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Teenage Entrepreneur Seeks To Feed 1000 Families For Thanksgiving

Tiana Ramos, the teenage founder of Naughty Girls Donut Shop, hopes to feed dinner 1,000 families this Thanksgiving and she needs your help! She is raising money on Fundly. Recently, I caught up with Tiana to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I am only person but it seems as if I was put here to do so much more. I want to give back. I want to help others see the blessing in passing it forward. I am hoping to give 1,000 families a reason to say thank you and give them a reason to push forward in hopes that when they become able they too could pass the blessing forward.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

In working with Schnecks foods. The price to feed 1,000 families is approximately $14,888. I am looking to raise $15,000. We are using a 501c3. The money will go directly into the Day of Unity Bank Account. The funds will be used to directly purchase food for these families. We are working with several nonprofits so it is a tax deduction.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are currently working with loaves and fishes and the United Way in efforts to feed 1,000 hungry families throughout several counties including Warren County, Frederick County, Fauquier County and Prince William County. We are reaching out through the various food pantries in hopes to get the families who are truly in need this holiday season.

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Environmentalist Crowdfunds To Save Community Forest

Nikki Brown is working to save the Kilfinan Community Forest in Scotland and she needs your help! She is raising money on Indiegogo. Recently, I caught up with Nikki to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Our crowdfunding campaign will help save a vital community resource in the highlands of Scotland – the Kilfinan Community Forest. With every £20 donation we will be able to plant a new sapling to help reforest an area that was destroyed by storms in 2013.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We hope to raise £5500, which will give us enough to plant 500 saplings and many more seeds. This will be enough to replant the whole destroyed area of forest.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

Our community forest not only created oxygen and an a habitat for wildlife – it’s a also a creative outdoor learning space for the local primary school and a recreational area for locals. We intend to build crofts and affordable housing on the land too. We believe the best way to create a living forest is to have people living in it!

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

For each £20 donated you will be able to sponsor your own sapling. You’ll be able to name your tree and will get a certificate. You’re welcome to come and visit it whenever you like, and for additional donations we can also offer a tour, packs of greetings cards featuring hand-drawn images of the forest, a plot-to-plate picnic on the site, and lots of wild camping.

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Teen Feeds Families, Unites Community

This is a guest post from Tiana Ramos, 17 year old owner and visionary with a plan to change the lives of others, one donut at a time.

Tiana Ramos

Tiana Ramos

Would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming event dedicated to feeding the hunger in our community. The “DAY OF UNITY” Food Giveaway celebrates the citizens and businesses of Front Royal Virginia in joining forces and using our collective energy in an effort to feed the hungry in our community. Recently making national news , Front Royal, also being called “The Footloose Town” has been in a spotlight of both criticism and support regarding individual belief systems.

Tiana Ramos in particular is leading this campaign after receiving a landslide of national coverage after opening her flagship location in her donut chain and receiving scrutiny from her home town and community for the moniker on her business “Naughty Girl Donuts” With worldwide exposure came an abundance of support for the local teenager who employs entrepreneurial driven teens to work in her shop. Tiana who initially felt like her dream of having her own business that started on a dream board and eventually found its way to capitalized investors was suddenly caught in the middle of a religious and political turmoil stemming from conservative belief systems. All Tiana really wanted to do was make donuts, give to her community and inspire other young people to work towards their dreams. A Noble cause.

Tiana Ramos would like to bring her community back together again doing something she loves to do, “feed people.” With the help of other local businesses Tiana would like to invite you to join her cause by donating in kind , with a monetary donation for an event taking place November 23rd from 1-6pm at American Legion Front Royal Virginia 22 West 8th Street, Front Royal VA. Each family will receive a box containing a choice of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes,cranberry sauce , gravy , dinner rolls, cake mix and donuts.

