Arlesey Remembers You: one year on from crowdfunding
A lovely article on how Crowdfunder helped the Arlesey Remembers You campaign, one of my favourite Community Newswire success stories. Excerpt after the jump…
Immediately the appetite and in fact the need for such a community project became obvious. I started to advertise my Crowdfunder page. We have a lively and active Facebook page for our village and this was the first port of call for the Crowdfunder link. It did the rounds and not only did people start donating but they also starting volunteering for the project. Our Crowdfunder was already serving two purposes and we’d only been live for a day!
I then contacted local press and used the community newswire, a service that helps charities, communities and citizen journalists get their stories into the national and regional media run by the Media Trust and Press Association. The next thing we knew a local news TV crew were knocking on the door as were a national WW1 commemoration organisation.
Over the weekend we’d been on local TV, featured in a local paper and raised over half of our target and there was still more to come. It paid to make the most of our personal contacts too, some of the biggest donations came from local business, a couple of companies I’d previously worked for, a man in a pub, and an old university lecturer.