Digital round-up: Charities invited to apply for London crowdfunding accelerator programme

Plus: English Heritage signs up to cryptocurrency platform, GiftCoin; Amnesty streams 'living installation' on Facebook for Mother's Day

Crowdfund 360 and have launched a crowdfunding accelerator to help those running crowdfunding campaigns have more success.

The London-based programme is based around training one morning a week for eight weeks and is open to charities, social enterprises, and individuals and organisations with social causes and which want to raise more than £2,000 through crowdfunding.

Participants will be taken step by step through the whole planning, strategising and creative process of preparing to run a crowdfunding campaign. This includes topics such as pitching, crowd-building, visual storytelling and communications. Two weeks are reserved for peer feedback and one-to-one advice from Crowdfund 360 and

Prashan Paramanathan, chief executive of, said: "Being a social enterprise ourselves, our main goal is to raise the impact of the social sector, so we really go that extra mile to support our campaigners. This crowdfunding accelerator is the next step in that direction, and we hope to see many charities, social entrepreneurs and social causes make use of this fantastic opportunity."


English Heritage is the most high-profile charity to sign-up to GiftCoin, the giving platform that for the first time allows charities to accept funding through cryptocurrency.

Because of new developments in blockchain technology, which underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, supporters are now able to track how and when their donations are spent. This could allow them to donate to specific causes within a larger charity.

Currently in development, GiftCoin will launch a beta version of its platform later this year and is working with a number of charities as part of its testing process, including Best Beginnings, Ourmala, The Optimum Health Clinic and now English Heritage.

Luke Purser, development director at English Heritage, said: "English Heritage cares for the places where England's stories were forged and where they can be retold. To do this we often use the latest technologies, so we're pleased to see the new initiative from Giftcoin, which will help charities communicate to donors how and where their funds are being used. We hope this will be a great new way to raise more funds to support our important work."

Alex Howard, co-founder of Giftcoin, said that because blockchain would enable donors to see how their money was used, he believed the system had "the potential to bring dramatically more money to good causes".

Amnesty campaign

Amnesty International UK is staging a ‘living installation’ over Mother’s Day weekend to highlight the importance of reuniting refugee families.

Families are being invited to spend time inside a large perspex box on London’s Southbank where the public can see them enjoying family life. The aim of the display, titled ‘The undeniable wonder of family life’ and which is part of the ‘Families together’ campaign, is to show that not all families are so lucky. It will also live streamed on Facebook.

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