PledgeMe power push for funds

March 21, 2017

PledgeMe power push for funds

Fundraising frenzy: Transport Blog hopes to create wider user connection with new tools. Photo: Aasha-Samara Nimo

A popular Auckland blog site dedicated to transport matters is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000.

Transport Blog wants the cash to fund its new design and content changes.

The support would allow for website redesign, business infrastructure and further developments which are aimed at getting more people to participate in local issues.

Funds raised will also be used to reimburse contributors in their efforts to keep the blog updated with current work.

Transport Blog administrator Patrick Reynolds said they have reached the 100 per cent limit of what’s possible on a volunteer basis.

“There are lots of things we would love to be able to do but are constrained by time and energy limits.”

He said the campaign needs financial support for its exciting new changes but its core purposes will remain the same.

Transport Blog has been involved with public projects such as City Rail Link, the rapid deployment of bus lanes and public service initiatives such as The Coalition for More Homes.

Reynolds said he was unaware of a government programme that could help fund the site in return for the blog’s public service.

“We do note that similar civil society organisations to ours in other countries…do receive funding from public sources.”

Jess Ducey, described as “Chief People Wrangler” of PledgeMe believes crowdsourcing is a powerful way to raise funds.

“Like any fundraising, it takes time and effort, but it can be a useful alternative or supplement to traditional funding models.”

She said if people see a campaign that excites them, it gives them a chance to be involved in some way.

Mr Reynolds said they would have to simply limit their ambitions if the donation target was not reached.

To make a pledge, see more details here.

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