Kickstarter's First Annual Benefit Statement

We launched Kickstarter in 2009 as a new way to bring creative projects to life. In 2015 we reincorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation. And today we published our first annual Benefit Statement as a Public Benefit Corporation. This is a Project Update on our first year as Kickstarter PBC.

If “Public Benefit Corporation” is new to you, not to worry. PBCs are for-profit companies that are legally obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not just shareholders. Until recently, for-profit companies that wanted to make positive impact on society a part of their legal duties had no clear protection or mandate under U.S. law. As a PBC, they do.

When we became a PBC, we wrote a charter laying out our commitments. We committed Kickstarter to always support art and artists, to operate with a corporate code of conduct, and to donate 5% of post-tax profits to arts education and organizations fighting inequality. We also pledged to publicly report how we did on these commitments each year. This Benefit Statement notes both achievements and shortcomings from our first year.

Since becoming a PBC we’ve heard from many others who are interested in becoming one, too. We’re encouraged to see so much enthusiasm — especially in the younger generation — for building a scalable business that doesn’t put profits above all. We want to help this momentum grow. This year we plan to work with other PBCs to make better resources available for companies who want to adopt the form, and to help push the Public Benefit Corporation movement forward.

Thanks to those who helped us on the path to becoming a PBC, and to all of the backers and creators for making this tool and community so powerful. You can read the full Benefit Statement here.

Yancey Strickler, Cofounder/CEO

Perry Chen, Founder/Chairman

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Versión en español a continuación.

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Just weeks after Kickstarter launched in 2009, Adam put up a project seeking $1,500 to create a single board-game miniature. He said of his team: “We all share a burning passion for old-school board games, the kind where friends can sit down together at a table playing mighty heroes fighting scary monsters in fantastical settings that fueled our imaginations.”

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