两家公司表示此番合作是一项创举，不仅连接了传统金融和替代金融服务还为银行和众筹平台间的合作铺平了道路。Crowdfunder 总经理Phil Geraghty说：“桑坦德与Crowdfunder间的合作是众筹业一大里程碑——在银行业和下一代‘创变者’间开发了强大的关系网和大量机会。”
“创变者”是桑坦德标志性社区项目“探索计划（The Discovery Project）”的一部分，后者旨在通过技能、知识培养及创新扶持项目来激发人们对于未来的信心。
For the first time, one of the UK’s largest banks is partnering with a crowdfunding platform in an innovative collaboration called Changemaker Fund.
Santander has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch a ￡200,000 fund to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK.
Community projects looking to support social change can present their ideas on Crowdfunder.co.uk and unlock matched funding of up to ￡10,000 from Santander’s new fund.
The new fund is open to social enterprises, small charities and community groups helping disadvantaged people in the UK. Eligible projects seeking funds of up to ￡20,000 and focussed on skills, knowledge and innovation that get the crowd’s backing will receive 50% of their funding requirement from Santander.
The two firms say this is a revolutionary partnership that bridges the gap between traditional and alternative finance but also paves the way for closer relationships between banks and the crowdfunding sector.
Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder, said: “The new partnership between Crowdfunder and Santander is a key milestone for the crowdfunding industry – opening up powerful networks and opportunities between the banking sector and the next generation of ’changemakers’.
“It also offers long term economic impacts by supporting social enterprises alongside the immediate benefits of helping people make their great ideas happen.”
Sue Douthwaite, managing director of Santander Business Banking, commented: “Our purpose is to help people and businesses prosper and we recognise the important role social enterprises and charities play in helping communities to thrive. With the power of the Crowd, our ￡200,000 Changemaker Fund will help bring great ideas to life and enable social enterprises and community ventures to grow.”
Changemaker is part of Santander’s flagship community programme, The Discovery Project, which aims to inspire people to have confidence in the future through projects that build skills, grow knowledge and support innovation.
Projects will also benefit from the Crowdfunding team specialists with education, enterprise and coaching support to unlock the further funds which will be released in 2017.