Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

Photo of Herod's artwork from his facebook page

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 highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.


After a decade of music making and van traveling, Andy Herod settled in Asheville, where his creative outlet shifted to visual art. But the former nomad will reunite with his wagon for an upcoming California-bound road trip, in which he’ll lug 50-60 paintings (and his dog, Linda) to an art opening in Los Angeles, Calif. Herod’s latest work takes on an animal uprising theme, in which two- and four-legged creatures revolt against humans on behalf of their mistreated brethren. “I really appreciate you taking your time to watch this video and listen to me talk awkwardly into a microphone,” says the wordsmith, who aims to raise $1,000 by Oct. 20, to fix his van and fund the expedition.


Veterans helping Veterans WNC is a nonprofit that helps veterans “reintegrate into society as productive members of their community.” The organization works to eliminate homelessness and food insecurity, provide financial and mental health support and cultivate veterans’ job skills in sustainable agriculture. Veterans Helping Veterans has applied to earn one of 20 grants from Mission Main Street in January, 2015. In order to be considered for the $150,000 grant, VHV aims to obtain 250 votes from the community by Oct. 17. Facebook votes can be cast here.

Photo of Veterans Helping Veterans' area of operation from vhvwnc.org
Photo of Veterans Helping Veterans’ area of operation from vhvwnc.org

Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to kmcreynolds@mountainx.com. 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.


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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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