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.

Incredible Facts About Teachers

It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.

In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)

In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.

Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!

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76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.

Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!

On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

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In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.

In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!

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This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!

A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!

Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.

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Fantastic Father’s Day Gifts

We have father’s day coming up here in the UK on June the 19th and we have already seen a number of Shareagift pages spring up where families have been coming together to ensure that this father’s day is extra special! In celebration of the upcoming event we have found some fantastic ideas for you to make this father’s day one to remember.

Experiences are always memorable and offer that something a bit extra special, this year Not On The Highstreet are offering up an East London canal boat overnight stay experience. With a huge double bed, wood burning stove and waterway views this unique experience offers something truly special in the heart of the capital.

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The Whiskey Exchange offers up some great luxury gift packs in the form of a number of different alcoholic drinks. These range from luxury whiskey, gins, vodkas and even champagne! Some of our favourites gift packs include the Jonnie Walker cube collection, the gin blending kit, and the Jim Bean signature craft pack.

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Handpicked Collection have a number of luxury mens grooming kits which could make the perfect present on father’s day. Whether it is beard trimming, moustache shaping or a clean shave, they have a kit for every father! We especially liked the gentlemen’s tonic shave gift set which comes with pre-Shave Oil (50 ml), Traditional Shave Cream (125 g), Soothing After-Shave Balm (100 ml) and a genuine Badger Brush!

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Vinyl record sales have skyrocketed over the past couple of years and a lot of artists are now releasing their latest albums on vinyl. Amazon have written a great buying guide on turntables to help ensure that you chose the perfect model. A number of them even have the ability to play cassette tapes, CDs and vinyls, a must for any music loving father!

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Shareagift makes it easy to bring friends and family together and collect money for amazing gifts, experiences and events. Just head over to Shareagift.com, create a page, invite friends and family and get collecting!

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Top 5 Gifts For The Family Who Has Everything

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s come to that time of year when we need to buy gifts for friends, family and colleagues. Everyone has that person on their gift list who is just impossible to buy for!

To help you out and give you a bit of inspiration we have chosen our top gift for each member of the family. So come together this year with friends, family and colleagues and use Shareagift to collect money for the perfect gift no matter who it’s for!

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It has happened to the best of us, sitting on the train about to call home to say we will be back shortly and suddenly we realise that the mobile’s gone dead. Surely with todays technology you would think that they would have invented phone batteries that actually last a whole day. Well while we are waiting for them to hurry up and invent them, why not buy that special someone who is never available the power wallet. Now they will never have an excuse for not getting back to you!

£59.99/$91.70 or £5.99/$9.17 split between 10 people

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A gift for the woman you know who is on her feet all day long either working, looking after the kids, or exercising down the gym. The heated footplate not only offers health benefits for your feet, it relaxes the user, warms their feet and gives them a sensual massage which is especially good during the winter months.

£39.95/$61.08 or £4.00/$6.11 split between 10 people

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Kids love games that they can play with their parents, especially during the holiday season. So rather than buying them an Xbox or Playstation game that will mean you not seeing them for the next few weeks why not invest in a giant Jenga! Fun for everyone, young and old and is a great party starter!

£100/$152.94 or £10/$15.25 split between 10 people

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The retro slush maker is an amazing gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. It not only makes delicious slushies and soft ice cream but it looks amazing too with a 1950s retro style. The internet is full of different recipe ideas for them to try or they can go about creating their own concoctions.

£64.95/$99.36 or £6.50/$9.94 split between 10 people

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Finding gifts for babies should not be so hard! It is often difficult to know what to get a new baby and friends and family often end up buying the same gifts as there is only so much you can buy them. Step up the personalised baby blanket! These blankets are stylish, perfect for keeping babies warm and can have their name put on them making them an extremely personal present.

£40/$61.17 or £4/$6.12 split between 10 people

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So there you have it! You no longer have en excuse for buying a boring, last minute gift for that person who you always struggle to find something for. Come together with friends and family and use Shareagift to collect money online for the perfect gift this holiday.

