Novel way to support communities

November 03 2014

COMMUNITY groups and entrepreneurs, wishing to raise funds for their projects, are being invited to sign up to a new crowdfunding initiative, founded by two Horfield residents.

COMMUNITY groups and entrepreneurs, wishing to raise funds for their projects, are being invited to sign up to a new crowdfunding initiative, founded by two Horfield residents.
Fundsurfer, launched earlier on this year by Oliver Mochizuki and Derek Ahmedzai, provides an online platform which allows individuals and groups to request financial donations or support, whilst promoting their initiative.
Crowdfunding has grown in popularity over the years as a way of funding a project by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people through the internet.
Those fundraising for an initiative are encouraged to offer rewards in return for donations, such as a personalised thank you note or an invitation to an event associated with the project.
It is free to register to Fundsurfer, and there is no limit to the amount requested. Those pledging support are also free to donate as much or as little as possible.
Ashley Down Primary School were the first to use the platform, in which they raised over £400 to purchase a new football kit for their Year 3 football team.
The pilot scheme gathered support from 16 people, allowing the school to afford the full strip with their team name printed on the front, plus additional equipment.
By donating £1, supporters received a personal thank you card, a £5 donation, supporters received an unframed team photo, and a £20 donation, supporters received a framed team photo.
The school plans to use the kit again for future Year 3 teams.
Oliver said: “We understand that it can be tough to finance new or existing projects, particularly with more traditional forms of finance becoming harder to source.
"Fundsurfer has been driven by our desire to work hand in hand with communities, helping them to bring projects to life."
He added: "We have already had a number of groups and individuals successfully raise funds via Fundsurfer and we’re looking forward to assisting many more projects in the coming months.”
For more information, to register a project, or offer support, visit: www.fundsurfer.com

Oliver & Derek