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O serviço de group funding, Shareagift, está agora disponível em português. O Group Funding é uma variante do crowfunding mas que é acessível a todos e que permite ajudar a recolher fundos para financiar tudo aquilo que quiseres.

O crowfunding é destinado essencialmente a empresas e startups para ajudar a financiar projectos, já o group funding é acessível a todos e sem regras rígidas, o que permite financiar qualquer coisa.

Com a Shareagift milhares de pessoas têm angariado dinheiro online com amigos, colegas e familiares para partilhar o custo de prendas assim como ajudar causas solidárias, pagar as propinas da universidade, custear viagens para visitar familiares distantes, oferecer prendas de despedida, patrocinar eventos e férias de grupo.

A plataforma já podia ser usada em Portugal para recolher fundos em Euros, tal como ao contrário de outros serviços, pode ser usada praticamente em qualquer parte do mundo e receber doações em Euros, Dólar americano e Libra inglesa, mas agora com a vantagem de estar traduzida para a lingua portuguesa.

As associações e instituições de beneficência podem usar o serviço para recolher donativos e no final gerar um mapa que ajuda a preencher o anexo modelo 25 do IRS – IRC.

Como criar uma campanha de angariação de fundos

O processo é simples e rápido. Basta criar uma página de campanha, dar-lhe um bom título e descrever o motivo da angariação de fundos, personalizar com a fotografia do presente e do seu destinatário. É necessário indicar uma conta PayPal para onde irão ser transferidos os fundos recolhidos uma vez que a campanha termine.

As ferramentas disponíveis na plataforma permitem enviar convites email com os detalhes essenciais da campanha ou ainda partilhar nas redes sociais.

Os convidados podem contribuir com Cartão de Credito ou usando o saldo do PayPal.
O processo é transparente para todos uma vez que e possível acompanhar o progresso dos valores recolhidos e o criador da página pode saber quem já contribuiu.

Inicia a tua campanha de angariação de fundos hoje mesmo e faz alguém feliz!

A Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing.

The app Uber came out of nowhere and is gaining popularity and headlines across the globe. The app provides a taxi service for people who need a lift. If you have a car and a driving licence and are in the area then you can become one of their drivers. The service has caused a lot of commotion across the globe. Last year taxi drivers in France were slating the service in the news because it is stealing their fares and they are not paying any taxi licensing fees.

Another service that seems to have grown in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years is Airbnb. This service let’s you rent out a house, a flat or a room in someone’s home rather than staying at a hotel. The service is usually cheaper than b&bs and hotels and offers the guest some company if they are travelling alone.

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The group-funding site Shareagift is also seeing users flood their site looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group-funding is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own.

Shared workspaces in offices are also becoming more popular, especially within companies who offer part time contracts. These shared workspaces mean that companies save money because they don’t have to have a computer and a desk for each person working there.

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The popularity of these services confirms the move towards collaborative consumption with people wanting to share rather than having individual ownership. We are already beginning to see shifts away from owning our own means of transport. Boris bikes in London are a perfect example of people no longer needing to own a bicycle.

In certain areas of France you can hire keys, which allow you to drive a number of electric cars. You just drive to your destination and when you are done someone else can hop in and drive off. Last year Paris launched an electric scooter rental scheme for those who don’t wish to use rental bikes to get around the capital. This is part of a plan to try and reduce the number of cars in the city and if it succeeds it could be rolled out in other major cities across the world including London.

If this trend carries on, eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes. The world is changing so get ready to become a lot more generous!

Crowdfunding Vs. Group-Funding

Crowdfunding Vs. Group-Funding

One of the questions that always crops up when we are talking to people about Shareagift is what is the difference between group-funding (what we do) and crowdfunding? In some ways they are quite similar and in others they are very different. In order to answer this question we need to look at the key features of both, let’s start with crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding…

..is where a number of unrelated people back or invest in a project.

..has a limited deadline, which is usually thirty days.

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..is usually restricted to specific rules where certain campaigns are not allowed.

..cannot be used by private individuals or charities.

..usually has a rule where if the goal is not reached the raised cash is refunded.

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..can be difficult, as when you create a campaign you usually need to provide detailed and accurate information about what you are raising money for.

..can take a long time to set up.

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Group-Funding (Social Gifting)…

..is where groups can fundraise for anything and everything.

..is specifically designed for private groups, clubs, communities, families, and charities.

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..can have no deadline.

..can be made public or can be kept private as an invite only campaign.

..is ideal for group gifts, personal projects, community projects, emergency funds, medical treatments and charitable causes.

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..can be used to raise funds for any type of campaign but is not suited for financing products or start-ups.

..is quick and easy to set up, customise and activate.

For more information on how group-funding works visit the how it works section of our website or get in touch with a member of our team at community@shareagift.com.