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Top 5 Weirdest Beer Flavours

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Alternative Experience

Are you tired of drinking the same old beers every time you go out? Or perhaps you are looking for something a bit different? If so now is the time to get out there and start exploring! We have put together our top 5 bizarre yet tasty beer flavours that you must give a whirl!

1. Pizza Beer

Brewed by Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, this is in fact the ‘World’s First Culinary Beer’ brewed from garlic, tomatoes, basil and oregano to give it that pizza flavour. Pizza Beer was created in an attempt to develop the right type of beer that could be paired with several variety of foods. Available at several stores, you can also buy it online.

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2. Bacon Maple Ale

Brewed by Rogue Ales, the Bacon Maple Ale has a rich amber colour to it, with the aroma of maple and spicy bacon luring you to it. A doughnut inspired beer, this Bacon Maple Ale was brewed to be paired with desserts, doughnuts and pork. Although it is no longer brewed it is still possible to get your hands on if you look in the right places!

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3. Coconut Curry Beer

Flavoured with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and lime leaf, this beer is brewed by New Belgium Brewing. You can pair this beer with Indian food and other hot curries for a perfect dinner, a great alternative i Cobra!

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4. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Don’t be misled by the name ‘oyster stout’ as this beer is brewed from roasted bull testicles. Brewed by Wynkoop Brewing Company, this beer has a rich brown colour to it along with flavours of chocolate, espresso and nuts. Meant for a limited release, this flavour of beer was so popular that they kept brewing it past the limited release dates and it is still available today.

5. Avocado Ale

Brewed by Angel City Brewery, this beer contains avocado, garlic, red pepper, lime juice and cilantro. Probably the most popular drink at the Avocado Festival in LA, the Avocado Ale goes best with tacos and takes very limited preparation time. A guacamole inspired beer, you will have to go to the festival to try this one out.

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If this has inspired you to try something new then why not host your own beer tasting evening? Alternatively if you don’t feel like hosting there is sure to be a beer tasting inspired festival or group experience near you. If you live in the UK, Virgin offer a wide range of beer tasting experiences across that country that are worth checking out. Be it hosting a dinner party or finding some new exciting experiences, use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and plan the perfect event or group gift an amazing experience for someones leaving do, birthday, stag or hen.

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Coping When Co-worker’s Leave The Company

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” ― Tim McGraw

Why Does Leaving A Company Cause Panic?

When a co-worker leaves the company it can be a disruptive, upsetting and stressful time for their fellow colleagues. Employees can often take someone leaving the company to heart, especially if they work closely with them or they are in charge of them.

As a company you need to remind your employees that their job isn’t right for everyone, and people can often change career path, move away or move on to a more senior role somewhere else.

Many employees can often get angry or annoyed at one of their co-workers leaving as they may feel like they are being left behind or they may be concerned with the gap in the workforce that their colleague is leaving. In many instances it can be difficult to fill a position, especially if the role requires a lot of training and employees may be concerned that they will have to pick up the extra workload.

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Supporting Colleagues Who Are Moving On

If they are leaving for a better position the company should feel proud that they have provided them with the relevant skills and experience for them to have secured themselves a more senior role somewhere else.

Rather than getting annoyed or concerned about a colleague leaving, companies need to support them by providing them with a positive experience from the minute they decide to leave until their last day.

By providing them with a positive experience it will leave them with fond memories of the company and this may result in them recommending it to friends or their new colleagues as a great place to work. It can even result in the employee returning in the future.

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How We Can Help

Everyday people use Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for friends and colleagues at work. Employees from companies including Tesco, Morgan Stanley, IBM and IMG have all successfully used Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for fellow colleagues, giving them a positive experience when leaving the company.

Shareagift not only provides an easy way to collect money online, but it brings people together for a common cause and makes the recipient of the gift feel valued. It also gives those who have contributed, a way to say goodbye with an amazing leaving or retirement gift to show their support in their decision to move on and to show them how much they have had an impact, not just the company, but on the people that work there.

‘Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this gift and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed’ – Kasondra.

Here are a couple of recent examples of people who have used Shareagift to collect money online to send their colleagues off in style!

