As Christmas and the end of 2016 approaches we take a look back at a busy year for MyParkScotland and look at some exciting developments for 2017.
2016 Look Back
The last year has been very busy for MyParkScotland with some really exciting projects on the MyParkScotland website, new ways of donating and extension of MyParkScotland to new areas. There are also some fantastic developments to come in 2017.
Earlier in December with the help of Resroucing Scotland's Heritage we published a video case study featuring Andrew McConnell from Glasgow Building Preservation Trust on what helped the project surpass the £5,500 target. Watch the video
In April 2016 MyParkScotland launched TEXT giving for parks and greenspaces. As well as being able to support every crowdfund on the site through TEXT giving it is also possible to donate to parks and greenspaces across the MyParkScotland by texting a donation. Donations made by text can be gift-aided by simply completing a simple form meaning donations go even further starting to build Endowment Funds for parks and greenspace.
Since launching TEXT donations have been incredibly popular with MyParkScotland supporters with over 250 individual TEXT donations being made already.
Hello to Falkirk and Fife!
During 2016 here at MyParkScotland it gave us great pleasure to welcome Falkirk and Fife to the MyParkScotland "family". Adding the parks and greenspaces to the MyParkScotland site will be completed in early 2017 when MyParkScotland will list over 500 parks across Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and Glasgow.
MyParkScotland Thematic Campaigns for 2017 - “great things happen when people come together”
MyParkScotland is currently offering groups the chance to join in with a range themed campaigns in 2017 and is looking for groups who want to run crowdfunds on the site NOW
The first four themes for 2017 will be Community Growing and Food, Play, Heritage and History,Get Active…
The idea of MyParkScotland themes is to focus project listing on a specific area of activity to help raise profile and increase coverage and donations to projects.
Listing projects under a MyParkScotland theme has a number of benefits:
Listed with likeminded projects will attract more visitors to your crowdfund and increase donations
Working together as a theme means projects can be “stronger, louder and working together” to raise profile
Creating a movement around a theme will allow better promotion and increase press coverage both locally and nationally
MyParkScotland will offer support to groups listing as part of a MyParkScotland theme including developing marketing and promotion guidance, mentoring and training sessions.
Projects will also gain from all the benefits offered by listing through MyParkScotland including trustworthy donation platform, TEXT giving and
Opportunity for donors to Gift Aid their donation to build endowment funds for parks and greenspaces
Themes will allow projects from different parks and areas listed on the site at the same time and by working together gain more coverage and increase each projects ability to attract donations.
Projects under a campaign theme can be big or small, the themes will work best if there are projects of varying sizes and outcomes so potential donors can find a project that meets with their interests.
MyParkScotland is Scotland’s only crowdfunding site specifically for parks and greenspaces.
And the great thing about MyParkScotland is that you’re able to Gift Aid your donation and this ‘extra funding’ will go towards building an endowment fund for Scotland parks – helping to safeguard our national treasures for future generations.
The Crowdfunding through MyParkScotland half-day session will cover the following areas:
Understand the concept of crowdfunding
Develop project ideas –turn ideas into a fundable project
How to present your crowdfund?
Understand your current crowd and how to grow the crowd to support your project.
Develop and implement a plan to raise the profile of projects and attract funds
Course Date and Times
Tuesday 17 January 2017 – 5.30pm to 9pm. The Melting Pot, Edinburgh
Monday 20 February 2017 – 5.30pm to 9pm. Collective Architecture, 26 Gallowgate, Glasgow
Saturday 25 February 2017 – 1pm to 4.30pm. Muiravonside Country Park Visitor Centre, Falkirk
Tuesday 14 March 2017 – 2pm to 5.30 pm. Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline, Fife
If you would like to register interest in these courses then fill out the Training form or contact MyParkScotland project manager Ian Goodman on 01786 849 757 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but not least best wishes and Season's Greeting to all our readers and thank you for your support over what has been another great year for MyParkScotland.
Wishing everyone a happy Festive Season and we look forward to working with you in 2017!