The money has landed: Kickstarter for Armstrong’s spacesuit is successful

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.

West Philly celebrates Nelson Mandela Day with youth sports

In recognition of Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18, a collective of area sports coaches and others organized an-all day sports clinic titled, A Celebration of Life, Youth Sports, Parks and Recreation.

Elizabeth Ngonzi, USA CEO of South African based nonprofit Afrika Tikkun, posted on Facebook that she “had the honor of spending the day in West Philadelphia with a group of committed coaches who provided kids with a fun day of sports, as a means to build their self confidence, teach them team work & prepare them for leadership … very much in-line with what we do in South Africa with our young leaders at Afrika Tikkun.