Community projects can now be submitted online at wekan.kanstarter.com.
Kanstarter, a crowd-funding and volunteer-recruitment platform was launched last October on behalf of the non-profit We Kan! Network, a sister organization of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation.
Four pilot projects from rural communities completed their fundraising campaigns in early January with $30,000 being raised for projects in Plains, Wilson, Burdett and Yates Center.
These pilot projects demonstrated that additional support provided by We Kan! Network helped communities be more successful with crowdfunding. Now, all community development projects in Kanstarter will be called WeKan!Support. The website will be wekan.kanstarter.com.
Marci Penner of the We Kan! Network encourages any community looking for funding support from beyond their local area to consider putting their project on wekan.kanstarter.com. “Click on “how to start a project” at the top of the home page and you’ll find all the information you need to have a successful fundraising campaign on this site,” Penner said.
Community non-profit projects from towns of any size in Kansas are eligible.
We Kan! Network board member Luke Mahin said, “Fundraising is not easy but this site gives you many tools to expand the usual reach for your hometown projects. Through social media, email, and other web tools you can reach alumni no matter where in the world they live and makes it possible for them to donate online.”
Monies raised from Kansas Department of Commerce Community Tax Credit paid for the development of the site.