I don’t give money to charity very often. I have given, and still do give, an awful lot of time to good causes. Over the last ten years I’ve volunteered with several high profile organisations, as well as some smaller ones too. I was a Beaver Scout Leader with the Scout Association, a Samaritan and a volunteer at the Youth Hostel Association’s Doit4Real summer camp programme. I’ve made films with an anti-bullying charity, decided who should get money to do something amazing in their community and helped primary school children with their reading.
Today, for a change, I’ve pledged money for a good cause on Kickstarter.
It all started when I was browsing Twitter, as I do every day, when someone I follow ( @NikaHarper ) tweeted that she’d read several great blogs today. She posted links and I ended up reading about someone I don’t know, about their birthday, and about their hope that readers of the post will support a Kickstarter project.
“if you’re feeling abundant, or lost, or bewildered, or generous, or disconnected…please go to Kickstarter and back something crazy and random……….just go out and…back anything. help an artist. connect your wallet directly to some sort of positive creation out there.”
It doesn’t matter which one, that wasn’t the point (though some suggestions were provided) and I thought, what the hey, I don’t do things like this very often, let’s do it.
So I hopped on over to Kickstarter and searched for projects in my local area. That’s when I came across this lovely project called The Boo Puppet Festival 2014, who doesn’t love story telling, puppets and children? (Well, some people don’t, but I don’t suppose many of them will be reading this.)
I pledged £5. It’s not a lot, but it’s £5 more than they had a few minutes ago. It’s £5 closer to their £1000 goal. It’s £5 closer to helping children and their families to enjoy puppetry from the UK and Europe without having to pay a penny. There are paid events running alongside, but due to funding cuts in local government, amazing projects like these are having to make cuts and not host free events – or find more creative ways to raise money.
The best thing about the project that I stumbled upon is that if they reach their £1000 goal the Tempest Trust will match it, meaning £5 actually becomes £10 and that’s even more money towards this wonderful cause.
So maybe this post will inspire you to do it too, even if all you can give is £1, $1 or €1. There’s a good cause out there wanting funding; small organisations, local people, hoping for someone to help them be creative and do something wonderful.
It’s always a risk with crowdfunding because you never know if a project will succeed in achieving its goal, but if it does, if their project gets funded and the money goes out of your account, then you will forever be able to remember that random giving and the part you played.