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Head over to Shareagift to start a leaving or retirement fund, or get in touch with us at community@shareagift.com for more information on how we could help you.

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Top 5 Cities For Great Street Food

Life without good food has no spice to it. Experiment with these top 5 cities that are well-known for their street food and you will realise that good food is the best company you can have!

5. Germany

Head over to the Christmas Markets in Germany and you will know why Germans are so proud of their cuisine. Currywurst, crisp potatoes, hand twisted German pretzels and kebabs, are sure to turn you into a loyal patriot of Germany’s cuisine. You’ll also realise that Germany has more to its food than just sausages!

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4. Vietnam

If you have underestimated Vietnamese cuisine, their grilled pork chops, savoury soups and crab stir-fry are sure to prove you wrong. Vietnamese street food offers a package of flavours, difficult to describe. With very less use of spices, Vietnam uses simple ingredients like Tamarind water and broth to elevate the flavour of food it serves.

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3. Mexico City

Mexico’s street food is growing popular amongst other cuisines as well. The hot burritos, nachos, sugary churros and street corn will make you feel at home. What makes Mexican street food draw huge crowds is its level of simplicity. A favourite among vegetarians as well, Mexican street food is a sure winner!

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2. Thailand

The streets of Thailand breathe life to the food that is served with the aromatic mix of garlic, basil and spices welcoming you to the street food markets. Mango rice, papaya salad and roasted duck garnished with chillies will satisfy the foodie in you. Offering a complete meal, you can also head over for some desserts to cool down that heat!

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1. Singapore

Who knew that one of the world’s cleanest and most cosmopolitan cities offered the best street food in the world? The food markets in Singapore not only provide local Singaporean food but also food from India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Keeping up to top-class health standards, the ‘curried fish heads’ and ‘meat bone tea’ can’t be compared to anything else.

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Testing the cuisines that different cities offer, also provide great travel opportunities. Why not turn your ideal vacation into one that involves great street food in one of the 5 cities? Start a page on Shareagift today and collect money online to kick start that dream vacation!

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Shed Vs Sports Car

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Birthday Surprise

We are always intrigued to find out what fun and exciting things our Shareagifters are raising money for. This week we caught up with Natalie who used Shareagift to raise money for a birthday surprise for Jesse.

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Jesse’s gift?

I got the idea because I know Jesse would have enjoyed a big surprise for his birthday such as riding a fast posh car on a track (which he has wanted to do for ages) but that it was too expensive for his friends to pay for alone.

Using the page meant that everyone could chip in for it, I also thought that it would be fun to make it a bit of a competition between two different things, a shed (which he needs) or a fast car (which he wants!). Seems like people want the shed so far!

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Why did you choose Shareagift?

I chose Shareagift as for my friend’s 40th in January it was used to club together to buy him his dream guitar and seemed to work well.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It has been helpful in that it’s nice to have a page that everyone can see and that I can show Jesse afterwards.

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How much of an impact will this money have on Jesse?

It will have a great impact as Jesse has had a hard year, we have a one year old who never sleeps (Oscar) so he deserves something special happening for him, although he will be really embarrassed, he’s quite shy!

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I have a couple of close friends who are/have been really poorly and I would set up a page for a charity of their choice.

Does someone close to you have a birthday coming up? If like Natalie you want to surprise them with an amazing gift then head over to Shareagift and start collecting money with friends for an unforgettable birthday present!

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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

Honeymooning In Orlando

Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun, and Shareagift!

A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Saving Igor’s Fantasy Football League

Raising Money For The Victims Of The Nepal Earthquake

Dave’s Friends Send Him To Frankfurt In Style!

Helping Shaun After His Business Burnt Down

Top 5 Weirdest Things To Do In London

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Amazing Day Out

Think you know all there is to know about London? Or maybe you are planning on travelling to the capital and are looking for something a bit different to do. If that’s the case then check out our pick of 5 of the weirdest things that you can do in the capital right now!

