The Oatmeal's online crusade to save the Tesla Tower ended with $1.4 million in the bank, as well as the title of Indiegogo's fastest growing campaign.
Spearheaded by founder Matthew Inman, the comic site raised a grand total of $1,370,511 over six weeks for "Operation Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum" Monday. His goal was to convert Wardenclyffe, Nikola Tesla’s laboratory located in Shoreham, NY, into a museum and science center honoring the Serbian-American inventor.
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To achieve this, Inman started a campaign to help the Tesla Science Center, a local nonprofit group, purchase the $1.6 million property. Inman's original target, which he surpassed in less than a week, was $850,000. New York State had offered to match any funds collected by the nonprofit up to $850,000 (putting the total raised at $1.7 million).
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Other stats, as seen in the Indiegogo infographic below, are equally staggering. On average, campaign raised $100 per minute, $6,000 per hour and $145,000 per day. More than 33,000 donations were made from all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and 108 countries around the world. The largest single contribution amount was $35,000.
"This is Indiegogo's fastest growing campaign, having generated over 50% of its funding goal in just 24 hours," Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin said in a statement.
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