Fundraising help through new online resource

Community groups and projects across Longford could get a kick start to their fundraising efforts by signing up for a new free Irish crowd funding platform called PledgUp.com.

Community groups and projects across Longford 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 e1,000 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.

Co-founder Eoin Kennedy of 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 e1,000 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 - e500 for 1st place, e300 for 2nd place and e200 for third. The competition runs until March 31st 2013.