Posted By Anna
“Sausage sizzles are dead!”

Benjamin and the Free Store Container team crowdfunded over $5,000 to buy a container to house all of the surplus food items they’ve collected and want to give away. We were really impressed with his cause, especially seeing as he won the Auckland $1 pledge promo (as shown in the photo above!). He also came out with a few classic calls in his feedback, which we decided to share with you below:

What did you like about pledgeme?
We don’t just like pledgme, we love it! We love that it simply exists, first and foremost, because without it we simply couldn’t have co-ordinated our campaign in such an effective and efficient way. Without pledgeme we wouldn’t have the funds that we have today. In terms of functionality, it’s super simple to use pledgeme. You create an account, create a campaign, and once it has been given the ‘go’ by the the pledgeme team you can just watch the pledges stack up. It was quite an exhilarating experience really! We also like that pledgeme is New Zealand-run, for the benefit of New Zealanders and their communities.

How did you find the experience?
Exciting. A breeze. Supported, by both the generous pledgers who made this happen and the lovely pledgeme team who gave feedback and advice on how we could reach our target.

Any tips for newbies?
Go for it, whether your project is big or small. We’ve seen other awesome campaigns that have only sought a few hundred dollars, and we’ve seen others that have raised over ten thousand! We sat somewhere in the middle, so we were encouraged by the fact that anything is possible through pledgeme.

Use social media to your best advantage and don’t be scared to sound like a broken record by continuing to remind people to pledge. Some people really want to support but just need a little nudge. It also helps to find others who are really passionate about what you’re doing – who ‘get’ you – and have them advocate on your behalf. This way, it’s not just you having to do all the work and you will also open your pledging base up to a whole different group of people.

I say crowdfunding, you say:
The ‘new way’ to fund projects. Sausage sizzles are dead!

 

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