Date: 21 September 2018 - 19 October 2018
Time: 09:00 - 17:30
Venue: Webinars + one in-person workshop at YF's HQ, London

Crowdfunding for social entrepreneurs and communities: a workshop

On 21 September, the Young Foundation will host a crowdfunding workshop in our HQ in Bethnal Green.

Online crowdfunding has made it easier to mobilise people around common interests and causes. When it comes to fundraising for social and community initiatives, crowdfunding offers an important alternative to traditional ways of raising funding and finding support. Yet, there is much more to play for than just monetary value: crowdfunding is a powerful way to create new connections, reach wider audiences, and strengthen networks.

The Young Foundation is collaborating with the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and DRIFT on a 5-week course – “SIC Learning Relay #3: Crowdfunding” – to help social entrepreneurs, organisations and communities keen to unlock the full potential of crowdfunding.

Over the duration of the programme, participants will learn about the different models out there, what types of projects are they best suited to and make new connections in a peer-to-peer learning environment. It is aimed at social entrepreneurs and members of communities and networks working on social change and innovation.

The free programme starts with a full day workshop on 21 September at the Young Foundation combining inspiring, informative lectures with practical work sessions where participants can learn about the number of tools available to them. After getting to know the other participants over the course of the day, teams will be formed and then these groups will take part in an online relay over 4 weeks- demonstrating what they have learned and hope to achieve. Participants are invited to bring questions and – if applicable – a project they want to crowdfund.


  • Marijke de Pous, project manager, DRIFT
  • Laura Whithall, research officer, The Young Foundation
  • Dejan Mitrovic, founder and creative director, studio Kidesign
  • Jonathan Bone, senior researcher, Nesta
  • Julie Munk, senior programme manager, SIX
  • Monica Nagore, director of Transition Academy, The Young Foundation
  • Marijke de Pous, project manager, DRIFT

What to bring?

  • Motivation and curiosity to be part of an experimental learning format
  • Communication: share experience, knowledge and network
  • Participation: in workshop, the relay and final Skype session
  • Action: organise a ripple effect activity during the two month period of the relay.
  • Time investment: Two hours a week during four relay rounds

Key dates:

  • Full day workshop in London, UK: Friday 21 September 2018
  • Peer-to-Peer (online) Relay rounds: 21 Sept – 19 Oct 2018
  • Online closure event: 19 Oct 2018

Apply: Participation is free of charge, but we do work with an application procedure to ensure a good match between the projects that participants bring in and the content and format of the relay. If you would like to take part in the relay, please complete this online application form. We will get in touch with you as soon as we can to inform you if your application has been accepted.

To follow participants progress and what we learn, follow @the_young_fdn

About the partnership: This relay is organised by The Young Foundation in collaboration with Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and DRIFT as part of SIC (Social Innovation Community). SIC is a Horizon 2020 Programme funded project and run by a consortium of 12 leading organisations across Europe. SIC will run from February 2016- 2019. Find out more at

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Monica Doherty at