For Immediate release

Date: 21/03/2011, London

Buzzbnk, the social venture crowd-funding platform, has today extended its fund-raising options by launching its first gift vouchers for social enterprise projects.

The gift vouchers and certificates – available from £5 – offer another model to fund and support social enterprise, targeting a range of projects large and small.

Funders can now use gift certificates to support projects from ColaLife, an organisation pioneering medicine distribution in Africa using empty space in cola crates (www.buzzbnk.org/colalife ), to ‘Save the Big Lemon’, a campaign to preserve Brighton based environmentally-friendly bus services, powered by 100% recycled cooking oil. (www.buzzbnk.org/savethebiglemon)

The gift voucher initiative coincides with Buzzbnk achieving its first delivery milestone, reaching the funding target for a mushroom-cultivation scheme in India. ‘Mushroom growing to get people out of poverty’ – http://bit.ly/fiiXYT

Under the scheme, funders have enabled Indian women to earn money and feed their families from mushroom-growing. Besides aiming to increase people’s income and health, the crowd backing this project also creates something that is replicable and sustainable.

Such projects demonstrate how Buzzbnk makes a difference in the social sector.

Buzzbnk is available to discuss these initiatives and others at the contacts below.

Contact Oana Neumayer

Interim CEO on 020 7396 3562 or 077 5772 9622 or e-mail oana@buzzbnk.org

Notes to Editors:

Theresa Burton, Buzzbnk co-founder and Chief Executive, is available for comment or interview on theresa@buzzbnk.org

Buzzbank is a trade mark of SellAVenture LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales, registration number OC351199, an initiative of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA), Reg. Charity No. 1122095.


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FundIt.Buzz (formerly Buzzbnk) is an online marketplace connecting social ventures with backers, supporters and cheerleaders.
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