Attend An Early Morning Rave

Rave your way into the day! This is the slogan for the new craze that is spreading across the world. Morning Gloryville holds morning raves across 3 different areas of London. They throw immersive morning dance parties to get you live and kicking for the day ahead. Starting at 6.30 they last for 4 hours and offer a smoothie bar, an organic coffee kiosk and a wake up massage station. They throw the ultimate party to get you energised for the day and have even had acts including Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx get involved.

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Stuff Animals

Ever fancied your hand at some taxidermy? The Last Tuesday Society offer a range of classes depending on your skill and you get to stuff a number of different animals as you progress through the course. Prices are around £50 per person and they even allow you to take your artwork home and show it off to everyone.

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Drink Coffee In A Toilet

Formerly a Victorian toilet, the Attendant has transformed this space into a cosy café. The urinals have become a seating area and a café bar has been put in. Apart from this much of the interior has been preserved and just updated to give the café a Victorian feel. Having won best London coffee shop in 2013 this place is well worth a look.

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Listen To Naked Boys Read

If you fancy spending your evening doing something truly different then look no further than the naked boys reading events that happen in different venues across London. It’s all in the name, at these events people sit around and listen as one by one naked men take it in turns to read sections from different books to the audience. Each evening has a different literary theme and tickets are usually around £5 in advance. Head over to their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events.

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Cage Dive With Sharks

Yes that’s right, you can actually cage dive with sharks in London! If you don’t fancy travelling to do this experience then head over to the London Sealife Aquarium where for £25 you will be lowered into a tank of 15 sharks for 15 minutes. If you think that’s a bit steep then why not save some money with the family package and give the kids a truly terrifying experience that they will never forget!

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Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Or are you looking to do something a bit different this year for your own birthday celebration? Shareagift provides an easy way to collect money online with friends for the ultimate day out, evening meal or birthday surprise. Show someone you really care by saving for a group gift that they will always remember or do something wacky to raise money for a worthy cause and use Shareagift to keep on top of all your donations.

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Top 5 Cheap Veg-e Eats in London

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Meal In London

Being a vegetarian can often be tough, especially when it comes to finding a reasonable, half decent, meat free meal in the capital. With people across the world celebrating world vegetarian day today, we set about finding our top five cheap vegetarian eats, all of which are sure to turn meat lovers into veg heads!

Ethos

This restaurant, located just by Oxford Circus, specialises in different vegetarian dishes from around the world. Ethos offers a self-serve buffet with dishes from places including Japan, Italy, Korea and Mexico. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on vegetarian meals then this is the place to come. Price wise Ethos is very reasonable and you pay for your food by weight.

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Rasa

This restaurant in Stoke Newington offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes from India. Inspired by home cooking, all their chefs are trained in the Indian state of Kerala to ensure an authentic cooking experience. The menu holds a number of well-known and unusual dishes and with many of the meals being priced under £10 it’s very reasonable.

Punjab

Punjab is another Indian restaurant, which is located near Covent Garden. They offer a great selection of Punjabi vegetarian dishes including a renown mixed vegetable curry and the Delhi delicacy, Paneer Makhani which is cottage cheese cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Boasting to be the UK’s oldest North Indian restaurant and serving many dishes for under £10 it’s no wonder that it is often found packed during dinner hours. Be sure to make a reservation if you are planning on heading there.

Maoz

Maoz are a global vegetarian fast food chain and have a small restaurant by Leicester Square. They are renowned for their falafel pittas, which you can buy on their own or as part of a meal deal with Belgium fries and a drink. Once you have your pitta you can head on over to their salad bar and fill it with whatever takes your fancy from pickles to shredded red cabbage or a combination of their huge selection of sauces. With main courses costing between 5 and 9 pounds it’s a great place to grab a cheap bite when you’re on the move.

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La Gelatiera

This gelato and coffee house is located in Covent Garden and serves a wide and unusual selection of gelato flavours which change on a daily basis. Some of their most popular flavours include Basil and chilli, Honey, rosemary and orange zests and Cornish blue and walnuts! Having won a number of food awards for their original taste and flavours this is a great place to head if you are looking for a sweet treat, and with prices ranging from 1 to 5 pounds depending on size it’s also very reasonable.

So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in LondonShareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together which makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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