Every single day seems to bring another plea for donations. Crowdfunding has become the go-to way to pay the bills for everything from home baking enterprises to fully-realised restaurants.
The seemingly never ending requests for money can get a bit tiring. You only have so much to go round. How can you be sure that what you are backing is a worthwhile endeavour?
Getting a recommendation from someone is one way to cut through the sea of monetary requests and I am about to give you a recommendation that I truly hope you take onboard.
Made in Hackney is everything the world should be. This community-driven initiative organises pay by donation classes focussed on food growing, cooking and composting. These classes are delivered to residents of housing estates, local children, adults at risk and charities supporting people with mental health conditions.
All of their programs are plant based. Yes, 100% vegan. How awesome is that? Made in Hackney shows class attendees how to preserve foods, forage for ingredients and even make their own cosmetics.
The centre holds masterclasses to financially support the pay by donation classes and has been partially funded by Lottery funding that is now coming to an end. That is where concerned people like you and me come in with our money.
Made in Hackney needs money. The organisation is attempting to raise £12 500 in order to keep performing their vital community work. The campaign so far has seen just over half this amount amassed with just 21 days remaining.
Here is what I think you should do:
- Donate money. Whatever you can afford.
- Send a link to this blog or to the fundraiser page to everyone you know.
- Write a blog post about the campaign yourself.
- Email and write to newspapers, blogs and all mainstream media to raise awareness.
- Book and pay for a Made in Hackney masterclass.
Even if this is the one community fundraiser you back this year, I am confident you couldn’t find a more deserving cause.
Read more about Made in Hackney here.
Donate to the Crowdfunder campaign here.