you to check it out, and if you like what you see, tell your readers about it.
Here's a link to get you started:
Your sister in creativity,
Thanks for the question! Madame L had heard of Kickstarter but had never thought she would have any interest in it, until she followed your link and found a local project she wanted to support.
Madame L pledged her five dollars to the project and was pleased to see that many other people did the same, so the goal was met and project was funded.
Thanks again, Ellen, and Madame L hopes her other readers will contribute further suggestions for Madame L to check out, and, if they've had any experience with Kickstarter.com, to please share those experiences with all of us.