How Crowdfunding Works

Sponsors help fund projects. To help this process along Creators offer rewards for donations. Funds only change hands when a project achieves its minimum needed.

For more information on the sponsorship process for both Sponsors and Creators, please visit our About section.

Who can be a Creator?

People's Republic has been created for students, so a Creator must be a registered member of a university, college or school. Where the Creator is a member of staff, the project must be for the direct benefit of students.

Crowdfunding is an inherently public process so, for child protection reasons, Creators have to be at least 16 years old. If younger than this, students can ask a member of staff at their school to register as the Creator of the project, e.g. their teacher or coach.

Why do alumni sponsor projects?

Most alumni had close attachment to clubs and societies during their time at university, college or school. They are keen to help and support their old establishments, especially when Creators offer them rewards which help them to reconnect.

How much can Creators raise for projects?

People's Republic supports all sorts of projects, from big to small. Creators can raise funds for projects of any size they wish. There really isn't a limit on too small or too big - whether that's £100 or £100,000 People's Republic can help!

What is all-or-nothing funding?

All-or-nothing funding means that unless your project has achieved its minimum fundraising target by its fundraising deadline, no donations or rewards change hands.

Assuming you reach your minimum target by your fundraising deadline, we will process your pledges. In order to arrange payment, please contact us after your completion date. If we don’t hear from you, we will get in touch with you.

Account Settings

Can I change my profile name?

Make sure you're logged in, go to 'account', and click on the 'edit profile' button.

I forgot my password. How can I log in?

D'oh! You can reset your password by clicking the 'reset your password' link on the login page. You will be sent an mail which contains a link to gain access to your account.

How do I delete my account?

Contact us using our contact form! We'll miss you!

Can I change my email notification settings?

You will only receive emails about projects which you are following. To stop receiving these, go to the project page and click 'Follow' - when the pink heart is absent you won't receive email updates. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, click on 'Unsubscribe' at the bottom of any newsletter.

The Website

Can I find Hubbub elsewhere on the web?

We like Facebook and we also Tweet occasionally too!

Who is the team behind Hubbub?

An important question. If you can't be bothered to do a Google search or read through court orders, you can learn a little about us at our team page.

Does Hubbub have a blog?

Indeed we do. Our blog is full of advice on crowdfunding, success stories and Hubbub news.

Pledges

Can I be a Sponsor?

Yes. Anybody can be a Sponsor. All you need is a PayPal account or a credit card. You may be asked to register for PayPal (it only takes a few minutes) when you pledge to a campaign. PayPal is a global payment service that facilitates our use of pledges and all-or-nothing funding. It's vital in helping us provide a reliable service for Sponsors and Community Creators.

How do I make a pledge?

Simply find a project you like and hit the 'Sponsor This Project' button at the right-hand side of the page and follow the on-screen instructions.

When is my card charged?

People’s Republic uses PayPal and Stripe as its payment mechanisms. If the project you pledge to achieves its minimum needed, your card (or PayPal account) will be charged at the project deadline. This can be seen on the project page. If the campaign is unsuccessful no money changes hands, so your card/account is not charged.

What happens if a project does not achieve its minimum needed?

Nothing! No money changes hands. This is all-or-nothing funding.

Can I pledge anonymously?

Yes. When you make a pledge you will be given the option of displaying:

  • your name and the value of you pledge;
  • just your name; or
  • remaining completely anonymous.

Is the value of my pledge made public?

Not automatically. We leave it entirely up to you to decide whether your name and contribution should be displayed as described above.

What info about me do you give to the Creator?

Community Creators see your username, the size of your donation, and the reward you've selected. If their project is successful, we'll also give the Community Creator your email address so that they can contact you regarding your rewards.

Will you notify me if a project I'm sponsoring is successful?

Yes. You will receive an email regardless of whether the project is successful or not.

Can I change my pledge?

Please visit PayPal and log in to change your credit card details.

Can I cancel my pledge?

When you make a pledge you make a commitment to that Community Creator. We, and the Community Creator, would really appreciate it if you don't cancel your pledge. If you really really must, you can do so through the PayPal website.

What happens if my credit card is declined?

Don’t worry, if this happens you will be sent a re-pledge link so you can make sure you have the necessary funds available and re-donate.

Rewards

Can I change my reward selection?

Sorry, no. Community Creators need to be able to manage the quantity of their rewards so changes could cause problems for them. You can make another pledge if there is a reward you particularly want.

Can I get a reward if I live in a different country?

Yes. But Sponsors are encouraged to select a higher donation level to counter the postage and packaging cost incurred to the Community Creators in the process of sending out rewards.

When will my reward be delivered?

If a project is successful, your reward will be delivered at the approximate delivery date stated on the Community Creator's project page. If you would like more information, you can contact the Community Creator directly through their profile or campaign page.

What do I do if the rewards haven't yet been delivered?

The delivery of rewards is a tough part of the process for Community Creators, especially where there are large numbers of rewards to send out or they have problems with the organisations producing their rewards. Hopefully, they will communicate any problems to you and we ask for your understanding here. However, if you wish to inquire further, you can contact the Community Creator directly through their profile or project page.

Responsibilities

Can I trust Creators?

In many cases, you will know the project Community Creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source. Obviously, in these cases, you will have fewer problems of trust. The advantage of sponsoring a People's Republic project is that we have already applied strict criteria that each project must pass before posting them here.

In many cases, you will know the project Community Creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source. Obviously, in these cases, you will have fewer problems of trust. The advantages of sponsoring a People's Republic project are (1) that we have already applied strict criteria that each project must pass before posting them here, and (2) all funds will go directly to People's Republic and NOT to the Community Creator.

Community Creators are encouraged to share links to their personal websites, Facebook groups and Twitter feeds as well as any pages that show work related to the project, or past projects. Still not sure? Ask the Community Creator a question via their profile or campaign page. At the end of the day, we leave it to your judgement. If you spot anything you think looks suspicious, there is a button on every project page where you can report suspicious projects.

How can I get more info about a project?

Most people will be happy with the information provided in the proposal and video. Short of visiting the Community Creator's website, you can ask them directly! You can contact the Community Creator directly through their profile or project page. If you have already sponsored a project and you would like to make your question public, you can post a comment on the project. The Community Creator will be notified by email when you do.

Will projects be completed as described?

In terms of a Community Creator's ability to deliver, it's up to them to make the case that they can successfully bring their campaign to life. Part of the Community Creator's job is earning the trust of Sponsors, especially those who don't personally know them.

What do I do if the rewards haven't yet been delivered?

The delivery of rewards is a tough part of the process for Community Creators, especially where there are large numbers of rewards to send out or they have problems with the organisations producing their rewards. Hopefully, they will communicate any problems to you and we ask for your understanding here. However, if you wish to inquire further, you can contact the Community Creator directly through their profile or project page.

In very rare instances, you may wish to request a refund from a Community Creator. You can view the Community Creator's refund policy on the payment page, before making a pledge.