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City of Gainesville Launches First Crowdfunding Campaign

3/3/2014

The City of Gainesville is partnering with Citizinvestor, a Florida-based crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects, to empower citizens to invest in their community.

This morning, the City of Gainesville launched its first crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,800 to expand the popular Summer Heatwave program, which provides a place for Gainesville youth to go during evening hours with activities ranging from structured team sports, a life skills class and open lounges to socialize and play games. Citizens can make tax-deductible donations to the project at http://www.citizinvestor.com/project/summer-heatwave-. Community investors’ credit cards will not be charged unless the project reaches 100 percent of its funding goal before the May 24 deadline.

“We are excited to launch our first crowdfunding project on Citizinvestor,” said Steven Phillips, City of Gainesville director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. “Their track record of empowering citizens across the country to invest in their community is proven.”

While budgets in municipalities across the United States have tightened in recent years, Citizinvestor provides an alternative funding source for projects that municipalities don’t have budget for but that citizens are clearly passionate about. The City of Gainesville is the 21st municipality to crowdfund a project on Citizinvestor.

Citizinvestor co-founder and sixth-generation Floridian Jordan Raynor said of the launch of Gainesville’s first project, “Sports and recreation play such an integral role in the Gainesville community. This project provides citizens with a great opportunity to use sports and recreation to invest in the lives of Gainesville youth.”

To learn more or to donate, visit http://www.citizinvestor.com/project/summer-heatwave-.

About Summer Heatwave
Summer Heatwave is a partnership between the Gainesville Police Department (GPD), the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the State Attorney’s Office. It is believed to be one of the factors leading to a reduction in local juvenile crime. Operation Respect Yourself Pool Parties, HeatWave Basketball and Summer Teen Lounges offer a place for engagement between GPD and local youth, and curriculum adopted by PRCA encourages positive youth development through a nationally-sponsored program called Character Counts. Overall, Summer Heatwave provides a place for youth to go during evening hours, with activities ranging from structured team sports to a life skills class that is mandatory for all youth to open lounges to socialize and play games.

About Citizinvestor
Citizinvestor empowers citizens to invest in their community by providing them a platform to propose and crowdfund public projects. Any government entity can post a project to Citizinvestor.com where citizens can make tax-deductible donations to the projects they care about most. Citizens can also leverage Citizinvestor to propose ideas they have to improve their community to their local government.

Since launching in September 2012, the Citizinvestor community has been crowdfunding public projects in municipalities across the United States. 66 percent of all projects have reached its funding goal. To learn more, visit citizinvestor.com.