Through the East of England Biodiversity Forum we are encouraging 6 projects to be worked up as crowdfunding campaigns to be launched over the coming months.
All of the projects covering the counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire will have a focus on nature and will aim to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of using crowdfunding as a mechanism to raise funds and profile for nature conservation work.
The workshop in November gave the participating groups an opportunity to learn more about how crowdfunding works and to help each other build a stronger case for their individual campaigns.
Some of the feedback included:
- De-mystifying the whole crowdfunding thing and helped that it was such a friendly atmosphere;
- Aware now of how to build a strong campaign and avoid the pitfalls;
- Pooling collective ideas and experience.
The workshop was facilitated by Anne Strachan of CrowdfundUK and funded by Natural England.
Pete Johnstone of PJ.elements said, If crowdfunding can deliver benefits for business, then it can work for nature too, we have just got to get better at engaging a wider audience in the work that we do.
As the campaigns get launched we will be promoting them on this website as well as elsewhere so watch out for them and please support them if you can.
Thanks to Watergull Orchards for donating a case of their excellent apple juice for our lunch!