Crowdfunding website used to raise money for school’s outdoor classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Dekalb—  Georgia

A DeKalb County elementary school just found out its campus is getting a $100,000 makeover and taxpayers might be interested to know the county is not paying for any of it.

Ashford Park Elementary has a large area for its playground. The idea was to transform an unused, wooded area near the playground into an outdoor classroom, amphitheater and a new covered carpool area.  The plans had been in the works for years, but the problem was how to pay for it.

“Obviously with DeKalb County budget issues there’s a lot of gaps that need to be filled,” said Shawn Keefe with the Ashford Park Education Foundation. “We have a school here that was built in 1955. It’s very weathered.”

Keefe found Mark Feinberg of Uruut: a new Atlanta-based crowdfunding website.

Through Uruut, in just 90 days, the school foundation raised $100,000 from private community donations.

Asked if the money had not been raised, Fienberg said it “Doesn’t happen. Project doesn’t happen. It just sits there nice pretty pictures but nothing happens.”

Unlike other crowd funders, half of the money for the outdoor classroom came from businesses and foundations.

“It’s important for the private sector to get involved because the public sector doesn’t have all the money we need to do all the great things that we want to do at the community level,” Feinberg said.

Students said they are already looking forward to the new plans.

Uruut is working with other groups to create dog parks, bike paths and after-school programs. Ashford Park is hoping to break ground before the end of the year.


This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

Coindesk (press release) (blog)Crowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Opens to ICOs - CoinDeskCoindesk (press release) (blog)The startup revealed today that, through an existing partnership with MicroVentures, it will begin offering services to projects seek to use the blockchain funding model. [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

Ypsi crowdfunding statistics reveal startling disparityConcentrateWe all hear the words "Kickstarter," "Patronicity," and "GoFundMe" on an almost daily basis, but how much good do those campaigns actually do? Here in Ypsilanti, quite a lot – although more [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

Business InsiderSeedrs CEO hails 'standout year' as total investment on crowdfunding platform passes £300 millionBusiness InsiderSeedrs said crowdfunding investors reaped "strong returns" but didn't specify the amount. The crowdfunding platform, one of the two [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

Want to Hold Your Own ICO? Indiegogo Can Help You With ThatFortuneCrowdfunding sites like Kickstarter (kickstarter, +0.00%) and Indiegogo raised start-up cash for a generation of online entrepreneurs, but one increasingly visible method of internet-sourced financing seemed to have sli [...]

Financial TimesCrowdfunding a mission to save capitalism from itselfFinancial TimesJeff Lynn is on a mission to save capitalism from itself at a time when millions feel locked out, and unable to foresee themselves better off than their parents. His answer: to democratise capital. That [...]

CFB Finance


  • Crowdfunding
  • Crowdfund
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • FinTech
  • Reg A+
  • Reg CF
  • Crowdfunding USA

Press Release

Live Crowdfunding .tv

What's Next Step in Regulation A+ JOBS ACTS Title IIII :L Interview : Steve Cinelli with Brian Korn Securities and Crowdfunding/Peer-to-Peer Lending Lawyer, Watch more video library | Conference | Interview | Campaign Showcase | Research | Education |