The Josephine Community Libraries First Chapters crowdfund exceeded the goal to raise $40,000 by August 17 to update the children’s libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley.
Monies raised will be used to buy new books, mobile shelving units, furniture, paint and new carpet for the two children’s libraries. At the end of the crowdfund, 217 supporters donated $40,500 to First Chapters. Additional monies raised will be used to buy new children’s books.
“We’re excited to have made this goal and thankful to all the supporters who contributed,” said Kate Lasky, JCLI executive director. “Every dollar raised will go to support children’s reading, which is priceless for the long-term health of our community.”
The City of Cave Junction, AllCare CCO, Welch Investment Group LLC, and Cherryl Walker offered matching donations totaling $15,500.
Crowdfunding builds on the idea that many small contributions add up to a large amount of funds to support a project. Donations started at $5, with a variety of prizes for different levels.
JCLI is also seeking grant funding to support the First Chapters project, with initial funds received from the Four Way Community Foundation, the Cheney Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Grants Pass, Avista Foundation, and the City of Cave Junction.
JCLI was awarded free consultation support from the civic crowdfunding group Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a project of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.