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Crowdfunding campaign launched for the Dr. Martin Luther King & Father Hesburgh Monument

INDIANAPOLIS – With a successful crowdfunding campaign, downtown South Bend could soon have a new monument dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh. The campaign, announced today and sponsored by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA), is offered through the crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

"I couldn't think of a more fitting project as we spend today honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. "This monument will forever honor the impact Dr. King and Father Hesburgh had on the civil rights movement."

If the City of South Bend’s campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by March 3, 2017, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by CreatINg Places, a program of IHCDA.

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The funds raised during the campaign will allow the city to erect an interactive statue of Father Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the entrance of Leighton Plaza in Downtown South Bend. The statue will be based on the famous photograph of the two men holding hands and singing “We Shall Overcome” at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. Fresh landscaping and outdoor furniture will also be installed within the plaza, to help transform the space into a lively and engaging gathering place that promotes unity and dialog within the community.

“This project celebrates a historic intersection between our local community and the national struggle for justice," said Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend. "The interactive statue invites the viewer to stand arm in arm with Dr. King and Fr. Ted as they did in 1964 demanding justice."

CreatINg Places employs a donation and reward-based method of crowdfunding called “crowdgranting”. In crowdgranting, citizens actively support projects and activities through web-based donations which, if the fundraising goal is reached within a set time, are matched by a sponsor.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities or neighborhoods which contain a traditional downtown or traditional neighborhood commercial node. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.