The Journey of Life Infographic

The Journey of Life

Group funding can be used at nearly every important stage in one’s life and better the whole experience for all concerned!  Think birthdays, weddings, babies, even medical treatment, education, retirement gifts, emergency funds and many more.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Hobbies To Have

Its not just ‘all work and no play’ for the rich and famous. Most celebs do pursue the things they love, however, unusual or expensive they may be. Take a look at these expensive hobbies and remain guilt-free if you have one too!

1. Art Collection

Celebrities, businessmen, entrepreneurs and every one with an eight-digit bank balance have voted art collection as the most expensive hobby to pursue, as you also need to enjoy the piece of artwork that you buy. The Triptych is the most expensive artwork to be sold for $142 million to an anonymous bidder. Don’t forget to take a look at Leonardo Di Caprio’s expensive art collection.

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2. Collecting Vintage Cars

Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren are some of the exclusive members of this club who can afford the 1937 57S Bugatti which costs $4.4 million or the 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car which costs $29.6 million. If you are worried about fluctuating savings rates, some of these vintage cars might turn out to be a worthwhile investment!

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3. High Stakes Poker

James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale’ is the perfect example of high stakes poker that requires million-dollar buy-ins and payouts. A hobby reserved for the rich, if you don’t have millions in the bank or a few expensive assets, this game isn’t for you. High stakes poker is probably one of the riskiest hobbies to pursue as you might end up losing everything you have.

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4. Keeping Exotic Pets

Kristen Stewart and Mike Tyson are some of the popular celebs who prefer to own their private collection of exotic pets instead of having to go to the zoo every time they want to see a lion or a cheetah. The cost of caring for these pets can easily skyrocket to a few millions, excluding the cost of acquiring a license.

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5. Flying

Aviation classes cost over $250,000 even in the most basic aviation schools. Celebrities like John Travolta and Tom Cruise pursue such hobbies to later purchase their very own private jets. Taking into account the cost of maintenance, cost of buying and fuelling a plane, some of these hobbies may be more expensive than they seem.

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Start a page today on Shareagift to pursue something that makes you happy. Live your life with passion and do the things you love. Know someone who wants to pursue an expensive hobby, but can’t? Fundraise money for them with Shareagift and collect money online from friends to do the things you want in life.

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TOP 5 WEIRD FASHION TRENDS AROUND THE WORLD!

The most bizarre fashion trends have never stood the test of time. While the exceptions to this rule have been listed below, you might find yourself falling prey to some of these weird fashion trends.

1. Eye tattoo, Canada

This is an irreversible procedure that is medically prescribed for people with scratch-marked eye tissues to improve vision. The eye tattooing procedure is now growing equally popular in Australia too. As the ink injected into the eye is the same as the ink used to tattoo the rest of the body, initial side effects might include ‘crying black ink’ for a while.

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2. Mexican pointed boots

Originally found in several rural towns of Mexico, people have started altering these boots to suit their style by elongating the toe of these boots up to 5 feet and curling them at the tip. Some of these pointy boots are so bizarre, that the tips of some pairs are as high as one’s waist. These elf-like boots are featured in competitions at nightclubs.

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3. Eye jewellery, Netherlands

A one-minute long procedure, which costs $3000, pieces of platinum alloy are modified in various shapes like hearts and are inserted underneath the cornea. The platinum implants are worn as a fashion accessory despite the risks. `New shapes and designs can be swapped with the old ones.

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4. Bagel head injections, Japan

One of Japan’s outrageous fashion trends, a bagel protrusion can be obtained by injecting saline into the forehead and then making an indentation in the middle with a finger. A temporary procedure, the entire process takes around 2 hours while the bagel head disappears in 16-24 hours as the body absorbs the saline.

5. Face-Kini, China

Face-Kini is a colourful protective mask that comes in various designs, to shield the face from exposure to the sun. Strictly restricted to beaches only, these masks are worn with a full body suit for complete protection. The face masks also repel insects and are worn by many who shun tanned skin for its negative associations.

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Every fashion trend, weird or not, is unique in its own way and definitely worth exploring! So, why not discover it all? Start a page on Shareagift and collect money online from friends to do something unique. Raise money through Shareagift to live life the way you want!

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Top 5 Incredible Predictions For Our Future!

Save With Shareagift Towards … The Future

In 1989 the film Back To The Future Part 2 predicted what the future would look like in 2015 with some very accurate results including drones, video chat and even thumbprint payment! We have spent some time this week looking past 2015 to the not so distant future to find out some of the changes that our world may face.

Self Driven Cars

Techcrunch released an article this week stating that driving your car could soon become illegal! Not because of the environment or because of improvements to public transport but because of the number of accidents that driving causes; traffic accidents account for one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe each year. Over the past few years Google has been testing out its autonomous vehicles and they have now logged more the one million miles on roads full of human driven cars and they have yet to cause a single accident!

