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Crowdfunding for Social Enterprises


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Crowdfunding is a new, innovative way to raise funds, awareness, participation and support for all sorts of projects.

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Crowdfunding for Social Enterprises

  1. 1. An Innovative Way to Raising Funds, Awareness, Participation and Engagement for your cause, charity or project. Crowdfunding for social enterprises
  2. 2. CrowdfundingToday’s Workshop• What is Crowdfunding?• How does Crowdfunding work?• Where to Crowdfund?• Writing your pitch• Choosing rewards• The Next Steps• Tips and Pitfalls• Your First Steps This workshop is powered by HI-Arts
  3. 3. What is Crowdfunding? “Survival of the fittest for creative ideas. Lots of people – each giving a small amount – can make good things happen. The ‘crowd’ decides what’s good, what’s not, what they want to fund and what they don’t…Good ideas will shinethrough and the wisdom of the crowd to fund them is a really exciting prospect.” Crowdfunder
  4. 4. £5 or more – Acknowledgement on the Hamish Henderson Archive Trust website £10 or more – Acknowledgement in the first Hamish Henderson Journal £20 or more – Exclusive signed copy of the Journal £100 or more – Signed copy of the Journal and a VIP invitation to the launch£200 or more – Private View - personal viewing of some of the materials in the Henderson Archive.
  5. 5. Hamish Henderson Archives Raised £4,670 (£2,670 over their target) with 128 donations. donationsOn average people donated £36 each. each
  6. 6. Gig Buddies• The Gig Buddies Campaign has 27 days left to go.• They aim to raise £1,000.• So far 27 people have supported this project.• On average people are donating £22.
  7. 7. Demand Energy Equality• The crowdfunding campaign finished on 5th June 2012.• They raised £5,145 – £145 more then their target• 105 people pledged donations.• On average people donated £49.
  8. 8. How does Crowdfunding work?In a Nutshell…1. Pick the project or idea you want funded.2. Identify how much you need to raise.3. Pick a Crowdfunding website.4. Identify your story and your pitch.5. How will you reward your new funders?6. Tell everyone you know, and those interested in what you do, about it!
  9. 9. Where to Crowdfund?
  10. 10. Look for a host that offers support and advice in developing and communicating your project.
  11. 11. Find out how long the site will run your campaign
  12. 12. Check to see if the crowdfunding site charges you for raising funds?
  13. 13. Make sure you read any guidelines or terms and conditions before launching your project.
  14. 14. Setting your Funding Target• Core costs of the project• Rewards – what additional costs?• Crowdfunding site Fee• Ask for slightly more• Community commitment• Estimate the average pledge
  15. 15. Writing your pitchYou need to make the idea stick in the minds of potential funders…• Keep it Simple• Make it Unexpected• Create a Concrete idea• Make it Credible• Find the Emotion• Tell a Story Who, What, When, Where and How
  16. 16. 14 Questions to Answer1. Who are you? 9. Who will be doing it and what are2. Who is your target audience? their qualifications?3. Why do you need money? 10. How will you tell people about it?4. Why might the funder be interested? 11. How much do you want?5. What’s the idea? 12. How much have you raised yourself?6. Why are you the best people to be delivering 13. How will the project be evaluated? this? 14. Who or what will benefit from the7. Where is the activity taking place? funding of this project?8. When will it be taking place?
  17. 17. Creating a VideoCreating a Video is Essential for:• Connecting with your funders• Demonstrating trust and value• Being clear and concise• Providing a short and sweet pitch
  18. 18. Creating a VideoWhat type of video?• Interview’s• Documentary• An animation• Photography SlideshowPointers• Keep it short and to the point• Clearly relate to the project• Quality of video footage• Editing• Audio• Creativity
  19. 19. What is a Reward?
  20. 20. What is a Reward?Let Plum explain…
  21. 21. Meme• Plum’s crowdfunding campaign ended on October 15th 2011.• She raised £5,040 (101% of her target)• 137 people backed her project.• On average people donated £36.
  22. 22. What is a Reward?• Your way of saying ‘Thank You’• Builds support for your future project, cause and/or organisation.• Act as a marketing and promotional tactic.• Must be creative and linked to your campaign.
