Smithsonian officials are over the moon that they complete their first Kickstarter fundraising campaign — to conserve, digitize and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. This is an amazing feat for the non profit. Commenting on the success is Elizabeth Ngonzi, a professor at New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.
This is about tapping into a new audience — more people who can be inspired by the fact that you can crowdfund an idea and create an institution from scratch. Preserving this part of history will be important and the fact that thousands made it possible so quickly is amazing.