Newry man launches new platform for online fundraising

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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The digital revolution has made it easier than ever before for the public to give and charities to receive. jumble-fund-pr-resizedNow the next stage in online fundraising technology is launching from Ireland. Merging the buy and sell elements of modern marketplace sites with the traditional donation technology of fundraising sites, Jumble Fund is an innovative new platform that will allow anyone to buy and sell items in aid of their chosen charity or cause, as well as allowing fundraisers to collect monetary donations towards a challenge, target or event. Jumble Fund will enable fundraisers to accept the proceeds from items sold through the site as donations towards their fundraising target, thus enabling people to donate their “stuff” for the first time, rather than just cash. Likewise, people who are clearing out their homes, garages and toy rooms can sell the items and send the money straight to a good cause or their favourite charity. This is a great workaround for charities who, despite some having retail shops, have long lists of donated items they can’t accept and resell for legal or safety reasons. In this way, Jumble Fund will bring charities the proceeds of more than just the usual Bric-a-Brac, with larger scale items such as golf clubs and bikes currently raising funds for local good causes on the site. Newry-based founder Tom Hughes described what spurred him to bring his idea to life. “The need for Jumble Fund was a real mix of practical and emotional elements for me,” he told Newry Times. “Practically, we are living in a society of ever-growing charitable endeavours and that’s great for the good causes. However, social media has left people bombarded with requests to support friends, family and even strangers. “We all want to help, but we have a finite amount of spare cash to do so. There just wasn’t an easy-to-use system for turning the things we don’t need into that spare cash to donate. Tom added, “On an emotional level, there is a real transformative process in converting all these things that would otherwise end up in landfill, into money that can make a real difference in our communities. I wanted to be part of making that process better, so that it happens more often.”
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September 2016Jumble Fund not only brings a new functionality to online fundraising, it also makes it more secure. Unlike other online marketplaces, no money exchanges hands, making it safer for the seller, the buyer and the end charity. And it’s not just registered charities that can benefit. Jumble Fund is continually growing and evolving, with the latest development allowing for personal fundraising projects like those set up to help fund operations or support families after a tragedy. Another new element allows for the posting of “wanted” notices which matches sellers to buyers, who both want to do the transaction in aid of a good cause. People can post a free listing of something they are looking to buy second-hand and a suggested price they will pay for it. They can then either choose a beneficiary cause themselves or allow the seller to choose the charity. Newry charities are already on board with the idea, with PIPS Newry & Mourne, Women’s Aida and Happy Days Nursery already using the new platform. Other charities are quickly following suit with Jumble Fund’s team in talks with Southern Area Hospice, Brain Injury Foundation and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust about how the new site can help their fundraising efforts. John Fulham, from the Irish Wheelchair Association, explained why the concept could revolutionise the fundraising sector, “We love the JumbleFund concept. Not everyone has a spare tenner but almost everyone has something that they don’t need, that they can sell in aid of their friend’s fundraising efforts.” Jumble Fund works like most other fundraising platforms the public would be familiar with, with a small percentage of profits (5% cash, 10% products) used to cover running costs. Jumble Fund is the easiest way to give something to someone who needs it more than you. Sign up now at
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