Crowdster helps organizations & individuals seeking to fundraise stand out from the crowd. And get noticed.

We make it easy for non-profits & social impact organizations and individuals with personal causes to do what they should be doing. Raising more money more efficiently and effectively through our low-cost online and mobile fundraising platform and service.

Founded in 2007, we have been on the cutting edge of online fundraising technology since the early days of the industry.

Our CEO, Joe Ferraro, runs his own 501C3 non-profit and his mission at Crowdster is to create the ultimate platform and service that doesn’t exist in the marketplace. A fundraising tool that actually organizations and individuals distinguish themselves from what everyone else is doing.

Crowdster is like
a breath of fresh fundraising.

The platform’s unique capabilities enable non-profits & social impact organizations and individuals to maximize the fundraising power of mobile donations, peer-to-peer relationships, and third party fundraising. These capabilities include visually stunning event templates, easily customizable campaign pages, event promotion and management, event ticketing, mobile wallet transactions, integrated email and social media marketing and so much more.

Crowdster’s ultimate goal is to further the mission of the non-profits we serve. A sample of our clients include the The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Autism Speaks, The Bone Marrow Foundation, Susan G. Komen and The Navigators. And hopefully yours!

Meet the Team:

Our Executive Team and Board is comprised of experts in the fields of Non-Profit Management, Fundraising, Technology, Social Media, Advertising and Finance.


Russell Byers
Board Chairman

Mr. Byers is the founder and pres­i­dent of Lau­rel Ridge Man­age­ment, a pri­vate invest­ment com­pany that invests in and sup­ports early-stage and start-up ven­tures. Mr. Byers began his career work­ing on Wall Street as an ana­lyst at Brown Broth­ers Har­ri­man & Com­pany. He has a B.A. from Skid­more College.  He also serves as a trustee of R.K. Mel­lon Foundation, and the Waterfowl Research Foundation. In addition to his experience on the grant making side, he has had extensive experience in the not-for-profit world, as a co-founder and chair of the EcoLogic Development Fiund, a 501c3. He sits on the Trustees Council of The National Gallery of Art, and is on the board of the Green Vale School.

CEO Joe Ferraro

Joe Ferraro

Joe Ferraro possesses a keen understanding of the environment in which non-profits work, the challenges they face, and the critical need for effective fundraising. Prior to joining Crowdster, Joe served in executive roles at non-profit organizations and as a consultant for Arc Mercer, where he worked alongside the executive director and other staff. In addition, Joe and his wife, Hannah, currently run their own 501c3 called Missionary Assistance Ministry (MAM), through which they support orphans in the US, Haiti, Western Africa, India and elsewhere.

Joe also brings to the Crowdster team a long history of achievement in the profit sector, including 20 years of sales and marketing success in the fiercely competitive telecommunications industry. He has held executive leadership roles with professional services, business process outsourcing, and technology start-up companies where he developed high-performance teams that achieved exceptional top-line revenue growth and customer loyalty. Joe is thrilled to combine his passion for worthy causes with his business acumen in order to bring similar success and growth to Crowdster’s customers.

Co-Founder Mark Fasciano
Mark Fasciano

For the past twenty years, Mark Fasciano has focused on building successful technology businesses. After earning his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 1996, Mark co-founded Fatwire Software and served as CEO for over a decade, expanding the company to seven countries and $35 million in sales.

FatWire was eventually bought by Oracle, and Mark decided to apply his technical and business expertise to support important social causes. He conceived of the idea for Crowdster with his wife, Marisa, who has worked in the non-profit sector throughout her career. The company’s mission sprang from their desire to harness the power of the Internet to do good.

Mark also serves as CEO of Clarapath, a biotechnology company that he co-founded as a spin-out from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories. Clarapath aims to bring its next-generation automated, digital histology systems to mainstream medical practice and research, thus improving the quality of healthcare for millions of people.

Ted Smith
Managing Director, Canrock Venture Capital

Theodore B. Smith, III brings a wealth of business and non-profit experience to the Crowdster team. From 2004-2014, Ted was Chairman and CEO of John Hassall, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of specialty aerospace and automotive fasteners that was successfully sold to Novaria Group, LLC. He currently serves as Managing Director of of Canrock Ventures, an early-stage venture fund, and runs his own investment consulting company, Piping Rock Advisors, LLC.

Ted also sits on several boards, including Global Telecom & Technology, Inc. (GTT); Sentiment Alpha, a hedge fund that harnesses the predictive powers of social media; Rogers Investment Advisors K.K., a Tokyo-based asset management company specializing in Asian alternative investment products; The Alberleen Group, an independent investment bank and merchant banking firm; and Pervino Wines, Inc.

Ted is also actively involved with a number of non-profits, including the Whitney Museum’s Photography Committee, Autism Speaks, and the North Shore Land Alliance. Through this important work, Ted has gained valuable insight into the factors that lead to effective non-profit management and fundraising success.

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William Meckley
Marketing Manager

William Meckley graduated cum laude from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in 2016 with a BA in International Studies and Communications. As an undergraduate, William spent a year supporting the work of Justice Rapid Response, LLC. JRR is a non-profit entity which partners with national governments to deploy legal, cultural, and forensic experts to investigate gross human rights violations. As an intern there, he spearheaded a variety of high-profile research and administrative projects.

Through Fordham’s Global Outreach program, William traveled to Nicaragua and Colorado on service projects centered on social justice issues. Through this organization, he was humbled by the opportunity to lead a team of volunteers to support low-income housing renovation in western Pennsylvania in his final year at Fordham. It is these experiences which initially inspired him to pursue work benefitting non-profits. He is eager to continue supporting a broad range of non-profit organizations and their causes at Crowdster.

Merantus Bazelais
Merantus Bazelais “Junior”
Customer Support

Crowdster is very proud to announce our first employee in our Haiti Customer Support Center. And we are equally pleased, that our first employee – whose nickname is “Junior” – is a young man we have known for over seven years since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. To explain, Junior – who lost his right leg at the hip when he was just four years old – has been living in one of the orphanages supported by Crowdster CEO, Joe Ferraro, and his wife for nearly 20 years (he is now 23 years old). With support of MAM and other non-profits including Edson Texeira in Brazil, Junior has not only ‘survived’ his very difficult circumstances but is now thriving as a fine young man. He has one more year left of High School in Haiti and then his dream is to attend college and become an attorney. His faith in God and spirit, the latter unbridled by his very difficult upbringing, is a testament to his character and what a truly special young man he is.

Donations for Junior’s college fund can be made via his CrowdsterFundMe fundraising page.

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