Crowdfunding Professional Association

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"Statement of Intent

Following the enactment of the historic JOBS Act, which unleashes the potential for a much larger and expanded crowdfunding global community, a group of pioneering equity and debt crowdfunding platforms and industry experts has formed the Crowdfunding Professional Association Executive Organizing Committee. Designed to create a Crowdfunding Professional Association, the organizing committee is dedicated to building a lasting network and organization that will champion, provide advocacy and represent the burgeoning crowdfunding global industry.

The Crowdfunding Professional Association Organizing Committee has drafted the following Statement of Intent to guide its efforts and focus its mission on necessary and obtainable objectives. The committee invites all industry participants to review the following Statement of Intent and support the critical development of the crowdfunding community by signing this Statement of Intent.

The goal of the Crowdfunding Professional Association will be to facilitate a vibrant, credible and growing crowdfunding community while also advocating for an industry view versus personal interests or a single company perspective. By creating a Crowdfunding Professional Association, the committee will unite a broad-based coalition of industry participants to ensure the credible development of the industry, including a commitment to the highest ethical standards. The association’s collaborations and insights will be shared broadly to avoid onerous, stifling bureaucracy that can endanger innovation, idea generation and job creation.

The group’s core principles are designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Establish the highest ethical industry standards to ensure the successful expansion of the crowdfunding industry
  • Develop broad crowdfunding training and certification programs to solidify the implementation of necessary ethical standards and practices
  • Create ongoing industry trade show summits, symposiums and sub committees to further develop an ecosystem of industry experts, best practices, and leadership and mentoring opportunities
  • Represent the industry through media and government relations to ensure major thought leaders understand and have access to the fundamental industry facts and crowdfunding experts and platform leaders

As a complement to the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates, the Crowdfunding Professional Association organizing committee will enable the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates to focus exclusively on collaborations with the SEC. While the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates will foster the most effective regulatory framework, the Crowdfunding Professional Association Executive Organizing Committee will provide a strategic platform that facilitates collaboration across the industry participants." (