Dina Benadon and Brent Young recently purchased the home in which Walt Disney was born in Chicago and are trying to restore it and turn it into a museum. The house was built by Disney’s father and Disney lived their from his birth in 1901 until 1905. Benadon and Young are trying to raise $500,000 through Kickstarter to achieve their goal.
Two kickstarters to benefit Jay Lake, one to help pay the production costs to finish the documentary Lakeside, the other to pay the cost to sequence Lake’s geneome for further study, met with such great success, the latter raising $10,000 in less than five hours, that Paypal froze Lake’s account due to the sudden influx of donations. Due to a Twitter campaign, Paypal quickly rectified the situation and made arrangements to donate to the Kickstarters as well. Lake has been battling cancer since he was first diagnosed in 2008.
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced a Kickstarter program to raise funds to help preserve, protect, digitize, and make available to the public materials collected over the years by Charles N. Brown. The Foundation’s initial goal is to raise $9,500 in 35 days.