A few months ago I went to a Responsible Business event at the Design Centre in Islington. I met some great people and one of those was Theresa, who’s the CEO and Co-Founder of Buzzbnk, who’s an amazing lady.
From this event I checked out their site to see what it was all about. Essentially it’s a great way to help communities and projects which you may be interested in supporting. Buzzbnk is one of the first crowd funding platforms in the UK but they’re unique as they specifically support social enterprises, co-ops and charities. In February, they received a £50k investment from the Innovation in Giving Fund, managed by Nesta. The fund backs innovative ideas for increasing volunteering and charitable giving.
Through the Buzzbnk site I saw the Hackney Pirates venture and pledged some money – £100 as it’s something I’ve been looking to get involved in for years. I was invited to the Hackney Pirates t-shirt launch event and got to meet the kids. It’s such a good way to donate money, to something you feel passionate about.
It really does create a two-way process and as Buzzbnk describes ‘that allows them to feel invested in your project and for you to forge strong links with your community.’ It’s more than just giving, it’s co-venturing.
I’m now volunteering with Hackney Pirates and look forward to working with them in the future and helping as much as I can. A big thanks to Buzzbnk for ‘introducing’ me.
If you’ve been looking for a new way to do good you know where to go.