Who's Who?

The Influx Trust is the UK charity directing the Connect2Effect initiative which combines annual hackathons produced by Adpreneurs and this crowdfunding site produced by Hubbub. Connect2Effect or C2E exists to help the public and the UN to collaborate on the Sustainable Development Goals, targets to meet the world's biggest challenges by 2030.

How Crowdfunding Works

Sponsors help fund projects. To help this process along Creators offer rewards for donations. Funds only change hands when a project achieves its minimum needed.

For more information on the sponsorship process for both Sponsors and Creators, please visit our About section.

Who can be a Creator?

Connect2Effect has created this crowdfunding site for anyone with initiatives that are aligned to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Creators do have to be at least 16 years old. If younger than this, you can ask a member of staff at your school or a parent to register as the Creator of the project.

Why do people support projects?

People need your story, your products, your purpose to resonate with them and to trust in you to become Sponsors. Your campaign should look to share details clearly that build this relationship, including mentors, awards, progress to date, previous successes, endorsements form high profile characters etc. Ideally you'll wrap up these insights into a snappy video that can quickly break through apathy. Remember, people are not just cruising crowdfunding sites looking for a reason to give something funds, you'll need to champion the link around and bring people to your crowdfunding page. rewards which help them to reconnect.

How much can Creators raise for projects?

Connect2Effect supports all sorts of projects, from big to small. Creators can raise funds for projects of any size they wish. There really isn't a limit on too small or too big - whether that's £100 or £100,000 Connect2Effect can help!

What is all-or-nothing funding?

All-or-nothing funding means that unless your project has achieved its minimum fundraising target by its fundraising deadline, no donations or rewards change hands.

Assuming you reach your minimum target by your fundraising deadline, we will process your pledges. In order to arrange payment, please contact us after your completion date. If we don’t hear from you, we will get in touch with you.

Account Settings

Can I change my profile name?

Make sure you're logged in, go to 'account', and click on the 'edit profile' button.

I forgot my password. How can I log in?

D'oh! You can reset your password by clicking the 'reset your password' link on the login page. You will be sent an mail which contains a link to gain access to your account.

How do I delete my account?

Contact us using our contact form! We'll miss you!

Can I change my email notification settings?

You will only receive emails about projects which you are following. To stop receiving these, go to the project page and click 'Follow' - when the pink heart is absent you won't receive email updates. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, click on 'Unsubscribe' at the bottom of any newsletter.

The Website

Can I find The Influx Trust elsewhere on the web?

We like Facebook and we also Tweet occasionally too!

Who is the team behind The Influx Trust & Connect2Effect?

An important question. You can learn about us at our team page. Connect2Effect is a campaign offering annual global hackathons and this crowdfunding site by The Influx Trust. The events are delivered by our production partners Adpreneurs team page. and the crowdfunding site is produced by Hubbub

Does The Influx Trust have a blog?

Yes, on our website Our blog is full of advice on crowdfunding, success stories and Hubbub news.

Starting your project

Can I be a Creator?

Yes. While this is for participants at the Connect2Effect hackathons this is open to anyone running projects that support the aims of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

What types of project can I post?

Projects can be pretty much anything! The only condition is that your project supports the aims of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

A few rules do apply and you can see these in the Hubbub Guidelines.

I just need general sponsorship to cover my project's costs for the year. Can I post on Connect2Effect?

Just seeking "general sponsorship" doesn't really constitute a project. However, that doesn't mean you can't turn it into one. Think about how you could break this down for potential Sponsors. How will you spend the funds? What will they allow you to do? Over what period will the funds be used?

For advice on how to create an awesome project visit Hubbub Academy.

I'm raising money for charity. Can I post on Connect2Effect?

Yes.

Is a PayPal account required?

We are now offering to use our Stripe and Paypal accounts centrally for your project if you prefer. If setting up your own you have a choice: PayPal or Stripe but having both is recommended as this allows the people supporting you with funds to choose between giving with debit or credit cards and PayPal. If you have a figure of around 3% being charged by these companies you are probably about right but their full details are available with current rates are at Stripe and Paypal. NB. It's worth setting these accounts up as early as possible.

Are a minimum needed, funding target and completion date required?

