CrowdfundUK is Anne Strachan FRSA, a trainer and fundraiser for over 20 years. I run innovative training and support for the third sector, creative and business on alternative finance, social investment and crowdfunding.
Since November 2013 I have been working for Manchester City Council to support the third sector in developing and running crowdfunding campaigns.
I am an Associate Partner with BAFI (Business Angels Finance International LLP) to help startups and SMEs raise structured debt or equity finance through crowdfunding. I was an approved coach with GrowthAccelerator, in the Access to Finance area, which helped high growth business achieve their potential. I worked with high growth businesses including social enterprises across the UK.
In 2015-16 I am involved in a major pilot programme with Natural England to run a series of crowdfunding campaigns for projects in local nature reserves.
I have run run highly praised training for over 2000 people on crowdfunding across the UK in partnership with:
- Local CVS or authorities in Bolton, Bradford, Chelmsford, Cheshire East, Cumbria, Havering, Knowsley, Lancaster, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Rochdale, Sheffield, Wansbeck and Wigan
- Third and creative sector support organisations: Creative Industries Trafford, Funding Information North East, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO), Institute of Fundraising NW, Natural England, North East Arts Forum, Rivernorth Charity Consulting and Training (Edinburgh), Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, School for Social Entrepreneurs (London and NW), Voluntary Sector Training Essex, UK Fundraising, Unltd and Yorkshire Coast Festival Association.
- Business and social enterprise support: Access to Finance NW, Blue Orchid, the British Council, Bubble Entrepreneurs Network, Business Growth Hub, Camden Council Micro-Enterprise Support Programme, Greater Manchester Black and Ethnic Minority Network, Institute of Directors, Liverpool Vision, Manchester Digital, Manchester Social Media Surgeries, Monkfeet Training, North West Business Angels, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Shared Future (Lancaster), Social Enterprise Support Solutions (Blackpool), University Enterprise Support Units (Aston University, Bangor, Birmingham, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University and Northampton), Women Supporting Social Entrepreneurs and Women Outside the Box.
In addition to the workshops I support organisations and startups plan and run campaigns. This includes team in-house sessions (a tailored version of the workshop), developing an effective pitch and engaging their social networks in communicating the campaign.
The emphasis in all my training and support that crowdfunding is a tool not only to raise funds but also build community or a support base.
Some comments from workshop participants
“A crowd pleasing course about crowdfunding”
“Anne was very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator””.
“I liked the discussion and practical activities”.
“An exciting introduction to a dynamic fundraising method – highly recommend”
“I learned more learned more about funding and social media than in any previous workshop”
“Thanks for such a brilliant workshop. You had high energy and were excited about crowdfunding – the rest of us became so too.”
“Thank you so much for the workshop – you were brilliant and really inspiring!”