Nov. 7, 2016 2:27 pm

Coded by Kids crowdfunded enough cash for 5 new sites

The coding education nonprofit's Indiegogo campaign raised nearly half of its $53K goal, but programming will still be expanded to five new neighborhoods.

Kids, coding.


Editor's note: Technically Media Editorial Director Christopher Wink serves on Coded By Kids' board. That relationship is unrelated to this story.
Tech education nonprofit Coded by Kids launched an Indiegogo campaign last month with hopes of raising enough money to triple in size by funding 12 new programs. The nonprofit didn’t raise enough cash to meet that goal when the campaign ended this past Friday, but all is not lost.

Thanks to 197 backers from seven different countries, Coded by Kids raised $25,250 in total — enough to fund five new programs that will have the nonprofit teaching 62 new students in 2017.

The tech community in particular stepped up to support the campaign, and according to Operations Manager Maggie Deptola, the fundraiser received donations from folks like First Round Capital principal and angel investor Josh Kopelman, Comcast’s Danielle Cohn, Philly Startup Leaders President Rick Nucci and New York Code & Design Academy cofounder Zach Feldman.

As far as the seven unfunded sites go, said Deptola, some are looking to fundraise on their own, and Coded by Kids is still exploring other funding opportunities to make those sites happen in 2017. Deptola said one of those options is corporate sponsorships. An after-school program can be funded for $4,500.


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