PORTLAND BASED YOUTUBE SENSATION RAISES $10K WITH TIME TO SPARE
Early Crowdfunding Campaign Success Means Season 3 of STEM Kids Web Series The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey and More, Still Accepting Donations
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PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Portland based YouTube creator, Lindsey E. Murphy, announced today that she has successfully raised $10,000 on popular the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.com, to produce the third season of her beloved kids science education web series, The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey.
According to Murphy, there was no secret recipe to this campaign’s success. When asked how she was able to super charge her campaigns donations over the weekend after a month of sluggish momentum, she cited hard work and unabashed personal requests. “I texted and inboxed every single person in my phone and on my Facebook friends list,” she says. “I asked for just $10 or $25. Some people gave nothing. Most others gave $100!”
The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, which has been described as an intersection between Bill Nye the Science Guy’s classic tv series and Martha Stewart’s ‘DIY’ empire, has welcomed more than 42,000 channel views since its 2010 launch. The shows educational videos and written content have been featured on top sites as Scientific American Magazine and other regional family magazine blogs across the country. The project met a crippling hurdle when the website was hacked in the Summer of 2012 and shut down before completing the third season of the web show. This fundraiser was the effort to resurrect the show and reproduce the website in full.
Her victory announcement came via an exuberant Twitter post barely containing actual works but her audience knew exactly what she meant, retweeting and celebrating virtually.
Murphy promptly posted a short “thank you” video to her Instagram and YouTube account gushing on supporters, friends, and mentors as well as announcing January as the launch date for the roll out of season 3 videos. In this same video, she revealed that she would be donating a sizable portion of her goals excess to the Big-Brained Superheroes Club, an organization that provides after-school STEM programming to underprivileged youth in Seattle Washington.
This morning, Murphy made a surprise secondary announcement that she would be giving away the opportunity for one lucky classroom in the United States to host her for a “special, personal Fab Lab experience” in an effort to boost additional giving thru the end of the campaign. As of press time, the campaign has raised more than $11,000 and is pushing to meet $14,000 by 11:59pm this evening.
About The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey
The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey is a web series on YouTube that takes everyday science concepts and turns them into do-it-yourself projects for kids, families, and educators. The show launched in 2010 and is a part of Scientific American Magazine’s Bring Science Home initiative as a content partner.
About Lindsey E. Murphy
Lindsey E. Murphy is a writer, blogger, and public personality based out of Portland, Or. She is the creator of such online web properties as The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, TheHandsomeBlackMan.com and was in 2010 the recipient of the Pepsi: We Inspire writers award.
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