Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress will highlight notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
ORISON BOOKS LAUNCH
Luke Hankins, published writer and senior editor at Asheville Poetry Review, started nonprofit Orison Books to address a void in the content presented by publishing companies. According to Hankins, literary publishers rarely emphasize “books of spiritual depth,” while religious publishers narrowly target readers with specific ideological backgrounds. The mission of Orison Books is to publish poetry, fiction and nonfiction content that contributes to open-ended contemplation of spiritual topics, and the company also aims to engage readers through community events. Hankins has already raised $6,500 offline to establish his nonprofit. His additional goal of $40,000 by Sept. 13, will fund publishing books by early 2015.
ARTY LILA BOARDING SCHOOL FUND
Arty Lila, an aptly named Asheville-area teen, recently completed her first year at Arthur Morgan School, a Quaker boarding school just north of Asheville that emphasizes hands-on learning, creative self-expression and inquisitive thinking. In her campaign video, the theatrical youth details valuable life skills she’s learned at AMS (including carp fishing) and explains how the school’s sense of community has become a much-needed support system. Ninth grade will be the last year that this ambitious young woman can attend AMS, so she aims to raise $9,900 (in addition to what she’s raised offline) by Sept. 12, to cover tuition.
Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress’ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based and should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change.