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Snoop Dogg Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for ICUD Youth Football League in Des Moines, Iowa

Entertainment Icon partners with popular crowdfunding site, Tilt, to raise funds for essential equipment

October 2, 2014 – Today, Snoop Dogg launches a crowdfunding campaign on Tilt to raise funds for the Inner City Urban Development (ICUD) youth football league based in Des Moines, Iowa. Snoop is committed to giving back to youth football programs throughout the country. Over 10 years ago, Snoop started the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) in Los Angeles, which has provided thousands of young boys and girls a positive environment to learn skills for life – championing kids to be better citizens on and off the field. His leadership and commitment to the SYFL and passion to help ICUD stems from a desire to create a positive environment in local communities through sports.

“I’m happy to be supporting the ICUD in our Tilt campaign,” said Snoop Dogg. “I’ve seen and experienced firsthand the conditions that kids are facing and I want to help do my part. Every child has a right to a safe learning environment and I look forward to helping them receive the equipment and tools they need to succeed.”

Snoop Dogg became aware of the ICUD when Former Iowa State Representative Wayne Ford, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Dreams – an inner-city resource in Des Moines, IA –contacted the recording artist and philanthropist to express the needs of the Des Moines based league that provides inner city youth a safe, inclusive community to play football. Rep. Ford has an existing relationship with Snoop Dogg and has had ongoing conversations about bringing the SYFL to Iowa.

Rep. Ford said, “The support that Snoop is giving this football league is fantastic and will help many youth in Des Moines stay out of trouble and become positive role models.”

ICUD was initially funded by an NFL AAU grant, providing 200 helmets and gear. The equipment has been well maintained and well used, but in order for the league to continue, they desperately require new helmets and gear.The program caters to kids from 3rd Grade through 7th Grade. Current University of Northern Iowa Sophomore Wide Receiver Xavier James is a former ICUD graduate, his brother, Jaylen James, is a senior at East High School and one of five varsity players who played in the ICUD league.

“Inner City Urban Development Football League is proud to announce that we have the privilege of support of Snoop Dogg and Snoop Youth Football League to help our needs for new equipment,” said DJ Roland, Inner City Urban Development. Sports League (ICUD). “The purchase of current USA football approved equipment will assist in the continued success and safety of our program. ICUD has had 9 successful seasons in the Des Moines Community, and look forward to continued growth of Strong Youth with Bright Futures in our states capital city.”

Through the 20-day campaign, Snoop will raise awareness of the positive impact of ICUD – funds raised will go directly to funding jersey and equipment for the league. Snoop has a long-standing commitment for youth development not only as football players, but also as individuals learning the value of dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship. Snoop is currently the Director of Development for adidas Football, leading the initiative to help youth and high school football programs around the country. Adidas has also committed to supporting the ICUD league.

Snoop has partnered with Tilt (tilt.com), a turn-key solution for crowdfunding. He has previously used the platform to release exclusive merchandise directly to his fans.

For more information and to support the campaign, please visit: https://www.tilt.com/campaigns/help-raise-funds-for-icud-youth-football-league

About Snoop Dogg:

An entertainment icon and with more than 20 years in the business, Snoop continues to pave the way in the hip-hop industry, serving as a mentor to many new and established artists. Being the trendsetter he is, Snoop stands at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning and multi-platinum albums and songs, critically acclaimed films and television shows, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop defines hip-hop history.

About the SYFL:

The Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by entertainment icon Snoop Dogg. Since 2005, the SYFL has provided opportunities to over 3,500 low-income youth in South Los Angeles to participate in organized youth football. The SYFL serves children between the ages of 5 and 13, teaching them the values of teamwork, discipline, and self-respect, while also stressing the importance of academic achievement through a variety of programs. In addition to a superb football league, the SYFL also offers a phenomenal cheer and dance program for girls. With a passion to see under-served kids succeed, Coach Snoop founded the SYFL with a significant personal investment. Since its inception in 2005, Snoop has been involved in every aspect of the League from hosting fundraisers to coaching teams. His endless dedication to youth has made the SYFL what it is today.

About Tilt:

Tilt is a crowd-funding site invested in the expanding relationship between artists and fans. It is the fastest and easiest way to collect money for shared experiences. As artists are seeing less money from big labels, crowd-funding is becoming the new way to go to raise funds. Instead of relying on these label resources, artist can now engage directly with fans to create new music, products, and experiences. The artist can collaborate with fans to choose between new merch items, art work designs, and much more.

