The home of crowdfunding for community share offers

Communities are stronger when they own the things that matter most to them. If you're looking to run a community share offer, Crowdfunder is the place to be.

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What are community shares?

Community share offers are an excellent way for groups to raise larger sums for projects that benefit their communities. They're a popular choice for securing much-loved community assets because you can raise significantly higher average contributions when your supporters are asked to invest for the long-term rather than simply donating.

The long-term support is one of the key reasons why 92% of businesses that have used community shares are still trading successfully, compared to 55% for ‘normal’ businesses.

Community Share crowdfunding projects

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Why choose Crowdfunder?

Expert crowdfunding advice

We are crowdfunding experts with a proven track record of helping over 95% of community share offers successfully raise the funds they need.

A trusted platform

Our platform has raised over £20 million for community share offers, transforming pubs, sports clubs, music venues, community energy initiatives, and more.

Access to new audiences

With over 30,000 unique investments and an extensive email database, you'll tap into a vast network of like-minded supporters.

Reach your fundraising goals

Our average raise is £230,000, demonstrating our ability to support the most substantial fundraising needs.

Empowering communities with fair pricing

We believe in fair pricing and full transparency on fees. Our standard platform fee for community share offers is 3% + VAT on the first £300,000 raised and 2% + VAT on any amount raised over £300,000.

Plus, with our 'no win no fee' approach, we handle all refunds at no cost if you don't successfully raise the funds you need or have to return the money raised for reasons beyond your control.

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Celebrating best practice

We recognise the incredible work you’ve done to get your project to the starting line. Therefore, we have a special 0.5% platform fee discount on the initial £300,000 raised if you hold Co-operatives UK’s Community Shares Standard Mark, which recognises that your offer meets the nationally agreed-upon standard for best practice.

What we can do for you

Simplified setup

An easy, step-by-step process to create your bespoke Crowdfunder page, optimised to drive investments.

Real time totaliser

Keep your community engaged with a live totaliser that adds urgency and excitement.

Reduced admin

We manage your payments securely, process refunds automatically and generate investor lists to save you time. 

Dedicated account manager

Access to an account manager for guidance on how to maximise your community share offer's success.

Crowdfunding dashboard

Easily track performance and manage your project behind the scenes once your community share offer is live.

No up front fees

Crowdfunder charges fees only on the amount you've successfully raised, so there's nothing to pay up front.

Sliding fee structure

As you raise more, the fees decrease, ensuring you're rewarded for your fundraising success.

Secure fund holding

Stripe, our trusted payment provider, will securely hold funds for up to 180 days and facilitate easy refunds if needed.

First class investor experience

Our platform is designed for a seamless experience, encouraging engagement and increased investments.

Access to our community

We'll feature your offer to our extensive email database and social audience connecting you with even more investors.

+Extra funding opportunities

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Reach Fund Access Point

Grants of up to £15,000

Crowdfunder is also a trusted partner and access point for the Reach Fund. Your organisation could receive up to £15,000 in grant funding to help you establish the infrastructure needed to raise investment through a community share offer.

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Booster Fund

Grants of up to £10,000

Equity match investment up to £100,000

The Booster Fund supports new and existing community businesses in England at all stages of a community share issue. If you are from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, find out about other routes for community share support.

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Energy Efficiency Sharematch

£30,000 extra

Supporting communities raising investment through community shares to pay for energy efficiency measures.

Discover the stories making a difference

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Salford Red Devils RLFC

In their 150th year, Salford Red Devils wanted to make the club the only Community Owned Elite Rugby League Club.

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The Drewe Arms

An ambitious plan for a community to buy, renovate and run the incredible Drewe Arms as a thriving community pub and social hub.

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Friends of the Joiners Arms

Their vision was to create the UK's first community run LGBTQI+ venue in London that was truly inclusive and accessible for their community.

Community share offers on Crowdfunder

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