15 by 15 Kickoff Campaign

We need to raise $15,000 by February 15 to fund basketball camps and other outreach programming initiatives between now and our July groundbreaking.
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Building Blocks
Community
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
1 Team Member

UPDATE: Due to the great last-minute traction we've received, we have extended the giving deadline to February 28!


UPDATE: LISC has pledged a $10,000 matching grant if we reach our goal!


Our Story

Building Blocks is a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by 3-time NBA Championship winner and North Minneapolis native Devean George. Building Blocks exists to:

  • Provide high-quality, low-cost housing to individuals and families in North Minneapolis.
  • Produce positive healthy-living programming for North Minneapolis youth.
  • Create economic opportunity and a lower barrier of entry for aspiring business owners in the community.

We believe that North Minneapolis can overcome the prevailing forces of poverty and crime to once again become the vibrant, connected community it used to be. We think the way to do this is to create opportunities for the community to provide for itself.

What We Need & What You Get

In July, we will break ground on a revolutionary mixed-use development called The Commons at Penn Avenue. This building, built on the site of an abandoned garage, will provide a home and source of pride for 45 low-income households as well as space for local businesses and community-run after school programming.

In order to make the Commons at Penn a success, we need to expand upon the relationships we already have in the North Minneapolis community and build a strong network of grassroots support. To that end, we are planning several basketball camps and other recreational education programs in the neighborhood to be held this spring and summer. Currently all of our funds are tied up in the construction project, so we need to raise $15,000 by February 15 to fund our operations and outreach efforts.

Aside from the personal satisfaction of knowing your hard-earned dollars are going toward transformative change in a hurting community, we have some great rewards lined up as our way of saying "thank you" to our Indiegogo supporters.

The Impact

If we reach our goal, it doesn't just mean we get to spend the summer drumming up support in and around the neighborhood. It means we get a chance to build in to at-risk youth at a formative time in their lives, teach and learn important lessons, and leave lasting impressions that will lead to a brighter future.

Other Ways You Can Help

Enthusiastic word-of-mouth support is far more valuable than money, so if you're not in a position to give financially we would be beyond grateful if you would encourage your friends and family to hop on board. When tweeting and posting to Facebook, please include the #15by15 hashtag. Also, like any nonprofit we rely heavily on the efforts of volunteers. If you are interested in lending a hand in any way, please visit our website and drop us a line!

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$15,020USD
raised by 63 people in 1 month
100% funded
0 time left
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$15,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on February 28, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Move Us Up!

    A donation of even a single dollar moves us closer to our goal and gives us visibility on Indiegogo. You get the warm, fuzzy satisfaction of knowing you're helping a great cause!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    Logo Sticker

    Donate $25 and we'll send you a die-cut sticker of our logo. Looks great on car bumpers, laptops, guitar cases, skateboards... the list goes on!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    T-Shirt

    For $50, we'll send you a screen-printed Building Blocks t-shirt. Be the envy of your friends not only for your commitment to social justice, but for your style too!

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Commons @ Penn Print

    At the $100 level, we'll send you a beautiful 16"x20" print of the main architectural rendering of the Commons at Penn Avenue featured in our video.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $500USD
    Reward Package

    Donate $500, and we'll send you all of the previously mentioned items: the sticker, the shirt, and the Commons print.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Signed Basketball

    Donate $1000 and receive an official Spalding® NBA® game ball signed by Devean.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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