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Crowdfunding Project Supports Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning

The DeVoe Moore Center has launched a crowdfunding project through the university’s Spark FSU site that will support experiential learning for students and social entrepreneurship projects that tackle pressing problems throughout the world.

The center’s goal is to raise $20,000 to fund evaluation site visits to four projects supported by the Diehl Family Social Enterprise Competition administered by the center and completed in December 2015. These projects were:
* Kouzon Dlo: a public health social enterprise established to provide broad based market access to clean water in Port-au-Prince, Haiti;
* Bright Kids Uganda: An ecosystem of four earned-income projects focused on funding the BKU orphanage and school, including a small hotel, a minimarket, a poultry operation, and a crop-based food production.
* Reclaim Appalachia: A youth workforce training initiative in West Virginia targeted toward at risk young adults that provides vocational and artisan education to students to help their transition into the full-time labor force.
* Clinic Nepal: A community market to provide a central location for local businesses and entrepreneurs for selling products while also serving as a community center and emergency shelter for Chitrawan, Nepal

Funds raised through the crowdfunding project would finance four evaluation trips as one-year follow up efforts on the four projects. The evaluation programs will be staffed by three students from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy under the supervision of full-time professional staff of the DeVoe L. Moore Center. A master’s level graduate student will serve as leader for a team comprising the graduate student and two undergraduate students chosen through a competitive application process.

The project is online now at the Spark web site . Donations may be made directly at that page through May 27, 2016. The project will also be part of FSU’s annual online giving blitz, The Great Give.

These evaluation trips provides direct benefits to students by using the DeVoe L. Moore Center’s program focus on social entrepreneurship to mentor talented, bright, and ambitious students with a commitment toward serving the broader community and empowering low income individuals, households, and communities. This program builds on a robust social entrepreneurship core in the college that includes academic coursework, experiential learning through internships, and mentoring through seminars and personal support, and a dedicated social entrepreneur in residence.