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Machine Intelligence

With the popularity of the recent Channel 4 program Humans, machine intelligence has become a popular subject matter over the past few months. Scientists are coming ever closer to understanding how a mind works and can be built and we will inevitably reach a point where we will no longer find ourselves alone.

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Space Travel

As we have focussed on the internet, biology and technological developments on earth, space exploration has taken a back seat over the past few decades. This will surely change as we coast into the future with companies and rich individuals taking on the space exploration challenge rather than the richest countries. We are already seeing programs being worked on including Virgin Galactic and Space X.

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Species Disappearing

As a species we have caused rapid changes to the global climate, often changing landscapes and environments wherever we settle. There is evidence that we are in the sixth massive species extinction of the history of our planet and it is predicted that many different species will likely be killed off as we go on. It has been predicted that 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2000 years and disappearances have already begun.

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Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing. Fundraising websites like Shareagift are also seeing users flood their sites looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group saving is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own. If this trend carries on eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes.

If you have any ideas or plans that could affect the future then why not start a Shareagift campaign and raise money to get your idea off the ground. Shareagift provides you with an easy way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to funding events for parties and charitable causes.

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Top 5 Weird Things On Amazon!

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Amazing Gift

Amazon has always had its share of surprises, when it comes to impressing everyone. But these 5 weird things that you never hoped to find, will certainly amuse you and let your imagination soar to great heights!

1. Deer Rear – Bottle Opener at $114.99

If you are tired of those conventional bottle openers, this deer rear bottle-opening device may be exactly what you are looking for. You can also go a step further and gift this bottle opener to anyone who has an eye for unusual things. All you have to do is mount it on your wall and add it to your deer décor collection.

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2. 55 Gallons of Lube at $1362

This 55 gallon drum of Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant comes with a lube pump to get you out of any messy situation. Customers have come up with innovative ways to use all this lube at a 7 year old’s backyard party to prevent accidents on water slides! The 50 gallons of lube could help you in ways you never imagined. Why not stock up?

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3. Bag of Bones at $69.95

The 10 pound bag of bones, made entirely of plastic, is free of shipping costs. When it comes to anatomy classes and science projects, most people say that you cannot find a better product, given the assorted high quality bones. If you have plans of organising a voodoo-themed party, then look no further and get these immediately.

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4. Relaxation Capsule at $52,495

The capsule has a heated waterbag with pre-programmed music and lights. Most buyers have found this product to be quite useful when it comes to combatting jet lag and sleep imbalance. This product is also used across all health clinics, although it may take a little more than a month to get your own relaxation capsule delivered.

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5. Badonkadonk Land Cruiser at $19,999.95

This is a land vehicle and battle tank that can accommodate a maximum of 5 people and has a well-furnished interior. The Badonkadonk comes with a premium sound system, colourful tail lights, signal lights and underbody lighting. But make sure you keep this vehicle off public roads as it has a maximum speed of only 40 mph.

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If you want to gift a similar product to someone who wants something unique, use Shareagift to collect money from friends online. It doesn’t get any easier than this to raise funds for the people closest to you. Create your Shareagift page today and start collecting money online.

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Top 5 Unique And Thoughtful Gifts For Mothers

Struggling to find the perfect gift for Parents’ Day? Here are our top 5 unique and thoughtful gifts for mothers.

Mothers play a very important role in our lives. They’re there for us when we’re ill, they cook our favorite meals and they’re always ready to embarrass us with unfortunate tales when we introduce them to new friends. To show them that we really do care (even when we don’t have enough time in our busy lives to call home) – here are our top 5 gift ideas for the most important woman in our lives.

Personalized Kindle and Case

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Kindles can make great presents, especially when you add an extra personal touch by loading it up with book recommendations. A tip for thoughtful present giving – load up personal favorite reads and leave a message with each book; a ‘thinking of you’ or ‘I think you’ll enjoy this’ will make all the difference. Books are a great way to connect and your mother will love the time and care you put into creating the perfect gift (hopefully nearly as much as mine did).

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For those that especially love the sentimental value of owning their books and can’t quite handle slipping into the digital era – this KleverCase Kindle cover will help them on their way. The handmade hardback covers will make your ‘infinite library’ look and feel more like an authentic book and come in many book cover styles from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ to ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

Trip of a Lifetime

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The most valuable thing in the world, arguably, is time. So ditch your other commitments and spend some precious time with your mother! Take that trip across the world like you’d always thought about and bring your mom along with you. Here are some brilliant ideas for family holidays. From isolated light-houses to camel-trekking in Morocco, you and your family can treat your mother to the holiday of a lifetime! It’s even easier to sort out with Shareagift, just buy the holiday and split the bill online. You can collect funds online from the rest of your family by starting a Shareagift page for the best mother you’ve ever had!