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“Saving Pets Challege” Fundraising Begins For Groundbreaking Pet Welfare Campaign On Crowdrise

Over 140 Animal Organizations Across the Country Begin Fundraising Initiatives to Win $100,000 in Grants from Michelson Found Animals

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LOS ANGELES (September 29, 2014)Michelson Found Animals (www.FoundAnimals.org), an independently funded non-profit working to find the big ideas that reduce euthanasia in shelters, today launched the fundraising portion of the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge, the first-ever CrowdRise campaign to specifically support companion animals, like dogs and cats. With over 200 applications thus far, 140 organizations have been approved to begin raising money and win a chance to receive $100,000 in grants to address the underlying causes of shelter euthanasia.

In an overwhelming response to the Saving Pets Challenge, animal welfare organizations both large and small from around the country, have submitted their information and ideas for the chance to win one of the largest privately-funded grants to help at-risk animals. During the campaign, approved organizations are encouraged to incentivize their team of fundraisers to raise money with fun and engaging micro-campaigns.

To add even more excitement to the fundraising portion of the challenge, Michelson Found Animals will award the organization that raises the most money to help at-risk animals with a $50,000 grant; second place will win $20,000; and third place will win $10,000. Teams will also have the opportunity to receive up to another $20,000 in funds by participating in weekly Bonus Challenges.

“As a non-profit on a mission to reduce shelter euthanasia, Found Animals understands the financial needs of other animal-welfare organizations,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Found Animals Executive Director. “We hope that by providing an incentive for animal welfare charities to use the CrowdRise platform they will continue to use it to create new programs, initiatives, and tools that benefit pets in their communities long after the Challenge has ended.”

The Saving Pets Challenge fundraising period begins today, September 29 at 12:00 p.m. ET and ends on Thursday, October 30 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Interested organizations can still register to be a part of the challenge until Friday, October 10.

For complete rules and details, visit: www.crowdrise.com/SavingPetsChallenge. For more information about Found Animals, please visit www.FoundAnimals.org.

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About Michelson Found Animals

Found Animals is an independently funded non-profit that works to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that help reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters each year. Led by business and medical professionals, we develop innovative solutions that address the underlying causes of shelter euthanasia. Programs address pet adoption, low-cost spay neuter services, pet microchipping and registration, and sterilization research. By offering a wealth of educational resources to pet owners and animal care professionals, Found Animals advances the health and safety of animals everywhere. Support for Found Animals and its initiatives come from the generous contributions of Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson. Follow our progress online at www.FoundAnimals.org, or via social media at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

For more information on the Michelson Prize & Grants: www.michelsonprizeandgrants.org.
For more information on Found Animals Registry: www.found.org
For more information on Found Animals Adopt & Shop: www.adoptandshop.org

About CrowdRise

CrowdRise is the platform millions of people use to donate to charitable causes, create their own fundraisers and show the world their charitable lives. Launched in 2010 by Edward Norton, Shauna Robertson, and Moosejaw founders Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise the fastest growing online fundraising website for charitable causes and doing good. The CrowdRise community has raised over $130 million for charity to date and is on track to raise another $130 million in 2014 alone. If Facebook is the place that defines you by your friends and Twitter is what you use to say what you’re doing right now then CrowdRise is the site for you to show how you give back. The power of the crowd is real, lots of small donations really do add up to create monumental impact.

CrowdRise is committed to innovation in fundraising, making raising money for your personal cause or charity fun and effective. It is the friend-to-friend fundraising home of The NYC Marathon, the Boston Marathon, The American Red Cross, Unicef, as well as celebrities like Sean Penn, Seth Rogan, Ian Somerhalder, Sophia Bush, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde and Will Ferrell. The CrowdRise community was named a “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s. And Mashable named CrowdRise something like “the best place to raise money online for your favorite causes.”

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No One Can Stop Me But Me!

No one can stop me but me!

The story of Underground Arena started in May of 2013 when my girlfriend and I visited my high school gym, which I liked so much because of the people and positive atmosphere that filled it. So, I decided to recreate that kind of atmosphere and started Underground Arena.

