Crowdfunding at Bath has had an incredibly successful 12 months, with three projects hitting their funding targets and a fourth currently in progress.
The platform was set up in 2018 by the Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) so that anyone at the University can create a fundraising campaign. Unlike other crowdfunding sites, the projects benefit from a Gift Aid boost and no admin fees.
The platform has attracted new supporters to the University, thanks to the fact that gifts can be made at any level from £1 upwards. Teams are also able to add regular updates on their projects’ progress.
The Equal Access at Bath Campaign are currently crowdfunding towards a £7,500 target, to introduce an undergraduate scholarship for asylum seekers.
The student-led initiative explain:
Our campaign group has worked extremely hard to get to this point, through meetings with senior management, with the SU and with external specialists. Our aim now is to raise as much money as we can to be able to implement these scholarships.
Here’s an update on the other great causes that our University community have come together to make happen over the past year:
- Bath Zero generated £5,000 from 26 supporters. The money will be used to produce carbon fibre fairings for the team’s zero-emission electric motorbike, which they are hoping to race against other UK teams this year.
- Bath University Boat Club raised £8,745 from 68 supporters. Thanks to this funding from alumni and friends, the Club were able to purchase a coxed four boat, enabling them to replace one of their ageing fleet.
- DDAR’s Student Hardship Appeal reached a total of £88,670 from 602 supporters. This amazing sum is being used by the University’s Student Hardship Fund to provide grants for students facing financial adversity – a group that has increased sharply in size since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were amazed by the level of support from alumni, reaching 50% of our target within a week of launching,” says Bath University Boat Club Chair John Laurenson.
“The campaign reached its overall target early in January, and so I would like to express my immense gratitude to everyone who has donated.”