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April 29, 2014 > City of Hayward launches crowdfunding campaign

City of Hayward launches crowdfunding campaign

Submitted By Frank Holland

The City of Hayward is partnering with Citizinvestor Ð a crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects Ð to empower citizens to invest in their community.

The City has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to raise $43,200 to expand a program to teach low income and at-risk youth how to fly. The City is partnering with East Bay Aviators, a non-profit located at the Hayward Executive Airport that has proven they can take a teenager from knowing nothing about aviation to obtaining a private pilotÕs license. Now, the City needs the help of citizens to expand the program to more youth.

Citizens can donate to the project at but their credit cards will not be charged unless the project reaches 100 percent of its funding goal before the deadline. All donations are tax deductible.

ÒThis initiative is amazing on a number of levels,Ó said Hayward Spokesman Frank Holland. ÒMost young people Ð and particularly those with limited financial means Ð would never enjoy this type of opportunity. With this project, weÕre helping young people to develop a highly marketable skill and providing an incentive for them to build a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math.Ó

While budgets in municipalities across the United States have tightened in recent years, Citizinvestor provides an alternative funding source for projects that cities donÕt have budget for, but for which citizens are clearly passionate. The City of Hayward is the 23rd municipality to crowdfund a project on Citizinvestor.

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