In October of 2013 we opened the door, and, in 8 months, we achieved way more than my original vision. We created a place that people looked forward to going to, where they reached new limits and experienced indescribable euphoria. More importantly, they gained a feeling of unity and togetherness without the feeling of being observed through a narrow lens. We created a place where equality radiated.

After returning from a week-long seminar in February of 2014, something special happened. I received a list of stories from people that were visiting Underground Arena, which left me astonished and at a loss for words. Everyone’s life was changed in some way or another; however, all of them in different manners. For me, the most important thing that I can achieve is to make others feel self-confident and appreciated.

Even though I received this awesome reinforcement for my work from my clients, I felt that I still wasn’t doing enough. I wanted to spread positive energy and a feeling of confidence and hope to more people. Those people who are struggling day to day are whom I want to focus on to encourage them to keep living happily.

To start helping people who truly need it, I began organizing outdoor charity boot camp sessions for the general public. The first of such boot camps took place in March of 2014 and we had 10 people attend. Although small in numbers, the amount of enthusiasm made up for that and motivated me in the process.

All the money that was collected on the registering fees was given to a regular individual who suffered from an incurable disease. When we all saw him excited to be at the boot camp and noticed that he wasn’t even paying attention to his disability, he gave us an unbelievable amount of energy, fueling our passion.

In the end, the family did not take home a big sum of money, however, they brought home something much more valuable, the feeling that someone cared about them and what happened to them, something that can’t be measured by dollar signs. They are now aware that people do exist who won’t turn their backs on them. From that point on, I decided to actively create this boot camp monthly.

People at one of our first charity bootcamps.

I want to help collect more funds for these kids and their families that have found themselves in unfortunate situations. This was the driving force behind why I started my own charity foundation, Train and Help.

This foundation will help me gain trustworthy partners and also increase my ability to collect funds for the families who need them. The vision is to organize a massive, monthly boot camp session while creating an unforgettable atmosphere and a sense of belonging to something bigger than us.

I started a crowdfunding campaign (igg.me/at/undergroundarena) through IndieGoGo platform, and our goal is to raise enough money in order to register the Train and Help organization as a charity foundation and also rent equipment and space for the first couple boot camp sessions.

It is a great opportunity for us to effectively help and provide the encouragement these people need in order to keep fighting their day-to-day struggle. We are here to make sure that their lives will be filled with as much happiness as possible.

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Razoo hosts Everyone’s Kids: Everyone Gives Campaign to Fight the Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States

A nationwide 24 hour Day of Giving on September 16th will raise money for nonprofits working to end child sex trafficking

SAN FRANCISCO, March 18, 2014Razoo, the leading crowdfunding platform for causes, today announced the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives campaign which will raise funds for nonprofits focused on ending the sex trafficking of minors in the U.S.

The campaign originated from a TED Challenge Group that formed at TED 2013, where a group of attendees was asked to seek solutions for some of the most intractable problems of our time, including the domestic sex trafficking of children in the U.S. This TED Challenge resulted in the formation of a small group of technology and media influencers dedicated to fighting the child sex trade industry. The group established a Razoo Giving Day to raise funds for nonprofits that combat domestic child sex trafficking, as well as a major media campaign and national Public Service Announcement (PSA) to raise awareness and inspire action on this important issue.

Hosted on Razoo.com, the 24 hour Giving Day will take place on September 16th, 2014 to support fundraising efforts for all registered organizations working to end child slavery and sex trafficking in the U.S. The campaign will be supported by a PSA created by Wondros, a creative media company and strategic consultancy founded by Jesse Dylan.

The PSA will raise awareness, and provide access to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline, where victims can get assistance and individuals can anonymously report suspected trafficking. Other campaign partners include the Knight Foundation and Getty Images.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that there are 100,000 youths under the age of 18 forced into the commercial sex trade in the U.S. Polaris Project, which operates the national human trafficking hotline, has received reports of nearly 4,500 cases of human trafficking involving minors since 2007. Over 3,400 of these cases involved sex trafficking. Despite these numbers, there is very little public awareness about this issue, particularly in the local communities where it occurs. “Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry. “We know firsthand that traffickers are exploiting children, women, and men for profit here in the United States. All of us play a role in effectively stopping this form of modern slavery,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project. “By coming together, we can substantially increase desperately needed resources to train stakeholders, hold traffickers accountable, and provide survivors of human trafficking with services and support to rebuild their lives.”

