Tampa, Fla. – (Feb. 12, 2014) Move over Kickstarter. A new crowdfunding site, power2give.org, with an emphasis on local arts is coming to Tampa Bay. The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is bringing the new fundraising platform to the area to support arts and cultural projects in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The platform will launch Feb. 12 with more than $100,000 worth of projects.
Based on crowdfunding models like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, power2give lets cultural nonprofits raise money for all types of projects. The Tampa Bay site features 20 local arts-based projects in need of funding ranging from an animation camp, stage sets and sound equipment, to outdoor murals and summer scholarships for kids.
How does it work? Nonprofit arts organizations list their special projects on the site for 90 days along with detailed cost estimates. Online visitors will be able to read about each project, see exactly where their money will go and, if they like it, help fund the project with an online donation. If a posting organization doesn’t meet its goal, they still keep what they raise, unlike some of the other sites.
The power2give website, originally founded in 2011 by the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC, as a way to boost arts initiatives, now serves 21 metropolitan areas. Tampa Bay will become the 22nd market to join the fold. As of last December, power2give.org has helped raised more than $4.5 million for the arts through 20,100 donations to more than 1,880 projects nationally.
The Arts Council of Hillsborough County anticipates this platform will help Tampa Bay nonprofit groups realize a new source of funding and ultimately expand arts audiences who will continue to support local arts groups. National statistics show that 44 percent of donors on power2give.org are new supporters to the arts organizations they choose to support.
The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is administering the Tampa Bay site with Bank of America, a long-time arts supporter, funding the start-up costs. The Arts Council works with the posting groups and ensures the local nonprofits get the money they raise. The Arts Council is also seeking matching funds for donations to the site. For more information, call the Arts Council at 813-276-8250.
Contact: Terri Simons, Arts Council of Hillsborough County at (813) 276-8250 or (813) 989-0991.
About the Arts Council of Hillsborough County
The Arts Council supports and promotes arts and culture in Hillsborough County. It provides grants and workshops for organizations and individual artists; contracts arts and cultural groups for arts-in-education programs; hosts an online calendar of arts events; and works to promote lifelong learning and cultural enrichment to benefit citizens of Hillsborough County. The Arts Council is governed by a 15-member board of directors appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. For more information, visit TampaArts.com.