News release: Democratising funding for social justice causes

Date: 10 March 2015

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The People’s Panel, a live crowdfunding festival supporting six social justice organisations, launches on March 30th to raise the support the ventures need to scale.

The Young Foundation and partners are bringing together a crowd of 400 people to support the community projects live via crowdfunding platform the People’s Republic – sidestepping traditional forms of private investment.

General Secretary of the Cooperative Party, Karin Christiansen, will introduce the pitches by talking about the opportunities alternative finance models present for social initiatives.

Community activism and enterprise development have huge potential for addressing structural inequalities by combining sustainable enterprise with the knowledge of a social issue and commitment to a cause inherent in a community-led project.

The aim of the People’s Panel is to blow apart the traditional model of enterprise investment, putting the growth of important social projects in the hands of the society itself.

The six pioneering organisations that have been taking part in The People’s Accelerator at The Young Foundation for the past four months will pitch to the Peoples Panel to galvanize financial and non-financial support from audience members and digital networks.

You can view these crowdfunding campaigns here.

The event is kindly hosted by Conway Hall Ethical Society. It will take place from 7pm – 9pm on Monday March 30th at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4R.

It’s free to attend but you’ll need to reserve a place via this link


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  1. The Young Foundation harnesses the power of social innovation to tackle the root causes of inequality.

We believe that inequality undermines the economy and corrodes our wellbeing. We work across all sectors; building and supporting institutions, movements and ideas that create a more equal and just society.

Founded 60 years ago by activist and innovator Michael Young, The Young Foundation has since created and supported over 80 organisations including the Open University, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS Direct, and Action for Happiness.

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  1. The People’s Accelerator supports campaigners from across the UK to build structured, high-impact and financially robust civil movements which can grow to tackle the root causes of inequality. Alongside Citizens UK and The Centre for Justice Innovation, it recruited six projects with the momentum and commitment to make this happen. The next People’s Accelerator will take place in Leeds from mid 2015.