Multiple states are turning to online crowdfunding to help fund community projects

Michigan is among a number of states giving matching dollars to local governments that turn to online fundraising to pay for projects. But these crowdfunding models can lead to significant inequities.

ASMA KHALID, HOST:

Across the country, crowdfunding is growing in popularity. Even cities and towns have turned to raising money online to help bankroll community projects. Sarah Lehr of member station WKAR in East Lansing, Mich., reports.

SARAH LEHR, BYLINE: The idea of soliciting small amounts of money from large numbers of people is nothing new, but websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have blossomed over the last decade, leading local governments

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