Crowdfunding campaigns have been used to finance a wide variety of projects that benefit the public, but now the country of New Zealand is using public donations to purchase the Awaroa Inlet (a private beach) and turn it into a national park.
40,000 donations came together to buy the $2 million property, which can now be enjoyed by the public. Located in the Nelson/Tasman region, the Abel Tasman National park will be protected by corporate development while giving the population access to spectacular views and good times. Citizen Duane Major initiated the fundraising effort.
The Awaroa Inlet is just one example of how crowdfunding can be used on a local scale, where contributors can also enjoy the benefits of the end result.