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 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 “Crowd-funding highlights an innovative route for start-up ventures to access alternative funds without relying on traditional grants. The projects put forward have identified opportunities to deliver real social value in their communities, enhancing local accountability and ownership. I look forward to seeing them flourish.”

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 November 28, 2012.

For more information contact Chloe Stables in NCVO’s press office on 07714 243 942 or email

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), Horse Rangers (Richmond), East Lancashire Women’s Centre (Lancashire), 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. Visit the NCVO site for more information on each of the participants:

About NCVO:

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.

About Buzzbnk

Buzzbnk is an on-line crowd-funding platform bringing social ventures looking for start-up or growth capital together with like-minded people keen to participate in a new way of funding social change. Funds can be raised in a variety of ways, from offering fun and engaging benefits, in return for goods or services, or as a loan.

About CAN Impact

CAN deploys a range of business support into social enterprises and including social impact reporting and consultancy. We work with the corporate and finance sectors to lever capital funds and strategic growth support into leading social enterprises.


About FundIt.Buzz

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

    @NCVO & @Buzzbnk #Crowdfunding2012 challenge mentioned in #Charity Times: #crowdfunding

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