We made it! 2020 has undoubtedly been a marathon of a year and we all deserve a big gold star for getting through it!
At Fund it, we’ve seen how the creative sector has been hit hard, however we’ve also seen the amazing way the creative community has made lemonade from some exceptionally bitter 2020 lemons.
We’ve been impressed not only by our creators’ ingenuity, but also by the generous support of all their funders. The average project raised €7,645 in 2020, which is a 41% increase on the average project in 2019 (€5,385).
Since we launched in 2011, over €5.2million has been pledged to projects on the site. Thank you for continuing to make these projects happen.
Here’s a round-up of some of the stand out projects of 2020.
Creating a Community Art Space – An Arts Centre for East Cork
One of the most recent projects to reach its target in 2020 is the Greywood Arts campaign for a rural arts centre in East Cork. Their project is a beautiful and visionary transformation of a derelict coach house in the centre of Killeagh Village, East Cork.
201 funders saw the potential of this project. Greywood Arts raised a total of €15,885 towards the renovation! We can’t wait to see this project come to life and watch as the East Cork community come together to explore creativity, learn, and make meaningful experiences.
You can check out their progress and beautiful photographs here.
Creating a Green Oasis – Fund A Cobble
The Hunt Museum’s ‘Fund a Cobble’ campaign aimed to inspire and comfort the local Limerick community. With the support of 224 funders, they raised €17,760 towards a community outdoor space on the grounds of The Hunt Museum.
The garden is a green space in the heart of Limerick city where residents can engage in gardening, relaxing, chess-playing, picnicking or birthday parties! Their successful Fund it project puts the emphasis on looking forward to creating a new future in 2021, while harnessing the power of the community.
Be sure to stop by the Hunt Museum when their garden comes into bloom! You can check out their progress here.
Out in the Cold – Beacons
The second highest earner on Fund it this year was ‘Beacons’, a stunningly beautiful photobook project by photographer Daragh Muldowney. Daragh raised a hefty €25,800 through his Fund it campaign for pre-orders of the photobook.
The project came about from Daragh’s travels to Lake Baikal in Siberia over the past 3 years where he has been capturing the stark beauty of the ancient ice roads and their tree markers. He also recently nabbed first place in the prestigious Irish Photography Awards for his work on ‘Beacons’. We can definitely see why.
You can check out Daragh’s stunning images or grab a copy of ‘Beacons’ for yourself here.
Other notable projects in 2020 include:
A Bit Extra: Top Projects Over Target:
- Paper Lanterns: A YA Literary Journal – Reached 270%
- Finnian – Reached 214%
- Monica Frawley – Costume – Reached 183%
- Varo: Debut Album – Reached 133%
Big Spender: Top High Earners:
- 100 Snow White Horses – €26,884
- Beacons – €25,800
- Fund a Cobble – €17,760
- An Arts Centre for East Cork – €15,885
- Monica Frawley – Costume – €14,719
Crowd Pleasers: Most Funders:
- 100 Snow White Horses – 473 Funders
- Help Launch Vegan Sandwich Co Products – 322 Funders
- Charlie Moon Debut Album – 258 Funders
- Beacons – 250 Funders
- Fund a Cobble – 226 Funders
2020 has challenged Fund it’s creators like never before, however they’re an innovative tribe with an amazing community of supporters. We’d like to tip our digital hat to every single project creator of 2020 – congratulations on achieving your crowdfunding goals! We’re sure that 2021 will bring even more exciting projects our way so if you’re feeling inspired, click here and find out how it could be you in this blog next year!
The Fund it team