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Web users pledge thousands to support local projects

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Since launching February 1, Funding Charleston has taken root in the Lowcountry.

The online hosting website is a platform for small businesses and local charities to raise money through crowd funding. Crowd funding is the idea that if web users like an idea, they will contribute money to it.

Coast Brewing Company was one of the first businesses to join Funding Charleston.  Owner, Jaimie Tenny, said she wants to transform their current make-shift tasting room into a full tap room at the brewing company headquarters in North Charleston. Already donors pledged $25,000 to help with the project.

"We wanted to focus on the Charleston area," Tenny said. "While it's cool to fund stuff around the world, we wanted people a part of the community be involved."

Other projects funded thanks to strangers were the Bottles and Brushes mobile bus and the Mt Zion class trip to the Zoo.

 "There is a sense of being a part of that brand or that company and helping to build something," Funding Charleston founder, John Osborne, said of why people donated.

 Since the launch some 5,000 visitors from 20 countries hit the website. The average donation is $100.

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