Friends and Family: Support Our Placemaker Crowdfunding Campaign

fb-cover-photoIt’s happening! Monadnock Buy Local’s Placemaker Local Rewards Crowdfunding Campaign is about to launch on The Local Crowd Monadnock — a locally based crowdfunding platform. Woo-hoo!

Before our official launch in mid-July, I’m first reaching out to you first, my friends and family, to gain some momentum. Campaigns that reach the 30% fundraising mark before officially launching tend to meet or surpass their goals.

First off…Thanks for ALL YOU DO to support my work with Monadnock Buy Local — and I hope you’ll feel inspired to support our latest project.

What’s Placemaker?

On the surface, Placemaker is an online loyalty platform that tracks purchases made at locally owned businesses and offers gifts and discounts to users who spend their dollars locally.

Why Placemaker?

Dig deeper and you’ll discover that Placemaker is a powerful tool to inspire more community members to shop at locally owned businesses. Placemaker will give us much needed data on how Monadnock Buy Local is inspiring our community to shift their shopping — to grow a more local, green and fair economy.

We’re also working to make Placemaker a Pollinator Enterprise — a self-funding effort that boosts other locally owned businesses while providing more fuel for Monadnock Buy Local to meet its mission.

Please take a look at our Placemaker Campaign. Be sure to watch the Placemaker video at the top of our campaign page.

Support Our Placemaker Campaign Today

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There are several ways to support our campaign:

  • Give a contribution to our campaign — click on the green “Contribute” button * at the top of our page to get started.
  • Claim a reward — purchase one of our amazing rewards in exchange for your contribution — all from locally owned businesses. Rewards ** are listed along the right side of our page.
  • If you prefer to give “offline,” please make your check out to Monadnock Buy Local and mail it to us at 63 Emerald Street PMB #114, Keene, NH 03431.

Each and every donation helps make Placemaker happen in our region!

Let me know if you have any questions. I really appreciate you and your support of my work.

Yours locally,
Jen

PS: Please share our crowdfunding campaign with your friends and family. Thank you!

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The Local Crowd Monadnock Launches Online on Wednesday

Archway Farm instagramThe Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock will launch online on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at noon with two 30-day campaigns focused on supporting sustainable agriculture:

  • Archway Farm’s “Farm to Table on Wheels” project
  • Stonewall Farm’s “Barn Raising” project

Both campaigns are based in Keene, NH.  Individuals can contribute online to either campaign regardless of where they live, inside or outside of the Monadnock Region.

Each campaign will offer a limited number of rewards to individuals who give at certain financial levels.  For example, Archway Farm offers a Sausage Club to individuals who give $75.  Sausage Club members receive one pound of four different kinds of Archway Farm sausages, each featuring an ingredient from a local farm.  The first sausage is a Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst made with Stonewall Farm cheese.

A kick-off celebration is scheduled at Stonewall Farm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Local Crowd Monadnock Launch Party includes food samples, children’s activity stations and hayrides. Members of TLC Monadnock’s Leadership Team will attend to answer questions and handout resources.  This event is free and open to the public.

Register today

About The Local Crowd Monadnock

TLC Monadnock is a locally based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in the region.  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising funds to support a project from a large number of people, is a viable alternative to recruiting businesses from outside the region to boost economic activity.

This project is part of a two-year research study funded by a USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to gauge this platform’s effectiveness in rural areas.  During its pilot phase, TLC Monadnock will only accept campaign proposals from businesses, organizations or community initiatives based in Keene, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey or Winchester.  TLC Monadnock will give preference to campaigns from these communities that align with their respective city or town’s master plan and contribute to a local, green and fair economy.

TLC Monadnock is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations working to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, service providers and local economy champions.  A team of community leaders from Southwest Region Planning Commission, Monadnock Buy Local, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation and Hannah Grimes Center manages this crowdfunding platform.

Discover more details and updates or contact Jen Risley at jen@monadnocklocal.org or 603-499-7950.

Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years

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Impact Monadnock Presents – Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years

Watch the Film & Join the Conversation

WHERE: Keene Middle School Auditorium, 167 Maple Ave., Keene

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

What steps can we take to ensure
 Monadnock Region children reach their full potential?

The evening will include opening remarks from Senator Molly Kelly as well as a group of panelists discussing their thoughts and listening to what you have to say.

Panelists include:

José Montero, MD, MHCDS, VP of Population Health and Health System Integration at Cheshire Medical Center; Jackie Cowell, Executive Director of Early Learning NH; Detective Bob Collinsworth, Keene Police Department; David Beauchamp, Assistant Superintendent from SAU 47; Karen Dunnigan, a parent with 2 children in the Fall Mountain School District; and Brittany LaFleur, an Elementary Education major from Keene State College.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

This screening of Raising New Hampshire is made possible by Impact Monadnock in partnership with Monadnock United Way, Endowment for Health, and Healthy Monadnock.

For more information on the Raising New Hampshire film, go to the Endowment for Health website.

The Raising of America

Watch the trailer for the documentary The Raising of America. The Raising of America is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How can we do better?

To learn more about the series, visit http://www.raisingofamerica.org.

Pollinator Enterprises: Growing Jobs and Prosperity

From the Local Economy Solution: By Michael Shuman

A “pollinator” is a self-financing enterprise committed to boosting local business.  Some pollinators are for-profit businesses, some are nonprofits, but all allow a community to undertake one or more of five key economic development functions — planning, purchasing, people, partnerships and purse — with far greater efficacy and at a substantially lower cost than typical, taxpayer-funded programs.  All of the following models deploy business frameworks that ultimately aim to avoid dependency on government grants or charitable contributions: 28 Models of Pollinator Enterprises

local-economy-solution-banner-300x182What Pollinator Enterprises are active (or in the works) in the Monadnock Region? Please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Here’s what we’ve gathered so far:

Planning Pollinators

Purchasing Pollinators

People Pollinators

Partnership Pollinators

Purse Pollinators