New crowdfunding platform BoostedSport
9 July 2021
Sport NZ has launched a new crowdfunding platform to help clubs and local groups fundraise for community projects, whether that’s new equipment, facilities upgrades or team travel.
BoostedSport has been developed by Sport NZ on behalf of the New Zealand Sports Foundation Charitable Trust and in partnership with the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, building on the success of its crowdsourcing platform, Boosted, which will now become known as BoostedArts.
Sport NZ Commercial and Philanthropy Lead Shelley Empson says BoostedSport will provide a much-needed additional funding option for grassroots organisations.
“Organisations at grassroots level are always looking for extra funds to ensure clubs, teams and local groups can keep providing for the needs of young people. This is another option – and one we believe will be easy to use and highly-effective.”
“We’re encouraging local clubs and groups to give this a go the next time they need to raise funds. COVID-19 has placed considerable strain at grassroots level and BoostedSport is here to help,” says Shelley Empson.The launch follows a successful pilot which helped seven projects quickly achieve or exceed their funding targets. These included:
- Hororata Golf course ($11,000 to repair flood damage)
- Sense Rugby NZ ($10,000 to expand its programme into Porirua)
- Southland Volleyball ($600 for new first aid kits)
- Special Olympics West Coast ($3,390 to help send athletes to the National Games in Hamilton)
BoostedSport works in a similar way to other crowdfunding platforms where an organisation lists a project and reaches out to networks and communities for donations to reach a specific goal. There are a number of resources available on the website to help groups promote their projects.