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Museums take up crowdfunding

Smithsonian in Washington appeals for funds for yoga exhibit

Museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grand Prairie, Alta., have turned recently to crowdfunding to raise money for programs, acquisitions and new construction. Crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter have a proven track record at raising funds for individual artists through online donations from fans, often in return for small rewards, such as a free CD or a bit part in a film production. That success has attracted the attention of larger institutions, which are eager to tap any potential source of donors. The Smithsonian recently began a crowdfunding campaign on San Francisco-based site Razoo.com to raise…

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The Statue of Liberty and America’s crowdfunding pioneer

The Statue of Liberty still stands on the base funded by Pulitzer's efforts

As the Statue of Liberty was shipped from France, efforts to raise funds for its pedestal stalled. But thanks to a newspaper campaign and the small donations of hundreds of residents, the base was eventually built. Rodrigo Davies, a researcher at the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores America’s first major crowdfunding project. By the summer of 1885 the Statue of Liberty was in New York in pieces, awaiting assembly. Designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and paid for by the government of France, the statue was a diplomatic gift to the US. However, the US had been unable to…

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GoFundMe, Facebook help people raise cash for wants, needs

GoFundMe, Facebook help people raise cash for wants, needs

Brenda Lynn plays with her two-and-a-half year old son, Kaleo… (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda,…) February 1, 2013|By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel Brenda Lynn says her autistic 3-year-old son, Kaleo, hardly speaks, and his inability to express himself frustrates him — except when using his speech therapist’s iPad. “The iPad really controlled the tantrums and helped him communicate. I tried to get him one, but I couldn’t afford it on my own,” said the unemployed 39-year-old Orlando mom. “I applied for grants, but I wasn’t lucky enough.” So she turned to Facebook and GoFundMe.com, a so-called crowdfunding website that allows people to solicit cash for personal causes. She…

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