Razoo Giving Days are powerful 24-hour, online crowdfunding fundraising events that unite communities around specific causes. Razoo and its partners will identify, educate, and onboard hundreds of nonprofits in advance of the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Giving Day to help them raise awareness and activate donors nationwide.

“While there are hundreds of U.S, organizations working to fight child sex trafficking and slavery, they are battling in an under-resourced and cash-strapped environment,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo. “We are honored and excited to have such committed partners for Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives. Together, we hope to have an impact on the fight against human trafficking and slavery and end child trafficking now and forever.”

The Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Committee includes:

Bonnie Calvin, Executive Producer, Everyone’s Kids/Wondros
Ann Charles, CEO BRANDfog
John Lapham, SVP General Counsel, Getty Images
Lesley Mansford, CEO Razoo

For more information or to sign up to participate in the Everyone’s Kids: Everyone Gives Giving Day, please visit: www.everyoneskids.org.

About Razoo

Razoo is crowdfunding for causes. Named for an Australian coin of little value on its own, until combined with many, Razoo powers small acts of giving that together change the world. From multimillion-dollar, community-led giving days to individuals collecting donations on behalf of the nonprofits or personal causes they support, Razoo has helped raise more than $200 million online – one small donation at a time. Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and is seed funded by the Legatum Group. See how we’re creating a new generation of everyday philanthropists at www.razoo.com. Follow us on Twitter at
@Razoo, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/razoogiving.

About Wondros

Founded by director Jesse Dylan, Wondros draws on a powerful combination of filmmakers, activists, innovators, policy-makers, designers and storytellers to create content that informs culture and inspires change. Our portfolio includes campaign development and execution for organizations like George Soros and the Open Society Foundations, ONE, (RED), The Getty Foundation, Rock the Vote and The California Endowment, as well as film production for innovators such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Columbia School of Journalism, the Council on Foreign Relations, MIT Media Lab and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Polaris Project

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided people escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.

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Deaconesses Get Tech-Friendly through Newly-Funded Skype Ministry Program

Program launches from Wheat Ridge Ministries’ new Christian crowdfunding website, WeRaise.us

Itasca, IL, May 13, 2014 – A group of Lutheran Deaconess Association (LDA) women are meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of caregivers through 90-minute “mini-retreats” via Skype after raising more than $4,000 through Wheat Ridge Ministries’ (WRM) new Christian crowdfunding website, WeRaise (www.WeRaise.us).

The deaconness’ program, Have a Heart for Caregivers, launched a project funding page on the WeRaise platform on January 1, 2014 and surpassed their $3,800 funding goal in only 45 days. The feat is now familiar to WeRaise, which in its young 4-month lifespan already boasts more than five successfully completed projects that raised more than $23,000 in total pledges.

“Our goal at WeRaise is to connect inspired project leaders with like-minded supporters,” said Abigail Miller, Manager of Crowdfunding and Social Media at Wheat Ridge Ministries. “Unlike Kickstarter or Indiegogo, we have a highly-targeted platform for innovative Christian programs developed to bring health, hope and healing to specific communities around the world.”

WeRaise.us shares basic similarities with other crowdfunding sites: project leaders communicate a vision through a brief description, post a video, and spread the word through social media and other communication channels. Compared to traditional fundraising or crowdfunding, however, the platform differentiates itself with five unique tactics:

