Understanding new fundraising opportunities for charities, social enterprises and community groups

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The survey is for any employees or volunteers (including trustees) involved in fundraising for a charities, social enterprises or community groups. Throughout the survey we refer to charities, social enterprises or community groups under the banner 'community and voluntary organisations'.

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and Nesta’s Centre for Innovation in Finance are interested in learning about community and voluntary organisations' fundraising needs and their awareness or usage of crowdfunding.  Those answering this survey will need to have a good understanding of how their organisation raise funds.

The survey should take no more than 15 min to complete and participants can win a £250 donation to a charity of their choice.

By taking part in the survey, you will help Nesta and NCVO better understand how to support
community and voluntary organisations such as yours to make the most of these new methods. Lessons from the survey will also be used to shape policy recommendations on how government can best support crowdfunding for community and voluntary organisations and their activities. 
We will also publish the lessons in a report which will be free to the public.

Background
In 2014 crowdfunding helped raise more than £1.7 billion for projects and organisations across the UK. However, while this fast growing market is rapidly transforming how funding and investment is happening across the private sector, we still know very little about the state of crowdfunding within civil society in the UK, including what is the current usage, awareness and perception of crowdfunding among community and voluntary organisations.

What is crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people via the Internet, often using dedicated online crowdfunding platforms.

If you have questions about the survey or the research more generally, please contact Nesta’s research team at crowdfunding@nesta.org.uk.