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Make dreams come true with a crowdfunding Christmas

Posted at 2:15 pm, December 9, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Geldof’s rounded up some celebs for Band Aid, the soppy John Lewis ad’s out, Oxford Street has got decidedly more crazy… yep, it’s officially Christmas. Which means BUY BUY BUY. And then… give, give, give. And what better way to gift than to fund someone’s dream and help a fellow Londoner out.

This is where crowdfunding comes in, a process that allows you to actively donate to causes you believe in – and get a little something in return. We’ve rounded up the best charitable picks happening in our city to support.

Best for: ‘The Sweet Tooth’

Crumbs & Dollies

What’s the cause? Starting eight years ago, this cupcake company have been delivering cupcakes all over London from their Wandsworth bakery – but they now want to set up shop in Soho.

What’s the gift?

£7 – One free cupcake.

£18 – Six cupcakes and badges.

£25 – 12 cupcakes and badges.

£35 – 12 cupcakes, tote bag, tea towel, recipe book, and badges.

£40 –18 cupcakes, tote bag, tea towel, recipe book and badges.

£80 – 48 cupcakes delivered free to your office.

Super spender: £850 – life-time supply – get a free box of six cupcakes every time you visit the shop (one box a day, don’t be greedy).

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Design Devotee’

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Mini Cloud Studios

What’s the cause? London-based design company make funky designs from not-so-funky coding – and then whip them up into totes, pillowcases and prints. You get to choose your own design and each one is totally unique.

What’s the gift?

£3 – Random digital wallpaper for your desktop or smartphone screen.

£25 – Tote bag – from their Backers collection.

£28 – Art print – from Backers collection.

£35 – Tote bag from your very own private collection or pillow from Backers collection.

£38 – Art print from your very own collection.

Super spender: £80 – Two pillows from your very own private collection

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Do-Gooder’

Brixton Soup Kitchen

What’s the cause? Feeds and cares for the community in need with their kitchen and community centre in Brixton. Now they want to buy a van and a smart car to outreach the team and drive to key homeless spots around the city to deliver hot food, drinks, warm clothes and sleeping bags.

What’s the gift?

£5 – Twitter kudos (tweet to say thank you).

£10 – BSK recipe card.

£20 – Tickets to the unveiling of the van and car. Music, food and other goodies.

£25 – An apron.

£30 – Buy someone Christmas dinner.

£35 – An apron, bumper sticker and recipe card.

Super spender: £10,000 – Get your company name and logo in a prominent place on the new van.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Animal Activist’

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Love Milk Hate Slaughter

What’s the cause? The London-based Ahimsa Dairy Foundation wants to set up a slaughter-free dairy farm in Leicestershire where their cows will be retired to green pastures once they can no longer be milked.

What’s the gift?

£10 – Magnet and photo of one of the cows and certificate.

£20 – Ahimsa halloumi and cow pen.

£30 – Ahmisa hard cheese and key chain.

£50 – A ‘Love Milk Hate Slaughter T-shirt’ and a mini-cow bank and a box of Moo Delights.

£108 – Meet cows and get a Cows & Earth book.

Super spender: £5,000 – Adopt a mother and her calf.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Tech Heads’

Founders and Coders

What’s the cause? They want to open a new school in Mile End and run a course 16-week course in January in web development.

What’s the gift?

£20 – T-shirt.

£25 – Taster day.

£30 – Invite to their press launch.

£50 – Personal tutor for two hours.

£75 – After-school coding session.

Super spender: £1,000 – Graduates use their skills and put them to good cause – fund a web project for charity.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: The Film Fiends

 

A Horse Called Oz

What’s the cause? A short about a chance encounter between two strangers in London; Scott, a young advertising executive and Naomi, a woman who sleeps on the streets.

What’s the gift?

£10 – A PDF of the screenplay plus thank you’s on social media and in the film’s credits.

£15 – Exclusive digital download of the short film (15 percent goes to Centrepoint, the homeless charity).

£20 – Months before its released to the public, receive a link to the film that expires after 48 hours.

£25 – All of the above plus receive a special thanks on the film’s credits and on IMBD.

£35 – A DVD copy of the film.

Super spender: £1,000 – Executive producer credit on the credits, plus the digital download, online premiere, five tickets to the premiere, private Q&A, IMDB credit, signed script and storyboards, the signed blu-ray and poster, and all exclusive content.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Rock and Rollers’

Roll on Winter

What’s the cause? A project wanting to turn public spaces into ‘roller-rinks’ – with classes on roller-skating.

What’s the gift?

A warm fuzzy feeling – and the chance to improve the W13 community.

For more information click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Save the Planet Stylist’

 Tengri knit

Tengri

What’s the cause? Eco-friendly knit-wear protecting made in Mongolia that protects the herders, the animas and the environment.

What’s the gift?

£15 – Hand-written thank you note.

£25 – Mongolian yak wool yarn.

£50 – Yak wool gloves.

£60 – Yak wool ‘Warrior’ basket or rib ankle-length socks.

£70 – ‘Warrior’ beanie.

Super spender: £5,000 – Cycling holiday to Mongolia – live with yak herder families and join the team at the Tsetserleg Festival.

 To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Peckish Artistic’

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Loven Presents

What’s the cause? An arts space-cum-restaurant built by creatives – complete with hand-built oven. Artists have a residency and every two months the space will be tailored to suit a chosen theme or concept – with changing furniture, lighting, music and menu.

What’s the gift?

£1 – Your name on a brick of the pizza oven.

£10 – Pizza and a drink on the house or an engraved pizza cutter.

£25 – A table for you and a firend to try the ‘from the oven’ sampling menu.

£50 – Dinner with aperitivo, or a pizza twice a week for a month, or a t-shirt.

£100 – Dinner for four ‘from the oven experience’, or a pair of Loven benches.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Mindful Mum’

Tiny Diner

What’s the cause? An organic baby-food business set up by Eaves, a charity addressing violence against women and girls. Generating income and creating employment for women who have faced domestic abuse.

What’s the gift?

£10 – A sample food voucher.

£20 – Sample food voucher and a thank you postcard.

£35 – T-shirt and a food voucher.

£50 – All the above plus access to exclusive competitions and offers.

£150 – All of the above and an organic cotton bib and an invite to Women in Business Networking Event.

Super spender: £2,500 – Invitation to a thank you reception dinner with the Tiny Diner Board, the launch party and your name added to the Tiny Diner sampling van.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Savvy Cyclist’

WingLights

What’s the cause? Put simply, indicator lights for bikes.

What’s the gift?

£12 – T-shirt.

£19 – Black WingLights.

£24 – WingLights in a colour of your choice.

£30 – WingLights in a colour of your choice with priority shipping.

£39 – Two sets of WingLights in a colour of your choice.

Super spender: £1,000 – Make your own WingLights with the engineer.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Happy Snapper’

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Zencam

What’s the cause? App that prints out your phone pics and sends disposable versions to your door.

What’s the gift?

£5 – Early access to the app.

£15 – One free shipping of prints.

£25 – All of the above and two free in-app camera filters.

£50 – All of the above plus an invite to the beta testing community.

£75 – All of the above and an A1 poster of your favourite pic from your camera roll.

Super spender: £850 – You’ll receive loads of goodies and get dinner with the team in London.

To donate, and for more information on their rewards click here.

 

Best for: ‘The Street Art Enthusiast’

Leyton Street Art

What’s the cause? Project that want to paint a series of murials around Leyton to help spruce it up a bit.

What’s the gift? A warm fuzzy feeling and the chance to see make Leyton beautiful.

For more information click here.

By Lucie Horton

 

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