  23. 23. £5 – Wall of Fame: be included on the website Wall of Fame. If you represent anorganisation your logo and link to your website will be posted.£10 – Ready Steady Cook: everything above and you’ll be sent a PDF copy of the SouthsideFoodshare recipe book. Compiled by members and suppliers favourite recipes, this reflectsthe versatility of seasonal Scottish produce.£20 – Launch Invitation + 250ml rapeseed oil: a VIP invitation to the launch event, yourname on the Wall of Fame, and you’ll be sent a 250ml bottle of Scottish rapeseed oil – themost popular product distributed through Southside Foodshare.£50 – Launch Invitation + 500ml rapeseed oil: a VIP invitation to the launch event, yourname on the Wall of Fame, and you’ll be sent a 500ml bottle of Scottish rapeseed oil – themost popular product distributed through Southside Foodshare.£250 – All of the above + Priority in setting up a new Co-op: Two VIP invitations, 500ml ofScottish rapeseed oil, credit on Wall of Fame, and hands on assistance in setting up a newcooperative in your area. Southside Foodshare will work with you to set up a system thatsuits your needs, and make sure that you get your first vegetable delivery free!
  24. 24. Why is Crowdfunding relevant to us now?• It is an enterprising solution to raising funds.• It is a new approach which cuts out traditional funding approaches and their requirements.• It enables communities to mobilise around the things they want to see happen;• Communities become investors in their own future.• It mobilises new money when traditional support is less available.• It is a good indicator of the eventual success of your project.
  25. 25. Next Steps: Marketing your projectCrowdfunding WebsiteYour Website – friends, partner and supporter websites (Web Release)Your Blog – friends, partner and supporter’s blogs (Blog Release)Your Social Networks – friends, partner and supporter social networks (Share)Community News, Radio, Magazines, Leaflets – local word of mouth (Press Release)National News, Radio, Magazines – national word of mouth (Press Release)Email Your Database – friends, partner and supporter’s forward emails (Links)eNewsletter – friends, partner and supporter’s newsletters (Links)Mobile SMS – ask them to share their text (Share)Presentations – at your events, activities, when selling (Word of Mouth)Posters, Leaflets, Postcards – For your community or beyond (Promotion)Letters – contact your fans, supporters, volunteers etc personally (Invite)Tell everyone you know! Get them to tell everyone they know!
  26. 26. Next Steps: Keeping your funders up-to-date• Update your Crowdfunding site• Thank You Cards• Blogging• Social Networking• Personalised Emails• Invitations
  27. 27. TipsCrowdfunding is not the easy option – any and all fundraising is hard! It helps, but it’s not necessary, to have a pre-existing community of supporters. Be resourceful – It can be hard to incentivise people, capture their imagination. Be clear –Set a completion date for the campaign, clearly define your goals and expectations. Be Informative – Offer as much information about your project as you can.
  28. 28. PitfallsProjects fail if…• You don’t express clearly the nature of your project.• Additional information is hard to come across.• You don’t tell anyone about it.• There is a lack of communication between yourself and your new funders.• You don’t follow up on rewards.• Your project doesn’t fit with the parameters of the Crowdfunding site you choose.• You choose not to produce a video.• You forget to build and nurture your online and offline community around your project.• You promise what you can’t deliver.• You focus on the negative.
  29. 29. FAQs• How long does a campaign last?• What happens when my project reaches its target funding?• How will I be able to contact my funders?• What happens if I don’t meet my target?• What happens if I reach my funding target before the end of the campaign?• Can I pledge to my own project?• Will the Crowdfunding site take a cut?• How do supporters collect their rewards?
  30. 30. Your First Steps towards Crowdfunding• The project idea• Delivery dates• Costs to deliver• Crowdfunding Target• What would Crowdfunding support• The benefits of the project• Crowdfunding video• Rewards• Potential donors• Marketing tactics• Keeping funders up-to-date