Yes! A minimum needed, funding target and completion date are all required. For advice on selecting your funding target and completion date, please visit Academy.

What is all-or-nothing funding?

All-or-nothing funding means that unless your project has achieved its minimum fundraising target by its fundraising deadline, no donations or rewards change hands.

Once you reach your minimum target by your fundraising deadline, Hubbub will process your pledges. The Influx Trust will contact you to confirm successful fundraising and the payment to you will be processed. If for any reason you have not received an email with 24hrs of your deadline please contact us using our contact form. NB, only after your completion date.

Rewards

Are rewards required?

Yes! We've found that offering a reward for a donation helps Sponsors to engage with your project and encourages donations. The better your rewards, the more likely you are to reach your funding target. But remember, you only need to deliver your rewards if your project reaches its minimum needed and after you have received your funding. This means that the funds you receive will cover the cost of rewards.

For advice on choosing rewards, check out Hubbub's Rewards Guide.

Who creates the rewards?

You, the Creator, create the rewards. The better they are the more likely you are to get donations. However, the cost and number of the rewards is also controlled by you, so do consider this when choosing them.

What can be offered?

We leave this largely to you. Rewards are typically items connected to the project itself – a copy of the CD recorded, a limited edition of the magazine, a signed print of the show. Many Creators will also wish to offer experiences – tickets to a show, a concert or a society dinner are popular. Then there are various forms of accreditation reward ranging from a mention on your website or in your magazine to naming something after a Sponsor. Anything that seeks to build a relationship with Sponsors is a great approach.

For advice on choosing rewards, check out Hubbub's Rewards Guide.

What cannot be offered?

No alcohol, drugs or pornography please! Investment, loan solicitations and coupons or discounts on future goods are also forbidden. We don't want you to get locked up! Offering raffle tickets, lotteries and sweepstakes is illegal in some countries. In the UK you must notify your local authority if you are ever planning to sell tickets for this type of event publicly.

Can I limit the quantity of a reward?

Yes. When you add a reward to your proposal, you will be asked to specify whether it is in limited supply and, if so, how many you are able to provide.

How can I get Sponsors' information to give them their rewards?

The contact details of the sponsors will be available to each Creator on the successful reaching of your target within your deadline through your dashboard on the Connect2Effect crowdfunding site.

Why might the number of Sponsors match the number of rewards?

Sponsors have the option of selecting a reward beneath their donation level or to select no reward at all.

After Submission

What happens after I submit my project?

For advice on how to promote you project, you can visit the Promotion section of Hubbub Academy.

They also have some great advice and checklists in their Promotions Guide.

Can I edit my project after submitting?

Sorry! Apart from us needing to keep reviewing amended proposals, we feel this allows too much room for Creators to change the deal after Sponsors have made donations.

However, you can add updates to your project once published so that Sponsors can keep track of the latest developments.

Can I change my minimum, funding goal or completion date after submitting?

No. It is not permitted to edit your project after submission.

Can I edit my project after funding is completed?

No, otherwise Creators would be able to raise money donated for one purpose and then spend it on something different. This isn't fair on your Sponsors.

How many projects can I post at the same time?

As many as you want. We impose no limit though it might be in your interest to keep the number of live projects low. This prevents you exhausting your networks of potential Sponsors. Sponsors are unlikely to donate several times to the same person or society in a short space of time. Even if they do, their donations will be far smaller when shared between multiple projects, meaning that maybe none of your projects get funded!

Can I split funding for one project into several projects?

Yes. The advantage of doing this is that people might be more interested in one aspect of your plans than another and, in doing so, you're giving them the freedom to choose where to put their money. The disadvantages are outlined above. You must also remember that if you earn funding for one aspect of the project, but not the others, you are still obliged to complete the successfully funded project.

Can I share my project with friends before I submit?

Yes. In the sense that you will be able to discuss what you're doing with people online and via word of mouth. However, you will not be able to send people a link to your project in draft mode (though screenshots are possible). In order for other people to view your projects prior to it going live, you will need to log in to your account and demo the project in preview mode.

Can I cancel my project?

In this event you should notify the sponsors which you can do through your Creator account dashboard so your supporters understand. Once this has been done you can cancel a project by informing us using our contact form.

