[Kickstarter is an attempt at modern, crowd-sourced fundraising][link]. Post a project or idea with a set timeframe, and people can pledge cash. If your fundraising goal gets reached, you get the money. If it doesn’t, then everyone gets a refund. [Check out the introduction video][vid].
I could really see using this in the future.
[link]: http://www.kickstarter.com/ “Kickstarter » Projects”
[vid]: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ksrstaff/welcome-to-kickstarter “Welcome to Kickstarter”