Collingwood students have great ideas

Collingwood is full of bright and creative students, who never fail to impress with their ambition and drive. At Collingwood, all students are encouraged to pursue opportunities and projects to help them develop personally, socially and academically. As a college we are committed to supporting students with the resources and connections to succeed, in whatever it is they wish to pursue.

Philanthropy has always played a crucial role in providing support and opportunities for current Collingwood students, through internships, opportunities funds and more. The Pitch It platform is another way for alumni and friends of Collingwood to help students make great things happen!

What is Pitch It?

Pitch It is Collingwood’s Crowdfunding Platform. Here, Collingwood students can pitch their ideas and get support, advice and funding from wider networks of alumni, friends and even family. These sponsors help turn student ideas into realities! Pitch It is managed by Collingwood College, but licensed and hosted by Hubbub - experts in crowdfunding!

What is crowdfunding?

In a crowd, each person only has to make a small contribution to effect massive change: this is the idea behind crowdfunding. Many sponsors each make a small donation in return for a small reward, and this helps the project team reach their overall target. Our crowdfunding platform showcases projects, provides a simple way for sponsors to donate online, and allows student teams to share their ideas with a wider audience.

What is all-or-nothing funding?

Crowdfunding is “all-or-nothing funding”, which means every project must achieve its minimum needed by its completion date or no funds change hands. Why? Part of the appeal of crowdfunding is that sponsors get to engage with projects and see where their money is going. This keeps everyone happy!

As a supporter, you will make a pledge to give a donation and payment will only be taken at the point where the project achieves its target. As a project lead, it is your job to promote your project amongst your networks and groups to ensure that it reaches its goal.

Once the project is completed, the funding comes to Collingwood College and is distributed to the student project team to enable them to complete their project.

What kind of projects are suitable?

We are open to a wide range of projects and ideas. Want to start a new volunteering activity in Durham City or the North East? Build a robot to return your tray in the dining hall? Send your society or team on tour? Organise a symposium or academic conference? Go for it!

It is envisaged that projects will provide direct benefit to the development of Collingwood students, the Collingwood community, and/or the local community. All project ideas are moderated for suitability by Collingwood College.

How do I create a project?

You must be a current Collingwood student to create a project on Pitch It. Create an account (please use your Durham email address) and enter a few key details: a description of what you want to do, a funding target and completion date, and some rewards for pledges. Images and videos can also bring your project to life!

You’ll get feedback on your project from Collingwood and we'll help you through the process! You’ll find great resources on the site to help you – check the FAQ and Academy sections for guidance and advice.

How do I support a project?

If a project grabs your attention, pick your donation and reward level, and follow the steps to make the donation. If you support a project, you will automatically receive updates about it. You can also interact directly with the team behind the project by leaving a comment on the project, or sending them a message.

Are there any fees?

Collingwood College cover the costs of platform and transaction fees. This means 100% of the funds donated will reach the student project team.

Who can I talk to about this at Collingwood?

For questions relating to crowdfunding and Pitch It, you can email collingwood.crowdfunding@durham.ac.uk

The main contact for crowdfunding within Collingwood College is Emma Brownlow, Vice Principal.

Still got questions?

Check the FAQ section, or get in touch.