Feb. 10 2016 11:41 AM

A guide to Lansing-area online fundraising campaigns.

Local artist Chuck Stover is using Kickstarter to raise money to produce his card-based board game, "Vasy Wilds."
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Vasty Wilds


“Vasty Wilds” is a new card-based board game where players take on the role of small forest creatures in an ever-expanding forest.

The variable setup of the game means the shape of the forest (the board) is different with each play.

Chuck Stover, an artist who lives in Lansing, is the creative mind behind the game. Stover graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a degree in sculpture and graphic design.

Stover has started a Kickstarter project to make his game a reality. Stover is hoping to raise $15,000 for the project by Sunday. If the campaign is successful, Stover hopes to have the game available by summer 2016. Donation levels range from $16 to $150, and rewards for contributors include handmade dice in steel or bronze and special editions of “Vasty Wilds.” This project will only be funded if the project's goal is met by the deadline.

MItrek Media Presents: Hopping Across America


The craft beer industry is booming in the U.S., with over 2,000 breweries operating across the country. Local media group MItrek Media is planning a documentary designed to shed light on the craft beer community and collaborations between breweries. The minds behind the project are craft beer enthusiasts Carly Chaben and Aaron Snyder, both graduates of MSU. The duo has created an Indiegogo campaign to fund the film. Chaben and Snyder have plotted a course across the U.S., hitting the biggest craft brew states. The road trip takes off from Cleveland and includes stops in Florida, Texas, California and Michigan. The campaign hopes to raise $1000 by Feb. 24 to fund the road trip. Contribution levels range from $10 to $1,000, and rewards for contributors include such perks as digital access to the documentary, name mentions in the film credits and an official movie poster. This is a flexible funding campaign, meaning the organizers will receive all money raised even if the goal is not met.

Project aqua: Help with Water. Party With Gelato


In reaction to the water crisis in Flint, Mary and Nick Lemmer, founders and owners of Lansing’s Iorio's Gelato, have started a crowdsourcing campaign to aid the people of Flint. The Lemmers created a campaign on generosity.com, a philanthropic offshoot of Indiegogo, to provide water to residents of the city. The campaign’s goal is to raise $10,000 with donations going directly to purchase clean water for the people in Flint. Donation levels range from $25 to $1,000. All contributors will be invited to a community party in Flint, where Iorio's Gelato will hand out clean drinking water and free gelato to anyone in the community. There is no deadline for the campaign; organizers plan to keep the campaign running until the crisis in Flint is resolved.