The Kickstarter Blog

New from the Archives: October 2015

  1. We can all help the UN Refugee Agency relieve a global crisis.

    Two weeks ago, the White House reached out to us with an idea: what if you could use Kickstarter to help the millions of refugees seeking safety in the Middle East and Europe?

    We immediately told them yes — and at the White House’s invitation, Kickstarter is working with the UN Refugee Agency to raise money and deliver aid to those in need of it. We’ve all seen the images of people fleeing for safety, on foot and in boats, with nowhere to go and precious few resources. It’s not a crisis that can be solved overnight, but the White House, the United Nations, and Kickstarter all believe that a strong outpouring of support can provide crucial assistance for people fleeing their homes and risking their lives to find a safer future.

    To learn more about how we can provide that support, just visit this campaign. It’s not a typical Kickstarter project. There’s no all-or-nothing funding goal. The rewards are all about giving, not getting. And we’ll be donating 100% of our usual fee to support these aid efforts. Most days, this site is a home for people working together to create new things, but this campaign is about something else: working together to bring the most basic of necessities to people who need them dearly. Even a little support can give a family dry clothes, fresh water, or a place to sleep — those “small” things that become everything as soon as you’ve lost them.

    We’d love your help.

  2. Turning Students Into Makers

    Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
    Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

    People are getting more and more into making things. From the White House to the coast of Australia, there’s excitement about opening up access to high-tech tools that can give physical shape to new ideas. And the maker movement is changing education as well, because making is a terrific way to learn.

    This is why we’re so excited about our new partnership with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which is helping Pittsburgh-area schools run Kickstarter projects to fund their own makerspaces — a program that the museum wants to turn into a national model. It’s the first time we’ve supported a program like this.

    With input from our team, ten schools and districts launched projects this week, looking to raise about $100,000 in total. The Burgettstown Area School District, for instance, wants to bring cutting-edge tools to a rural area where they’ve never been available, and the Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 public school wants to transform an outdoor space into a maker-centered learning zone. You can see the full list of projects here. Pittsburgh has a long history of making and innovation, so it makes perfect sense as a testbed for a new approach to funding these kinds of educational resources.

    Since we added a subcategory for makerspaces last summer, we’ve seen it fill up with great projects from Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, and far beyond. But we’re especially excited by the idea of students having access to makerspaces right inside their own schools. When we became a Benefit Corporation this month, we put the advancement of social good at the core of our company goals. And these projects from Pittsburgh are our kind of social good. They’re all about giving students the tools they need to start tinkering, hacking, and creating.

    Join the movement by supporting these projects! Better still, take a look at your own local schools, and the future makers somewhere inside them — do they have the resources they need?

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