Hornby School Tries Crowd Funding
By Margaret Clark, President, Hornby School Restoration Society
Built in 1875, Hornby School has been restored as a living history museum. Preservation activities are ongoing. Now we need a furnace. We have obtained grant funding for the bulk of the insulation and installation, but we’re a little short. We launched our first crowd funding campaign on the IndieGoGo platform on October 28. You can help by telling everyone you know about it. To participate, supporters need a computer with an internet connection and a credit card.
Here’s how it works: Log on to Indiegogo.com. Our specific link is http://igg.me/at/hornbyschool Sign up. You’ll need an e-mail address or a Facebook account. Use a credit card to support Hornby School Museum for any amount-- as little as $1.00. Like on PBS, you choose a level of support based on the perk you want. We have some appropriate “old School” perks. You get a reward. You share in making history. And Hornby School Museum is closer to having a furnace. Any funds raised over our goal will be used to pay the monthly gas bill.
Why this new strategy? When the Hornby School Restoration Society Board met in January 2015, they realized the need to change with the times to preserve Hornby and keep it available. They chose to launch a crowd-funding campaign on the Indiegogo platform because crowdfunding—asking a lot of people to give a little support—has become an option through the internet and Indiegogo is set up for online fund raising. Using Indiegogo, we can gain support and share history from Hornby’s collections with people everywhere.