Taking a page from entrepreneur’s books, the University of Kansas is turning to social media to help fund new projects.

Launch KU is a crowdfunding platform that will help fund smaller university projects. It started in November 2015, with the goal of allowing people to contribute smaller amounts to help fund university projects.

David Decker is the senior director of annual giving, which oversees Launch KU. He says budget issues nationwide have led some universities take innovative approaches to raise money.


Once upon a time, a paleontology expedition to dig up dinosaur bones might have been funded primarily by grants and major philanthropists. But KU's Natural History Museum has its eye on a tyrannosaurus rex, and if they succeed in bringing the specimen home from Montana this summer, guess who's footing the bill? You are, through crowd-sourcing. How the crowd-funding model is changing education, from grade school classrooms to university museums.


Kansas City producer Jim McCullough is fulfilling a dream to create a Sci-fi show filmed in his hometown. Paradox City takes place in a world where superheroes can't use their powers and everyone lives in a giant fortress that hovers above ground. On this edition of Up To Date, McCullough explains his team's method of crowd funding the pilot episode by breaking it into short webisodes to be released as each dollar goal is achieved. 

BREAD KC! Kneading Needs

Aug 29, 2012

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, how a group of Kansas City artists are putting an end to that whole starving artist thing.

Joining us is Andrew Erdrich, Sean Starowitz and Erin Olm-Shipman for BREAD KC!, a group that raises the unleavened bread of artists through microgrants from community dinners. We'll hear how the easiest grant process ever has helped launch innovative new works in our community.

Crowdfunding For Civic And Arts Projects

Jul 29, 2012
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On Monday’s Central Standard, we'll take a look at crowdfunding, a way area projects are creating monetary opportunities in the digital landscape.

Jase Wilson, the CEO of, stops by to talk about the ways crowdfunding is transforming the way people can invest in the city.

At least every couple of months, or more, an email request lands in my inbox from an artist to help fund a new project, a gallery to support their programming budget, or a filmmaker to make a new movie.

The Changing Nature Of The College Degree

Jan 31, 2012

The current job market is very competitive.  A single opening will see hundreds of applicants, a lot of them with four years of college on their résumés.  But, how important is that degree when compared to technical skills, or on the job training? Is a bachelor’s degree worth what it once was?