Tea Sparrow

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How many times have you sat with your mother over a hot drink whether complaining about your day or just having a quick catch-up? With Tea Sparrow you can keep the hot drinks flowing and quality ones at that. For a monthly subscription fee of $20, you can sample teas from your own region as well as from all over the globe. The guys and gals at Tea Sparrow are very passionate and have loose leafs down to a ‘tea’. So for a gift that keeps giving; subscribe for a year. Every month, whether you’re sharing a hot drink with your mother or not, she’ll be reminded of how much you care!

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And if freshly roasted coffee beans are more her thing then head on over to Mistobox.

Baking & Decorating Class

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Spend some quality time with your mom and take her to a baking and decorating class in bakery near you! There’s one at Original Yummy Cupcakes, Burbank, but they are becoming like hot cakes and will pop up somewhere close to you. The best thing about gift is that, not only do you get to have a great time taking a trip down memory lane, you also learn how to make gourmet cupcakes that will wow everyone at the next family gathering!

Bakery Box of Four Cupcake Candles

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Finally, following the cupcake theme, from the brilliantly original Etsy seller Candlelit Desserts: This customizable pack of four cupcake candles. With over 30 different cupcake flavors and designs, there is an oasis of choice for all tastes. Every candle is handlemade and is even flavored to match its aesthetics. They look tasty enough to eat! Also, it’s great for last minute online gift shopping with free delivery…

Here at Shareagift, we cherish and love our mothers and we think that they deserve the best gifts possible. It’s easy to set up a group fund on Shareagift and collect money online from family members to go that extra mile, just like our mothers do for us. Start a campaign today and being collecting money for a gift to the mother in your life.

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Full Stream Ahead!

Music streaming services have hit headlines hard recently, whether it be from Apple’s announcement of their new streaming service to Taylor Swift’s streaming rants or AC-DC’s move to release their whole back catalogue for streaming, it has been a popular subject matter. Along with these headlines, figures recently released prove that streaming music is growing significantly, so what is all the buzz about? And why do we care?

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Music streaming has almost doubled in the last year, and that’s before Apple Music launched. People are enjoying the freedom of being able to listen to what they want wherever they are and with a universe of new music and back catalogues from around the world, there is no wonder that music-streaming services are attracting the masses. With music streaming stories filling the headlines and announcements by corporations like Apple it has certainly helped drum up interest. Brits have already listened to 11.5 billion tracks via streaming services this year alone.

Using the Album Equivalent Sales (AES) industry metric, overall consumption of recorded music was up 4% compared with the first six months of 2014 and we are seeing more and more people becoming music fans from younger ages. Many music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music offer family plans which offer discount to family members if they sign up to the service through another member. This encourages children to listen to music who may have not necessarily had the means to explore it before from such a young age. Combine this with the fact that with streaming you can instantly listen to any song you want anywhere in the household on multiple devices, it is no wonder that music consumption is on the rise.

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However, it’s not all good news. Many artists have decided against having their music on streaming services and one such artist publicly announced her concerns over streaming recently in the headlines. Taylor Swift went up against Apple’s new music streaming service, Apple music, because they were not agreeing to pay artists during users free three-month trials. In a shocking move from Apple this got overturned and they agreed to pay artists a discounted fee during these months.

One of the major issues with streaming services is artist exclusivity. Apple music has already secured exclusive rights to Pharrell Williams amongst a number of other big artists and it was announced recently that Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal is the only one to feature Prince’s music after he took it down from all other streaming sites. This shift in exclusivity could see fans getting annoyed at having to use certain services to listen to their favourite artists.

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So what does the future hold for streaming services? If things continue as they are music streaming will continue to get bigger and bigger and we will eventually see a shift away from music downloads and CDs all together. Music downloads are down 10% this year and the number is predicted to carry on falling with the rise of music streaming and there were only two CD’s platinum CD’s in 2014, Taylor Swift’s 1989 and the Frozen soundtrack. No other compact disk hit a million copies in 2014!

It will be interesting to see how popular Apple music becomes and whether their audience will be listeners moving across from other streaming services or users who are new to streaming. We also predict that as streaming grows more and more companies will jump on the bandwagon and there are already rumours that Facebook are looking to make their entrance into the music-streaming scene.

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Streaming gives artists the opportunity to share their music online with their fans and it also allows fans to access the music they want to listen to form anywhere in the world. The Internet is being used more and more as a medium to share with anyone, anywhere in the world and it is not only music that people are sharing! Companies like Shareagift allow users to share their money online and contribute towards anything from shared gifts to worthy causes and events from the other side of the world.

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