Can I retry if unsuccessful?

Yes. If you didn't reach your minimum you can re-submit your project as many times as you like. However, we recommend that you make some alterations. Why weren't you successful last time? Would a different funding target or completion date help?

You can view advice on setting these in Hubbub Academy.

What happens if funding is completed before the completion date?

Nothing! There isn't an option to end a project early. Donations are only collected at the completion date. We allow Sponsors to continue donating even after your target has been reached so you could even generate more. We have found that projects offering great rewards have managed to achieve many times their funding target!

Can I raise more than my minimum needed?

Yes. Your minimum needed is the minimum you need with which to carry out your project.

How many Creators can I have on my project?

There can only be one Creator account per project, but you should definitely get help from your friends and other society, club, group or department members to help create and promote it.

Can I pledge to my own project?

Sadly no. Credit card rules do not allow Creators to make a payment to themselves. This prevents individuals from attempting to obtain a cash advance. Please don't try it - not even from another account. PayPal may suspend your account, but may not tell you until after the project completion date. This will mean losing all of your Sponsors' donations!

Where can I find Sponsors?

Finding Sponsors is vital if you are to achieve your funding target. For advice on how to promote you project, please visit the Promotion section of Academy.

Fees

What fees does the crowdfunding site Hubbub charge? 2.5% of funding raised.

What does The Influx Trust charge? 5% of funding raised. This contribution goes to supporting the longterm ambitions of The Influx Trust (UK Charity number 1155172) which is dedicated to exploring digital opportunities for a better Unite Nations and help the UN and the public to collaborate on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Does PayPal charge any fees?

PayPal applies fees of 3-4% to successful projects. Please visit PayPal's Fees page for more information on their costs.

Does Stripe charge any fees for credit/debit card payments?

Stripe applies fees of 2.4% + 20p for every donation made to successful projects. Please visit Stripe's Fees page for more information on their costs.

Does it cost anything to post on Hubbub?

No. Not a penny. Payment fees will only be applied when a project is successfully funded.

Project Media

Do I have to make a video?

No, but a video is highly recommended as it greatly improves your chances of achieving your funding target.

Can I add a video later?

No. You can't edit a project after submitting it.

Any advice on what makes a great video?

Hop on over to the Video section of Hubbub Academy for advice on how to put a great video together.

What types of video can I use?

Connect2Effect accepts Vimeo and YouTube videos.

How large can my video's file size be?

Connect2Effect accepts Vimeo and YouTube videos. Vimeo's basic account has a limit of 500mb per file and 5GB for premium accounts. Youtube has a limit of 2GB.

How many images can I have?

One video, but as many images as you like! You just need to enter the web address of the image in your project description.

Can I use music on my video?

Yes, but only if you have permission to do so from its owner! Alternatively you can use any music from http://freemusicarchive.org/

Can I embed media?

You can add images to the description section of your project, but not videos.

Updates

What are Updates?

An Update is a bit like a status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter. It lets Sponsors know about developments in your project and how you're getting on. They breathe life into your project and are essential to the sponsorship process. For advice on how to use them visit the Updates section of Hubbub Academy.

What media can I use in Updates?

You can add images, but not videos.

Will Sponsors know if I've posted an Update?

Yes. We will notify them automatically. For advice on how to use them visit the Updates section of Hubbub Academy.

Responsibilities

What is my responsibility for answering questions from Sponsors?

Sponsors will ask you questions about your project. They may want more information on your rewards or to ask for more details about how you will carry out your project, or even for more information on you! Sponsors should be answered promptly. In cases where many Sponsors ask the same question, you should answer with an Update to your project so that anyone viewing it can see this information.

What if I can't complete my project as listed?

If this is the case you must cancel funding immediately. However, please be aware that this could damage your reputation and that of your university, college or school, so please do not do it lightly.

You can cancel a project by informing us using our contact form. We will notify your Sponsors.

What if I can't deliver a reward?

Get in touch with the Sponsor(s) immediately. Creators who are honest and open will find Sponsors to be far more forgiving. You may be asked to provide a different reward. In very rare instances, a Sponsor may request a refund. When you submit your project you will be asked to agree to a refund policy, which we will also display to the Sponsor when they make a pledge.