Charities pitch for crowd cash

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

The num­ber of Go Fund Me pages started up by Pil­bara res­i­dents lately sug­gests we are a re­gion of crowd­fund­ing fans, so it makes sense Kar­ratha is about to have its first ex­pe­ri­ence with crowd-fund­ing in front of a live au­di­ence.

So­cial en­tre­pre­neur agency The Fund­ing Net­work has been hold­ing live crowd-fund­ing events across Aus­tralia since 2014 and is bring­ing the unique for­mat to Kar­ratha on Au­gust 25.

The event will in­volve three care­fully se­lected lo­cal not-for-profit groups pre­sent­ing project ideas for com­mu­nity so­cial change to an au­di­ence of about 150 peo­ple, who can pledge do­na­tions start­ing from $100 then and there.

Or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions from in­ter­ested Pil­bara groups with char­i­ta­ble sta­tus or ob­jec­tives and an an­nual bud­get of less than $1 mil­lion, with en­tries clos­ing on June 30. The Kar­ratha event is be­ing sup­ported by Rio Tinto, the Foun­da­tion for Re­gional & Ru­ral Re­newal, the City of Kar­ratha and the Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said live crowd-fund­ing was a good arena for air­ing new ideas about im­prov­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We’re very ex­cited to be host­ing this event hav­ing heard about TFN from oth­ers around the coun­try,” he said. “Sup­port­ing lo­cal so­cial en­trepreneurs aligns per­fectly with our strate­gic fo­cus on com­mu­nity build­ing and so­cial in­no­va­tion. I’m sure it will be an in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence so please join us.”

Rio Tinto iron ore chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Hard­ing said the com­pany was proud to help bring live crowd­fund­ing to the Pil­bara.

Go to the­fund­ingnet­work.com.au/ events/up­com­ing-events-list/ kar­ratha-2016 or email info@ the­fund­ingnet­work.com.au.

Pil­bara not-for-prof­its have chance to pitch for funds.

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