Six degrees of Kevin Bacon? According to The Huffington Post, it’s actually 600 degrees, or supposedly there are 600 people in your network that you can tap for crowdfunding.
(However, the New York Times article this article is based on says people only know 10-25 people they trust).
Anyway, the HuffPost assets that in order to get your network to donate, you need to start calling your closest relations and asking for 2-3 names of folks who might be interested in your project,then do concentric circle calling. Not E-mail!
Stay confident (and polite).