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10 big crowdfunding campaigns making a difference

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The rush to pay it forward

Crowdfunding, for the most part, is an exercise in pure capitalism. Entrepreneurs and resourceful individuals have an idea or product and digitally panhandle for funds, often raising thousands (or millions) of dollars in the process.

But there's a place for charitable giving in the crowdfunding world as well—and it can be lucrative for both nonprofits and individuals in need. Crowdrise, Fundrazr, YouCaring and GiveForward all focus on charitable efforts.

Given the wide swath of sites focused on doing good—and the policy by some not to rank their campaigns—it's tough to assemble an authoritative Top 10, but after a deep dive of several sites, here are 10 of the biggest we've come across that are making a difference. Their causes run the gamut—from working to fight Ebola to helping the homeless and victims of the Boston Marathon.

Considering now is the season for charitable giving, here is a look at how leading causes are getting the attention of people who want to do good.

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