Categorie: Community finance

Community Funding at ImpactFest 2020

On the 28th and 29th of October, I will be hosting a new series of Community Funding roundabouts at ImpactFest. Celebrating their 5th anniversary, ImpactFest invites social entrepreneurs, impact investors and venture philanthropists to the biggest online impact meetup.

In my roundabouts (brief in-depth workshops with a limited number of participants) I will focus on community involved in funding for social and community enterprises.

We’ll discuss issues like:

  • How to engage (members of) communities to invest and stay interested in your impact-oriented business or project.
  • The do’s and don’ts of crowdfunding and other types of community funding.
  • Strengths, limits and expectation management of community involvement.
  • How to balance a community’s appetite for social impact and financial reward.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions ImpactFest will be held entirely online. You can get your tickets here. Looking forward to meeting you!

End of Summer update

Even though COVID-19 is still around very prominently, I am cautiously re-starting group activities and courses:

  • Early next month, I’ll guide a group of local social initiatives from the greater Amsterdam area through their options for promising funding strategies.
  • I’ll also give a masterclass on next level sponsoring for local NGOs and social enterprises.
  • I’m starting up a new project in the southern Dutch province of Brabant, aimed at the development of some sort of standardized funding toolkit for social and community enterprises.
  • And I have good hopes that I’ll be able to deliver the postponed masterclass on participatory grantmaking in October.

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a lot of online sessions with many great social enterprises from all over Europe within the frameworks of the EaSI TA Program and the European Social Innovation Competition. It was not just great fun to do, but also deeply necessary. Even though there is an abundance of funding opportunities, getting early-stage social enterprises properly financed is still a challenge throughout Europe.