BloomVC Shares Charity Trends, Promise of Crowdfunding

Amanda BoyleBloomVC (or Bloom Venture Catalyst), a rewards based platform launched in 2011, was founded to fill the funding gap for innovative ideas, community initiatives and small business.  Founder and CEO Amanda Boyle has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and understands the joys of success as well as the challenges of starting – and running- a business.

Recently the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) released a report that action is needed to bridge the gulf in charitable giving in British society.   Apparently the majority of the time and money donated to good causes in Britain comes from just 9 per cent of the population, while nearly one in four give little or nothing.

Their data shows that:

  • Just 9 per cent of people give 66 per cent of the time and money donated to charities – the country’s “Civic Core”
  • 67 per cent of people in the “Middle Ground” of giving account for the remaining 34 per cent of charitable activity
  • 24 per cent do little or nothing for charity – the “Zero Givers”
Charities Aid FoundationBloomVC believes there is great potential for charitable contributions through crowdfunding sites.  Trends indicate that 50% of projects are altruistic, not-for-profit ventures.  Recently BloomVC released some interesting data points in regards to  charitable crowdfunding sites accompanies with some trends engendered from their platform.
  •  The last CAF Giving Report announced that donations have decreased by 20%
  • Charities could turn to crowdfunding as an online solution to this problem. With a philosophy of funding anything, anywhere, crowdfunding could have unique potential for positive social change.
  • However, a lot of the big crowdfundering platforms have been slow to pick up on the fact that crowdfunding has great potential for charitable and social ventures, as well as for businesses.
  • Bucking this trend is BloomVC where 25% of the projects submitted are charities or non-profit ventures.
  • 50% of all money promised through BloomVC goes to charity projects.
  • Bloom has already generated over £136k of funding for many charitable and altruistic projects.
  • The examples from BloomVC also show that people aren’t as uncharitable as the official Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) statistics might suggest. The latest charity project to be successfully funded on received £1280 from a single donor – this is more than the average person donates in a year.

Bloom Venture CapitalistOn charitable crowdfunding, Amanda Boyle states,

“With a philosophy of funding anything, anywhere, we know that crowdfunding has unique potential for positive social change. We all know the amazing things that crowdfunding can do for entrepreneurs, start-ups and creative projects – but crowdfunding also has unique potential for positive charitable and social ventures. We see inspiring charity projects and incredibly generous funders, giving real money to real people, every day on”

Boyles continues to look towards the future of their platform helping to create a nation of innovators,

“As more and more people become aware of crowdfunding, my dream is that will become a true alternative for anyone with the drive and ambition to turn their dream into a reality., and the crowdfunding industry, is creating a true nation of entrepreneurs, by ensuring that running a business can be a realistic possibility for everyone in the UK.”

BloomVCNecessity is the mother of invention.  The United Kingdom has struggled economically in past years, along with the rest of the world.  The UK, as a country, has been more open and accepting of allowing crowdfunding to flourish.  Boyle advocates a light regulatory touch for crowdfunding looking to the crowd for guidance,

“Tougher economic circumstances have spawned many innovative online solutions, and crowdfunding is an exciting, meritocratic leap forwards for finance. I think it is important that the UK crowdfunding community retains the inclusive, accessible principles of real crowdfunding. Even light-touch restrictions, such as project categories or investor requirements, can strangle the best aspects of online collaboration. Crowdfunding is a democratic, inclusive way for absolutely anyone to garner financial support for their great business idea, or for a good cause. With crowdfunding, the UK is again at the forefront of financial innovation.”

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