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Community groups and projects across Ireland could get a kick start to their fundraising efforts by signing up for a new free Irish crowd funding platform called PledgUp.com.
The company, which is based in Longford, is offering €1,000 of funding to community groups or projects that sign up for the service with the most innovative fundraising ideas.
PledgUp.com is a free service that helps community groups to get online donations for their projects. Once a group sets up profile on the website they receive a link to a personalised fundraising page that they can email to their contacts or post on social media sites asking for donations. The service allows groups to ask for straight forward donations or to look for financial sponsorship of events they are organising. The groups can also get all their members involved by inviting them to join. Once they do they also receive a personalised page and the amount raised by each person is shown to the entire group.
Commenting cofounder Eoin Kennedy, PledgUp.com said “Smaller community groups have excellent networks and contacts in Ireland and abroad. Where they fall down is with technology skills. We have designed our platform to make it really simple and free for groups to create an online sponsorship page and to process online donations without the need for technical skills. We are receiving lots of interest from community groups trying to fundraise for a variety of things from new playgrounds, memorials right the way through to sports clubs looking for online donations for events like Strictly Come Dancing and Duathlons.”
Once people click on the links they are brought to a personalised page where they get details of the fundraiser and can donate online.
Speaking about the competition Mr Kennedy added “Every community in Ireland has some project that are trying to raise funds for. By signing up before the end of February they will be entered into a competition for a €1,000 donation pool. We are looking for the best fundraising causes and ideas. In addition to the competition they will also be able to use their personalised fundraising pages to immediately reach out to possible donors anywhere in the world.”
Details of the competition winners will be posted on www.PledgUp.com/blog. Three prizes will be awarded – €500 for 1st place, €300 for 2nd place and €200 for third. The competition runs until February 28th 2013.
PledgUp.com is a start up based in Longford and was established by Eoin Kennedy and John Rowan. The company is part of Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start programme and aims to make online fundraising accessible to all worthy causes.
This would involve working with a charity to identify what key messages they’d like to get across in a video, and then filming and editing the content for use on their website or at future fundraising events.
If your charity/community group would like to be considered for this project, please email a short paragraph about the work you do (ideally around 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject marked ‘Voluntary Video’.
In 2011, Dulux launched the Let’s Colour Project in Ireland, which helped transform and brighten over 200 local communities with colour. The 2012 project is underway and so Dulux are now welcoming applications from community, voluntary and charitable groups across the country.
Dulux has over 30,000 litres of colourful paint to donate to worthy projects throughout the country. They are currently looking for nominations so if there is a community building or space that could benefit from a vibrant positive change, please apply online and nominate the project.
The only condition of these submissions is that the space/building is of use to the community and that it is not commercial, derelict or residential, so, if there’s a building or space that you think could benefit from a colourful positive change, why not apply online and nominate your project today?
The closing date is the 23 May.
Now that National Volunteering Week has arrived….
Here’s a great opportunity to highlight the work of your volunteers and encourage more volunteering for your organization.
Submit your photos of volunteers or voluntary activity for National Volunteering Week, which takes place May 14- May 20.
You can photograph an individual, small group or large event and chosen entries will be used in the nationwide media and PR campaign to promote National Volunteering Week, the photographs will feature nationwide: print, broadcast and print media, and Irish Rail advertising
All photos should be submitted to email@example.com
Learn more at www.volunteer.ie
The Irish Fundraising awards provide an opportunity for the Irish non-profit sector to recognise and celebrate fundraising excellence. You can celebrate your own successes, or those of your peers by nominating your organisation, or your colleagues for an Irish Fundraising Award.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 25th May 2012.
Nominations are now open for The Irish Fundraising Awards 2012, which will take place on the evening of Wednesday 20th June, in The Aviva Stadium, Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4.
You can celebrate your own successes, or those of your peers by nominating your organisation, or your colleagues for an Irish Fundraising Award.
This event aims to demystify new and emerging technologies which can transform organisations.
‘Every Cloud has a Silver Lining’
Date: April 4th 2012
Time: 11am -12.30am
Venue: European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Dublin 2
Here’s a great opportunity for fundraisers working for non profit organisations in Ireland to obtain a bursary to attend the National Fundraising Conference taking place next month in Dublin.
Five bursary places will be sponsored by the fundraising and direct marketing agency Ask Direct.
To be eligible for a bursary you must be working in a paid fundraising position for an organisation with a total annual income of less than €100,000.
If you are aged 16-24 and live in Dublin or Belfast, and have a great idea for a project that will impact young people in your community, you can apply for up to €2000 in funding from Starbucks Youth Action.
About Starbucks Youth Action fund 2012
This programme inspires and empowers young people from Dublin and Belfast and a number of UK cities to make a difference in their communities by applying to Starbucks Youth Action for seed funding and volunteer hours from Starbucks partners. As well as supporting the young people to bring to life the projects that mean the most to them, the programme also offers training to young people on managing a budget, working with volunteers and project management.
How to Apply
You can apply online at
The deadline for receipt of applications is the 5th of March.
Please send completed applications to StarbucksYouthAction@iyf.ie.
Irish Youth Foundation,
2nd Floor, 56 Fitzwilliam Square,
Tel: 00 353 1 676 6535
Fax: 00 353 1 676 9893