Over £1.3m raised on community crowdfunding site Yimby
Howard Lake | 10 September 2014 | News Over £1.3 million has been pledged for community projects across the UK on crowdfunding site Yimby.com, launched by JustGiving in November 2013. Over 1,500 projects have been listed on the platform, and 70% of them have been fully funded.Yimby enables individuals and groups to fundraise for and donate to community initiatives. These do not have to be registered charities, so the platform opened up crowdfunding to a much wider range of groups when it launched.People using Yimby can choose whatever financial target they want. Pledges are only collected when the target is hit. All campaigns run for 30 days.Funded projectsSome of the projects that Yimby has helped include:1. £2,665 raised against a target of £2,000 to fund gold medal winning Paralympic team Charlotte Evans and Kelly Gallagher in Sochi 20142. A group of Marlow residents raised £12,287 from a target of £2,000 to provide safety equipment along the River Thames including, life jackets, buoys and signs of awareness, following the death of teenager Kyrece Francis3. Over £3,000 to launch a social enterprise for ex-offenders in LondonRange of totals raisedThe average amount raised for a successful project on Yimby is £1,991. However, totals have ranged from a few hundred pounds to plant a community garden, to £34,000 to receive life-saving treatment for a mother.JustGiving co-founder Zarine Kharas, said: Advertisement Over £1.3m raised on community crowdfunding site Yimby “We’re the world’s fastest growing social platform for giving and, with Yimby, we’re giving people a completely new way to make a difference to their local area. I’m delighted with the take up of Yimby so far, but this is just the beginning. Together, we can make a huge difference to communities everywhere.”In case you needed reminding about the reason for the website’s name – Yimby takes the notion of ‘nimby’ or ‘not in my backyard’ and turns it on its head into the more positive ‘Yes in my backyard’. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.