We know, you’re getting a lot of letters and calls from non-profits asking for year-end donations. As you’re checking your list, here’s another option to consider: supporting a Southern business seeking help through crowdsourcing.
Crowdsourcing for funds through organizations like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is a great way for a brilliant idea to reach fruition—or for an established company to continue business among a tough economy and a sea of clever start-ups. Whether you’re looking for a budding entrepreneur to support this holiday season or simply want an added tax write-off before 2013 comes to a close, these cool Southern-based campaigns are causes worth considering. (But hurry, their funding periods all end soon!)
“Best Ice Coffee on the Planet”
In the past few years, the coffee trend has gotten local, with a growing number of local roasters and coffee shops. This Birmingham-based roaster who brews the “best ice coffee on the planet” in his garage is on our radar. Production for such goods isn’t cheap, and Ice Coffee Company, LLC—which has been selling coffee in local markets for two years—needs your pocket change in order to purchase a 48-foot refrigerated trailer, add a garage bay door, and move the roaster as part of its efforts to expand across Alabama (and eventually the Southeast). Need more convincing? Try this: The coffee is all-natural with no fillers, additives, or preservatives, and it’s 100-percent American-made, creating much-needed jobs for people residing in the area.
Campaign ends: Jan. 15
Nashville-born Harrison Bradt had always dreamed of going to design school; he spent years getting experience working retail at a Belle Meade boutique while commuting to Murfreesboro for college. Eventually, the college senior was accepted into the prestigious Parsons in New York City, left MTSU, and moved into a small, one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment with two roommates to make those big dreams a reality. Bradt is hoping to jumpstart his own career by bringing his thesis, “The Process”—a six-look collection based on the process of sculpture—to life for his April presentation.
Campaign ends: Jan. 16
The beloved Little’s in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown is calling for funds to keep the historic grocery store in business. Built in 1929, Little’s has seen better days and is beginning to show its age. Thus, owners Brad and Nina Cunard are asking for others to help “Save Little’s” by contributing in whatever way they can so that generations to come can appreciate the shop’s services and charms. The local community has rallied behind Nina and Brad and has begun to chip in; while the duo has raised enough funds for the store to continue to operate rather than closing down in December as the Cunards originally announced, more repairs are going to be needed in the near future so keep the business afloat.
Campaign ends: Jan. 16