“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
It is so important that, as a community, we strive towards providing the best possible start in life for the youth of today, but equally, it is also important that we create the space for them to have their say in what the future could and should look like.
What better way is there of doing this than encouraging students to lead their own crowdfunding projects?
Crowdfunding with and for students is a fantastic opportunity to instil knowledge, social cohesion, explore creativity and build self-worth, thus transforming what the future might look like.
The great news also is that, if you’re a student with a fantastic community idea, we’ve launched a brand new Santander Student Impact Fund. Looking to support student-led projects that will have a positive impact on the community, eligible projects can expect to receive a match fund of 50% (up to a maximum of £2,000) alongside funds raised by the Crowd, to help you reach your target.
What are you waiting for? Make a difference and make it happen!
The students already reaping the benefits of crowdfunding…
£3,098 raised • 143 supporters
Research into the learning and development of children shows that being outside and having space to play will benefit the ability to learn by reducing stress and improving concentration. The children of Bishop Road Primary School needed the help of the Crowd to make their school a greener place to learn and play.
£20,450 raised • 90 supporters
SOHK is an in-depth intervention that uses rugby and mentoring to improve the lives of children at risk of permanent exclusion. The charity uses sport to tackle unemployment, crime and health, working with both children and adults to help them take responsibility and positive steps forward in their lives.
£20,503 raised • 224 supporters
As Surrey University moved up the BUCS table, the number of students playing also increased, meaning that more of their teams needed to travel around the country to attend fixtures. Wanting to do more work with local schools and get more of their players to more of the BUCS league fixtures, they were faced with high demand issues for buses, resulting in many being forced to take public transport (which can be tricky – especially for teams with bulky equipment). They crowdfunded for a Team Surrey branded bus, so that they could attend more fixtures with ease and style.
We were excited to work in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and the Bournemouth Film School (BFS) for the second year running, to offer student film and documentary makers the chance to raise funds from the Crowd, on top of grants already received from the University.
Jonathan Carr, Course Leader (BA) Film at AUB, said, “Last year we managed to see a number of bold, innovative and ambitious films come to fruition. This was largely as a result of acquiring funding through our partnership with Crowdfunder. The platform, workshops and coaching provided our students with the springboard to generate overwhelming support and pledges. We’re excited to continue our collaboration with Crowdfunder in creating a slate of evocative and inspiring films.”
The Santander Cycles University Challenge offered two universities the chance to win the upfront costs for a cycle hire scheme for their campus worth over £100,000. Launched in January 2017, 25 universities were offered access to coaching and consultancy support from ourselves and nextbike, to help them design their own Santander Cycles hire scheme. In May, the five best schemes were shortlisted and then went through to the final crowdfunding stage of the competition. The five competing universities went head to head to raise funds and demonstrate the commitment of their local community to the scheme.
Why? As well as being an innovative approach to show how cycle hire schemes can be funded and sustained within communities across the UK, the Santander Cycles competition sought to promote community involvement.
As well as supporting student-led projects, we also work with match funding partners to provide extra money, alongside the funds raised from the Crowd, to the projects that are enabling skills, knowledge and support for today’s youth to ensure that they are on the path to success.