  • Niche Audience: WeRaise is the only Christian crowdfunding website specifically focused on health and human care ministries.
  • Long-Term Vision and Ministry Sustainability: Not only do successful WeRaise projects generate funding from their network, they also become eligible for additional funding through WRM’s grant programs.
  • Low Fees: WRM created WeRaise as a tool, not a revenue source. Thanks to generous donors, WeRaise is able to restrict fees to platform and credit card transactions. Successful WeRaise projects enjoy the lowest industry fees at 3.7 percent, while unsuccessful projects do not incur any fees.
  • Unique Donor Experience: All projects are vetted by WRM through a process that has been used in their grant programs for over 50 years. This ensures that WeRaise donors only give to verified organizations with a Christian mission. Gifts given through WeRaise are tax-deductible.
  • Sabbatical Incentives: As opportunities for sabbatical grants become increasingly competitive and rare, WeRaise invites ministry leaders to raise sabbatical grant funds online. All sabbatical projects automatically receive a $500 pledge from WRM, and leaders have access to free sabbatical coaching to assist in the planning process.

WeRaise was soft-launched in late 2013 to support health and human care projects that serve multiple populations across the United States and abroad including:

  • Children and Young Adults
  • Ministry Leader Sabbatical
  • Families
  • Victims of Violence and Abuse
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Military and Veterans
  • Older Adults and Aging
  • People with Limited Access to Healthcare

To learn more about Wheat Ridge Ministries and the WeRaise crowdfunding site, or to arrange an interview, contact Natalie Bisaro at natalie@wilkspr.com, 708-434-5006.

Background

WeRaise.us is a Christian crowdfunding platform from Wheat Ridge Ministries that helps organizations engage their online community to support new, innovative programs that meet community needs and bring health, hope and healing. WeRaise-funded programs also have an opportunity to garner additional support through Wheat Ridge Ministries’ longstanding grant programs, organizational work and ministry resources. View past and current projects or submit your own project proposal at www.WeRaise.us.

About Wheat Ridge

Established in 1905, Wheat Ridge Ministries provides funding and support for inspired leaders starting new health and human care ministries. Their granting efforts are focused on improving the health of the whole person, by addressing wellness of body, mind and spirit. Currently more than 70 ministries around the world receive assistance through Wheat Ridge grants, in addition to the thousands of past grantees who have received funds totaling over $30 million. To learn more, please visit www.wheatridge.org. For a listing of Wheat Ridge’s current innovative grantees, visit the grant directory. You can also find Wheat Ridge on Facebook and Twitter.

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First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City Crowdfunds Organ Repair

The First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City has the oldest organ in the state and it’s showing its age. The lungs that feed the pipes are no longer able to supply enough air. A decades old “repair” that incorporated “modern” electronic components to fill the gaps leaves the beautiful organ deficient.

The Church has raised over $200,000 from a variety of sources, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is completing its fundraising with a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign on Razoo. So far, the campaign has raised over $75,000.

On Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern, Church organist Scott Mills will join me for a live discussion about the campaign and the organ. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about the First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City:

First United Methodist Church of Salt Lake City is home to a true community treasure. Our pipe organ is the oldest organ containing more of its original components in their original location than any other organ in Utah, Idaho and Nevada. The organ, constructed by noted builder George Kilgen and Sons Organ Company of St. Louis, Missouri, was installed in 1906 and originally contained 33 ranks of pipes. Today, 17 of those ranks are in working order. Our vision is to restore the amazing piece of living history to its full capabilities and make our sanctuary a welcoming space for the community to come together. The organ will be restored with pipes and components from another historic organ from the early 1900s, the Austin/Kimball organ that was originally housed in the American Theatre on Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah’s largest silent movie theatre during its time. Bigelow and Co. Organ Builders of American Fork, UT has been contracted to do the organ renovation. The completed organ will have around 3,300 pipes – a vision that gives our campaign its name.

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Scott’s bio:

Scott R. Mills is the Coordinator of Music Ministry and Principal Organist at First United Methodist Church in downtown Salt Lake City. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Organ Pedagogy. His teachers were J.J. Keeler at BYU and Arnold Bullock at Arizona State University. While attending BYU, Scott performed several recitals on Temple Square as a guest organist. He has taught piano and organ since 1976. He has judged with The National Guild of Piano Teachers and other organizations since 1982. Scott has served as a Dean of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and Chair of the National Guild of Piano Teachers in Utah Valley. He was also the sub-Dean for the Salt Lake Chapter of the AGO from 2009-2011.

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