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Charities compete in ground breaking new fundraising challenge

Ten charities from across England will be competing to engage their communities and supporters in a new form of fundraising. The Crowdfunding Challenge, which runs until November this year, pits ten very different organisations against each other to learn, experiment and raise money from crowdfunding.

NCVO’s Sustainable Funding project is running the challenge in partnership with Buzzbnk crowdfunding platform and is sponsored by CAN Impact.

Ros Jenkins, from NCVO said:

"So many organisations are looking to change how they raise money, especially those who have been reliant on grants. This challenge is a great way to generate learning and resources for charities while having lots of fun and raising money for some great causes."

Kate Markey, Managing Director of CAN Invest said:

“Crowdfunding highlights an innovative route to access alternative funding without relying on tradition grants. The projects put forward have identified a need which can deliver real social value to their communities and builds on turning local accountability into great social ventures.”

One of the successful organisations is Horse Rangers. Based in Richmond they are crowdfunding for a new horse to work with children with complex disabilities. Supporters of their crowdfunding project could receive a packet of seeds, a lucky horse shoe or even a video of one of the horses saying thank you.

The Gateshead Citizen’s Advice Bureau are also taking part in the challenge in order to fund touch-screen self-help consoles which allow people to access information from Citizens Advice to solve their problems and get their lives back on track. Alison Dunn, CEO of Gateshead Citizen’s Advice Bureau said:

“Last year cuts to funding forced us to decommission outreach work at several venues leaving these communities with no advice provision. The only way to maintain outreach services for these communities is to transform the way we do advice. We think these self-help consoles are part of the solution and we see this challenge as a great way to start building our relationships with supporters and engaging with our communities in a new way”

Updates and learning from the challenge will be available via the NCVO website. The organisation that demonstrates the most learning and sharing during the challenge will be awarded with a £1000 prize by CAN Impact at the NCVO Sustainable Funding conference in November.

For more information contact Chloe Stables in NCVO’s press office on 07714 243 942 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes to editors

The Crowdfunding Challenge 2012 is an NCVO project in partnership with Buzzbnk and supported by CAN Impact. Further support to participants is being provided by ShoNet and CrowdfundUK.

The ten participants are: Aston Mansfield (Newham, London), Same Sky (Brighton), East Lancashire Women’s Centre (Lancashire), Horse Rangers (Richmond), LATCH (Leeds), Mind the Gap (Bradford), Stay Up Late (East Sussex), Gateshead CAB (Gateshead), Grace and Flavour (Kent) and Newlyn Art Gallery (Cornwall).

Follow participants on Twitter #crowdfunding2012.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England, with sister councils in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. With over 280,000 staff and over 13 million volunteers working for our members, we represent and support almost half the voluntary sector workforce.

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