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Local: Detroit4Detroit Crank Up the Cause Thursday May 17

You can do anything, it seems, on Kickstarter and its knock-offs. Kickstarter is a way to crowd-source funding for entrepreneurial projects. People can post pitches for and let the community decide what moves forward. I’ve seen projects for American-made men’s underwear funded well beyond their target (Flint and Tinder got $208K of a $30K goal).

Graduate students are even crowdsourcing their research costs. This office, as a way to gently tease a colleague with an aversion to birds, “adopted” a kestrel hatchling in a Boise State graduate research project on Rockethub.

The Renaissance Center and Downtown Detroit from Belle Isle

Downtown Detroit from Belle Isle

Now, charitable giving can be crowdsourced. I’ve heard that community projects in Detroit have trouble competing for traditional grants. Detroit4Detroit is fostering 150 community projects in 2012 through asking Detroiters (including all of us here in Ann Arbor) to help these projects get off the ground.

Detroit4Detroit will host an event this Thursday to raise awareness and funds. The event, Crank Up the Cause, will take place at Eastern Market 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. It has a $10 entrance fee, but you’ll get your $10 back as a voucher to give to a Detroit nonprofit on-site. More information and tickets available via Eventbrite.

If you cannot join Thursday evening, maybe you can organize a group to support one of the causes. My local university alumni club is going to support one of the 150 projects. What a great way to get involved and make a small contribution to the larger good.

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