For those who follow the evolution of crowdfunding efforts in connection
with research funding (e.g. experiment.com), you might take a look at
LabCures, something that seems very recently launched, and is a more
novel approach than most in the field.
This is an age of distintermediation, and crowdfunding seems like
something that will inevitably take over a chunk of the sort of research
fundraising that presently flows through big per-disease charities. But
do people who go beyond a nebulous support for curing a specific disease
really want to pick and choose projects, or are they happier rooting for
teams? If the latter, crowdfunding may inevitably shift in the direction
of a LabCures-like approach.