Online crowd funding works for Grenada school

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thursday, October 25, 2012 – A Grenadian not-for-profit has become a model for Caribbean entrepreneurs and other start-ups to follow as it has successfully used online crowdfunding to raise money for a school project.

The Grenada Goat Dairy recently announced that its campaign to fund its collaboration with The St. Patrick Anglican School, exceeded its goal of US$55,000 by earning US$63,160 through the innovative crowd funding website, www.Kickstarter.com.

The Grenadian non-profit organization used it to gain support locally and internationally from a total of 368 backers. Pledges from individuals, families, foundations and organizations ranged from US$1 to US$10,000. The 45 day long campaign became a community effort, drawing hundreds of people together to invest their time, money and voice for sustainable change.

Through both hands-on and classroom activities, students will learn the responsibilities associated with animal care, growing their own food, composting and record-keeping, under the project. To expand its impact, this community-wide program will network with additional schools to create opportunities for other children and young adults in the surrounding region.

The Goat Dairy’s main education and demonstration facility at the Belmont Estate has been supporting low income farmers and families since 2008. After becoming incorporated at the end of 2011, The Goat Dairy, developed its plan to engage more directly with youth.

The unique fundraising approach earned the initiative the recognition of Project of The Week in September by The Edible Schoolyard Project, an international movement to build and share sustainable food curriculum for all schools. Among numerous articles and blog posts, The Goat Dairy’s initiative was also highlighted in “Kickstarters for Food: How the Grenada Goat Dairy’s School Project Could Save the World” written by Anthony Smith and published on Food n’ Recipe, a culinary website owned by International Business Times.  Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)