An innovative live Crowd Funding Event held by the Cork Foundation, raised funds for four Cork Social Enterprises recently.
The event consisted of a mix of potential donors and Cork business leaders, who were presented with a pitch by each of the four participating social enterprises, after which, many of the invited guests pledged their donations to the organisation they felt most connected with.
A selection criterion for all social enterprises for this fundraising activity was that they had to be supporting sustainable jobs and making life better for people living in Cork – something that is vital for any Social Enterprise that the Cork Foundation supports.
After careful consideration four organisations were chosen; Helium Arts, the Field of Dreams, First Light and Shine Ireland.
Helium Arts is a national children’s arts and health organisation, which endeavours to bring art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospitals and healthcare settings across Ireland. They received €1,100 from donors on the night.
The largest donation of €3,931 was contributed to the Field of Dreams, an offshoot of Down Syndrome Cork, which supports approximately 360 families across the Cork region.
First Light, offers support and information, and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and young children. They received the generous donation of €1,387.
The final Social Enterprise to benefit was Shine, an organisation founded in 2011 and which has worked with hundreds of families of autistic children across Cork city and county to secure assessments, therapies, services and appropriate education for their children.
For further information on the work of the Cork Foundation and how to support their work please visit www.corkfoundation.com.