There is a cartoonist I enjoy who is doing a release of books of his collected works. Crowd funding has become a favorite way to do this sort of pre-selling of a book to get it up to the needed numbers to pay for the initial print run.
Basically the way it works is you order the book and if he gets enough orders he prints the book plus you can even get your name in the book or a special cartoon drawn of you as bonus perks.
I hope that you’ll check it out at IndieGoGo.
If you are doing an interesting fund raising project email me a short description and link to it. I might feature it in the right sidebar (look down). Preferences is given to agriculture, food, science and such but I’m open to arts projects and other things too.