The Crowdfunding Academy will help you unlock the power of crowdfunding. For communities, For causes, For you.


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We provide cutting edge training to help you understand crowdfunding and what it can do for you and your cause. Our workshops, courses and action learning cover a range of subjects that will enable you to run a successful campaign to raise the resources you need to change the world.


We will help your crowdfunding succeed. We provide customised, practical support, feasibility studies and big data analysis for organisations who are looking to make the most of crowdfunding across their work.  




We run crowdfunding programmes to help you, your cause and your project to get going, and we can work with your nonprofit, trust, foundation or governmental organisation to embed crowdfunding into your fundraising journey.



"It was the first time we’d ever undertaken a crowdfunding campaign and we raised just over £8k. The help, advice and pointers we received from Esther’s team were superb and we couldn’t have managed without them. Knowing you could pick the phone up, get expert advice around building "communities” when planning campaigns provided us with a great outcome" - Zubeda Lambada, Connect Justice

I found the workshop really useful - I would recommend it to any organisation, especially smaller and medium sized organisations interested in funding a project’ - Howard Lake, Fundraising UK Ltd

‘Your workshop gave me the confidence to get started. Everyone can crowdfund, but your workshop was the starting point!’ - Nicky Johnson, The Finance Innovation Lab



‘Without the extensive and specific knowledge and the patient guidance from such a professional and personable team, our crowdfunding campaign couldn’t have gone as well as it did. We reached our target before the deadline and this meant that we enrolled 10 new people onto our 18 month LifeChanger mentoring programme. A service we would happily use again. Thank you!’ - Roger Blackman, The Reasons Why Foundation

We found the workshops really helpful - and we have been able to use the key learnings really effectively.’ - Natasha Stone, Free Tibet


‘Generation Rent faced a funding crisis in summer 2015. Thanks to the support and the invaluable advice we got, we were able to make the most of our supporters and raised nearly £18,000 of donations in the space of one month, which has helped to keep us campaigning to this day.” - Betsy Dilner, CEO Generation Rent

About Us

The Crowdfunding Academy is a new social venture with an ambitious aim: to equip the next generation of mainstream, mass fundraising professionals with the knowledge and skills to become expert digital fundraising practitioners and leaders.

Carol Beaumont

Carol specialises in developing fundraised-for programmes and projects which bring together donor's passions with organisational mission, strategy and programmes. She is the author of ‘From Fundraising to Resource Raising’, has fundraised for national and international charities including VSO and Action for Children, is a past member of the NESTA Innovation in Giving Panel, a Clore Social Fellow and Chair of the PSHE Association.

Esther Foreman

Esther specialises in building organisations and causes into large movements for change. She has over 15 years of experience in the voluntary, social enterprise and private sectors, including running large scale integrated campaigns for Shelter and Mencap amongst others. She has also managed social enterprise accelerator programmes for Wayra-Unltd and the Young Foundation. She is an ambassador for, an MS Society trustee and a Clore Social Fellow, Winston Churchill Fellow and SSE Fellow.