Today on “First Coast Connect,” Girl Scouts Gateway Council CEO Mary Anne Jacobs gave us the details of the State of Girls 2017 report from the Girl Scout Research Institute (01:33). We heard about the TV pilot “Replica” being filmed in Jacksonville with producer Lisa Eve and actors Jordan Jett and Adrian Gentry (38:01), and ahead of One Spark we discussed crowdfunding with Breakaway Funding founder Kim Kaselionis and regional marketing director Richard Cuff (46:07).   

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The nonprofit Jacksonville Symphony is looking for help buying a new instrument — or rather, an older model that’s new to the orchestra.

The “Rock the Glockenspiel” campaign got underway last week with a crowdfunding goal of $7,500.

Business Brief: One Spark Grows Up

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The annual One Spark crowdfunding festival is returning to downtown Jacksonville Wednesday.

However, this year’s event will feature only one day of partying instead of five. A workshop dedicated to the inventors will be held Thursday.

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A Jacksonville nonprofit is trying to move homeless people into a new apartment complex.

Ability Housing is turning to an Internet crowdfunding campaign to help ease people’s transition from the streets to their own homes.

Silverware, pillows, sheets, bed linens, toilet paper and paper towels are just a few things Ability Housing Executive Director Shannon Nazworth reads off of a list of about 40 items that will be given to homeless people moving into a new complex on Jacksonville’s Westside.

Remember ‘Success Kid,’ the web photo of the chubby-cheeked Jacksonville toddler on the beach with a fistful of sand and a look on his face of smug satisfaction?

Eight years later, Laney Griner has posted that same photo of her son Sammy on a crowdfunding site to help raise money for a kidney transplant for his dad, 39 year old Justin Griner.