Power of the crowd

Barry Grehan, PledgeMe chief lending officer

A workshop helping community members learn how to fund the things they care about, with crowdfunding platform PledgeMe, is coming to Dargaville.

Over the last six years, PledgeMe has helped Kiwis collectively raise more than $20 million.

Chief lending officer, Barry Grehan, says often the biggest challenge people face when fundraising is navigating their way through the processes and having a lack of support.

“That goes for a range of different people and organisations. A lot of the time it’s really unclear about how to go about it especially if you don’t fit the mould.

“We try to create an offer, which is something for the crowd in return for their funding. It’s moving away from traditional way of funding where there is one gatekeeper to a more community-focussed community make that decision.

“The workshop is ideal for anyone that’s working on a meaningful project. It’s going to be a really good insight into how to do it yourself and how to involve your supporters in your journey.”

There’s three ways to crowdfund on PledgeMe. With PledgeMe Projects fundraisers offer rewards, products and experiences. With PledgeMe Equity shares in your company are offered and with PledgeMe Lend fundraisers offer to repay their crowd back over time with interest.

The workshop is an initiative of the Dargaville Community Development Board and will be held at the Dargaville Club on August 9. To RSVP email lorraine@dcdb.nz or phone 027 525 8222. 


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